Another semester in college so I’m going to need to be careful with my time (especially considering how Fall 2017 went for me). Anyway, here’s some additional thoughts on Laid-Back Camp!
What a silly coincidence that Rin and Nadeshiko go to the same school. Not that I’m complaining since they have to cross paths again somehow though it’s a kind of funny that it takes a whole day for Nadeshiko to realize this.
In this episode, you get to see the whole cast, particularly Aoi Inuyama (Aki Toyosaki) and Chiaki Ohgaki (Sayuri Hara) who comprise the school’s Outdoor Activities Club. I love how these two, as well as Nadeshiko, just come across as wannabe campers. The club room is a modified storage closet, the group just makes tents and fires on school campus, and whatever equipment they do have is as cheap as it can get. It’s a huge contrast to Rin, who’s clearly very experienced and seems to have all the good gear at her disposal.
Speaking of Rin, this is the second episode in a row where she really shines in this story. It’s just a ton of fun seeing her go sightseeing and camp in the great outdoors. Whereas the first episode highlights her expertise as a camper, this episode takes more advantage of her surroundings. She explores around the nature center, gets attacked by a cute dog, and imitates some goofy looking animal statues. I swear, this girl is just brimming with charm.
It’s interesting that Laid-Back Camp has Rin start off as a solo camper. And when Nadeshiko suggests that she joins the Outdoors Activities Club, it becomes apparent that Rin isn’t keen on the idea. It’s easy to understand why she feels that way. Having seen her camp by herself twice, you can see why one might find solo camping tranquil and cathartic. You also get the sense that Rin is just not that sociable of a person so while she probably didn’t mean to be rude, it does seem like it takes a lot for her to warm up to people.
Still, Rin’s inability to keep a poker face doesn’t upset Nadeshiko who promptly joins her at the end of the episode to cook a hotpot. Most likely, it’ll be through Nadeshiko that Rin learns that camping with friends has a lot of appeal too and it’ll be fun to see how these characters grow closer as time goes on.
ED: “Furu Biyori” by Eri Sasaki
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