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.
Mount Fuji and Curry Noodles
Welcome to the Outdoor Activities Club
Mount Fuji and Relaxed Hot Pot Camp
The Outdoor Activities Club and the Solo Camping Girl
Two Camps, Two Campers' Views
Meat and Fall Colors and the Mystery Lake
A Night on the Lake Shore and Campers
Exams, Caribou, Steamed Buns, Yum!
A Night of Navigator Nadeshiko and Hot Spring Steam
Clumsy Travelers and Camp Meetings
Mount Fuji and the Laid-Back Camp Girls
Had someone told me that my top show of the Winter season would be a Cute girl's show, I would've told him that he's ridiculous, but here we are, Who would've thought that a show about cute girls doing absolutely nothing in the woods would be so great. In a season filled with mostly generic Cute Girls Doing Cute Things shows, comes a show that managed to prove that if you throw a hundred one of them at the wall, something is bound to stick and that even with the most generic cast and boring premise, you can create something NOT boring, something really great. so just set back, relax, and gaze upon the gloriousness of the nothing ever happens. From a studio that made absolutely nothing of significance, comes the comfiest show in the whole freakin' season, a show that's well-produced to make for a great ride, featuring long segments of girls riding bikes as they traverse long distances through the beautiful wilderness, with some of the greatest scenery I've seen in a while, other long shots of them setting up their tents, step by step, and then showing them collecting wood for a campfire before starting it, and others showing them cooking their meals while a narrator explains all the steps, in what feels like a camping instructional video, before just sitting down and start eating or reading. What makes the this show special is how it's focused on its themes of camping, as well as the girls' outdoor activity, rather than being an afterthought like other CGDCT shows which seem to focus on making the girls look cute, the show creates a great atmosphere which makes the experience very immersive, and a very soothing watch. the characters themselves are generic, but the great chemistry between them, as well as their activities which experience through them, makes them likable. The artwork is brilliantly done to showcase the beauty of nature with some eye-catching backgrounds, most of which are based on real-life locations, accompany that with some relaxing and great music, and some simple and funny gags, the show manages to be a warm and cozy experience. It's a peaceful Slice of Life show, and a great healing experience, though unless you're really into Slice of Life shows, you might find this show downright unwatchable, since the show is much more uneventful than a normal Slice of Life show, otherwise, it's one of the best to come to date, and is easily one of my favorite shows this year.
Familiarity and stereotypes are neutral. When people bring up familiarity and stereotyping, they often use those terms to negatively judge something. Creativity is praised and overly familiar anime franchises are called out for their presence. What most people don’t talk about is how familiarity and stereotypes have purposes. Most stories are familiar because people like certain types of stories and anime producers know that these stories appeal to most people. Stereotypes exist because we have common characters within stories and these characters fit roles in these stories. Familiarity and stereotypes are neutral and how they are used determines how well done an anime can be. Laid-Back Camp (Yuru) is the story of high school girls who become friends over their love of camping. Rin, a quiet and reserved solo camper, becomes friends with Nadeshiko, a ditzy and overly hungry girl, and both become friends through camping. Add in the Outdoor Activities Club from their high school and that is the main cast. This is a cute girls doing cute things (CGDCT), a slice of life, and Iyashekei (‘healing anime’, with minimal conflict and intended to help the viewer relax) anime, and common ideas are used. The focus is on relationships, with the girls planning and going on different camping trips. Much food is eaten, scenery is observed and calming music is played. What distinguishes Yuru from most slice of life anime is that enough details are given to the characters so that they have the feeling of character while keeping their simplicity, the chemistry between the cast is convincing, the camping is tied into the story and plots well, and the calm pacing is relaxing instead of grating. A common story is given a gorgeous presentation, with the animation and designs giving Yuru a personality of its own. The music is memorable and fits well, giving the scenes little spurts of excitement and release. The plots are enjoyable and give the characters plenty of room for comedy and touching moments. Yuru sets its goals and never loses sight of those goals. Yuru Camp is the rare slice of life that I looked forward to, as one meets with a cheerful and relaxed friend. There is never too much time spent, and the time together is fun. For cynical anime otaku, Yuru Camp may be the right antidote to weekly stress. For everyone else, this is a display of how to take common ideas and make the most impact of them.
This is my first review of an anime I've made for quite a long time, so please bear with me. Personally, I'm a big fan of slice-of-life shows like Yuru Yuri, Non Non Biyori, Sound! Euphonium, etc., and I've watched them ever since I've watched Azumanga Daioh, which was originally released back in 2002. I find slice-of-life shows appealing, and I personally prefer them over mainstream action shows, but of course different people have different tastes. Yuru Camp, aka Laid-Back Camp, is easily one of the most relaxing, laid-back anime I've watched along with Non Non Biyori. Yuru Camp is perfect to make me forget about all my worries in real life momentarily.Yuru Camp may be just a typical slice-of-life anime at first glance, but the characters are what separates this anime from other slice-of-life anime, and how cute they are. It's cute girls going camping, and who doesn't love them? Yuru Camp did not have much of the plotline, but it did have some character development. We get to see Rin, who's experienced in solo camping, has become more open to camp with her friends. Plus, the campers have recruited a young girl to the guild! Otherwise, the anime mainly just shows lots of mischievous camping fun between high school girls, and the narrator, voiced by Akio Otsuka, even teaches the viewers some helpful camping tips!The characters are all unique, and they are all pretty likable. Rin is a confident, relatable girl who likes to be alone but doesn't mind being friends with other girls. Nadeshiko is a ditzy, energetic girl who likes to eat a lot, and she has made some of the cutest facial expressions I've ever seen. Her Tareme eyes has already made herself cute, and I really like her energetic personality. Aoi is a very nice girl who has a cute little fang, and Chiaki is the tomboy with glasses along with her fiesty personality. My favorite character of the show is Ena, who's Rin's best friend, and she's voiced by one of my top favorite seiyuus, Rie Takahashi. Her voice is so soothing, and I really wish she would get more screen time. The voice acting in general is well done, with Nao Touyama being the other standout by making Rin such a cool character.Overall, Yuru Camp is an incredible anime that gives its maximum comfiness to viewers like me. Being a slice-of-life moe anime, it was odd that there was not really any downtime in the series, but maybe the "downtime" was all the cute scenes and I was so happy that I didn't really have to care about my viewing experience. I am very excited for Season 2 of Yuru Camp in 2021, and I really hope that this anime will be dubbed in English if possible. This anime is easily one of my favorite slice-of-life anime I've watched, and I highly recommend watching Yuru Camp to slice-of-life fans. You won't regret it, and it might even inspire you to go out camping like many people after watching the anime.
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