Laid-Back Camp 2nd Season - Reviews

Alt title: Yuru Camp 2nd Season

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Nekus's avatar
Apr 1, 2021

If you told me after watching S1 that the sequel would have been even comfier and relaxing I probably wouldn’t have thought such a thing was possible but here we are. This second season of Yuru Camp is everything a sequel should be, maintaining the focus on its strengths, improving on the weaknesses of the previous entry all while introducing a few new elements to keep things fresh.

Relaxed Rin
~How relaxed I get when watching this show~ 

The best aspect of the show has always been the comfy and idyllic atmosphere and that has been kept practically untouched, they managed to keep the same magical feeling alive but the direction and screenplay of this season was definitely a step above with many more well structured scenes. The show no longer relies on its OST to do the vast majority of the emotional work but rather works in a more harmonious manner. This doesn’t mean in any way that the OST got worse however, in fact even if the soundtrack of the previous season is one my all time favorites that I listened to for hundreds and hundreds of times I wasn’t disappointed in any way in the new tracks, which is an incredible feat.

>mfw no more Yuru Camp until the movie.

The arguably worst aspect of S1 was the supporting cast lacking depth, and while S2 still is largely focused on the Shimarin and Nadeshiko duo, all the other characters get a lot more time to develop and shine. As this season goes on you can also feel their friendship deepening after each outing as they all get more familiar and friendly with each other, and that same feeling of fondness gets shared with us. While I did watch S2 for Rin and Nadeshiko, I will watch the movie for all the cast.

~Me admiring the new visuals~

While the show maintained its photorealistic focus regarding the scenery this season has definitely a more cartoony and creative feel when we get to the character animations and facial expressions. Apart from making this show a much better gif generator this also helps a lot with making the emotions of the characters come across. See for example them enjoying a shrimp risotto so much that they temporarily become shrimps themselves:

Yuru Camp achieves the closest to what I think the Iyashikei genre can be and manages to create a truly therapeutic experience. Watching this show is almost a meditative experience. In the last few years I have never been as relaxed as when I was watching this with a nice hot cup of tea, so go get some and get started! Blankets and snacks are also really recommended.

~Thanks for reading and I hope you have a comfy day~

?/10 story
9/10 animation
10/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall
TheRogueNob's avatar
Apr 3, 2021

hello peoples, the best show this year is over :( well at least the best SOL. And you want to know why it's the best right, otherwise why are you here? Well let me tell you why. For the shotgun review laid back camp is genuinely one of the most relaxed and chil show to watch, with solid animation, fun characters and amazing music you'll definitely enjoy the second season. That being said if you get 3/4 episodes in and are just plain bored or uninterested then drop I can see how people can find it boringz otherwise kick you feet up and get sucked in to the charming and relaxing work of laid back camp. Now for the detailed review 

first the animation, though the majority of the animation is just above par the landscapes are straight up art work. It really lets your eye just soak in the view. Awesome

the sound, honestly most of the ambient sound just doesn't exist, no birds or insects, the sound of cars or people that aren't the main characters, I think that's done on purpose for the whole relaxing thing but I do like the immersion. The high score is for the music! Great op and ep for every season and the short really some of the best music in any anime that fits its show.

Now for characters is a sol so I'm a bit generous I don't expect much and the same goes here. The big difference between this and any other sol is that there isn't any bullshit it is the same from episode 1 season 1 to epsiode 12 season 2 just a group of friends living life and camping. We need more of that 

Well the story falls into that as well really can't ask for more with a story like this 

I have to say laid back camp is the best standard slice of life I'm excluding things like Nichojou or asobe asibasae (I butchered that) since those are hyper outlandish comedies. But for SOLs grounded in reality I do believe that laid back camp is the best by far no drama no random Bs at the end just happy nostalgic feeling all the way through that may make some of you go camping (try it, it is super fun and relaxing if done right and well prepared). It is well worth your time and a joy to watch.

that's all for this one peoples, thanks for the read and have a good one! 

