Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san (Review)
“Kogarashi, a high school boy cursed with the misfortune to see ghosts since birth, finds a haunted inn offering rent-free room to anyone able to exorcize a ghost. When the ghost turns out to be an innocent young girl, Kogarashi decides to help her move on rather than purify her. While he works on that, Kogarashi is pulled into the paranormal hijinks of the other residents of the inn and even his new schoolmates.” – Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san (manga)
Ah yes, the glory of ecchi anime has mysterious ways of making you excited through its ridiculous and unorthodox “situations”. While a lot of ecchi anime focus too heavily on the “fan-service”, Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san does an excellent job of balancing both the plot and the “PLOT”, if you know what I’m saying! In other words, they allow the story to become the main focus of the show and the ecchi parts become the comic relief. Too many shows let the ecchi portion take over making for a distasteful show. The Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san actually is well thought out, heartfelt, and genuinely funny.
Artwork & Animation:
The character designs look great, they follow the manga to the T so I have no complaints there. The overall art and animation itself were executed very well, while not as full or alive as other shows it gets the job done. There are some scenes where you can see the slack in the art, poor facial proportions, under detailed hands etc.
Yuuna is the most interesting character in the show, while we understand that Yuuna’s personality and her position in the show there is still a mystery that is lurking behind the scenes. There are a couple of signs that point to Yuuna being someone very powerful while she was alive and hints continue to pop up throughout the show. Everyone else in the show gets about an episode that sums up their life story, while this is how characters are typically introduced it’s nice that all the characters are already present from the get-go, with a few exceptions.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
The soundtrack has a wide range of genres. There was spooky traditional Japanese style sound which really fits the setting of the show. The comedic scenes are brought to life with eccentric drums and a light and hysterical synth. And finally, there are nice slow emotional orchestral pieces for those “in my feelings” time of scenes.
I really enjoyed this one, although initially, I thought I wouldn’t. I really can’t praise the proportion of fanservice and actual plot and story development enough. It’s such an entertaining show and you can’t but laugh at all of the crazy situations. But if were you, maybe don’t watch this one in public!
Overall: Score 8
Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san has both a solid and entertaining story as well as nice artwork and a somewhat reasonable amount of fanservice. A solid job on the art as well as the soundtrack give the story life and combining this with the great set of characters, it’s hard to not have an entertaining anime.
Best Girl: Miyazaki Chisaki
While the girls of Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san are all great, Chisaki takes the best girl spot through. She’s super sweet to anyone she meets and her effort to have the class see Kogarashi in a different light is encouraging and I couldn’t help but to want to root for her!