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Natsumi, Saki, Yuka, and Ringo are best friends. They've grown up in an old agricultural town, experiencing everything together, both happy and sad. But one summer, they are visited by a miracle.
Ordinary in looks, ordinary in brains, ordinary in arts and athletics … 14-year-old Naru Sekiya is just ordinary in every way. Naru leads an ordinary day-to-day life even as she adores "heroines." She embarks on a path to an unordinary world called "Yosakoi" dance, guided by an exotic fairylike girl she met one moonlit evening.
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.