What’s the show? Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs, Episode 6.
So, uh, what’s this episode about? Much like last week it’s divided into segments and once again this show boggles my mind with how it’s able to blend wholesomeness and lewdness within the space of a single scene—and do so flawlessly everytime!
I’m kind of scared to ask you to elaborate given what you’ve titled this review… The first segment concerns Chitose Nakai—the pint sized caretaker of Yuragi Inn, she’s an old sole—quite literally, she’s been alive for over 100 years but she has the appearance of a 13 year old. And she’s got a little secret that she’s keeping from the other residents of the Inn, she’s attending middle school for the first time! It’s kind of adorable seeing her be so secretive about something so innocent but the reason she is being so secretive about it is because she’s afraid if the others find out she’ll lose her authority as caretaker—and that’s very important to her.
Okay. And why is she wanting to attend middle school now after all these years on Earth? Because she’s able to, see the Principal of the local school is someone she used to know many years ago when he was just a gap-toothed little brat, and he’s also one of the few humans who knows about her non-aging abilities so it’s the perfect opportunity for her to be able to attend a ~normal~ school and have a ~normal~ life without people questioning things. And she’s even made from friends who are very genki middle-schoolers and it’s all lovely and wholesome—
I’m waiting for the lewd… waiting and worrying… Oh don’t get so worked up it’s just a couple of school uniform panty-shots thrown in here and there courtesy of Chistose—but it’s okay because she’s not actually a middle-schooler but 100 years old, see?! And they don’t lewd her school friends (yet) so I’m totally taking the moral high ground here!
That’s a pretty flimsy excuse and you know it… I don’t make the rules here!
Whatever. And what about the second part? Yuuna and Kogarashi go on a date, to a water-park hot springs hybrid (which apparently exist) and which I’m totally going to find next time I’m in Japan. And it’s filled with all the bikini-trying on, bikini’s falling off on water-slides kind of shenanigans you’d expect from the setting except it’s anchored with a true emotional heart. Kogarashi is trying so hard to make this date a success but of course because Yuuna is invisible to everyone else it ends up just being awkward every time they try and do something ‘couple-y’ (like order a couples drink or go in a photo both, etc.). Afterward, as they’re soaking in the swimsuit allowing co-ed hot springs together Yuuna confesses that while she did enjoy the day and was happy he was trying so hard she hopes that their next date can have the real Kogarashi and not the one who’s frantically trying to make everything perfect.
And why was he trying so hard? Kogarashi was trying to ascertain whether some aspect of going on a date (which Yuuna had never done while she alive) was linked to the “lingering regret” or unfinished business that’s keeping her on Earth and preventing her from “ascending” to heaven. And as she looks into her eyes Kogarashi realises that if she did end up ascending, he would be sad—confirming his burgeoning feelings for Yuuna. So sweet! This show continues to be a genuine treat each episode and I look forward to seeing how much their relationship grows in the episodes to come. Also more harem shenanigans please!
Previous Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Reviews:
Putting The Bust In Ghostbusting – Episode 1 Review
Supernatural Ping Pong Girls – Episode 2 Review
Attack of the Perverted Plushies – Episode 3 Review
More Fish For The Cat God – Episode 4 Review
Breast Friends Forever – Episode 5 Review
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