Manga name: Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san
Chapters read: 37
Keeping to my promise, I will now start off the Manga section of my blog with a series I recently read: Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san. It’s a wonderful series which combines ecchi, romance and comedy pretty perfectly while still maintaining an interesting plot.
In this first edition of magnificent Manga, I will attempt to assess the goods and bads of Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san based on the chapters I have read so far as of the time of writing, and give a rough rating as well as whether I would recommend this manga.
The good: Entertaining trash
- First off, the art: absolutely beautiful, the art style is amazing and very detailed. A feast for the eyes. A good example is the covers themselves.
- Next off, the plot is actually pretty good. For a manga that focuses more on comedy and romance, it has a surprising amount of depth, although left unexplored. There’s potential for a lot of interesting things to happen, and many have already happened, meaning I am pretty satisfied with the plot as it is.
- And then we have the premise of this show. What can I say? It is attractive as it is. Just look at it!
Fuyuzora Kogarashi has the ability to see supernatural, and has been possessed by ghosts since he was a kid. This has caused a lot of trouble in his life, but now he has learned to fight back against the evil spirits! Unfortunately, he’s now also very poor, homeless, and hoping for a happier, more normal, high school life. In his search for housing, he’s introduced to a very cheap boarding house called Yuragi Manor, which was formerly a popular hot springs inn. It’s so cheap because the house is haunted by the spirit of a high school student whose corpse was found there.
Kogarashi doesn’t think this is going to be a problem for him, and the rest of the house’s tenants appear to be sexy women. While relaxing in the hot springs, though, he finds there is an issue with his ghost-banishing plan; Yuragi Manor’s ghost is a 16-year-old girl named Yuna, who lives in his room. Kogarashi has no desire to hurt a ghost girl, and instead he ends up agreeing to help her to figure out her unfinished business. That way, she can move onto the afterlife before turning evil and falling into hell. Once it is clear that he is fine with Yuna, the other tenants reveal their own supernatural secrets—his life in Yuragi Manor is going to be far from ordinary!
Let’s analyse this a little bit, shall we?
First, we have the main character, Fuyuzora Kogarashi. A poor man who has been possessed by spirits for half his life and basically had the most hard time in the world, and is now able to fight back, how cool is that? What’s more, they go on even further to introduce the other main character of the series: Yuuna, who is a ghost. What can happen between an exorcist and a ghost?
Find out in the next episode of Dragon Ball Z!Ah uh, I mean, read on the manga to find out more!
This premise manages to sound interesting without revealing too much about what’s going to happen, and just practically screams “READ ME”. I admit, I was attracted into this manga by this premise along with the cover art.
- However, what got me to stay with the series is its characters, comedy and romance.
- We have very likeable characters right from the start, and as we go along more gets introduced, but they each have their own personalities and quirks, and are attractive in their own ways. Of course, my favourite girl still remains to be Yuuna in the end, but I’m sure you people will find the other characters great too. (All you waifu hoppers out there, rejoice!)
- Then there’s the comedy aspect. You can get such cheap laughs out of this series sometimes, and genuine comedy gold moments that make you cry tears of joy in others. Overall, if you are looking for some random fun with no strings attached, this series will fill in that requirement very well.
- Lastly, the romance from this series. Ahh… amidst all the chaos with the ecchi situations and the comedic moments, this series never fails to have these moments of intense romance. And I really mean it. You will be brought into the mood without really knowing how and the series will make you go “oooh” and “ahhh”, and after that you will realise: “Wow, that was some great romance!”. It does its job really well at keeping reader engagement in this aspect and if you looking for some heartwarming romance, although this series wouldn’t be full of it, you will get your fill when the time comes.
And that about concludes most of the good points of the manga. Overall, it is very entertaining trashy type of manga that doesn’t forget to dangle good plot in front of us as well as feed us a bit of good romance every now and then.
The bad: Not for everyone
Is this even a surprise given the type of manga this is? In its very roots, Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san is an ecchi manga. This is pretty obvious through the covers alone as well as the type of humour it provides. Therefore, some might find it bad because of the ecchi elements, others might not enjoy the funny moments brought about by the ecchi itself. The fanservice amount sometimes does get too high and can make you go “meh”, and the plot might still be weird to some people, and thus, this is definitely a manga that caters to everybody.
Public Service Announcement: Do NOT read this manga in front of other people!
Magnificent rating: 8/10
Recommendation: I would recommend this to almost anyone that will not be triggered by ecchi and the likes, and is just looking to enjoy yourselves while eating food or maybe after doing some tasks. Relaxation is key in enjoying this manga. With an anime adaptation announced recently, now is the perfect time to start reading this hidden gem!