「旅下手さんとキャンプ会議」 (Tabi Heta-san to Camp Kaigi )
“Clumsy Travelers and Camp Meetings “
This episode is a great opportunity to delve into something I feel like I haven’t talked about as much; Rin as a character. It is meaningful that the series is patient and attentive to ensuring that Rin acts on her own terms. Her insistence on camping solo or being to-herself is never seen as a flaw that needs to be corrected, nor is her eventual embrace of other campers forced on her. Her comfort with being on her own is something that gives her solace, and the other campers on the show are never pressuring her to challenge her social awkwardness. This is prevalent in the previous episodes where you see Rin as a normal person who just likes their alone-time, and doesn’t feel like they’re dominated by the notion that they’re not a people-person.
In Episode 10, her decision to join the Out Club for Christmas camping isn’t seen as one they made for her or something that’s forced on her; it’s a choice she makes after reflecting on Nadeshiko’s company, the experience of camping with a group, and her current hardship of spending more time trying to get to the Jinbagata Campgrounds than enjoy her time there. I am curious about what making a pressed dumpling would be like, and twice as curious about the Houjicha tea the two hikers gave her.
The last portion of the trip, however, was best spent on Nadeshiko’s side as the Christmas trip planning begins. Aoi’s after-work trip to Nadeshiko’s house established the connection they have to getting stocked up on meat to grill on Christmas, courtesy of Aoi’s work gifting her a pass for free meat. Inviting Ena also got them a fancy tent and the cutest chihuahua, Chikuwa. The other girls came through as well with Chiaki’s paycheck netting her some extra camping gear and Nadeshiko offering to make breakfast. Rin’s linclusion was also valuable in giving them the idea to head to Asagiri Highlands to meet all of their requests to camp at a grassy park near Mt. Fuji.
The pieces are coming together to complete the OP hangout and first episode’s flashforward, but the puzzle piece came in the form of the Out Club’s new advisor Toba-sensei. In a changing of the guard, the previous advisor, the Hiking Club’s Ohmachi-sensei, he gleefully transferred his power to Toba-sensei. Despite it looking like her situation will be made easier by not having so much of her time depleted from TV dramas and drinking, it’s the latter that automatically caused Nadeshiko to connect that dots on her secret identity as the drunken lady in the woods. Toba-sensei has her work cut out for her to not come off as enthused about bacon and beer as she’d like to be, but it’s easy to see why she would resonate so well with viewers who also love themselves some campside drinking.by the fire pit. With the next episode gearing up for the Christmas campout, it’ll be extremely exciting to see how the trip fares with everyone in the main cast involved.