Laid-Back Camp

Laid-Back Camp is a manga series turned anime, about two young high school girls Nadeshiko and Rin, who become the most unlikeliest of friends. After moving from Shizouka to Yamanashi, Nadeshiko decides to cycle up to see Mount Fuji. Half way there, she falls asleep by some toilets due to tiredness and then wakes up later in the dark. Not knowing what to do, she approaches the lone camper Rin, who after a scare, looks after Nadeshiko until her older sister can come pick her up. The anime follows the girls as Rin has her lone camping adventures invaded and Nadeshiko joins the Outdoor Activities Club.

The first character, Rin, is a generally quiet girl who enjoys camping by herself in winter, due to it being quiet and bug free. She has a loud best friend Ena, who tells Nadeshiko where Rin camps. Rin has long black hair and often wears it in a bun. Nadeshiko is a pink haired energetic girl who befriends Rin. After being saved by Rin, she decides to join the Outdoor Activies Club. She enjoys all food and makes everything she eats look delicious. Her sister, Sakura, is often the one to take her places and save her. The last two Characters are Aoi and Chiaki, the members of the Outdoor Activies Club. They teach Nadeshiko about camping and finally do club activities now that she has joined.

Now, as you all know from reading my posts, I love laid back anime. With this having Laid-Back in the name, it drew my attention. Yet, this anime is so laid back it is in danger of putting me to sleep. What the characters get up to is not interesting in the slightest and you start to ask yourself after a little while, why would someone let their sixteen you old daughter go camping on their own? It is essentially the anime of bad parenting.

Another thing that bugs me about this anime is the visuals. Everything is in block colours with no shading or detail, all of the characters heads look like squashed eggs and once you see it you just can’t unsee it.

A positive thing about this anime is the effect it has on the audience. After watching three episodes I now have a strange desire to go camping and eat hotpot, Nadeshiko makes it look really good.

So overall, I don’t think it’s a great anime. I have read the manga to compare and I can say that it is a lot better and has much more detail.

 

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