Over the years, I have spent every season filling my watch list with shows that catch my eye. While there were some I enjoyed, none of them were truly perfect – that is until I watched Yuru Camp (Laid-Back Camp) this season. So, what qualities make it a masterpiece?
Well, for one, the show never defies expectations. I expected it to be a slow-paced – maybe even meandering – anime reflective of its name. However, as with other shows that have similar settings (YuruYuri and Non Non Biyori, to name a few), I never found there to be a dull moment. I wouldn’t describe Yuru Camp as “boring;” in fact, its name is a pretty good indication of its different qualities.
Yuru Camp sets up an atmospheric and relaxed setting from its very first episode. If you aren’t into slower, comfier, and more heartwarming series, then this simply isn’t the show for you. I think giving it the proper “three-episode treatment” will really let you settle in and decide if you will like it or not. The show doesn’t change its pace or atmosphere at all – and personally, I find that to be a good thing. In addition, while it does have some fanservice, it is handled appropriately and kept to a minimum; in fact, it never detracts from the atmosphere at all (as in there are no groping or overtly-sexual moments).
There is a certain appreciation I have for shows that can stay relaxing while still being entertaining. In the case of Yuru Camp, the eccentric cast is the main draw, since each has their own unique appeal – from the four main girls to the supporting cast, you’ll find that most of them (if not all) is “best girl” in their own right. I wasn’t expecting to like everyone, but I found myself changing who I thought was waifu material each episode. It’s fun to see how the characters interact with each other through school and their camping trips.
Another important detail to the show’s benefit is its accuracy. A Twitter user compared the real locations to their anime counterparts and found that they are near – if not entirely – identical. The background art is done in a way that makes it seem appropriately realistic without detracting from the fluid animation. Yuru Camp also pays attention to detail in terms of camping culture, almost as if it’s teaching users how to start fires, pitch tents, and so much more. Combine all this with the cozy music and the show keeps you coming back for more – so much so that I even teared up when it finally ended. Many people are wanting a second season, and honestly? I’m one of them.
I’ve never felt so engrossed and relaxed before since Yuru Camp hits levels of comfiness that I didn’t think were even possible. It makes me want to snuggle up in my favorite blanket and drink some hot cocoa on a cool winter day while reading.
In conclusion, I hope you all give the show a chance. If it’s not your thing, then that’s okay too; my thoughts aren’t objective, after all – but nevertheless, I wanted to express my feelings towards it because this is a “slower” show done right. It’s a glistening gem that showers you with warmth from all aspects, which makes it a perfect anime in my eyes. I highly recommend you watch Yuru Camp.