OP Sequence

OP: 「Chiheisen Stride」 by Iguchi Yuka, Asumi Kana, Hikasa Youko, Ogura Yui

「筑波山で初デート!?」 (Tsukuba-san de Hatsu Deito!?)
“First Date at Mt. Tsukuba!?”

Mountain Nerds Climb Mountains is back for another season.

Yama no Susume has historically been one of my favorite shorts, so I wanted to make sure to do a post. The truth is though, I don’t have much to say. This is classic old Yama no Susume, it hasn’t missed a beat since the last season finished airing. (Nor I assume since the OVAs, which I just today realized I hadn’t seen. Fixing that!) It doesn’t matter that I don’t remember who some of the secondary characters are, because the central aspect of the series remains unchanged: watching girls who are really passionate about climbing mountains climb mountains.

It’s always so attractive, right? When people are passionate about something. And I don’t mean, “They’re hot, dur hur hur!” It’s like how they say that confidence is attractive. I’ve always loved to hear about whatever thing it is that people nerd out about, because all but the most boring of people always have something they’re really passionate about. It’s just so fun to hear people come alive when they talk about that thing, even if I don’t share the passion myself. That’s Yama no Susume to me: I don’t much care about mountain climbing personally, but damned if it doesn’t seem like fun when these girls talk about it. Nothing has changed this season, and that’s for the best.

This episode itself eases us back into the whole shitck, and features a new beginning on Aoi’s quest to complete Mt Fuji. Other than that, the only really noteworthy moment was the couples jokes at the end. While I’m al for shipping the main pair, I like that yuri shipping isn’t the show’s focus. Mountain climbing is. That’s good, because when Yama no Susume is talking about the thing that it nerds out about, that’s when it’s at its best. Keep that coming, please. And I have every faith that it will.

Random thoughts:

  • The OPs and EDs are always so good with this series. I can only think of maybe one that I didn’t love. This season is continuing the record.

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ED Sequence

ED: 「Irochigai no Tsubasa」 by Iguchi Yuka & Asumi Kana


  1. I’m really glad the Yamas are back. Mountain climbing is not something I’m particularly into, but at least I did climb Mount Tenpou when I visited Japan (a dizzying height of 4.53 meters).

  2. This is among the anime that needs more time per episode so they can dive into more details of mountain climbing in Japan. Yuru camp with its 24 min per episode format manage to squeeze lots of informantion for campers wannabe. Yama no Susume could have been more successful if it is longer per episode


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