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.
After four episodes I can say with complete honesty that there isn't a single bad thing I say about Yuru Camp for it hits its marks in all the right places. Having been in Boy Scouts going all the way back as a child, this anime definitely brought back a lot of great memories of my Scouting days and it definitely makes you want to go camping again whether by yourself or with friends, even with all the hard work it sometimes requires.
What makes this anime so special is how it relates to anyone who enjoys going camping. The characters all represent ourselves and how
excited we were to go camping. It goes even further to providing step by step details of how to camp and how to enjoy to the fullest, from how to set up a campsite with safety in mind to how to cook delicious meals using outdoor materials. The level of attention to detail is nothing short or astounding.
The art department has also done a fantastic job of showing just how beautiful the outdoors can be with the backgrounds of Mt. Fuji and other popular camping places in Japan. The characters are also nicely designed. Speaking of the characters, the five girls we've seen so far remind me quite a bit of the five main girls from Sailor Moon. You could say they're practically the camping versions of those characters. The music also suits the series perfectly. You can almost imagined being played right at camp.
With what have seen so far, we have yet to see the five girls camping together as this anime heavily applies. But I'm in no hurry to see that happen anytime soon for the pacing is at a perfect pace and there's really no need to rush. So far, Yuru Camp gets a solid 10 from me and yes that is a rather generous score for me, but like I said in the beginning there's not a bad thing I can say about this anime
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
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 create an amazing OST. 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 :^)
Nadeshiko's interactions with Skinfang-chan and Forehead-chan also are spot on, hope to see more of that also with Rin. Overall, very good, unique and varying 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):
Man oh man, the start of Winter 2018 has brought us a CRAP ton of SOL anime, but the make-or-break point is always at the simple execution that reels us in from the get-go, and Yuru Camp is one that delivers wholeheartedly in its simple yet loving aesthetics.
One thing to note that the recent pop-up of the iyashikei (or healing) genre is something that I did not expect out of this series, and it does that as well.
As you'd expect, Yuru Camp is a series that's filled with the slightest comedic-adventure with the educational aspect, and that's it's main draw: teaching us, campers or not,
on the ways of handling camping away from the bustling city and getting the enjoyment out of it. Really love how the details are brought down to the utmost care, and is enticing us to go and try it out.
So there was Rin the solo camping girl at first who does her usual stuff, going around camping places to savor just 3 nights of every area, and getting the feel for it, until the presence of Nadeshiko breaks the ice, and with her go-getting energetic self, revives the school's Outdoor Activities Club and sets forth the journey of learning how and what it means to camp, and opening the cold-hearted Rin to sharing her experiences with Nadeshiko as well.
For a simple yet enticing series, C-Station does it with a sense of great pride in their hands, following the manga adaptation to a T in its simple blissful art and animation that doesn't reek the blessings of simple art design and I've gotta say it's a hell of a job well done.
And the music is one of the highlights for the show. Akiyuki Tateyama of Shimoneta and Kemono Friends fame made the music for this show, and what can I say, for someone who doesn't have a lot of compositions, he's definitely an up-and-rising music composer with some of the best music ever done. Another heck of a job well done with the OST, and props to hearing Eri Sakaki's voice again for ED (as Plastic Memories fans know her great OP composition). Overall, impressive work done here.
Well, what can I say, just watch Yuru Camp and it will bring healing to your heart as you watch girls camp to their hearts' content and will make you smile all the way through.
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.