OP: 「夏色プレゼント」 (Natsuiro Present) by Iguchi Yuka, Asumi Kana, Hikasa Yoko, & Ogura Yui
「テントに泊まろう！」 (Tento ni Tomarou!)
“Let’s Sleep Over in a Tent!”
Yama no Susume is back, and each episode has a 13-minute run-time instead of a lonely 3-minutes. It makes the transition smoothly.
The Gangs All Here
The story picks up right where season one left off, with all of the cast already introduced. Normally I would be happy that main character Yukimura Aoi (Iguchi Yuka) is already joined by her friends–genki osananajimi Karaue Hinata (Asumi Kana), cool sempai Saitou Kaede (Hikasa Yoko), and gentle cooking superstar Aoba Kokona (Ogura Yui)–but in truth, I enjoyed the introductions last season. Normally I would be full of praise because we don’t have to waste time with introductions anymore, but in a slice-of-life, wasting time is what we’re here to do. It’s not a negative by any means though, because it let us dispense with the fidgety details quickly and get into the love of the
Kawaii Girls, Kawaii Art
No two ways about it, this series has some nice art. The character designs are pleasing to the eye, and the animation may even be slightly improved from the first season, though it’s hard to tell. For a fuwa-fuwa series that’s watched for relaxation–this one clocks in mostly on atmosphere and characters in my four facets of slice-of-life–it helps if it’s nice to look at, and this series is.
For The Love Of Mountains
Yama no Susume is a story told by a true enthusiast. I don’t share mangaka Shiro-sensei’s love for mountain climbing, but I can feel it, and it’s a pleasure to hear someone talk about their passion so well. And when those people are cute girls? Sign me up!
This week it’s about camping, albeit in Hinata’s backyard. Dang overprotective parents. I can only say that it showed admirable fidelity to what it takes to set up a tent, because I was getting Boy Scouts flashbacks the entire time. But I know we never cooked this well, and we certainly didn’t have any of this. Kokona-chan for best waifu and Kaede-chan for best sempai!
Looking Ahead – As Before, So Now
Encouragement of Climb made the transition from 3-minute short to 13-minute short admirably, as I expected it would. I would expect more of the same from the rest of the season. A good atmosphere-driven slice-of-life is always appreciated in my book.
I have no current plans to continue blogging this, but I’ll certainly be watching it, so check in with me on twitter if you want to chat. Be amazing all!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The yama nakama are back for more fuwa fuwa climbing fun. This week: Camping! Boy Scouts flashbacks everywhere… #ヤマノススメ #yamasusume s2e1
- Pugs, continuing their domination of the dog roles in anime. Apo still best pug though.
- At first I wasn’t sure about chocolate and coffee in curry–I like it spicy–but then again, I like all those things in beer. Also I’m super hungry right now. Kokona-chan, cook for me~!
- Hinata’s house is really nice, damn. Hinata-papa is clearly doing something right, or is secretly a pirate.
- Kokona-chan has someone she likes? FIND HIM AND KILL HIM! …oh, it’s a fluffy mascot? THIS CHANGES NOTHING!!
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ED: 「Tinkling Smile」 by Ogura Yui