Encouragement of Climb

Alt title: Yama no Susume

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

If you want a touch of sports in your cute high school girls series, you might want to check out one of these. Taisho Baseball Girls has more emphasis on the sport, whereas Encouragement of Climb just goes over the basics and prefers to show the girls hanging out and giggling, but they may appeal to the same audience.

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Bronia Bronia says...

Shy female lead and her energetic friend doing some sort of hobby that's uncommon in an anime. The friend is more experienced in the hobby than the beginner lead. Both are very cute shows that act sort of as a how-to guide for getting into either hiking or yosakoi. They take the characters and the viewer through all the steps of starting their new hobby, from the first shopping trip to actually hiking/dancing. Both shows also show a progression of the girls' friendship. If you likee Yama no Susume but find the 5 minute episodes aren't enough, definitely try Hanayamata. If you like Hanayamata and want more like it, Yama no Susume is a great starting point.