While the perfect getaway for most girls her age might be a fancy vacation with their loved ones, Rin Shima's ideal way of spending her days off is camping alone at the base of Mount Fuji. From pitching her tent to gathering firewood, she has always done everything by herself, and has no plans of leaving her little solitary world.
However, what starts off as one of Rin's usual camping sessions somehow ends up as a surprise get-together for two when the lost Nadeshiko Kagamihara is forced to take refuge at her campsite. Originally intending to see the picturesque view of Mount Fuji for herself, Nadeshiko's plans are disrupted when she ends up falling asleep partway to her destination. Alone and with no other choice, she seeks help from the only other person nearby. Despite their hasty introductions, the two girls nevertheless enjoy the chilly night together, eating ramen and conversing while the campfire keeps them warm. And even after Nadeshiko's sister finally picks her up later that night, both girls silently ponder the possibility of another camping trip together.
“¡ One for all, hole in one!” —Nadeshiko Kagamihara
Yuru Camp is one of the gems from the season. Who could have guessed a camping series would be fun, refreshing, and very entertaining? Also, no matter how you are feeling, after each episode you will end with a big smile on your face. Yuru Camp isn’t about cute girls doing cute things. It is about how to enjoy simpler situations and how to maintain the proper mood and be happy under any circumstance. More important, the series irradiates that sensation to all the spectators. These girls give us a funny and delightful gem and will stay
in our memories for a long time.
The story is straightforward and easy to follow, it is fun, fresh and entertaining to watch. It focuses on camping. Yes, I envision the same thing you’re thinking: camping, are you kidding me? How can you have a plotline about camping? It must be a fiasco. However, Yuri Camp is not dull, from a common event like camping, the authors create an amusing narration where all the characters take pleasure in camping. Keep in mind that maybe you want to go camping with your friends after the series because the characters’ commitment is plausible, delightful and absorbing. The message given to the audience through the story’s simplicity is enjoying the moments of life.
As a starting point, the pacing is perfect, and the way how all the characters are involved is pretty clever. It is remarkable seeing the correlation and the chemistry between them, no matter if they appear in the scene for few seconds, their actions complement the setting, and you don’t feel them wasted. Every character has a different personality that boosts the dynamic through the storyline and embodies the meaning of friendship. Another notable aspect, the trust. Would you camp with someone you do not trust? The series enrich the plot with those values and propels them in each episode. For example, Rin likes camping alone, but she starts enjoying her time with Nadeshiko and considers her as a friend. Since they are a group of “buddies,” they share their tastes (food, hobbies, fun). Also, the story maintains the realism and gives tips about camping. This small world is full of comical events and funny jokes executed at the perfect moment ingeniously. Look Nadeshiko, she may seem to be childish, yet she is very energetic, and she uses that side of her personality to be humorous. Just with her behavior, the characters seem flashy and feel happy. All this is possible because the authors care about the pacing and the story.
On the other hand, some spectators believe the series doesn’t have a plot, so they consider the show boring. The simplicity of the narrative can be measured in the course of action and the mood while camping. How many of us have at least camping once in our lives? If it was a gratifying experience then this show will bring memories and forgotten desires, perhaps you could end remembering some of your old friends. This series demonstrates that every action, no matter how insignificant is, it would make our existence happier and enjoyable. For me, seeing how these characters admire a landscape, it is very remarkable. Maybe it is a cliché, but that easiness is what we call having a good time. Lastly, I have not found any negative aspect of the show. Nothing is perfect, yet the anime covers some basic ideas such as friendship, trust, passion, joy, and boosts them in a very entertaining way. Yuri Camp’s beauty lies in its simplicity.
We have five characters in the story. The most noticeable Is Nadeshiko because she is the one that which gathers the rest of the cast together, and she is the central point for most of the jokes. Nadeshiko is very energetic and blissful. She loves eating, and we can consider her a thrilled girl. The other main character, Rin. In the beginning, she enjoys camping alone, but Nadeshiko’s influence may change her. Rin has more camping experience than the others.
