OP: 「SHINY DAYS」 by Asaka
「ふじさんとカレーめん」 (Fuji-san to Kare-man)
“Mount Fuji and Curry Noodles”
Yuru Camp is starting the season off beautifully with how immersed it is with the natural habitat around Mt. Fuji. They could have just created a half-hearted slice-of-life with cute girls doing cute things, but the production and writing behind this series delve into why the characters would be passionate about hiking. I have said on numerous occasions that the most important component to an anime about hobbies is justifying why they love doing what they do. With Yuru Camp, all you have to do is take a look at THIS to get your answer. The artwork is downright gorgeous! They don’t cut corners with any of the scenery, and make it feel like it’s worth it to go out hiking and feel the fresh air. Just don’t do it while there’s a winter storm outside.
The earthy tones of the wilderness are further complimented with the cute and colorful panache that the character designs have to them. The cute aesthetic that Rin and Nadeshiko have do well to compliment the scenery as their patchwork coats, unique hair styles, and multi-gradient eyes look sleek and polished in a way that looks as impressive as the forests. The little moments when they slip into chibi, expressive facial animations was also very cute as it matches the character art and offers a humorous approach to the hiking excursions of Yuru Camp.
What does the comfortable slice-of-life justice story-wise is how nice it is to follow Rin and Nadeshiko as they are both interesting characters with Rin’s sensible yet vigilant demeanor bounces off well with Nadeshiko’s spontaneity and pep. As we follow Rin for a majority of the episode, she carries the episode with ease as her perspective introduces the useful information the anime provides about camping. If you ever wanted to know how to start a camp-fire, you’re in luck! Need to build a tent? Yuru Camp‘s got you covered!
There’s also a good promise of the group expanding as Rin’s friend Ena and her cute doggo are looking to join the fray alongside the camping club girls, Chiaki and Aoi, who could use more members. I’d also like to learn more about Nadeshiko’s sister Sakura, since she’s got a good head on her shoulders for picking up Nadeshiko, and seems to have a large amount of kiwi on-hand. And with how charming and fun Yuru Camp is starting out, I can’t wait to see them build on how this group of friends will come together and enjoy the great outdoors!