Nadeshiko, a high school student who had moved from Shizuoka to Yamanashi, decides to see the famous, 1000 yen-bill-featured Mount Fuji. Even though she manages to bike all the way to Motosu, she's forced to turn back because of worsening weather. Unable to set her eyes on her goal, she faints partway to her destination. When she wakes up, it's night, in a place she's never been before, with no way of knowing how to get home. Nadeshiko is saved when she encounters Rin, a girl who is out camping by herself. This outdoorsy girls story begins with this first encounter between Nadeshiko and Rin.
Let me start off by saying how we are blessed with so many SOL anime this season. SOL is definitely one of my favourite genre so how can I miss it? With that to say, it is not easy to produce a great SOL anime, the story, art, pace, sound, character are all contributing factors in producing a good anime. Yuru Camp△ is one that really nails it. Hence, I decided to write a review and explain why SOL anime fans cannot miss out this heartwarming SOL anime that reeks of awesomeness. Please bear with this amateur review of mine! :)
Story - 8. Much like
a typical SOL anime, set in the countryside and away from the bustling city like Tokyo, it allows viewers to relax and busk in the simple yet enriching lifestyle of the protagonists. Protagonist is a cheerful new kid in the block, making friends from the get-go, excited to enjoy the camping life - setting up tents, having campfire and eating hotpot with a group of friends with a common interest. Pacing of anime were perfect - not too fast nor too slow, considering the fact that there are currently only 3 volumes in the manga. Best part is, viewers get to gain many knowledgeable information about camping such as the different types of tents, camping ethics and camping materials etc.
Art - 9. Gosh! Were the art beautiful! Exactly what I expected from a SOL anime set in the countryside. The artwork also depicts Mt. Fuji and various camping site in perfect details. It's as if we're witnessing a poetry in motion.
Sound - 10. I was really AMAZED by the BGM after minutes in the first episode. The beautiful, countryside melody plays as soon as one of the main character rides her bike onwards the camping site makes me feel so relaxed. Not to mention the Opening and Ending theme used really fit the series! Especially the heartwarming ending theme which really reminds me of Non Non Biyori. To sum it up, C-Station really aced in this category. Well done!
Character - 9. Each character has their own distinctive trait that define each of their personalities. The character development is also well-paced as it shows one of the MC being introvert at first and not wanting to meddle with the protagonist. But we clearly knows that as time goes, she will definitely be a part of them and all we have to do is to just watch. Clearly there's plenty of room for character development for the next few episodes to come!
Enjoyment - 9. What more can I say, I thoroughly enjoy the first two episodes. It is so heartwarming and relaxed that it makes me interested to go camping myself! I just enjoyed the campfire scenes, setting up of tents and eating hotpot in front of the bonfire. It is these little things that make viewers like me happy.
Thanks for reading and hope it makes you decide to watch Yuru Camp△.
Sometimes, it’s nice to relax. Maybe you’ve been burned out on intense, energetic shows and need a change of pace. Maybe you’ve come from a long day of work and need something to relieve the stress. Whatever the reason, you’re looking for something a bit more laid-back that you can take in without having to pay too much attention to convoluted plots or segments with extended dialogue. This is the Iyashikei genre in a nutshell, often characterised by works like Mushishi and Flying Witch, shows in which comparatively little actually happen but which managed to be soothing through the beautiful ambience of their setting or
through the joy of experiencing the simpler pleasures in life. In this regard, Yuru Camp is an Iyashikei through-and-through.
We’re treated to a series of gorgeous establishing shots of the scenery from the very beginning. While these shots aren’t as detailed or vivid as you might get from a Shinkai film or a KyoAni series, they’re still very impressive and immersed me in the series almost immediately. The environment is coloured with soft tones that blend with each other almost seamlessly. This contrasts with the designs for the characters themselves, which are much more vibrant in a way that perhaps reflects their lively nature, particularly for the bundle of joy that is Nadeshiko with her bright, pink hair.
The soundtrack to this anime is simply stellar, with many of the tracks having a style that I can only describe as being a cross between celtic and traditional japanese folk. It has a very distinct sound of the sort you would recognise immediately if you heard it, but is also fairly low-key and very pleasant to listen to. Other sound effects, such as the the breaking of sticks, fire, and Nadeshiko sliding down a window, all sound completely authentic and help pull you into the experience. The voice acting feels completely on point as well, although I don’t proclaim to understand Japanese so take that how you will.
Character-wise, you have the stoic, reserved Rin who’s most comfortable by herself, contrasting with the hyperactive bundle of energy that is Nadeshiko. It’s one of my favourite character dynamics to witness in anime and it’s almost always entertaining and incredibly cute to watch.
On the surface there’s not really much of a story here, at least not in the 3 episodes I’ve seen so far. It’s about girls going camping and doing camping things, after all. I would say that the core of the story is in how each girl develops as a person; how Nadeshiko discovers a new hobby through a chance encounter with Rin, and how Rin’s interactions with different kinds of people changes her perspective on friendship and brings her out of her cold, seemingly impenetrable shell.
