Laid-Back Camp

Laid-Back Camp (Japanese: ゆるキャン△, Hepburn: Yurukyan) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Afro. Set in and around Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, the series chronicles the adventures of Rin Shima, Nadeshiko Kagamihara, and their friends as they travel to various campsites across the country.

Laid-Back Camp
Yurucamp, Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first volume of manga as released in Japan by Houbunsha.
ゆるキャン△
(Yurukyan)
Genre
Manga
Written byAfro
Published byHoubunsha
English publisher
Magazine
DemographicSeinen
Original runJuly 2015 – present
Volumes12 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byYoshiaki Kyōgoku
Written byJin Tanaka
Music byAkiyuki Tateyama
StudioC-Station
Licensed by
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11, SUN, KBS, YBS, HTB, SBS
Original run January 4, 2018 April 1, 2021
Episodes25 + 4 OVAs (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Heya Camp
Directed byMasato Jinbo
Written byMutsumi Ito
Music byAkiyuki Tateyama
StudioC-Station
Licensed by
Crunchyroll
Medialink
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11
Original run January 6, 2020 March 23, 2020
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Television drama
Directed by
  • Takashi Ninomiya (S1 #1–3, #8, #11, #12 / SP / S2)
  • Mamoru Yoshino (S1 #4–5, #9–10 / S2)
  • Kyōhei Tamazawa (S1 #6–7 / S2)
Produced by
  • Shinya Fujino (S1)
  • Noboru Morita (Chief, SP / S2)
  • Tomohiro Gōda (SP / S2)
  • Kiichi Kumagai (SP / S2)
  • Tatsuya Iwakura (SP / S2)
Written byAyako Kitagawa
Music byDai Odagiri
Original networkTV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, BS TV Tokyo
Original run January 10, 2020 – present
Episodes12 + special (List of episodes)
Game
Laid-Back Camp Virtual
DeveloperGemdrops
GenreVirtual reality, adventure game
PlatformMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android
Released
  • WW: Q4 2021
Anime film
Directed byYoshiaki Kyōgoku
Written byJin Tanaka
Mutsumi Ito
StudioC-Station
Released2022 (2022)
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The manga was first serialized in Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine from July 2015 to February 2019 until it was transferred to the publisher website and app for manga called Comic Fuz.[4] It has been collected in eleven tankōbon volumes. The manga is licensed in North America by Yen Press.

An anime television series adaptation by C-Station aired in Japan from January to March 2018; the anime was co-financed and licensed by Crunchyroll. A short anime, titled Heya Camp, aired from January to March 2020. A live action drama series aired in Japan from January to March 2020, and a second drama season will premiere in spring 2021.[5][6] A second anime season aired from January to April 2021, and an anime film will premiere in 2022. A virtual reality video game based on the series was released in March 2021, and a visual novel developed by MAGES will be released in September 2021.