5/10 story
8.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
9/10 overall
krofire's avatar
Dec 16, 2021

Season two of C-Station’s popular teenage-girls-go-camping show kicked off in 2021 where season one left off: in the New Year period. It follows the adventures of our intrepid young ladies through to the Spring (skipping obvious academic hurdles like final exams). Much that was written for season one applies here too. It’s adorable and cute but largely lacks much in the way of story. However, it does gently move the narrative on a little concentrating on back-story and a bit more drama. Camping high in the mountains of Japan in mid-winter is obviously not something the inexperienced should take lightly. Three of the girls do run into problems by not properly planning an overnight stay in freezing conditions. Thankfully they were never in any real danger as their friends, teacher and fellow campers rallied round to help them. Lesson learnt; we move on. The cast widens slightly with more interaction with other campers and non-camping friends. We get to see a bit more of Rin’s grandfather and parents who we learn were all bikers back in their day. Nadeshiko decides to go on her first solo camping trip earning the concern of her sister and Rin when she drops out of cell-phone range. Yet it works out well with Rin and Sakura trying hard to hide the fact that they had both turned up at the camp site to check on her wellbeing. The final four episodes focus on the season finale – a trip for all the girls (plus one younger sister and sensei) to the Izu region.

Crunchyroll is currently (Winter 2021) streaming five short-episode, live action, documentaries hosted by Yumiri Hanamori, the voice of Nadeshiko. She gets to go solo-camping in the shadow of Mount Fuji after a briefing and shopping session with an expert. She giggles her way through it and the exercise looks pretty unconvincing. It is doubtful she actually stayed the night as she didn’t even have a sleeping bag or ground sheet.  It might have been nice to have had a bit of a tour of some of the sites seen in the anime (now that the audience has been force fed their beauty over two seasons of the show). Maybe next time. Season two of the anime remains more of a travelogue and tourist information film than coming-of-age drama. A bit of romance might have been a nice touch. They are teenage girls in a world where boys exist afterall…. Yet it remains eminently watchable with little in the way of any tangible criticisms. It is what it is: a very gentle slice of Iyashikei designed to send you to bed at ease that all is well with the world. Wholesome to the max. We loved it. But it doesn’t get the pulse racing.

7/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall
DGFischer's avatar
Feb 14, 2022

Maybe I'm impatient, but I really wanted to see the story advance from season one.

But perhaps my definition of 'advance' was impractical.  Stories can move in a number of ways, and it need not follow your whims.  For me, it was a desire for the Yurucamp girls to move beyond cold weather camping to take on the other seasons.  Maybe it was the third OVA of the 2018 season where the girls are trapped on a deserted island.  Warm weather, no chance for foggy breath to be the main animation trend.  But all thirteen episodes inched us to March with steam rolling from Nadeshiko's mouth becoming nigh to file footage.  I’m from Wisconsin, and this time of year, we Nordiques start looking forward to Spring.  That look of smog-breath gets us down after a while.

But the 2021 season did offer great adventures even with that touch of chill in the air.

Nadeshiko makes her first go at solo-camping (under the watchful eye of nervous Rin and Toba-Sensei).

Aoi, Chiaki, and Ena nearly succumb to hypothermia (and worse) in an ill-planned winter camping outing.

Rin learns how deep the love of motor-biking is in her family (of course, grandpa [voiced by the man who played the narrator, the sage master of all things rustic and majestic], but ... mom too?).

The Outdoor Activities Club make the journey to the Izu Peninsula to take in the twelve geospots which make this part of Japan so attractive (and little Akari got to see those capybaras soaking in their private hot spring).

And the effect of iyashikei kept the action down to a minimum, so there was always the danger of the plot dragging and getting dull.  Therefore, you had to keep an eye out for the gorgeous scenery that just pops.  This was one of the secrets of Yurucamp 2.  C-Station improved on the CGI over those three years between productions.  Not just the motion of vehicular traffic (an obvious use of CG), but the glorious panorama of the mountaintops the girls visited, particularly in the visit to Izu (why do anime companies keep their best stuff for the last episodes?).

The music also had the soft, lilting, airy style appropriate for iyashikei.  Good chance that the Laid-Back Camp movie coming out this year won't budge off the slow-pace which makes it an enjoyable kick-back-relax viewing.

Why should it?

9/10 story
10/10 animation
9/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.7/10 overall
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