This show is an absolute pleasure to watch and has very quickly become the highlight of my week. Whether you’re watching this just after coming home from a long day at work or late at night before going to sleep, I think you’ll really love this.
Provided this series doesn’t see a significant drop in quality over the remainder of the season, I can absolutely see it becoming a new benchmark for Iyashikei. Anyone looking for a comfy, relaxing anime should stop what they’re doing and watch this, because it really is fantastic.
This is my first review ever so it might not be that good for MAL standards, but I still felt I'd like to make this because:
I'm usually really picky with slice of life series. I mean, really picky.
Still, I had to check this winter season 2018's Yuru Camp△ purely on childhood nostalgia and for the fact that Non Non Biyori is one of my favorite anime. My country, Finland, has one of the most beautiful natural habitats ever and one of my all-time favorite things growing up was renting a cottage with family or friends and doing all kinds of outdoor activities; Hiking, camping, fishing,
foraging, cooking outside... The feeling of freedom and ultimate C O M F Y N E S S those things brought was out of this world.
Yuru Camp△ is an anime which tries to capture that feeling, and fully delivers.
Story (7) - The story is basically pretty straightforward, like SOL usually is. This anime is set in the countryside, away from the hectic citylife, following the simple joys in life the characters get to experience due to camping, school club activities etc. I really liked the pacing of the anime - just slow enough to be super comfy, while still not being boring. The viewer is also informed about camping by the narrator, which is a nice add. Good.
Art (9) - Beautiful, just beautiful. The animation is smooth, even though it may be kind of still from time to time (which is normal for SOL). The background art was spot on and the artists have used a great deal of time to make the campside and the area outside it look exactly like the real thing. Great.
Sound (10) - This is one of the comfiest soundtrack I have ever heard. Beautiful, relaxing and soothing countryside melodies combined with couple of sillier songs make OST great in big picture of things. Have nothing bad to say about the OP and ED either; positive, heartwarming, C O M F Y. Outstanding.
Characters (8) - The character interactions between Shima Rin and Nadeshiko Kagamihara are amazing, funny and most importantly, creative. Rin slowly transforming from an introvert lone camper to be more open and welcoming due to Nadeshiko's influence is a joy to watch. Nadeshiko's traits remind me of one of my favorite characters, Yui Hirasawa, by being overly positive, clumsy, a glutton, and... an absolute retard :^)
Hope to see more of the other characters, especially the other two club members as well as Rin's childhood friend with her dog. Toyosaki Aki's part of Aoi Inuyama seems a little bit off right now though, I'm not sure if it exactly fits but I think I'll get over it soon. Overall, very good characters for SOL.
Enjoyment (10) - I wholeheartedly enjoy this series, both because of my love of nature, childhood nostalgia and the amazing setting and execution of this series. Not many series make me smile from the start 'till the end every episode and I'm excited to see more of this C O M F Y N E S S.
Overall (9) - Weighted mean.
Let's calculate the overall weighted mean when art and sound have weight of 0.5 (art and sound are only half as important as story, character and enjoyment):
Sit back, relax, and gaze upon the glory that is Yuru Camp.
Tbh I never expected to enjoy a series this much. With all the anime going on on a Thursday, this is definitely a great way to end it. The first episode already captivated me with its amazing soundtrack, character design, and background art.
Our main character Rin, is someone who enjoys camping alone, we see that in episode 1. She's someone who would rather enjoy camping at her own leisure. However, because there are more amazing characters, she soon starts to meet them as well as open up to them more and becomes more social.
I appreciate these character interactions because it's so humanlike and it's super sweet and all of them have chemistry with each other.
And it ain't just the characters themselves, the background art and colours are super attractive and really compliments the anime very well. There's also the fact that the background art and amazing colours are accompanied by the AMAZING OST. Each soundtrack piece really sets the vibe for each episode and each event that happens within Yuru Camp. Not to mention that GODLIKE OP. I've never heard such a catchier op than this one this season.
Also, apparently the campsites the girls' go to camp at are actually based on actual locations. I saw a few pictures of it in its real life form and it really looks exactly as the anime shows. It's amazing that these beautiful sites are real places to camp.
So in short:
Story (8) - Very Simple, Rin who loves to camps meets a new girl who eventually befriends her and enjoys camping along with her in due time. Then more girls show up and then they'll all camp together. A simple yet very well executed story that hits every note right.
Art (9) - Each character looks unique and the colours are well used.
Sound (10) - Easily one of the best OST's I've heard and the appropriate timings used of these songs really makes the anime all the better.
Character (10) - Each girl carries a beautiful and amazing personality and shows as well as reminds us how cute the CGDCT genre can be. Each girl is lovable and will not disappoint in putting a smile on your face.
Enjoyment (10) - I've enjoyed each second that Yuru Camp has to offer. I've never got bored of this anime and it was beautiful.
Overall (9) - If the goal of this anime was to give you a big smile and show you how girls can camp extremely well, then it does that very well. What can I say, it does everything right in terms of enjoyment, character, soundtracks, and beautiful art.
Yuru Camp will always be the anime to end my Thursdays. Now if you'll excuse me, I need some Ramen.