So the second season came to a close. The question is how good is it compared to its reasonably enjoyable prequel? Let’s find out as we take a look at the second season of Yama no Susume.
For readers who missed it here are my thoughts on the first season.
Alternate Title: Encouragement of Climb Second Season/2
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life
Themes: Mountain Climbing, family, educational, growing up/coming of age
Number of Episodes: 24 (13 1/2 minutes each).
Plot Summary: Aoi, her best bud/potential lover (More on that later) Hinata, Kaede and Kokona continue their adventures climbing mountains while also experiencing and attempting to overcome the challenges of being mountain climbers
I can best describe YnS 2 as a whole using three superlatives, bigger, better and cuter. S2 is twice as long as its predecessor (not counting the bonus OVA), feels grander in its execution and gives off a more relaxed, occasionally invigorating feeling while watching.
The show’s concept remains the same, cute girls doing cute things while going on entertaining mountain climbing adventures. In fact after seeing S2 I was more convinced that S1 was an elongated prologue preparing our girls for the challenging climbs ahead and challenging they were. Also like last time the show made sure to educate viewers on the necessary equipment for mountain climbing, tactics and strategies for successful climbs and guides for several of Japan’s mountains including the most famous of all. Yes, they tackled THAT mountain at one point. Said experience also happens to be one of the best arcs of the season along with the last one which continues the show’s main plot. Of course when the girls aren’t going for gold they spend their time entertaining audiences with their cuteness. What the first show accomplished in introducing the wonders of mountain climbing the second bestows a sense of fulfillment by show’s end.
As I described earlier S2 feels bigger and better in both the animation quality and both its OPs and EDs. My personal favs being OP1 and ED2. The scenery plays as important of a role in drawing the viewer in as the girls do. The quality is THAT good. So much nature, so serene.
The gang’s still got the same likable quirks that make them fun to watch. Aoi’s still the shy, hardworking protagonist, Hinata’s still the genki, Kokona’s still the cute one but she may also be the most prominent and Kaede’s still the wise elder with the hot bod. What’s new in S2 is the deeper character development each of them go through, especially Aoi. Well she is the main character so it makes sense. Still the other three get their time to shine as well either in flashbacks or epic moments. No one feels pointless. Even the newcomers contribute further development while also being fun to watch. Speaking of newcomers there’s a certain girl who does not officially debut until halfway through the last arc of the season…unless the writers played a “Where’s Waldo?” kind of game up to her debut.
I mentioned in the S1 review that I did not notice AoiNata. I took the word of some of my peeps that there was something between the two. S2 on the other hand…it could not be any more obvious. This picture summarizes what kind of relationship the two have. They bicker a lot but when push comes to shove the one person constantly in their minds is each other. Then there’s the last arc…Yup, they’re pretty much set for marriage. Funny thing is neither girl is a tsundere. As a bonus another one of the girls gets some yurirific goodness but I will leave that to interested readers to find out which one.
Overall YnS 2 is a continuation everyone who enjoyed the first season should pick up if they have yet to do so. It expands on everything that made S1 great while also delivering more goodness. I cannot guarantee viewers who were not impressed by S1 will think differently of S2 but it does not hurt to give it a try.