「なでしこのソロキャン計画」 (Nadeshiko no Soro Kyan Keikaku)
“Nadeshiko’s Solo Camp Planning”
On this week’s Yuru Camp, it’s finally time for Nadeshiko to venture out on her first solo camping trip. As she makes it to Fujinomiya, however, Rin and Nadeshiko’s sister Sakura have their own fair share of trouble trying to see if she’ll be able to make it alone. Luckily, things turn out as fine as expected to round up another pleasant episode that takes full advantage of this season’s more thorough approach towards visiting attractions that surround the campsite.
One interesting pair-up I didn’t expect was Sakura and Rin stumbling across each other around hot springs near Akasawa-shuku. While Rin was visiting to enjoy barley tea, mamemochi, and amazake nearby the region’s temples and cedarwood, Sakura wanted to visit the hot springs after seeing it and many other attractions from travel shows. It was nice to see that they were able to hit it off very quickly and carry a conversation as soon as they bonded over their mutual interest in Moped’s Journey.
But Rin’s anxiety about how Nadeshiko will fare during her first solo trip has her wanting to see just how well she’ll do on her own. Even though she gave Nadeshiko tips on how to not die during a camping trip, she kept checking her phone to see how her friend is doing. Similarly, Sakura’s anxiety from begrudgingly approving of Nadeshiko’s trip has her on-edge about whether it was the right decision for her to avoid danger.
Even though the episode was predominantly about planning, thankfully we got to see quite a bit of Nadeshiko’s trip to Fujinomiya. The art was noticeably impressive this time around with the scenery of Fujinomiya being sketched out in all of its glory. The views of Mt. Fuji from many parts of town add a peaceful atmosphere to the town that I can only imagine would get way better once Nadeshiko starts camping out.
The food especially looks gorgeous in this episode with the town’s regional specialty, Yakisoba, getting its time in the sun. Although she couldn’t wait in the long lines to buy some from the more popular yakisoba vendors in town, she got her fix in an even more delightful way in Okonomiyaki form. Gomoku Shigure, or Shigure-Yaki, is a fine example of taking two great food items and combining them to create an astounding dish. And it looks beautiful with the animation taking much joy in capturing the dish’s construction from top to bottom in all of its glory. The scenery and backgrounds are breathtaking in Yuru Camp, but this episode also solidifies its ability to make food look even more delicious.