Just after a major news blast with key art, character designs, and casting, the world of Onsen Musume has grown again. The humanoid hot springs have a new friend in Suika Hanamaki.
Designed by Rin☆Yuu (check out the artist’s slightly NSFW Pixiv), Suika shares a surname with Hanamaki Hot Springs. Her profile (which includes voice samples) describes her as a free-thinker and a lover of beautiful things, though her constitution prevents her from traveling abroad. Her favorite thing is the poetry of Kenji Miyazawa (a Taisho/Showa-era poet from Hanamaki). She has a talent for songwriting, and serves as the composer for the onsen idol group SPRiNGS.
Riho Iido, best known as Rin Hoshizora in Love Live! School Idol Project, provides her voice.
Onsen Musume is a multimedia project featuring characters designed by a variety of artists in an attempt to bring attention to the hot springs of Japan.
Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.