Laid-Back Camp (Yuru Camp)

Genre(s): Slice of Life, Comedy, Comfy

Age-Appropriateness: 12+ (Occasional hot spring scenes of bathing girls)

Platforms: Crunchyroll

Episodes: 12 (+3 OVA episodes somewhere)

TheAwersome Rating: 8.4 / 10 (Good laughs and gorgeous scenery)

Premise: Nadeshiko, a high school student who had moved from Shizuoka to Yamanashi, decides to see the famous Mount Fuji. Upon arriving there she meets Rin, another girl her age who is camping the night by the lake. Intrigued, she starts to learn more about camping and planning her own trips.

TheAwersome’s Thoughts: This one is cozy comfy as heck, with a whole dose of cute, funny, and wholesome. There’s a good balance of high-energy Nadeshiko being enthusiastic about everything she sees, does, eats, etc., and the calm peaceful serenity of enjoying nature and camping with Rin’s calm and quiet personality. From what I can tell, all the campsites that they visit are real places you can go in Japan, as the attention to detail (and painted scenery) is intense. In addition to showing you cool places around Japan, it serves as a good beginner’s guide to camping in general; occasionally Mr. Voice-over will chime in about a certain technique, or the differences between types of equipment, etc. Basically each episode is a bunch of high school girls either camping somewhere or getting ready to, so there isn’t too much plot, just a lot of relaxing, happy good times. The music is particularly great in this as well, with a simple, relaxed, folksy feel with a lot of guitar, whistling, harmonica, etc. (See preview video)
A second season, a movie, a live action series, and a short spin-off series are all in production, no release dates announced yet.

And then here’s the intro with its awesome-happy-very-Jackson-5-ness:

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