Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs – Complete Review

Created By: Tadahiro Miura

Directed By: Tsuyoshi Nagasawa

Studio: Xebec

Episode Count: 12

Audio: Japanese

Subtitles: English

Certification: 18 (BBFC)

Format: Blu-Ray

Number of Discs: 2

Licensed By: MVM Entertainment

Kogarashi Fuyuzora isn’t your typical high school student, he is burdened with the ability to see ghosts and ‘punch’ them into the afterlife in order to help them move on. However he is also flat broke and in need of some cheap accommodation, which he finds at Yuragi Inn. The local haunted hot springs, home to a number of interesting female residents and a ghost named Yuuna. Determined to help Yuuna move onto the afterlife before her spirit turns evil, Kogarashi moves in and helps to break any ties Yuuna has to this life. Trouble is, it’s not going to be that simple!

Welcome back everyone to another anime harem, this time of the supernatural kind. So ‘Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs’ is a romantic comedy series, featuring a teenage boy who can interact with ghosts, ghouls, Gods etc. He wanders into a town famous for their hot springs, only to end up at Yuragi Inn due to their insanely cheap rent. There he meets the innkeeper Chitose Nakai, a woman who looks more like a middle schooler but is instead the one running the inn. She has a number of female borders, including Sagiri from a demon-slayin ninja clan, Yaya a timid girl who acts as the vessel for a Cat God and Nonko a famous manga author who is always hardly dressed, mostly drunk and always horny. And that is before you meet the resident ghost – Yuuna. Whose back story includes her dying one night in this very same hot springs resort, whilst on a school trip. So it’s definitely a cast of lively characters to say the least. Thus far, its an interesting mix of personalities, so let’s get down to the story aspect.

So like I mentioned Yuuna once died at this Inn, thus tying her ghost to this resort. Now I am not entirely certain as to how long she has been dead, but I would say it has definitely been more than a decade. As to how she died, well that is still a bit of a mystery. One that I was hoping was going to be resolved in this season. However we are still none the wiser by the end of it.This anime finished airing in 2018, compared to the manga that only finished up just last Summer in June 2020. So there is some hope that we may get a season two.

Now Yuuna has a ditzy personality, she floats in her sleep, tends to lose her clothes very easily and also navigates towards Kogarashi’s sleeping body every night. Resulting in him always waking up to some shocking scenes, closely followed by shocked screams and a nice morning dunk in the surrounding river outside the Inn. The comedy aspect is strong in this show, but so is the action. We have a number of supernatural monsters, creatures, encounters and even deities in this show. Apart from the action and comedy aspect, there are some touching moments – uncensored and uncut of course, wink wink. As well as some emotional scenes, some character developments, some backstories and the inevitable – rescue the ghost girl from the Black Dragon God.

Bonus Features Include:

Surprisingly, none whatsoever.

No trailers

No clean opening or closing credits

No interviews

And certainly no OVA’s

Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san) was created by Japanese mangaka Tadahiro Miura. The supernatural, harem comedy was serialized in Weekly Shónen Jump from 2016 to 2020, with a total of 24 volumes released. The English translation and release was handled by Seven Seas Entertainment. The manga was first adapted into a four episode OVA series from studios Xebec and Singal.MD, none of which was included in this BluRay release. It was then adapted into this 12 episode series, once again by Xebec and the same director back in 2018. This was amongst one of the last productions ever to be released by studio Xebec, before they closed in 2019. The studio was most well known for their work on Martian Successor Nadesico, Love Hina, the original Shaman King and D. N. Angel. This BluRay release is being handled by MVM Entertainment, but is seriously lacking in the extras department. However it is still a solid stand alone series, but just could not be recommended for people that enjoy a good, complete ending. Perhaps the manga series will provide that.

Overall: 7/10

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