「野球とソロキャンプガール」 (Yakyuu to Soro Kyanpu Gaaru)
“The Outdoor Activities Club and the Solo Camping Girl”
Now that Nadeshiko is back from her trip with Rin, the Outdoor Activities Club has their next trip planned out. It was fun to see the prep-work that the club made to plan for their camping excursion to Fuefuki Park, and how much effort was put into staying warm on a budget. Their attempt to make their summer sleeping bags work in the winter weather by wrapping Chiaki up in tin foil, bubble wrap, and cardboard was hilarious, as was the end-episode practice they had using Nadeshiko as their prop to run through their set-up routine. Chiaki’s straight face as she’s heads into adversary after adversary definitely amplified the funnier moments in the episode. The in-depth details on what kinds of sleeping bags they would need for the winter was informative, and showed us Chiaki and Aoi’s understanding of camping that they weren’t quite able to act out until Nadeshiko joined.
Their trip to Fuefuki Park also gives the anime an opportunity to explore different types of camping grounds. So far, we’ve only seen camping surrounded by rural parks that are within the closest proximity to Mt. Fuji. However, Fuefuki Park has more contemporary surroundings than the campsites before it with a view of the city being the most prominent sights to see aside from Mt. Fuji’s peak in the distance. Additionally, there’s modern cafe and Hottokeya onsen nearby the park, giving the girls a chance to wind down with a few activities outside of camping thrown into the mix. One fun fact is that Fuefuki, Yamanashi is the inspiration for Persona 4‘s Inaba, so some of the city’s architecture might look a little familiar to fans of the game. Still relatively within the countryside, but it’ll give us a chance to see what role urban surroundings can play in some camping experiences.
A pivotal character to show the contrast between modern and rural camping is Rin, whose trip to Kirigamine in Nagano is closer to the woodsier surroundings of the other camping grounds we’ve seen so far. Because this is the first part of the trip, we’ve yet to see the differences between Nagano and Fuefuki’s camping destinations, but the break that Rin took at a cafe off of the highway to get some borscht does give some insight to the warm, rustic feel for the destinations near Kirigamine in contrast to the sleek, contemporary cafe that the Outdoors Club can get parfaits from. They do have live cam broadcasts on their light poles though, so that’s new fangled tech!
Aside from the two camping experiences being shown side-by-side, we get a ton of valuable information about Rin in that we get to see parts of her personal life. Her mother, like Nadeshiko’s sister, is on-board with her hobby, and even sends her daughter off as she muses about where she gets her search for adventure from. And like Chiaki, Rin has a steady enough income to anticipate the payday that let her splurge on lunch despite Fumoto Campgrounds costing so much. It should be interesting to see where the two trips go from here since they both sound like very cool destinations, and the night time cityscape sounds like an exciting new discovery for our cast.