These Yuru Camp specials are quite magical addition to the anime series.
The first one is about our girls browsing through camping gears and getting shocked over how pricey everything is. This is perfect because they try to find cheaper alternatives from every day items instead of spending shekels. Turns out this idea isn't very succesfull in terms of camping, but it sure does it job with cute comedy that might make an adult man giggle.
The 2nd focuses on several different subjects. The best one being all sort of different camping styles from chill and relax to the more hardcore bushcraft survivor and hunting,
followed by different styles that don't actually exist in real life. These new styles are so ridiculously funny that they might make an adult man giggle.
Our 3rd special is more lengthy, being half of an episode long in duration. This special introduces several new aspect and comedic approach that would not be expected of Yuru Camp. The catch being that this is the pinnacle of the entire series. I don't even wish to spoil any of it as it's Greatness that should be witnessed by all, and will make an adult man giggle.
I recommend these specials to everyone who wants to get their soul cleansed repeatedly in 5 minute periods (x4) as our shorts are indeed more consistently pure and haato waamingu than the actual tv series was. There is also weird moe faces shown approximately every 3 seconds which further makes me want to call this thing a smiling simulator.
Grab your tent, some marshmallows, and get ready for more camping with Yuru Camp!
These specials are very similar to the main series, but shorter, first 2 episodes are about 5 minutes long and the 3rd one is 12. They serve as simple add-ons to the main series, if you will. Each episode is about them hanging out, either that be by camping, or playing on the beach to mention a few.
Not much has changed about the characters, they're the same as they were in the main series. Production values are still good, the girls are cute and we've got some of the nice OST from
the series in the background.
If you're a fan of the main series, then by all means watch these, as they're just more of the good stuff.
Yuru Camp△ is an incredibly boring anime, I went into these specials expecting to be bored out of my mind the same way that I was with the actual anime and I was not disappointed. These specials are boring. Very boring. So boring in fact that you SHOULD be saying to yourself "man, this anime is very boring" when you're watching it. Notice how I put the word "should" in all caps. Sadly, even though this is how a normal human being should feel toward Yuru Camp△, most people on MAL seem to really love Yuru camp△ despite how sleep inducing it is. My personal
theory is that its so boring that most people just fell asleep while watching it- they probably had a really nice dream but accidentally mistook that dream for the anime they were watching before they fell asleep, it makes sense.
As someone who stayed awake through the whole thing I guess its my duty to share my knowledge with others and let everyone know that they were wrong when they gave Yuru Camp△ a 10/10 and went around calling it really good and stuff. You're welcome!!!
First things first, the characters are garbage. They all follow a simple stereotype each, which mind you isn't really a bad thing, choosing a stereotype to base your character off of and start doing the groundwork to creating an actual "character" is perfectly fine. The problem with Yuru camp△ is that they kind of forget to do the actual "creating characters" part of that. Sure hey might *look* like people, they all got arms and legs and all the other parts that make a human look like a human, its not until they actually start moving around and doing things until you start to realise you're watching an anime- not about real people, but about robots programmed to "act" like human beings. Sadly whoever created these robots failed to grasp that you need more than one character trait if you want to trick people into thinking your robots are real flesh and blood humans.
Now remember, I'm not saying that all anime characters have to be like real people, not every anime can be like Neon Genesis Evangelion and 3-Gatsu no Lion after all. Especially with a "CGDCT" anime where the whole point of the show is trying to make the characters "cute", the best way to achieve this is apparently by making all the characters act like total morons/retards. And it works, just look at shows like K-on!! which is a very well-liked show and it follows the whole "making most of the characters seem like they have some kind of disorder" thing perfectly. But the difference between K-On!! and Yuru camp△ is that whoever wrote K-on!! at least googled the definitions of "comedy" and "entertainment" before they decided to make a series that tries to be "COMEDIC" AND "ENTERTAINING". You see what I'm trying to get at here? Yuru Camp△ has many scenes where people are talking, but that's all they do, they just talk to each other, sometimes a character might say something and the others start laughing- I assume what they're laughing at was supposed to be meant as a "joke" but it wasn't, they just said a random thing and people started laughing for seemingly no reason. Was the joke that there was no joke there? Like some kind of anti-humour? If so then, well, please don't make EVERY joke in your anime an anti-joke, because it makes you come off as a person who just has no idea how comedy works. I can't for the life of me understand why Yuru Camp△ has a "comedy" tag when there is no comedy to be found, its just as much of a comedy as something like Boogiepop Phantom or Legend of the Galactic heroes. As in not a comedy at all. The most essential part of being a comedy is that you need something to laugh at, but sadly that is not here in Yuru Camp△.
