Inaba Yuushi's parents died in his first year of middle school, and he moved in with his relatives. Though they did care for him, he could tell he was a burden. After he graduated, he happily prepared to move to a high school with a dormitory. Unfortunately, the dormitory burned to the ground before he could move in! Yuushi doesn't want to live with his grudging relatives, but it's rough finding lodging as an orphaned student with little money. He finally finds a room in a nice old building which seems too good to be true.
The catch is that it is a Monster House, a place where humans and supernatural creatures—ghosts, mononoke, etc.—live together. Another high schooler lives there, a cute girl named Akine, and she's completely unfazed by the monsters. In fact, she can even exorcise evil spirits! Yuushi's high school life just got much stranger than he ever bargained for!
When I think of how best to summarize Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou I think it’s like a student's passion project. Its heart is in the right place and it's trying its best to make the audience happy. Although it may be a bit on the amateurish side and it’s clumsily made, it’s so endearing in its struggle that you can’t help but cheer it along regardless.
It’s slice of life so there's no major overarching plot. In the first half of the show, the main character Inaba goes to the wonderful Youkai Apartment and we meet all of the fanciful inhabitants. Most episodes
take place within the apartment, at Inaba’s high school, or in the town he lives in. From his new roommates, he learns that about the good and bad ghosts that inhabited his world all his life. This structure is used through most episodes of the first half of the show; Inaba encounters an evil ghost, exorcises it, then offers a life lesson to close off the chapter. Many of the lessons are what you’d expect to hear from parents or teachers, but they’re the kind of lessons anyone should be taught at least while they’re growing up. Some of the morals were; do right by others, respect your elders, always be polite when you’re a guest, so on and so forth.
While the lessons sometimes feel a bit forced into the show, they always do a great job of forming the main characters into role models as the is value in their words. Even if the characters come off a bit heavy-handed that’s part of their charm I suppose.
There are only minor side stories that compiled together take up most of the screen time in the later episodes. After one minor plot thread is resolved a new one appears. One pretty big disappointment with the story is that the supernatural element becomes little more than an afterthought during the second half of the show. I really started to wonder if that “Youkai” in the title was really justified at all given how infrequently it was utilized by the show. The whole second half of the show felt overall very unnecessary. While there’s still a lot to enjoy, focusing on the Inaba’s classmates was a mistake. It totally wasted the far more interesting residents of the Youkai Apartment.
Your enjoyment of this show depends on how much you like the characters. Some of them have enough charm and charisma to keep you entertained while their on screen, but others just blend together due to a lack of defining traits. Nothing much really happens to the characters after 26 episodes. Looking back on the experience, for all the life lessons they preach we learn very little about the cast and they don’t grow or change in ways to make them believable as people. Many of the residents of the Youkai were still being depicted as lead characters by the end, with close-ups and all, yet I couldn’t for the life of me remember their names or why they’re special enough to deserve individual screen time.
The animation isn't outstanding because there isn’t a whole lot of it. Thanks to solid directing, I was always able to understand what was occurring in scenes. The Yokai Apartment is well designed so you understand where scenes take place in reference to the room layout. Each character has a simple design, at first they may look generic but they’re given life through well-defined personalities and enough chances to show their varied expressions.
An upbeat opening prepares the viewer for an easygoing 20 minutes; the soundtrack that backs most scenes is really peppy and rhythmic. While it's not the most complex scores I’ve heard, it does a great job at setting the atmosphere and always feels appropriately used. Amateurish voice acting, hilarious engrish. The main character is in the Engrish Club so you better get used to hearing the actors struggle through their English lines (because it never gets better).
It's melodramatic at times, but its uplifting tone prevents the drama from becoming overwrought. Sometimes I found the long scenes (in the second half) of characters conversing boring because the topics wouldn’t interest me. Those conversations add very little to the characters so it was inevitable I would lose track of who’s who. Also, there’s a ton of fujobait in this show, not that I'm complaining, it actually made the whole thing way funnier and feel self-aware.
Overall Score: 5.6/10
Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou is a surprisingly lively ghost story that is content with its simplicity, occasionally it steps out of its comfort zone with varying degrees of success. Despite its flaws, it is uplifting enough to be watchable. I feel like I may have harped on it a bit too hard because it’s clearly not a show with a high budget. However, it is asking a lot of the audience to devout around 10 hours in total to it. 26 full-length episodes was definitely longer than it needed to be. I feel kind of bad for being so hard on the underdog, but even as when I went into it with underdog level expectations it’s still far from being great.
For me it was a very relaxing anime to watch when compared to my typical bloody, action packed, and/or strange anime that I enjoy.
I recommend this one to people that enjoy thinking about psychology and sociology. The show is focused on speaking about and showcasing aspects of the human mind. A great watch. Now, I'm going to watch some bloody anime lol. Geez they want my review even longer? Why is that, the show was good and all i have left to talk about are spoilers. Even longer? So the main character is often hinted at being gay which was very humorous to me.
The show gave me a lot of laughs.
Here's to the new adventures where Inaba decides to move into an apartment where it contains various youkais. (Typically a lot of people would back out from it... but with him, it becomes very entertaining and he will never be bored). While he gets to settle into the new apartment... he gets to meet his neighbours and various characters throughout the series. Overtime, Inaba gets to unlock another side of him that contains his spirituality powers.
Inaba: New resident in the Youkai apartment, high school student, kind, & caring.
Akane: Inaba's friend and neighbour, spiritualist, funny, outgoing, powerful, and kind.
This is one of my favourite
top 5 animes in 2017. It is very refreshing to know that this anime contains 26 episodes. It gives us time to get to know the main and various characters that live in and outside of the Youkai apartment. It also contains comedic and [occasionally] dramatic moments. The vibes that I've seen in the anime is that everyone in the Youkai apartment is a FAMILY! They all have a role in their own way that helps bring the anime and chemistry of the characters together. Whenever there is a big event happening in the apartment... everyone gets to come together and have a great time. No one will ever be bored.
BUT, if I had to critique it, I would have love to see some of the other characters get more screen time to see their origins respectfully.
Plus, some more scenes and adventures outside of the apartment and school would be nice too.
Well, slice-of life in the apartment with the good ghosts and stuff like that... well... i kinda missed the point to be fair.
Character developement practicaly didnt happend, and overall it felt, like the story is not moving in any direction, which didnt actualy happend even in the final episode in my opinion.
If I was to say, that this show felt plain as the chest of the loli character, i would be praising it.
Still, the animation was nice and there wasnt any unbearable fanservise included, so it was at least watchable.
In comparation with the Magetsukan Kitan (manga with the similar story) I must say
this one is on the loosing end.