The remaining characters add fluency to the story. Aoi and Chiaki, they are the members of the Outdoor Activities Club. Thanks to Nadeshiko the club continues with the activities and start to plan camping meetings. Lastly Ena, she always mocks Rin. Something I notice is the lack of a detailed background, but the plot works very well without it. You only need to know they like camping and the rest will come from their personalities.
The art and sound are good. One exciting part is how they care about the landscapes. It is a plus because most of the scenes are outside. The camera angles and the camera movement focus on the main characters. Also, the color palette is very vivid and catch the attention of your eyes. However, the character’s design is standard compared with other series; it goes well with the simplicity of the plot. Regarding the sound, the score fills the moments and the jokes. It isn’t bad. Although, sometimes you don’t notice it because it is standard.
The OP and ED are great. I love those two songs. The lyrics and the rhythm work very well and are very catchy. Honestly, I hummed the OP for a whole day. I am getting crazy. =(
Finally, the combination between a simple and a fluid narrative, good characters, attractive art design, right sound, creates a delightful story called Yuru Camp. I like the show, I want a second season but maybe isn’t going to happen, yet it was a hilarious ride. You must give this anime an opportunity.
I think that sometimes, to relax, we need to explore other unusual places, almost exotic, to realize how the nature around us is so exceptional. That's what Yuru Camp is trying to demonstrate. We don't always need awesome things like explosions, magic powers to make an interesting show.
Story: Yuru Camp focuses on a theme: camping. We follow the daily life of Shima Rin (nicknamed Shimarin) who goes camping regularly on her days off. She meets the happy Nadeshiko who knows nothing about camping. After a little conversation and a delicious dinner in front of the incredible Mount Fuji, Nadeshiko develops a taste for camping.
two girls attend the same high school. Nadeshiko also meets Aoi and Chiaki, two girls who formed the camping club. The latter is not so successful and has little budget. As for Shimarin, she prefers to go camping alone.
This is how the girls of the club will progressively be prepared for their adventure. Buy the equipment, the food necessary to spend a night in the mountains. Since we are in a cold period of the year, they also make sure they have the means to warm up. This is not always easy since the club doesn't have a lot of budget and must be satisfied with their tent costing 980 yen.
It's fun to see what means they will use to do their first camping. The anime does a great job explaining in detail the different types of existing materials and the tasty dishes to cook when we go camping. it is really trying to convey to us the passion of its characters for camping. I honestly understand why Nadeshiko and her friends are so motivated.
Shimarin travels alone (over hundreds of kilometers) to discover the sublime landscapes and peaceful places in the prefecture. The girls will make a lot of use of the instant messaging system. Each of them will send a photo to show her the places she visited or banalities. This is how the relationship between characters will progress (especially between Shimarin and Nadeshiko) and finally allow them to go together all together, later in the series.
The relationship is essentially based on the unsaid. We feel that Shimarin is someone who is used to being alone, whether in high school or camping. Her chance meeting with Nadeshiko will change things and allow her to share her passion with other friends of the same age.
Sometimes she doesn't seem disinterested enough (except when she sees dogs) but in her heart, she really wants to have a good time with her new friends. For example, when Aoi will propose to go camping together. She refuses at first even if we can perceive a touch of regret in her words. Shimarin is usually mature, calm and resourceful.
At the exact opposite, Nadeshiko behaves like a child (although she uses some old expressions) but she is sociable and always ready to go on an adventure with her friends.
On the technical aspects, the landscapes are absolutely sublime, really. They would be ideal for wallpapers. These different places impressed me and I was fascinated by their realistic appearance. C-station studio isn't known to me but I will remember that excellent work. We can notice the use of CGI when Shimarin drives his moped.
The vocal performances perfectly transpose the personality of our characters. Nadeshiko has an often playful voice, while Shimarin has a duller voice. The opening theme "Shiny Days" is catchy and the ending matches the relaxed atmosphere of the series.