CharactersEdit

Nadeshiko Kagamihara (各務原 なでしこ, Kagamihara Nadeshiko)
Voiced by: Yumiri Hanamori[7]
Portrayed by: Yuno Ōhara
An energetic girl who befriends Rin and joins the Outdoor Activities Circle. Her surname comes from a traditional alternative form of the name of Kakamigahara, Gifu.
Rin Shima (志摩 リン, Shima Rin)
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama[7]
Portrayed by: Haruka Fukuhara
A generally quiet girl who enjoys camping by herself. Often rides her Yamaha Vino moped. Her surname comes from Shima, Mie.
Chiaki Ōgaki (大垣 千明, Ōgaki Chiaki)
Voiced by: Sayuri Hara[8]
Portrayed by: Momoko Tanabe
President of the Outdoor Activities Circle. Her surname comes from Ōgaki, Gifu.
Aoi Inuyama (犬山 あおい, Inuyama Aoi)
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki[8]
Portrayed by: Yumena Yanai
Chiaki's friend and member of the Outdoor Activities Circle. Her surname comes from Inuyama, Aichi.
Ena Saitō (斉藤 恵那, Saitō Ena)
Voiced by: Rie Takahashi[8]
Portrayed by: Sara Shida
Rin's cheerful classmate. Her name comes from Ena, Gifu.
Sakura Kagamihara (各務原 桜, Kagamihara Sakura)
Voiced by: Marina Inoue[9]
Portrayed by: Yurina Yanagi
Nadeshiko's older sister. She loves driving. Often drives her Nissan Rasheen. She is a big fan of "Moped Journey" by How Do You Like Wednesday? and owns all the DVDs of East Japan (ja), West Japan, and Overseas (ja).
Minami Toba (鳥羽 美波, Toba Minami)
Voiced by: Shizuka Itō
Portrayed by: Kaho Tsuchimura
A substitute teacher who enters Nadeshiko's high school. She became the Outdoor Activities Circle's advisor as she prefers clubs that are not busy most of the time. She drinks alcohol a lot. She is first met by Nadeshiko and Rin during their camping while she is camping with her little sister. She drives her Suzuki Hustler. Her surname comes from Toba, Mie.
Ryōko Toba (鳥羽 涼子, Toba Ryōko)
Voiced by: Sachi Kokuryu
Portrayed by: Honoka Kitahara
Minami's younger sister, who commonly camps with her. The Outdoor Activities Circle girls originally assume her to be a boy. She lent her Nissan Lafesta to her sister in Izu camp.
Ayano Toki (土岐 綾乃, Toki Ayano)
Voiced by: Tomoyo Kurosawa[10]
Portrayed by: Anna Ishii[11]
Nadeshiko's childhood friend from middle school. Often rides her Honda Ape 100. Her surname comes from Toki, Gifu.
Hajime Shinshiro (新城 肇, Shinshiro Hajime)
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (anime[9] and drama[12])
Rin's maternal grandfather. He loves outdoor camping and he is the one who influenced Rin on her camping hobby. Often rides his Triumph Thruxton 1200R and drives his Honda Acty Van. He first appeared in anime as the old man who camps alone who Chiaki met when she was scouting for a campsite. His voice actor is also the narrator in the anime, which could mean he is the narrator himself. His surname comes from Shinshiro, Aichi.
Wataru Shima (志摩 渉, Shima Wataru)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai[13]
Rin's father. He goes to work with a moped. In the anime, he made his first appearance on the special episode where he borrowed a three-wheeler motor scooter as a substitute for Rin's moped which was being serviced at that time. Often drives his Subaru Forester.
Saki Shima (志摩 咲, Shima Saki)
Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi
Portrayed by: Ayumi Mikata
Rin's mother. She went camping together with her husband and father (Rin's grandfather) in the past. She used to ride a Yamaha SR400.
Shūichiro Kagamihara (各務原 修一朗, Kagamihara Shūichiro)
Voiced by: Shintaro Ōhata
Portrayed by: Yūsuke Noguchi
Nadeshiko's father. He loves eating.
Shizuka Kagamihara (各務原 静花, Kagamihara Shizuka)
Voiced by: Nozomi Yamamoto
Portrayed by: Eiko Yamamoto
Nadeshiko's mother.
Akari Inuyama (犬山 あかり, Inuyama Akari)
Voiced by: Risae Matsuda
Portrayed by: Aina Nishizawa
Aoi's mischievous younger sister.
Mineko Inuyama (犬山 みね子, Inuyama Mineko)
Voiced by: Naomi Shindō
Aoi's grandmother.
Jun Saitō (斉藤 潤, Saitō Jun)
Portrayed by: Jun Hashimoto[11]
Ena's father.
Narration
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka[9]

MediaEdit

MangaEdit

The series began serialization in Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine in July 2015 until 2019 when it was transferred to the new website and app Comic Fuz. Eleven volumes have been released so far.[14] Yen Press has licensed the manga for a North American release, and released the first volume of the manga in English in March 2018.[15]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 November 12, 2015[14]978-4-8322-4635-5March 27, 2018[16]978-0-3165-1778-2
2 July 12, 2016[14]978-4-8322-4719-2June 5, 2018[17]978-0-3165-1782-9
3 February 10, 2017[14]978-4-8322-4804-5July 24, 2018[18]978-0-3165-1785-0
4 July 12, 2017[14]978-4-8322-4851-9November 13, 2018[19]978-1-9753-5480-0
5 December 12, 2017[14]978-4-8322-4900-4February 19, 2019[20]978-1-9753-0192-7
6 March 12, 2018[14]978-4-8322-4927-1May 21, 2019[21]978-1-9753-2863-4
7 October 11, 2018[14]978-4-8322-4983-7September 24, 2019[22]978-1-9753-5812-9
8 April 26, 2019[14]978-4-8322-7092-3March 24, 2020[23]978-1-9753-0845-2
9 January 10, 2020[14]978-4-8322-7149-4August 25, 2020[24]978-1-9753-1537-5
10 March 12, 2020[14]978-4-8322-7174-6August 31, 2021[25]978-1-9753-1677-8
11 January 7, 2021[14]978-4-8322-7240-8January 18, 2022[26]978-1-9753-3583-0
12 April 12, 2021[14]978-4-8322-7269-9

