I’m 50-50 about covering Laid-Back Camp & Mitsuboshi Colors beyond this point. It can be fun covering a lightweight CGDCT show but I have learned from past blogging that there’s sometimes only so much I can say. I don’t regret covering Blend S, for example, but I do look back and realize I was almost grasping at straws from time to time. I’d hate to watch these two new anime and run into the same problem. That said, there are some really interesting thing going on in these two shows featured here so I can’t quite say they’ll be Filler just yet.
These first few episodes of Laid-Back Camp have hinged a lot on Rin and Nadeshiko’s newfound friendship. That’s hardly a complaint though as I quite like seeing these two camp together. As time goes on, Rin does seem to enjoy camping with others more I like how that shift in attitude is apparent through how she acts around her friend. It’s also hard to deny that Nadeshiko’s energy really does add to the table here. The way she is so passionate about food just makes cooking in the outdoors look so appealing. Honestly, I was getting hungry just watching her cook hotpot (and I already had dinner at the time).
If there is one thing Laid-Back Camp has above a lot of cutesy shows this season, it’s the direction. This may be a slow burn but this show knows how to build up and pay off. It’s just so relaxing and delightful seeing Nadeshiko groggily make her way to the tent before being greeted by a beautiful sunrise against Mt. Fuji. For added effect, this scene gets an extra kick by having Nadeshiko go back to sleep because the sun’s too bright. I don’t know why but that really cracked me up. I can see any camper doing the same after waking up so early for the scenery. Plot density is certainly something one can question but execution is looking to be a strong trait in Laid-Back Camp.
Once again, Mitsuboshi Colors understands the mindsets of children. This time, I adore how the Colors just randomly say stuff adults don’t expect kids to say. That kind of stuff actually does happen in real life and it always cracks me up. It’s certainly out of nowhere when Kotoha accuses Saito of police brutality but it’s believable because you just never know what kind of stuff kids happen to know. I think Sat-chan’s philosophy talk of poop also captures that quality. I originally thought it was just juvenile toilet talk but once Sat-chan spoke out of all life poops and ends up as poop, I realize that she’s been more meditative than a kid usually should.
Oddly enough, my favorite part in this episode was simply seeing the Colors explore the “underground” marketplace. I think if you’ve grown up visiting atypical shops like that, this scene could really hit home. Me personally, I have really strong memories of my parents taking me to Chinese supermarkets. Being a Chinese-American, it was just so fascinating seeing imported goods in the States. I especially liked seeing all the live seafood so when I saw Kotoha poke a bunch of turtles, I couldn’t help but adore it. And again, I do like how Mitsuboshi Colors uses more photo-realistic drawings for its backgrounds. It really just feels like the marketplace is some exotic world for the Colors to explore.
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