After many years of dormant rest, a hot springs fairy awakens in modern-day Japan. However, while she slept, she took on the appearance of a young girl. She decides to cooperate with the locals whilst trying to regain her powers.
The manga was serialized on Aplix's Comic Meteor web platform between 2012 and 2014. Two volumes have been published by Holp Shuppan in November 2013 and April 2014. To commemorate the announcement of the adaptation, Comic Meteor is republishing the first three chapters on its website.
This is ironically one of my favorite anime. I tried my best to be unbiased in the review though. I also reviewed as a short, not as a full anime
Hakone-chan has a bit more plot than the typically short, with the conflict spanning over several episodes and the story moving forward. The first five episodes focus heavily on the initial problem of Hakone-chan getting her power back, but beyond this point, the story becomes more loose and less focused. A plot returns around the last few episodes, where the series tries to be more serious as opposed to the primary comedy aspect it carries.
The conflict at the beginning of the series also seems to have faded in significance, and a new conflict had emerged, which something else I take trouble with. Granted, the whole purpose of the anime is serve for an advertisement for Hakone, and other hot spring regions in Japan, and it does a decent job at this. Most people agree that the series could have been into a full length anime, but I digress. Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan has an actual plot (to a degree), more than most shorts I have seen.
Again, length prevents the series from developing characters too much, but the characters are all pretty good at sticking to their original characterization. It is a bit confusing at the beginning who the initial main character is, but it becomes easy to guess that it is the titular character Hakone-chan. There is not too much to put about the characters, other than they are pretty likeable and fit into the show well.
The animation is the biggest suffering point for Hakone-chan. It seems rushed, and the backgrounds for scenes tend to be sort of poor. While it is by no means the worse animation out there, it is nothing stellar.
The soundtrack is pretty decent, and serves the purposes of the show. However, the opening song may come across as annoying to some people, though I personally like it. Overall, the soundtrack is pretty general.
As both a short show and one that is meant to act as an advertisement, there aren’t any heavy themes being promoted. Beyond stuff like the “power” of the hot springs and the importance of tourism, the show offers subtle themes on the importance of serving others. Many of the characters are willing to help others out, though several are still motivated by selfish reasoning. The comedy in this show is nothing really original, but is still fairly entertaining and a quick laugh. The more serious parts of the show, which granted also ruin the comedy vibe, may prove difficult to muscle through.
So this is going to be a on-going review until the series finishes.
Well obviously this anime isn't received very well. Probably because it seems like another "stupid generic anime".
But as far as i can tell it's not suppose to be serious or anything. Going into this i expected nothing and with that said i can safely say that this show is mean't to be watched in a light hearted manner. It's cute, funny and has a pretty decent art style.
It put's cliches and generics into short lovable episodes that are very entertaining to watch, they're around 3 minutes each so it's not
like it's trying to be anything but an over the top, mindless fun, enjoyable show. It simply wants their viewers to enjoy something wacky and i think it does a great job of that.
If you want something random, stupid, funny and crazy to watch then this show is definitely a good choice.