A Girls Club anime about cute girls going camping. What more do most fans of mine need to become interested in this show? Well let us find out as we take a look at Yuru Camp.
Alternate Title: Laid-Back Camp
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Iyashikei
Themes: Outdoors, Camping
Number of Episodes: 12 + Specials
Plot Summary: Rin enjoys camping by the lakeshore, Mt. Fuji in view. Nadeshiko rides her bike to see Mt. Fuji, too. As the two eat cup noodles together, they behold the beautiful scenery around them.
As mentioned the show is all about cute girls going camping complete with tips and necessities one needs to set up camp all wonderfully narrated by Mr Akio Ootsuka who made Morgan Freeman and Roscoe Lee Browne proud. We will get to the voice acting in a bit. Many essentials are covered such as what kind of wood to gather to start a fire, the differences in tents, where to set up camp, how to cook tasty meals and most important of all, blankets.
For the longest time one important theme is covered throughout the show: The difference between solo and group camping. Sometimes it focuses on Rin (with Nadeshiko a couple of times)’s solo camping trips, other times the Outdoor Club‘s group camping, led by Aoi and Chiaki, and a few times both solo and group camping at the same time to give viewers an idea of what the pros and cons are for both.
Being an iyashikei show it does a fantastic job showing viewers how wonderful and relaxing camping in the right camping site is. After setting up camp viewers join the girls having fun and most importantly taking in the beautiful scenery on both day and nighttime. This is a perfect segway to the animation which unsurprisingly is excellent, befitting an iyashikei series. Same can be said for the soundtrack. Motivating melodies that WANT viewers to go outdoors and take in the beauty of nature…provided the viewer lives near beautiful scenery to begin with. Otherwise wait for vacation time and book a trip to any of the Japanese campsites featured on the show…or Vancouver. Either one works. According to our friend Rory the OP is similar to some English songs, those being The Jackson 5’s “ABC” and “I Want You Back”. The ED might as well be a soothing lullaby.
The familiar Girls Club traits are here and accounted for such as the power of friendship and cute girls doing cute things besides camping. They even got small chances to show off their sexiness without going down the ecchi route. No swimsuit episode sadly but there is something close enough to spark plenty of hot fan art for one girl in particular. I mentioned voice acting earlier and that is because alongside the stellar animation and relaxing soundtrack the seiyu did a stellar job making the girls sound extra adorable and spunky. They sound cute regularly but there are those special moments they go the extra mile such as “Smug” or “Old Lady” Nadeshiko or “Scheming” Aoi. One of the main five girls takes a while before she joins in on the camping fun but in the meantime she gets enough screen time and fun moments to fit right in with the other four. For an iyashikei show Yuru Camp was especially funny. Besides the main five the side-characters are all really cool guys and gals with personal favorites being Onee-chan, Mama Deshiko and Drunk-Sensei.
As for the yuri goodness I will keep it simple: RinDeshiko = Super Mega OTP + relationship goals. Some may include AoiChi if they so wish but RinDeshiko is where it is at.
Overall Yuru Camp is a MUST WATCH for Girls Club and Iyashikei aficionados. The camping is fun, the cast are all likable, the atmosphere is relaxing, the soundtrack is pleasant and RinDeshiko are bliss. It easily earned a spot alongside Flying Witch and Amanchu! as the new generation of Iyashikei greats. Be sure to follow the rules on the show CAREFULLY should the time come when you decide to go camping.
PS: Need more? Some fans went so far as saying the many dishes prepared on this show gave Koizumi-san‘s many delectable ramen dishes a run for their money in terms of mouth watering goodness.
PPS: Be sure to stay tuned after the ED of each episode for more fun with an Outdoor Club corner segment and extra goodies.