The main character is shown on the cover, but it’s not the girl.
Light novels, Japan’s equivalent to young adult fiction, have an interesting symbiotic relationship with the anime industry. A huge number of anime series being produced today are adaptations of light novels, and knowing this, light novel authors and publishers frequently pack their works with themes and situations that are popular among anime fans.
So it’s not really a surprise that there are a lot of light novels starring a nice-guy, everyman protagonist who, thanks to his kind, unassuming nature, has a chance to, well, get inside beautiful young women. However, the latest book from author So Nanaumi flips things around. Yes, “warm” and “soothing” are the two best words to describe its male lead, but it’s the girls who want to get inside of him.
『異世界温泉に転生した俺の効能がとんでもすぎる』のあらすじ、もうみなさん見ていただけましたか？ そう――この物語は、主人公が温泉になって、温泉する物語です！！ あなたは……温泉になったら何がしたいですか？… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…—
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Published by MF Bunko J, Isekai Onsen ni Tensei shita Ore no Kounou ga Tondemosugi – Anta no Naka ga Kimochi Ii Wake janai n Desukedo!? continues the light novel tradition of lengthy titles, with this one translating to I was Reincarnated as a Hot Spring in an Alternate World, and I’m Way Too Effective – It’s Not Like it Feels Good Because I’m Inside of You or Anything!?
The story begins with high school student Atami Kusatsu (whose given and family names both happen to also be the names of famous hot spring resorts in Japan) on his way to a rural onsen, as hot springs are called in Japanese. As is so often the case in light novels, he meets with a tragic accident along the way and dies, but it’s not all bad news, because he’s reincarnated as an onsen in a fantasy universe.
In this world, the liquefied Atami turns out to have remarkable physical and magical healing properties, and he soon finds himself being regularly visited by beautiful elven adventurer Laticia, large-breasted priestess Kumu, and petite village chieftess Chichiku. The novel’s promotional teaser promises that “troubles occur one after another” and alludes to Atami’s waters becoming “hard” and “milky” when the women enter him.
I was Reincarnated as a Hot Spring in an Alternate World, and I’m Way Too Effective – It’s Not Like it Feels Good Because I’m Inside of You or Anything!? officially goes on sale February 24, and can be ordered through Amazon Japan for 626 yen (US$5.40).