Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Kogarashi Fuyuzora is a “hands on” psychic. Ever since the day he got possessed by an evil ghost, he has been burdened with debt. Needing a cheap room to rent, he winds up at a haunted hot springs inn, Yuragi Inn, where only incredibly beautiful girls reside. Amongst the residents is a ghost, Yuuna, who cannot move on to the spirit world. Despite the resistance from the current tenants that are all girls, Kogarashi manages to start his new life at Yuragi Inn. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: When watching an ecchi, one expects frequent titillation to an almost absurd level of busts and butts hurled one’s way. Perhaps shockingly, Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs feels far more restrained, almost like a circa 1990s ecchi, with a more modest approach where the sexy bits are still there, but hardly so frequent and relentless. Beneath the more restrained titillation is a fairly standard and unimpressive premise. We have the good guy lead, Kogarashi who stumbles into his own little harem, unfriendly in this case, and due to his honest, kindhearted, yet easy to fluster nature, worms his way into the heart of main girl, and ghost, Yuuna. From there ecchi shenanigans ensue, broken up by a little battle now and then plus some light heart-to-heart character moments.
Linny: There are definitely a few ways in which Yunna and the Haunted Hot Springs feels like yet another standard ecchi. Our male protagonist, Kogarashi is ‘forced’ to co-habitate with several good looking women for reasons beyond his control whether he likes it or not. All the R-rated and scandalous content; such as Kogarashi groping our buxom heroine, or getting a look at the entire female cast in the nude always happen by sheer accident. Even the supporting women cast fall into ecchi harem cliches when it comes to their personality; the alcoholic and sexually wanton older woman, a ‘cat’ girl, the pure hardworking almost loli-esque young housekeeper, and finally the prudish and scary tomboy who won’t stop threatening and punishing our hero for being a ‘pervert’. These are all women you’ll have seen together in many an ecchi before and the episode does little to make them feel like new iterations on the classic tried and true versions.
Tom: It cannot be emphasized enough just how stale Yuuna feels. From the brisk introduction, to the red-face inducing ecchi shenanigans, and even the light battle manga touches, all build into little more than a very middle of the road ecchi. It almost wants to be something akin to Oh My Goddess or Tenchi Muyo, hearkening back to the days of love playing a more prominent role in harem-esque anime, yet unabashedly include jiggling bosoms and tight assess, so much more in line with modern ecchi/harem standards. In that regard I guess Yuuna is a unique combination of the two, but still lacks that compelling element that would drive me to continue with the series.
Linny: If you’re looking for genre defying and rule breaking ecchi, this is not it. Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs comes with and sticks with all the classic staples of ecchi anime, right down to excessive steam always managing to cover up any body parts too scandalous for cable TV standards. On the other hand, if you’re a big fan of the staples, you could do a lot worse than Yuuna which does offers some cute character designs and regular, if predictable gags to spice things up and avoid coming off as a totally bland copy paste.
Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.