AnimeEdit

 
Logo of the anime

A twelve-episode anime television series adaptation, directed by Yoshiaki Kyōgoku and produced by C-Station, aired from January 4[27] to March 22, 2018. Jin Tanaka supervised the series' scripts and Mutsumi Sasaki designed the characters.[7] The opening theme is "Shiny Days" by Asaka, which was released as a single on January 24, 2018, while the ending theme is "Fuyubiyori" (ふゆびより) by Eri Sasaki.[28] The series was released on three Blu-ray Disc/DVD volumes between March 28 and July 25, 2018, each containing an additional OVA episode.[29] Crunchyroll co-financed, licensed and streamed the series.[30][31]

A second season, new film, and short anime were announced to be in production in October 2018.[32][33] The short anime, titled Heya Camp, aired from January 6 to March 23, 2020. The series is directed by Masato Jinbo, with Mutsumi Ito handling series composition, and Mutsumi Sasaki as character designer. Yoshiaki Kyōgoku is credited as supervisor, while C-Station is returning to produce the short anime.[34] The theme song for the short series is "The Sunshower" by Asaka.[35] A special episode was bundled with the series' Blu-ray Disc/DVD volume on May 27, 2020.[36] The second season aired from January 7 to April 1, 2021.[37][38] The opening theme song for the second season is "Seize The Day" performed by Asaka, and the ending theme song is "Next to Spring" (はるのとなり, "Haru no Tonari") performed by Eri Sasaki.[39] A new OVA episode will be released on July 28, 2021.[40]

FilmEdit

It was announced that the series' new film will premiere in 2022, with the main staff members of the television series returning for production.[41]

DramaEdit

A live-action television drama adaptation of the manga was announced in November 2019. Actress Haruka Fukuhara portrays Rin Shima, with Yuno Ōhara, Momoko Tanabe, Yumena Yanai, and Sara Shida respectively playing supporting characters Nadeshiko Kagamihara, Chiaki Ōgaki, Aoi Inuyama, and Ena Saitō. The drama premiered on TV Tokyo on January 10, 2020, and its first season concluded on March 27, 2020.[42] The opening theme of first season is "Mabataki mo Sezu ni" (瞬きもせずに) by H△G, while the ending theme of first season is "Replay" by the band Longman. A second season of the drama was announced in November 2020.[43] A special drama is scheduled for broadcast in March 29, 2021, and a second season of the drama premiered on April 2, 2021. The opening theme of special drama and second season is "Hello Youth" by the band Longman,[44] while the ending theme of special drama and second season is "Wasuremono wo Shinai you ni" (わすれものをしないように) by the Sarasa Kadowaki.[11]