The soundtrack is one of the highlights of the series. It is reminiscent of Celtic folk music. Tateyama Akiyuki has really captured this peaceful atmosphere with his OST. Honestly, it's a delight, and I can't wait to listen to them in a flac version.
Ultimately, the series has clearly exceeded my expectations. It is an excellent iyashikei with a relaxing autumn/winter atmosphere in Yamanashi that will make you smile regularly. The friendship between our cute characters is touching. Laid-back Camp is a success.
Another edition to the endlessly growing roster of “cute girls doing cute things” anime. I definitely know a certain SOMEONE who would love this show.
So what is Yuru Camp△? (Yes, you have to have the little tent). In English, the title is “Laid Back” Camp, and that honestly couldn’t be more appropriate. It’s about a group of girls that form a camping club at their school, and spend their breaks doing just that; camping. There’s relaxing atmosphere, friendly humor, and tranquility.
So, being that it’s this kind of Slice of Life, the story certainly means to be casually presented. It’s a ripe candidate
for those days where you do nothing but sit back, eat snacks, and refuse to care about anything else for at least 24 minutes of runtime (288 if you just watch the whole thing in one go, which is acceptable to me, being only a 12 episode show).
That’s not to say the show is bad, I really don’t think that—but if you wanted something profound, look elsewhere. Yuru Camp△ is a show for the people who appreciate calm, happy presentations of friendship, hobby exploration, and overall contentment. There’s nothing but smiles to be had, but it does it in a way that is neither over the top nor painful. We can find joy in how smoothly the anime incorporates naturalistic imagery alongside comfortable music and some pretty adorable characters.
Despite that, the characters in the show are completely defined by their love of camping and their girlish charm. Again, I just cannot stress enough that this story is not trying to be anything more. They don’t need to be deeply complex for this type of thing; they serve the experience well enough with just having well-defined archetypes. Still, while I wouldn’t call this a detractor, it’s scoring no points—it breaks even. The story has little going for it other than the demeanor with which it's shown... they camp. That's honestly, really all it is.
The animation is honestly wonderful, though. The colors are defined and the motion flows so much better than a lot of other shows that you’d be entirely forgiven for coming to Yuru Camp△ for how it looks and the way it makes you feel. You definitely won't find much else.
- Consistently relaxing atmosphere.
- Camping tips and knowledge are pretty prevalent throughout, to the point where I learned a few things I didn’t know before, and was appreciative that they had been taught to me through a decently entertaining show.
- I can’t honestly say it’s really boring, parts of the show did make me chuckle at times and I appreciated the camaraderie amongst the characters.
- WOW that opening. And ending. The music in this show it phenomenal, as is the animation.
- It does nothing new, yet does nothing wrong. It loses no money, yet makes no money. In business we call this “breaking even.”
- Hardly more emotions to be found other than pure joy and quiet peace. Also, some silliness here and there.
- It’s pretty much unspoilable. You can take this in two ways – one, that the show has no story; or two, the show presents a “unique” type of story. Both are acceptable descriptors.
- This is yet another one of those shows where cute girls do cute things, and it seems like they only exist for the explicit reason of camping every week. There’s no depth to be seen, and while I didn't hate them, being archetypes is nothing to celebrate.
- Sometimes the series watches like an advertisement for various products and campsites around Japan, and honestly, I expect that this is exactly what it is.
Upon writing this review, I discovered that this anime is based on a manga, and I couldn’t be less surprised. According to my Japanese friends, who I’ve spoken to about anime and manga quite extensively, manga is pretty damn popular in Japan, and there are manga for virtually everything and everyone. So it comes to me as no surprise that there’s a manga exclusively about real camping locations, ways to camp there, and little else other than cute girls—it would be something that a bunch of kids pick up at the market on the way to their OWN camping trip to read before they snooze off or right after dinner. Simple, inoffensive, and quite adorable at times.
