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!
This show needs more attention, I can't believe that people here in MAL rated this show very low and in fact this is probably one of the best show this season.
Youkai shows like this are very rare. As of now, I watched the first 5 episode and it blew my freaking expectations.
By far the show showcases
- great introduction
- great characters
- very good main male character
- very interesting backstories
- explaining some of the hidden elements of the series
- great opening and ending themes
- and great voice actors
For now, Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou is a very decent show that executes every category very
very well. Characters are adorable and the main character is very relatable for other people. Simple story with complicated characters yet so fun to watch. Other people might think this show only showcases pure comedy, but it gets very very dark sometimes when they show detailed backstories of the supporting characters. This show must be on the top of the charts, Having the overall score below 7 is unforgivable, this show needs more attention. This is definitely one of the highlights of this season.
(Don't ever skip this show, you'll regret it later)
Almost 7 thousand people have rated, yet very few have properly reviewed. This anime isn't fan-service. Well, except the occasional time the ghost lady gets drunk. Otherwise, 6.89 is a very poor rating for a very good anime.
If you're interested in an anime with great laughs and feels that hit you right in the gut, please continue to read.
[Edited, updated 11/11/2017]
When I first left this review, there were only 4 episodes; but usually after 1 episode I do know if I want to continue. The way the pilot was set up, it made me want to see how this story would play out. 4 episodes
in, I liked how the writing left me excited to see what happened next.
(As of November) Now that I've just seen episode 18, I stand by the rating, and the detailed ratings I gave it back in September, on episode 12, still fit. If anything, the episode of the Moon Viewing Night unexpectedly hit me with some serious feels, and I actually teared up a bit. This anime really ponders life hard, and makes you think about how we interact with other people.
**Art - I'm giving this 8/10 because it isn't on a high budget movie level, though I feel this helps me focus more on the story and character development.
**Story - I feel that this is well balanced. It doesn't drag on or dwell on trivial matters. I haven't felt like I've seen fillers, and I hope I never do.
** I'm not sure what to say about "sound," other than that I feel like the music, voice, and sound effect levels are on point. One doesn't over power the other, and I believe that special effects come in at the right moment.
** Character writing and development are well balanced. In 12 episodes we see the main character grow up. For him, months pass, but it doesn't feel rushed on the viewer's end. When he learns lessons, we get to see him contemplate what he's learned. We get to see a mature, thoughtful teenager who's open to learning more about life, and ironically does so by meeting spirits and ghosts.
**Overall, this has been a great series so far. I rarely give anything 10/10 overall, but I feel comfortable doing that with this anime. I believe this anime fits the kind of person I am, because when things get too serious, I want to lighten the mood. It's as if characters take the initiative to balance out how dark and serious things get by breaking out the meat and sake. :P
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This anime truly is slice of life, but where a teen gets a slice of that normal pie and realizes he enjoyed the fruit medley instead. He leaves a lifeless home and starts his journey of self discovery in such a unique setting, that when he gets the life he thought he dreamed of -- does it really fit? And can he go back to what he grew accustomed to?
After really getting into the story, I can see why there are comparisons to Natsume's Book of Friends. Without spoiling, and given the name of this anime, it's obvious that this is a boy who can see spirits. Both youkai and human ghosts. Like Natsume, he's special, but we don't know the extent of how special he is.
Unlike Yuujinchou, this story is probably more upbeat and friendly. Now, I adore Yuujinchou, but I think it's more focused on how Natsume contemplates. Almost meditative feeling, like Mushishi. It feels lighter and more relaxed. I want to sip green tea and think about the meaning of life.
Obviously, anime wise, we still have a ways to go. But I feel like we have some real meat in this story. While I've grown tired of teen coming-of-age stories, I enjoy being able to see how this will unfold. I'll update this once I've seen a lot more, and perhaps make more sense out of my review... I have some strange analogies at the moment. :P
*This is my first time writing a review for an ongoing series so bear with me.
6.73? Seriously? I mean this anime is not bad at all. This series deserves at least a 7 or even higher. *Deep breath* Okay here are a few questions to ask yourself if you want to see if this series is suitable for you:
1. Do you enjoy relaxing anime series?
2. Are you the type of person who likes character development?
3. Do you like supernatural genre (like ghost)?
If your answer to the above questions is mostly yes, then you need to give this a try. Since there is a synopsis
already, I will skip directly to the characters and the plot. The characters are actually quite likable. Each of the residents at the apartment have very unique past and personalities, which helps to make the whole series more interesting. The main protagonist initially was freaked out by all the residents at the apartment (because most of them are ghosts) and gradually opened up to them. There is also some development (in terms of personality) for the main protagonist as the series progresses (at this point episode 4 for me). Some may say that there are way too many characters in the series, but in my opinion, all these characters are vital to this whole series. Each of them contributes part by part and they are more or less like the base for this whole series.
The plot is a pretty simple slice of life plot, with acceptable pace. Basically it is about how the main protagonist interacts with the residents at the apartment and slowly get close to them. It is not a series with twists or exciting climaxes, but interactions with the residents at the apartment and the personal growth of the main protagonist are enough to make this series interesting.
For arts and sound, it is above average. The animation can obviously be better in a lot of ways, like the backgrounds can be drawn a bit more detailed. Though I guess it is okay. Not much worth noticing for music. The music used doesn't clash with the scenes.
To summarise, I enjoyed this series quite a lot because it is relaxing to watch and the character + development is interesting enough for me to keep on watching. I like how all of the residents at the apartment is like a big family, where they support each other when they need help.
I hope my review can somehow help you in choosing to watch this series or not. Please feel free to give me some feedbacks. Thanks for reading this review written by an amateur :)
*I may end up not updating this review after this series end.
Ok I just watched 4 episodes, so forgive if my review not too good.
Youkai Apartment is a story of a boy, who lost his parents because of accidents and live with his uncle. And one time, he graduate from his junior high school and want to live alone.
For sure this one is a simple story till there, but when accident happen. He move in to mysterious apartment. The place which you cannot sure for live or dead person. In other language, it's a Youkai Apartment.
The story not stop just right there, There is one moment when our beloved mc showed me some development for the
next story. Yeah, supernatural power for sure. I thought this one can be little promising in the next story.
But I can tell if all of them is just ordinary. Yeah so ordinary but, when you start to think about live in peaceful place with dead things it will make you want to try to live with them. Yeah, this anime can give us some imagination for it.
So, until 4th episodes Youkai Apartment is a peaceful place which you can live in with extraordinary creatures.