Musings and Reflections – Winter 2021 Week 9

One Phrase Impressions

Yuru Camp 2 (Ep. 9) – Rin’s family is awesome
Hori-san to Miyamura-kun (Ep. 9) – Thought provoking, though not sure that in a good way

Yuru Camp 2 (Ep. 9)

  • Another very satisfying episode, thank you. When you think about it, the girls don’t do much apart from planning trips and going camping and having fun there. And even after almost two seasons the theme isn’t stale at all.
  • This time, after Nadeshiko’s solo experience, the narrative more emphasized the theme of family. Aoi’s sister seems to be interested in going together (Ena’s dog, while not a blood family, also seems interested, but he’ll have to wait), family members also spread some harmless secrets, the teacher’s sister helps her with camping gear. Still, it’s Rin’s family that steals the spotlight. I guess it’s not unexpected that when each and every character always seems to be the best person in the world, Rin’s parents and especially grandpa are extremely helpful and supportive. It’s also a good point that even when Rin is surrounded by all those great people, she still intrinsically is introverted. She’s fine in a company and has no problems in communicating but she just likes sometimes being alone, and that’s portrayed as completely normal – as it should. The narrative mustn’t always go in a manner of “a loner with family issues gets befriended and becomes happy”. Rin is happy as she is, and that’s great.
  • It was a bit weird to see the girls in school for a moment and later doing some school-related activities. I grew so accustomed to seeing them go camping that I almost forgot that they are actually students.
  • Hm, a related point is that I’d like to see a depiction of a school festival. Sure, it wouldn’t really be in line with what the show has been doing, but I think there should be enough funny and endearing moments with the girls trying to represent their club. An OVA maybe?

Hori-san to Miyamura-kun (Ep. 9)

  • I’m not sure I know how to feel about this new post-confession dynamic between Hori and Miyamura. On one hand, I’m happy that the confession wasn’t the end of the show and it turned out that the more you know a person, the more problematic it may get. On the surface, Hori is a usual hard-working school girl. Then it turns out she basically runs her household 24/7. And then it slowly emerges that she really enjoys SM dynamic, which brings the soft-hearted Miyamura nothing but trouble. Still, he tries, and that’s a great point that if you want to really understand a person and be with them, you sometimes need to make concessions and do stuff you don’t really like that much in the name of greater good. So that’s the good part.
  • When Hori enjoys so much getting scolded or even hit, I’m not sure she fully appreciated the effort Miyamura must make to do that. Sure, Hori is supportive and so on, but I don’t remember her going on such lengths for Miyamura’s sake as he is. Also, I’m not sure it’s a good idea to show all this SM dynamic in public, especially in school. I can’t say I’m not biased because of my rather conservative upbringing, but I try to enact the idea that a person can do anything that doesn’t inconvenience others as much as possible. Even so, I’m not particularly comfortable with the idea that a couple run around doing their business with the male casually swearing and hitting the female. Sure, it’s clearly consensual and I wholeheartedly agree that they can do whatever they like behind closed doors. But in public? I’m not so sure, especially since feminism is fighting so hard to eradicate abuse of women. Well, the bottom line is that I’m not comfortable with Miyamura being mean to Hori publicly, even if that’s arranged. I can’t say that I’m right and they’re wrong (who am I to say that?) and I leave the possibility to become convinced that I should change my opinion, but at this moment I can’t say I like it.
  • On a lighter side, seems like we’re getting quite a lot of new supporting characters who do absolutely nothing. There was that almost-blind handsome dude last time, there was Kirito-chan some episodes before, and now there’s a grumpy classmate and a former bully. If they won’t enter the story next time, I don’t really understand what’s the point in having so many of these temporary cameos. Kirito-chan, for example, seemed so glued to Miyamura that it’s really weird not to see her anymore. Oh well.
  • An idea that a bully might reform and start feeling guilt is a good one, but one episode is a bit too little for me to start really caring about such a dude. Koe no Katachi did everything way better and I don’t think there’s much competition to be had, though, yeah, I get that a film by KiyoAni can’t really compete with a random TV series. Anyway. We don’t get much insight into what made the change in this teal-haired dude, was it Hori who made him rethink his past? If that’s the case, I’m not sure that the message from this mini-story should be “punch a guy who hurt you and you’ll become friends”. Thinking optimistically, I also agree that in theory everybody should be able to befriend anybody. In practice? Don’t really think it’s efficient. Sure, you may try to make friends, but if the other side doesn’t respond, or responds in a bad way, is it worth the effort?
  • So yeah, this episode had me puzzled in all sorts of ways. Have to think more about it.
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  1. “And even after almost two seasons the theme isn’t stale at all.”

    That’s the most amazing thing about Yuru Camp IMO… It’s one of those rare shows that can take a simple premise and stick to it unvaryingly, and leave us asking for *more*, *More!*. A good part of that is well drawn the characters are w/o being stereotypes.

    And yeah, as I said in my review, this wasn’t the best episode of Horimiya for pretty much the same reasons. The last couple of episodes have really been off their game.

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    • I don’t even know what to compare Yuru Camp to in that respect. The most similar shows that I could watch endlessly are probably Mushishi and Natsume Yuujinchou, but they are still very different by telling little thoughtful stories, while Yuru Camp simply lets the life flow. And it’s amazingly entertaining.

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      • The closest would be Non Non Byori I think… But it’s very character driven even while being laid back. (If that makes sense.)

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