The sun is setting. The cold breezes that brushed through the yellow-green grass just a few minutes earlier have left the plains. In front of a small camping tent, Rin is comfortably seated in a folding chair, reading a book. A while has passed and she decides to put down her warm cup of cocoa, close her book and stretch; a puff of breath turns into a small cloud and slowly fades away. She looks at her surroundings: a huge, empty field of grass, a small forest and a clear view of a Mt. Fuji tinted in a friendly pink. Rin is on another of
her lonesome weekendly winter camping trips. During the coldest season, she fancies spending some time alone in the quiet areas of Japan—on camping sites usually uncrowded during the winter.
During her trips, she spends a lot of time exploring the camping grounds; in midst of beautifully drawn, colorful sceneries, she follows intricately painted pathways in search for the stunning sights of an everyday beauty of nature perfectly evoked by the show’s wonderful visuals. Whether she ends up exploring the campsites, the colorful forests of early winter, taking pictures of funny-looking statues or just sitting in her chair relaxing, it doesn’t really matter; she just wants to spend some time on her own enjoying nature. Apart from camping, she doesn’t have any predominant interests or hobbies, and while she does truly love her friends and enjoys spending time with them, this pastime is something she truly needs: a breather, so to speak.
It comes as no surprise when she turns down an invitation to join her school’s camping club; it’d go against the purpose of her camping trips. And really, that’s completely okay. Her friends understand. While they may not truly grasp her feelings, they respect her desire to camp on her own without pressing further. This comes as kind of a surprise initially: in general, the members of the camping club are very energetic and gung-ho; seeing these characters which one might initially pass off as everyday anime idiots act like sensitive, genuine human beings and friends is truly, truly refreshing. Rin and them couldn’t be more different: Chiaki and Aoi often indulge in weird jokes or pranks, and while their love for camping is definitely genuine, so is their aversion to spending even a single penny on actually acquiring necessary utensils. Nadeshiko on the other hand is very much a simpleton—a hyperactive, hyperhappy and hyperhungry simpleton. It’s not only the members of the camping club who differ from Rin (whose camping trips aren’t as quiet and calming as Rin’s); the three horse around and have fun. Instead of appreciating the quiet and nature, they just want to spend time and camp together as a group of friends.
Due to the cast and the camping trips covering such a wide spectrum, the otherwise rather monotonous-sounding activity of winter camping can offer a variety of different, but always pleasant and comfy experiences. And while Rin and her friends may be apart when camping (well, most of the time), they are never out of touch: during their camping trips they regularly message or call each other and send the others photos of the camping sites they visit. They indulge in mindless but fun chats about food or the weather and it feels completely genuine. But not only do these small chats serve to make the character’s relationships feel real, they also help the otherwise standalone camping trip segments connect to the rest of the show to form a cohesive whole; while the general moods of Rin’s camping trips and the camping club horsing around are completely different, they still feel like parts of the same show, not fragments of a greater whole.
It isn’t just these small conversations between the group and Rin that creates the feeling of unity between every single scene. Yuru Camp’s soundtrack consists of very few songs which, while usually a negative, works well for what the show is trying to accomplish. The tracks are all very simple, but they sell their respective scenes perfectly through equally simple means: a short, repeated trill in the lead guitar is enough to sell the relaxing camping atmosphere; a change from a dominant guitar to flutes can be mystifying and create a sense of exploration; and a calm vocal song is enough to sell the most intimate of togetherness. It won’t earn any medals or prizes, but the soundtrack does just what it’s supposed to, and that’s just what you want for an equally simple and relaxing show such as Yuru Camp.
Be it Rin’s appreciation for the quiet and nature, the lively and fun friendship of the camping club or their genuine and heartwarming relationships—there is much to love in this soothing show. Yuru Camp may seldom stray off the beaten path, but it doesn’t need to, for it is a comfy and lighthearted experience through and through.
However, if you decide to join in on the fun please keep in mind that while camping…
- Always mind the campsite and facility rules
- Don’t forget to clean up fires and take your trash!
- It gets cold during the winter. Stay warm and be well-prepared!!
- Have fun :)