So I guess you should understand now that this show has bad characters. There's Nadeshiko who was programmed to be obnoxious af. Aoi who was programmed to be obnoxious af. Chiaki who was programmed to be obnoxious af. And finally Rin who they actually forgot to program a """"personality"""" into but that was probably for the best since I don't think I can handle one more obnoxious freak around here. But I guess that's a double-edged sword since at the very least the obnoxious freaks are DOING *something*, Rin just sits there... or walks there... or collects pinecones for HALF AN EPISODE.... WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING ELSE. Rin is one of the main reasons *why* Yuru camp△ is so boring in the first place.
Anyway, this isn't a review of Yuru Camp△ its a review of the Yuru camp△ *Specials* so I guess I should talk about what makes the specials in particular so bad too, huh? I hope you understand, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about why the show itself was bad too in case anyone who accidentally liked it stumbled upon this review.
These specials consist of three short little episodes. The first of which tells the tale of when the camping club got their club room at school and also serves as a prequel to the entire series, I suppose. They kind of just sit there though, and talk about getting some camping gear but upon looking up the prices and whatnot of all the supplies needed for camping they realise that they are poor and can't afford any of it. And that' about it, nothing really special goes on here.
Episode 2 is about Aoi and her identical little sister being lying scumbags and attempting to trick the other club members into believing their false lies. Nothing else really goes on, I can't give you an example of what the lies actually were or why they were stupid/not funny because to be quite frank I forget what they were due to the anime being so forgettable.
Episode 3 is both my favourite and my least favourite. Its my favourite because I suppose they actually DID something... aside from sitting there and talking but my least favourite because it was the longest episode of all, lasting an entire twelve minutes. In this episode they get stranded on an island after jumping out of a plane like retards and then they go camping on the island. The episode ends with them realising that they should actually try to get help to get off the island instead of, well, camping. Help never arrived and I can only assume that the whole scenario ends with a Lord of the Flies situation.
And now with that quick summary of the specials not only do you not have to watch the specials now and not waste like 20-something minutes of your life, but you can use those 20-something minutes to watch a good anime like Sakura Quest which actually knows how to write characters AND have comedy.
I had a bunch of other points I wanted to make while watching the specials but unfortunately I forgot them all, which I suppose perfectly sums up what this show is like anyway. "Forgettable". Have a good day~
The specials include three episodes: Every episode is different, so I am gonna talk about every episode individually.
It's simply how Aoi and Chiaki got the clubroom. It has some nice backstory for Chiaki and some funny jokes, but it is probably the weakest of the three episodes. Not all jokes land and it is overal not on par with the usual quality of the show. Still you should watch it, just for Chiaki's backstory Visuals alone.
Nadeshiko's inteligence is here tested. This has some really funny jokes and the end joke was probably my favorite
of all the specials. It doesn't really add anything, but it gives me a good laugh. Also mini Aoi is there, so it is must watch.
Without a doubt the best of the specials. It is also the longest, while the other are around 6 minutes long, this episode is double that. The girls go on camping in Australia, but after a misunderstanding they land in a unhabited Island. Now they have to survive and maybe even have fun surviving. The Visuals are pretty, the jokes are funny and it is a nice change of scenery. If you are going to watch any of the specials, then you should absolutely watch this one.
The specials are nice. I didn't had high hopes for them, but it genuinely surprised me how good they were. If you liked Yuru Camp and you want more of it, it doesn't hurt to watch the specials.