Comfy Campers: Yuru Camp Review

Well, after reading the cripplingly depressing Oyasumi Punpun, I had to find a way to recharge my will to live, and what could be better than cute girls going out camping?

Here’s a summary from MAL:

While the perfect getaway for most girls her age might be a fancy vacation with their loved ones, Rin Shima’s ideal way of spending her days off is camping alone at the base of Mount Fuji during the barren winter months. From pitching her tent to gathering firewood, she has always done everything by herself, and has no plans of leaving her little solitary world.

However, what starts off as one of Rin’s usual camping sessions somehow ends up as a surprise get-together for two when the lost Nadeshiko Kagamihara is forced to take refuge at her campsite. Originally intending to see the picturesque view of Mount Fuji for herself, Nadeshiko’s plans are disrupted when she ends up falling asleep partway to her destination. Alone and with no other choice, she seeks help from the only other person nearby. Despite their hasty introductions, the two girls nevertheless enjoy the chilly night together, eating ramen and conversing while the campfire keeps them warm. And even after Nadeshiko’s sister finally picks her up later that night, both girls silently ponder the possibility of another camping trip together.

It’s an incredibly chill and relaxing anime. There is zero melodrama. It’s literally all about these girls camping, buying supplies and food for camping, or just talking about camping. This is great, because camping is such a vast hobby, so there’s a lot to talk about. However, the biggest asset this show has in my opinion, is the gorgeous set pieces and music. There is a wonderful sense of place in this anime, and every location they go to feels distinctly real and alive, most likely because they ARE real places you can go visit in Honshu, Japan. This may be up-and-coming studio C-Station’s first fully adapted work, but if this is the level of quality we can expect, then I am all for watching what they have next in store. The beautiful accompanying music really sets the atmosphere for a sparse mountain town.

Another aspect I really liked about the show was how educational it was. Not to bash on K-ON or anything, but since we are talking about CGDCT stuff, I have to. K-ON was a great anime for sure, but it never really did teach you much about music.

Not that I expected it to, after all, it is a character story more than a music show. Yuru Camp, however, teaches you a lot about camping.

Whenever any of the girls try out a new piece of camping equipment, or even just something as basic as pitching a tent properly, the show’s narrator goes out of their way to explain the process. I’m like 90% tempted to make my next Manga Eats the sukiyaki hotpot they make in the finale, because they explain the whole process so well (minus the A-5 beef) .

They also don’t shy away from how expensive camping can get, and I love that they show the fact that the characters are all working or come from a well-off background to fund their hobby. They also acknowledge the fact that camping during the winter months isn’t all that popular because it’s so cold, but that is a blessing in disguise as Rin says herself, “There’s no crowds, no bugs, and no mud.”

I always like it when a show goes out of its way to actually educate me. I watch too much anime as it is, I might as well learn some things I might apply in real life. I doubt that camping in real life will go as smoothly as it does here, but I’d say with enough luck and prep, you too can have a comfy outdoors experience.

The characters are all adorable, and so are their relationships. Rin going from cold and detached to warm and friendly with the rest of the girls other than Nadeshiko was a treat, and it is definitely her show. I particularly like the episode where Rin travels to Nagano, as it really captures all the little things about travelling long distances I had to put up with too whenever we went to the province. It really captures her character trait of liking solitude, but also still wanting friends. She’s perfectly sociable, but she just likes being alone a lot. No drama, no wanting be part of a group, she just enjoys being alone, but doesn’t mind going out camping with other people too much when asked. It’s a refreshing break from the social outcast story.

Nadeshiko is also a fun foil to Rin’s stoic and dependable nature. While Rin is more deadpan and serious in her camping, Nadeshiko is recklessly energetic and excitable. They both enjoy the fun of camping in a very different manner, but ultimately, the enjoyment is the same.

Aoi and Chiyaki are also fun and quirky supporting characters. It’s a classic comedic duo of Wiseguy Chiyaki, who is always scheming and hustling for locations, camp equipment, and other camping plans. and Straightman Aoi, who just goes along with the fun of it all, and tends to bring them down to earth when they get too weird.

Saitou, Rin’s friend, is also very aloof but also very supportive of her friend, usually forcing her to try out making friends with people, much to her chagrin and relief.

The adults are all also very responsible and cool about their daughters going out camping so much, which I guess makes sense when you live in such a peaceful and less-populated part of Japan during the winter months.

Lastly, a surprising compliment I can also give to the show was the distinct lack of intentional fan service. Imagine how most anime would do a hot springs or changing room scene. I half-expected somebody would at least point out that Aoi’s Aois are, well……………..

………………. endowed.

But nope, they never make a crack at it. It was a cheap and easy vehicle for a fan service moment and joke too, and I’m glad it was just a normal bath scene that didn’t feel the need to push in unecessary fanservice. Pretty rare in the age of ecchi moe shows that sell incredibly well by pandering to the lowest common denominator.

After all, why have lewds when you can have the secret blanket society?

Honestly, there ARE better visual gags and jokes, such as Rin’s bun.

I did make a well-endowed joke though, so what do I know?

Overall, I give Yuru Camp a 9/10! It’s a wonderful little show about cute girls and camping, wholesome enough to watch with a friend or in public, and a bit educational as well. It’s up there with Barakamon and Non Non Biyori as an Iyashikei (healing) classic. It got me out of a post-dark manga depression, and those are hard to shake off.

P. S. Is it just me, or is the opening song of this show almost copyright-strike levels similar to Jackson 5’s ABC?

4 thoughts on “Comfy Campers: Yuru Camp Review

  1. I love any post that knocks K-on back down a peg, lol.
    and boob jokes, hahaha.
    I love this anime. I legit love Nadeshiko, and the show is really inviting. It makes you want to eat what they’re eating, camp where they’re camping and just be as laidback as them.
    also, yes, the OP was inspired by Jackson 5, I believe. The artist intentionally made it so, or something. 🙂

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