Yuru Camp (drama)Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Laid-Back Camp Episode 1"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Dai Ichi-wa" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△ 第1話)
Takashi NinomiyaAyako KitagawaJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10)
2"Laid-Back Camp Episode 2"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Dai Ni-wa" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△ 第2話)
Takashi NinomiyaAyako KitagawaJanuary 17, 2020 (2020-01-17)
3"Laid-Back Camp Episode 3"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Dai San-wa" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△ 第3話)
Takashi NinomiyaAyako KitagawaJanuary 24, 2020 (2020-01-24)
4"Laid-Back Camp Episode 4"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Dai Yon-wa" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△ 第4話)
Mamoru YoshinoAyako KitagawaJanuary 31, 2020 (2020-01-31)
5"Laid-Back Camp Episode 5"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Dai Go-wa" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△ 第5話)
Mamoru YoshinoAyako KitagawaFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
6"Laid-Back Camp Episode 6"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Dai Roku-wa" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△ 第6話)
Kyōhei TamazawaAyako KitagawaFebruary 14, 2020 (2020-02-14)
7"Laid-Back Camp Episode 7"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Dai Nana-wa" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△ 第7話)
Kyōhei TamazawaAyako KitagawaFebruary 21, 2020 (2020-02-21)
8"Laid-Back Camp Episode 8"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Dai Hachi-wa" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△ 第8話)
Takashi NinomiyaAyako KitagawaFebruary 28, 2020 (2020-02-28)
9"Laid-Back Camp Episode 9"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Dai Kyū-wa" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△ 第9話)
Mamoru YoshinoAyako KitagawaMarch 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)
10"Laid-Back Camp Episode 10"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Dai Jū-wa" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△ 第10話)
Mamoru YoshinoAyako KitagawaMarch 13, 2020 (2020-03-13)
11"Laid-Back Camp Episode 11"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Dai Jū-ichi-wa" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△ 第11話)
Takashi NinomiyaAyako KitagawaMarch 20, 2020 (2020-03-20)
12"Laid-Back Camp Episode 12"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Dai Jū-ni-wa" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△ 第12話)
Takashi NinomiyaAyako KitagawaMarch 27, 2020 (2020-03-27)

Yuru Camp 2Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
Special"Laid-Back Camp Special"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Supesharu" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△スペシャル)
Takashi NinomiyaAyako KitagawaMarch 29, 2021 (2021-03-29)
1"Laid-Back Camp 2 Episode 1"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Tsū Dai Ichi-wa" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△2 第1話)
Takashi NinomiyaAyako KitagawaApril 2, 2021 (2021-04-02)
2"Laid-Back Camp 2 Episode 2"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Tsū Dai Ni-wa" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△2 第2話)
Takashi NinomiyaAyako KitagawaApril 9, 2021 (2021-04-09)
3"Laid-Back Camp 2 Episode 3"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Tsū Dai San-wa" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△2 第3話)
Kyōhei TamazawaAyako KitagawaApril 16, 2021 (2021-04-16)
4"Laid-Back Camp 2 Episode 4"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Tsū Dai Yon-wa" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△2 第4話)
Mamoru YoshinoAyako KitagawaApril 23, 2021 (2021-04-23)
5"Laid-Back Camp 2 Episode 5"
Transcription: "Yurukyan Tsū Dai Go-wa" (Japanese: ゆるキャン△2 第5話)
Kyōhei TamazawaAyako KitagawaApril 30, 2021 (2021-04-30)

Video gamesEdit

A virtual reality video game based on the series, titled Laid-Back Camp Virtual (ゆるキャン△ VIRTUAL CAMP, Yurukyan Bācharu Kyanpu), is in development by Gemdrops. The game is described as a "virtual camping adventure" and is available in two versions, one set at Lake Motosu and another set at the Fumoto Campgrounds on Asagiri Plateau. It is available for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, iOS, and Android, and supports the Nintendo Labo VR Kit and PlayStation VR accessories. The Lake Motosu version was released on March 4, 2021, and the Fumoto Campgrounds version was released on April 7, 2021.[45][46][47]

Characters from the series appeared alongside other Manga Time Kirara characters in the mobile RPG Kirara Fantasia in 2018,[48][49] as well as in collaboration with Akatsuki's mobile baseball game Cinderella Nine in 2019,[50][51] as well as in collaboration with Happy Elements's mobile role-playing game Merc Storia in 2021.[52]

A visual novel, titled Laid-Back Camp: Have a nice day! (ゆるキャン△ Have a nice day!, Yurukyan Habu a naisu dei!), is being developed and published by MAGES, and is currently scheduled for release on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan on September 30, 2021. [53][54]

ReceptionEdit

The English release of the first three volumes of the manga were included on the American Library Association's list of 2019 Great Graphic Novels for Teens.[55] The manga was also nominated for an Eisner Award in the category "Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia" in 2019.[56]

In November 2019, Polygon named Laid-Back Camp as one of the best anime of the 2010s, describing it as "the ultimate comfy, slice-of-life anime",[57] and Crunchyroll listed it in their "Top 100 best anime of the 2010s".[58] IGN also listed Laid-Back Camp among the best anime series of the 2010s, stating that it is "a wonderful celebration of nature and friendship".[59]

The anime significantly increased local tourism for the places featured, with several campgrounds reporting their number of visitors tripling.[60]

NotesEdit

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