「 たなぼたキャンプと改めて思ったこと」 (Tanabota Kyanpu to Aratamete Omotta Koto)
“Surprise Camping and Some Deep Thoughts”
Following the last episode’s “cliffhanger” of sorts, Yuru Camp has Rin planning to spend the remainder of her time away from home to meet up with Nadeshiko as she visits her grandma’s house and her friend Ayano. The result is an adorable episode that exposes Rin to the spots that await her in Hamamatsu and parts of Nadeshiko’s past that she never knew about.
While it’s neat to see Yuru Camp take on more urban territories with more episodes focused around visiting towns and shops, Hamamatsu was given a mild promotional boost from the anime. Lake Hamana and the torii’s that are scattered about are the most prolific outdoor attractions we’re given in this episode. In return, we get a more in-depth profile of some of the town’s delicacies. Strawberry Daifuku is given an early appearance, but the main attraction is the town’s eel. With how expensive, fresh, and coveted the eel is, it was nice to see how Rin and Nadeshiko were able to get to enjoy it.
Although the usual Yuru Camp trip revels in the visual delights from the scenery, this episode emphasizes what makes sharing your time with company to be a different, yet welcoming feeling. Rin’s trip to Nadeshiko’s grandma’s house gives her an extensive amount of time getting to know Nadeshiko, her old friend Ayano, and her family. It was funny to see how Nadeshiko used to be a chubby kid until her sister put her through boot camp. It’s also adorable to find out that Nadeshiko’s dad has a good enough background on her friendship with Rin that she wanted to make sure she was treating her friend to Hamamatsu’s delicacies before she heads home.
Looking over Lake Hamana as reflecting on how it felt to move forward from only solo camping gives Rin some time to breathe as we get a deeper insight on her as well. We’re so used to seeing Rin getting roped into the other girls’ trips and slowly growing accustomed to camping with others. At the same time, hanging out with friends helped Rin to come around to why it feels special to share sights and treats with your pals while you’re out in the woods.