Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs – Eps. 0-1 (First Impressions)

Why the “Eps. 0-1” title? Because I’m actually covering both the premiere of Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs and the OVA that came out earlier this month together. I would’ve given the OVA its own post but I kind of forgot about it because the release was so weirdly timed. It was to promote the manga but that seems pointless with a full TV anime arriving ten days later. Oh well, small potatoes I guess and I at least made sure to watch the OVA for this First Impressions post.

Having seen both episodes, Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs reminded me an awful lot of the harem anime of old. The whole male protagonist getting beat up for accidentally getting into ecchi situations shtick is something that screams “classic” to me. You certainly seeing that premise slowly disappearing as time goes on in favor of other trends. To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of this kind of plot. Accidental situations is the easiest excuse for fanservice and for me, it’s a joke that gets old real quick. Already in Yuuna, I can see the repetitive cycle of Yuuna accidentally getting to close to Kogarashi and her impulsively harming him with her yokai abilities as a result. Either that or someone else in the harem inflicts the pain for her. I saw it for two episodes and I’m pretty much content with that.

I’ll give Yuuna some compliments in that I thought most of the female characters were cutely designed and a lot of bases are covered here. A well-endowed ghost, a ninja, a cat girl. This show’s got variety if nothing else. Also, if you’ve had to pick a studio to do NSFW material, Xebec is a solid choice. They’ve done ecchi for so long that I’m convinced they have it down a science. For the most part, Yuuna looks pretty decent.

If ecchi is your jam, I’ll just put it out there that the uncensored version of the TV show is apparently not available for broadcast. The OVA, however, is uncensored by default so if you’re curious how softcore the whole show will likely get (all I’ll say is that screencapping got really awkward), it is an option.

OP: “Momoiro Typhoon” by Luna Haruna


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