「 ふじさんとゆるキャンガール」 (Fuji-san to Yuru Camp Girl)
“Mount Fuji and the Laid-Back Camp Girls “
For the season finale, we wrap up the Christmas camping trip with Netflix and chill, except the chill part is sadly cold enough to get Chikuwa a ride back home. In return, Ena was able to give everyone a hair make-over to be done in the same orb knot that Rin has on her head. The most interesting twist during the trip is more background on Toba-sensei. We learn that her partner during the Lake Shibire trip was her sister, and that she picked up on camping the same way as Rin with her family making it a tradition. Admittedly, it’d be nice to have more on Ena and Toba-sensei earlier, but it was the best chance for her to let the girls know how nice it was to see them on the trip and have some of their food with the jambalaya.
After Nadeshiko’s morning breakfast of grilled salmon, Yamato stew, and veggie and natto soup, the girls discuss their New Years plans. Whereas most of the girls are employed, Nadeshiko is able to partner up with Ena on a temp job. It does make me yearn for an episode or OVA with an Ena/Nadeshiko power duo, but it was nice to see everyone enjoy their New Year despite Chiaki still being unable to move the club out of the small closet. The ending was very heart-warming too in how Nadeshiko and Rin’s paths crossed on their own solo trips.
I’m not ready to bid Yuru Camp farewell. Every week this Winter has been such a fun, relaxing trip with everyone on the show, and it’ll be rough to find another with the same feel and charm to it. The anime embodied warmth as if it’s part of the Secret Blanket Society with its comforting soundtrack and lush artwork that soaked in the experience of going out to these camp sites. It was also engaging as it gave the viewer tidbits and pointers on what to know when you’re going camping whether it’s learning about certain types of campgrounds or varieties of equipment.
The cast made Yuru Camp a fun experience as well. Rin’s perspective as a shy solo camper whose friendship with Nadeshiko opens her mind to the idea of camping with others was endearing and handled with care. Nadeshiko was a big ball of warmth with her sparks of enthusiasm, and her openness to get familiarized with how Rin is. The Outclub was hilarious with Chiaki’s determination and goofiness brightening up many situations, and Aoi’s excitement when she’s able to take control as well as her reactions to her fellow campers’ ideas. The other side characters were nice to have around with Ena bringing Chikuwa with her for her camping debut and Toba-sensei’s back-and-forth between a shy teacher and an expressive drinker.
Again, Yuru Camp has been such a fun series to follow that it’ll be hard to adjust to a week where I wasn’t revisting Nadeshiko, Rin, and the Outclub. It might just be an instance where I look for the manga chapters to see all of the material they didn’t get to yet. Hopefully, it’s popular enough to warrant another season, and with all of the fanart of Aoi out there, its popularity is definitely on-par with some of this season’s heavy-hitters. But alas, the slice-of-life revolution of Winter 2018 wasn’t meant to last for too long. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for our campers.