A website has opened for an anime adaptation of comedy manga Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan
(Young Hot Spring Spirit Hakone-chan
), written by Daisuke Yui
. The series will run for one cours of 13 episodes in Fall 2015. The title character is named after the town of Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture, which is known for its onsen (hot spring) resorts and surrounding volcanically active geysers.
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.
The story follows Hakone, a hot spring spirit who descended to a spa resort on Earth. However, with her long slumber, she looks like a little girl on the outside. (The "Yousei" in the title is a wordplay on the Japanese words for fairy and a young child.) High school boy Touya stumbles across her at a hot spring and ends up joining Hakone in retrieving her original powers. (Source: ANN)
Director, Character Design: Takeyuki Yanase
Script: Korie Tomonaga, Momoko Murakami
Chief Animation Director: Takeyuki Yanase, Masaaki Sakurai
Studio: Asahi Production
, Production Reed
Official site: http://www.hakone-chan.jp/
Official manga site: http://comic-meteor.jp/hakone/
Source: Akiba Souken
Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan