Musings and Reflections – Winter 2021 Week 1 and 2

One Phrase impressions

Yuru Camp 2 (Ep. 1) – An unexpected flashback (plus some usual stuff)
Hori-san to Miyamura-kun (Ep. 1) – Introductions and other standard stuff
Yuru Camp 2 (Ep. 2) – Rin’s comfy New Year
Hori-san to Miyamura-kun (Ep. 2) – Some forced drama and some fun

Yuru Camp 2 (Ep. 1)

  • Well, it’s always pretty hard to write about slice of life shows. Nothing really happens (apart from something that can usually be summarized in 2 sentences), people go somewhere, people do some stuff, you feel fluffy and content and then it ends.
  • Ah, the nostalgia. And every background is sublime. You may use pretty much every one of them as a desktop wallpaper. You may even put such a picture on a wall as a real painting.
  • I’m actually a bit confused. I remember Rin having a little longer hair. And in my mind she already knew how to make a fire. I remember her as an endless knowledge of camping related stuff, so it is really weird to see her struggle. Is it a flashback? I bet is a flashback. Yep, definitely a flashback.
  • Well, just as expected, nothing really happened apart from seeing Rin when she wasn’t as adept at camping as she’s now and re-meeting the whole crew. And, as even more expected, getting half an hour of comfy-ness. Even if cute girls hardly did many cute things, it’s good enough. I can’t ask more than that.
  • OP sounds and looks a bit forgettable. It’s ok and is fitting, just not anything I’d probably remember for long. ED is more to my liking though. Still nothing to cause a revolution about, but it’s nice, just like the whole show.
  • On an unrelated topic, a few days back I somehow ended up browsing 4chan – I don’t use it and pretty much everything I know about it is its name. And well, I somehow ended up in a post where somebody shared a picture of Yama no Susume, a show very similar to Yuru Camp (only there the focus is not camping but mountain climbing). It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that one of the commentators provided a truly unique outlook on that anime: “Imagine how their shoes must smell after all that climbing”. Yeah… Definitely a unique angle…

Hori-san to Miyamura-kun (Ep. 1)

  • I’m not overoptimistic about this one, but well, long time ago I watched OVA based on this very manga, and while it didn’t leave a long-lasting impression, it seemed ok. I remember hardly anything about that, but apparently the story isn’t half bad because some little voice in my head encouraged me to try this anime. I do remember that characters seemed more complex than the sort you may usually find in romcoms, so yeah, here I am.
  • Yeah, well, the start is pretty much just as I remembered it, only with updated visuals.
  • Yeah, so Hori invited to her house a random stranger. Confidence in humanity is a good thing, but that might be too much, generally. It’s also not particularly believable that Miyamura managed to hide his other self from everybody that well for so long because now he seems pretty open about that. He doesn’t openly show his tattoos for example but both Hori and that purple dude (I’ll try to remember his name next time) befriended Miyamura in a matter of seconds with minimal effort. And, for example, was this the first time Miyamura had a PE lesson and chose to sweat rather than show his tattoos? Did nobody think about asking him if everything’s alright? But oh well, these are not things that break the show.
  • Tsundere time! I think Hori just won “who can say more times “baka” per minute” contest. Congratulations!
  • I can’t really grasp it but to me it seems like something’s wrong with Hori’s eyes. Like they’re too big for her face or something. It definitely doesn’t reach the monstrous level that early 2000s visual novels did, but somehow it just seems off. Like she has not her own eyes but somebody else’s. Weird.
  • Well, I guess Hori and Miyamura can just kiss and start living together. The foundation is already as solid as that. But then we wouldn’t have the show, would we? Of course there’ll be countless love triangles and other polygons (because otherwise again, there wouldn’t be a show), but it’s alright.
  • Horimiya still manages to be constantly amusing. It’s not that I got much laughter that can dislocate a jaw, rather there were many moments that made me smile. Horimiya isn‘t on a level with Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, but yeah, its base level of amusement makes it a harmless and rather nice show, pretty fine for watching and enjoying. I hope it won’t turn on my grumpy mood that makes me unsatisfied with everything.

Yuru Camp 2 (Ep. 2)

  • Well, just I expected, there‘s the second episode and I already have so little to say.
  • Point one – everyone who makes the backgrounds should get a pay rise immediately.
  • Don‘t really remember that woman who works in the teashop. Anyway, it‘s always nice to meet people you know in unexpected (in a good way) places.
  • I‘m not really sure, but I remember this show being a little more subdued. Rin for example now has far more quirky facial expressions than her usual poker face. Well, if that‘s true, it‘s really fitting, since from the start Rin was a loner who didn‘t really need to use her face much and a poker face was enough most of times. As she makes more friends, her life becomes more colorful, and her personality might become more outgoing (pun intended). It’s also more fun to watch. I didn’t like KonoSuba at all (both seasons), but the second season’s more fluid animation certainly made everything more bearable. In Yuru Camp’s case, it’s a good show upgrading to a very good one animation-wise.
  • I wonder if the tradition to greet the first sunrise of the New Year is prevalent in the world, since in my country there‘s nothing like that. You just wait for the New Year to arrive, shoot some fireworks (pretty, but quite a waste of money to be frank) and go to sleep. By the way, it‘s rather weird and arbitrary to have New Year start on the January 1st. It doesn‘t seem to correspond to any astronomically significant event, like a solstice or an equinox. I‘d say something connected to the first signs of spring would make way more sense, but apparently some Romans (Julius Caesar, if I remember correctly the time I search for it) decided that New Year will start in January and everybody just went on with it. Oh well.

Hori-san to Miyamura-kun (Ep. 2)

  • Hm, at some parts I start to think the show‘s more of a comedy with some romantic elements rather than a balanced romcom. The last scenes rectified that a bit, but still, it is pretty amusing. And I like the amusing part the best because the romance… Well, we all know how the romance will end. Of course there will be ups and downs, various triangles and maybe polygons, but there‘s hardly any doubt about the final outcome.
  • Once again I want to compare Horimiya to Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. Both shows are based on a very similar idea and can probably go on indefinitely before anything substantial happens. However, while stories from Nozaki-kun had more to deal with the title character‘s job as a mangaka, in Horimiya so far there‘s nothing that suggests uniqueness apart from the backgrounds of the characters, but that part isn‘t really important, as of now. Thus, Nozaki-kun gets a boost for its originality. As for the content of the stories, I get a feeling that Horimiya manufactures stories rather than makes them happen organically. Really, what are the odds of a girl running in an empty corridor and bumping into a single dude standing here? And in a way that plays meaningfully after that, with some little drama and stuff? For me it just doesn’t feel that real, as if the authors started with an ending goal of Miyamura defending Hori because of some obnoxious mistake she didn‘t make and constructed the story from that backwards. Well, it probably did in fact happen. And what can I say, it was quite entertaining, so I can‘t complain much, but since there‘s a better example of (at least in my mind better) show doing similar things, I want to point that out.
  • Finding Miyamura‘s name was more fun, and while it went into some rather unlikely situations, it felt more realistic, given the personalities of the characters.
  • Yep, the ED‘s pretty cute.
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  1. “Well, just I expected, there‘s the second episode and I already have so little to say.”

    Alongside Non Non Byori, Laid Back Camp is one for the few shows where that’s a _compliment_.

    Also, am I the only one who think a Yama No Susume and Yuru Camp crossover would be sublime?

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    • I guess that’s what makes a great slice of life.

      You’re definitely not the only one. A crossover would be terrific. Even from a commercial point of view it would be a great idea for the two franchises to know more about each other, not to mention the amount of smiles it would bring.

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