「二つのキャンプ、二人の景色」 (Futari no Kyanpu, Futari no Keshiki)
“Two Camps, Two Campers’ Views”
Continuing where we left off the last time around, our two groups are settling down in their destinations; Fuefuki Park for the Outdoor Activities Club, and Rin’s trip to Yatsugatake Chuushin-Kogen Quasi-National Park. Throughout the episode, it switches back and forth between the two groups as Rin tries to make due with some of the setbacks she has along the way while the Club is trying to organize their schedule and budgeting properly. Although the two camp sites have distinctions that set them apart from one another, their similarities lend themselves to the duality between Nadeshiko and Rin as similar yet different people.
Fuefuki Park aligns perfectly with the mind-set of Aoi, Chiaki, and Nadeshiko as their desire to hang out and mingle fits well with the communal feel of the camp site. It’s modern stylings and the convenient availability of vendors, in-door lounge areas, and a manager to help everyone get situated in their designated camp make it so that it’s the ideal destination for bonding. The outdoor hot springs give the girls a chance to both decompress with some quality heating pad-free warmth for a change, but also converse with each other as they overlook the city and mountains. There’s also the stress-free worry about having quick access to everything they’d need to camp out such as wood, warmth, and food. Despite it being the perfect place for them to socialize and relax, the girls have to contend with how organized the place is since all of the great food and warm buildings threatens to defeat the purpose of the prepwork they did to get there. All of Nadeshiko’s food-based luggage was almost compromised with how good the fried onsen eggs looked and tasted.
Rin’s resilience is a major factor in her enjoyment of Yatsugatake as she had to rely entirely on her navigation skills and her recipe for soup pasta to enjoy the view from the one area of the park that wasn’t foggy or dry. Her inability to find areas to access such as a hot springs area that was closed for the season or an easy-to-reach part of the mountain that looked good depended on how well Rin is able to do on her own. With the hot springs option out of the question and a lack of places to eat and stay like Fuefuki Park, Rin had to work by herself to find areas in Yatsugatake that did justice to its vantage points of the city. However, while it’s not as luxurious or as extensive in features as Fuefuki, it’s quaint and quiet setting is one that aligns with how Rin carries herself as it rewards the hard efforts that she made to reach her destination and remain self-reliant on her own comfort.
At the same time Yatsugatake and Fuefuki do have one thing in common; their view. Both have a beautiful skyline that spans across the cities below them, so while Yatsugatake might look quaint and Fuefuki might look modern, the best view from both parks fleshes out the best of both the contemporary cityscape that they overlook and the mountainous regions beyond them. The last scene emphasizes how Rin and Nadeshiko’s experiences align so well that despite being at much different destinations, what the two have as a common interest is how stunning the city lights pair with the stars and mountains that surround them. In the process, it helps Rin grow fonder of Nadeshiko as they begin to exchange texts more often as pen pals in this situation, and allows them to share their similar yet different views together. The enjoyment Rin seemed to have with her correspondence with Nadeshiko also opens the door to potentally growing more interested in the idea of camping together once again.