‘Sup, y’all? I’m back with another anime for Anime Fridays!
Today, we’ll be looking at, arguably, one of the best slice of life anime, Laid Back Camp, produced by Studio C-Station. The anime has 12 episodes total and I’ll be reviewing the Japanese dub-English sub version.
This is an anime I have already seen in full so I can give a nice, comprehensive review for you of this one.
Disclaimer: All the views presented here are my own opinions. None of the material written here is to offend anyone in anyway. Feel free to agree or disagree respectfully if you wish.
Here is the summary for this anime:
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. From pitching her tent to gathering firewood, she has always done everything by herself, and has no plans of leaving her little solitary world.Source: My Anime List (MAL rewrite)
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.
Do not be fooled by the title and cover image to think that this is some girly-girl, teenage anime. It is so far from this, you have to see it to believe it.
Art and Animation:
The art uses some beautiful pastel color palettes. Honestly, it is one of the most relaxing palettes I have ever seen for a slice of life anime. The vibrantly-delicious looking food in this will make you hungry, so beware!
Considering music is an art….the background music of this show is stress relieving on so many levels, at least for me!
The animations (especially the landscape views) are so breathtaking. That one shot of Mt. Fuji at different times of day is so lovely and calming! The animation is clean and smooth, matching the easy going nature of the show.
Each character is diverse in their nature. You have the quiet, introverted Rin, and then, there is the childish and excitable Nadeshiko. There are also the camping club members who each have their own lovable personalities.
My most favorite character in this show has to be Nadeshiko. She is literally a little kid at heart who is so pure and innocent to the world around her, she enjoys every single moment. I feel her character is really what drives this anime forward in being the slice of life genre that it is. She inspires her friends to take in the moment with her and is ultimately the one to break through to Rin’s usual isolated personality.
The show is not as action packed but still has a nice, flowing story line. It may come across as slow-moving, but if you can get past the pacing and can get involved with the characters and their personalities, it’s definitely worth it.
Camping. And learning to love camping. That’s it. That’s the plot.
The slice-of-lifeness (totally made that word up) is over the top. I don’t know if any show can beat the level of chill in this anime while also keeping you engaged plot-wise.
The comedy is low-key funny and pretty chill. It’s nothing over the top but it’ll make you chuckle at the least. Most of the comedy comes from Nadeshiko’s aloofness to her situation, and from Rin’s thoughts and experiences when she goes on solo camping trips. Oh, yes, there is also that one drunken camper who provides some lovely comedic relief as well, especially when you realize who that character is.
Final Thoughts/ TL;DR:
Honestly, this is one of the best anime to watch before bed or after a long, hard day at school or work. You will kind of feel like you are on a chilled out camping trip with the characters in the show and feel completely wholesome on the inside. (But make sure you already ate because the food in this show is super yummy looking and Nadeshiko’s happy eating will leave you hungry!)
I hope you give this anime a go and are maybe inspired to go camping yourself!
Till next time, my friends.