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 Yuragisou, 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; Yuragisou'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 Yuragisou is going to be far from ordinary!
The very first thing you might notice when looking through this manga's page would be the 'ecchi' and 'harem' tags, which would make half of you give up on the spot, while the other half would already be reading the manga instead of this review. This review is primarily aimed at the former half, the group that is less than enthralled by stereotypical ecchi/harem fare.
The story of Yuragi sou no Yuuna san is pretty straightforward - a guy who can see and interact with spirits, ends up living with a hot ghost. Stereotypical enough? Well, throw in a whole inn full of hot non-humans/super-humans, all of whom are living with our protagonist. Sounds like something straight out of To Love-ru or Monster Musume, right? Well, what sets Yuragi sou no Yuuna san apart is the execution. Not every action of the protagonist is for the sole purpose of earning himself the affection of the females and the females do not exist solely to be objects in the MC's harem.
There is no overall/central story to speak of, but the individual episodic story arcs are dealt with fairly well. The pacing is decent and there haven't been any major plot holes or the like so far.
This manga resembles Love Hina or Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou rather than the aforementioned titles. If you liked either of these titles, then you might like this manga as well.
I initially mistook the artwork for the work of Tosh (Shun Saeki), of Shokugeki no Souma fame, but it proved wrong. Only later did I realize that the resemblance was because Tosh was an assistant of Tadahiro Miura, the author of this one.
Anyhow, the artwork in Yuragi sou no Yuuna san is brilliant, with every detail being carefully drawn. The character art in particular, is top notch.
Now this seems a little harsh, but I'll explain.
The main character in this manga is possibly the best harem protagonist I've ever seen. He gets stuff done, is pretty powerful, isn't thickheaded and of course, is hilarious (unwillingly, most of the time). There isn't much more that I could ask of a protagonist... but the problem lies with the other characters.
All the other characters follow the common archetypes. There's the clumsy girl, the nosy-but-well-meaning classmate, the always-drunk older girl, the 'how shameless!' girl (you know what I mean), the cat-girl and the secretly-dangerous older-than-she-looks loli. They all get some small amount of development, with individual character arcs, but it hasn't really been sufficient to set them apart from their corresponding archetypal images.
All said and done, Yuragi sou no Yuuna san is a very enjoyable manga. The chapters just fly by and before you realize it, you're up to date. No complaints on this department.
Overall (7.75 ~ 8/10):
Altogether, Yuragi sou no Yuuna san is a rather solid manga, which manages to be interesting, even with its ecchi and harem elements. Though there are some scenes which bear resemblance to To Love-ru, it is still a fairly good read in its own right. It proves to be a rather entertaining read, even for those who are usually not fond of the genre. read more