Reviews of Laid-Back Camp (2018) and related work

Laid-Back Camp (2018Moving picture, 5.0 hours)

Seen in 2019.

I saw the first season, without interseasonal OVAs.

High-school girls go camping through one autumn and early winter.

Comedy. Predictable, partly in that nothing really happens. There is a pretty strong focus on cooking, especially grilling various meats. There is also a hybrid commercial-didactic dimension discussing of camping gear with typical prices, often voiced by an older male narrator as if to instruct young viewers and boost both sales and tourism.

There is heavy use of instant messages and smartphone photography, which is at once naturalistic and detrimental. The static texts simply look boring and a lot of the photography uses real photos of real places that are digitally processed and painted over. The yurui genre, named in the title of the show, is competently executed here, but the makers took no risks.

References here: Rilakkuma to Kaorusan (2019), Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (2020), Let’s Make a Mug Too (2021).

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Room Camp (2020Moving picture, 40 minutes)

Seen in 2020.

A stamp rally.

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