Elegant Yokai Apartment Life (Youkai Apato no Yuuga na Nichijou) is a new anime series this summer based on a light novel series of the same name. The story follows Yushi Inaba, a teenager entering into high school. After his parents passed away when he was in middle school following a vehicle accident, Inaba moved in with his uncle. Now that he’s entering high school, he was hoping to finally move out on his own. The problem? The dorm associated with the high school burned to the ground and won’t be rebuilt for another six months. A mysterious person informs Inaba that there’s cheap place to rent nearby with free meals. The problem? It’s supposedly haunted. The first episode covers him moving in and the people he meets when he first arrives. The first residents he meets include a female high school student who works nights at a hospital and one of his favorite authors. At his first meal, Inaba realizes something…the place really is haunted as a bunch of ghosts/yokai show up to eat dinner with them. After dinner, the he’s informed that he’s staying at a yokai apartment building.
The first episode did a great job of introducing you to the world setting explaining that yokai are real. It also did a good job of alternating between suspense and outright silliness. While it’s another series set with high school students, it creates an interesting premise. Inaba is kind of a bland character to start, but he needs to be. The point is that he’s the straight man we project ourselves on as he’s surrounded by supernatural weirdness. In the first episode, it works. The episode ends with the Inaba asked question, “What are you going to do?” It’s assumed that he’ll stick with it and see where this takes him. I think I’ll stick around with him for now.
Elegant Yokai Apartment Life (Youkai Apato no Yuuga na Nichijou) can be streamed legally on Crunchyroll.