Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Volume 1) – Because it’s Haunted, Right?

Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Volume 1 Cover

Kogarashi has had a hard life. Susceptible to possession, he’s lost everything and everyone in his life. So, when he is given the chance to live rent-free for the rest of his life, he jumps at it, but the room is haunted!

Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Volume 1) – Because it’s Haunted, Right?

What happened?

The room available is in a boarding house that used to be a hot springs inn. However, two years ago, a student was found dead and since then there have been rumours of the inn being haunted. Well, that’s not a problem for Kogarashi. Because of his years of possession, he trained to become a psychic and learned how to exorcise ghosts. Well, if he exorcises this one, he can live there rent-free forever. Kogarashi is excited to finally be able to settle down and begin a normal life. However, it isn’t long before he meets the ghost in question.

Yuuna is the spirit of the high school girl who died at the hot springs. It’s been two years since she died, but she’s still here. She’s also incredibly cute and doesn’t seem to be remotely evil. The longer a ghost stays in the mortal realm, the more likely it is to become corrupted and turn to evil. Who knows how long Yuuna has? That said, Kogarashi can’t bring himself to exorcise her with his preferred method which is punching them… It also turns out that Yuuna is bound to his room which means she has to return there to sleep. They have to share a room!

It turns out that the other residents of the boarding house can all see Yuuna too, but then they’re not human either. One is a demon hunter from a shinobi clan. Another is an oni. There’s a girl possessed by a cat spirit. And finally, a Zashiki-warashi who can manipulate luck. Anyhow, the room is too nice to give up and there is unlimited use of the hot springs. Kogarashi decides that he will help Yuuna work out what her lingering regrets are so that she can pass on to the afterlife in peace. Only, she has no idea!

Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Volume 1 Kogarashi promises to help Yuuna move on

What did you think?

I watched the anime for Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs back in 2019 when I was doing the Anime A to Z Challenge. I never ended up writing up a review for the series but I can confirm that I absolutely loved it and will make up for that at some point. In the meantime, I have been collecting the manga and am delighted to say that I have the full collection. Some were harder to find than others, but they are all there now. So, since I’m making a point to read the books I own, I thought this would be a great place to start. I was not wrong.

This series is delightful. It takes some simple ideas and uses them to great effect. I love the way that Kogarashi is constantly getting thrown out the window by Yuuna when she gets flustered because of something she did, usually while sleeping. Then, to make things harder for Kogarashi, Sagiri is always there ready to stab him with one of her throwing daggers because she believes he’s a pervert. I love all the characters in this book, but Yuuna is too sweet. I can’t handle the idea of the series ending with her moving on to the afterlife. I haven’t read that far yet, so don’t spoil it for me as to whether that happens or not, but it is my biggest fear. Anyhow, I have another twenty-three volumes to read, so let the good times flow!

Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Volume 1 Yuuna dropped Kogarashi into the hot springs at the wrong time

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  1. So glad to see you’re reviewing this. I really enjoyed the anime series, but I’ve not seen the manga. I’m looking forward to reading your reviews!

    • Thanks. It wasn’t the easiest series to get all the books for but I managed it and now we shall reap the benefits. At 24 volumes in length it’s safe to say it goes way beyond the anime. I’m definitely looking forward to it.

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