Musings and Reflections – Winter 2021 Week 13

One Phrase Impressions

Yuru Camp 2 (Ep. 13) -A bittersweet goodbye
Hori-san to Miyamura-kun (Ep. 13) – I guess it ended? Somehow?

Yuru Camp 2 (Ep. 13)

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  • The episode started not that impressively. Again, it wasn’t bad, just more of the usual stuff that has been happening last two episodes during this Izu trip. This trip has been a really long one, and it actually made me feel that after a sensory overload that such a trip (in anime or in real life) usually brings, eventually you want to return home, no matter how successful the adventure has been.
  • And that brings us to the second half of the episode, which was perfect in many ways. First, there’s probably no better way to close a show about camping than by making all the characters return home after a prolonged trip. It seems like all the girls and the viewers as well can do nothing but think “well, that was an experience”.
  • Another really nice part was Nadeshiko worrying about Rin. Not long ago, Rin basically saved the unexperienced Nadeshiko, Aki and Inuko from freezing (yeah yeah, I know that Rin’s help wasn’t really that crucial, but while Rin’s involvement could have been foreseen, the fact that the three girls found some lovely and helpful people on the campsite was more a factor of luck). Rin also got too worried over Nadeshiko’s solo camping trip, so it was nice to see someone also checking up on Rin herself. Anyway, this moment both reminded of some crucial events of this season and emphasized how much the girls have grown together to keep an eye for each other whether it is really needed or it’s only a simple precaution. Either way – that’s the true power of friendship, not some overconfident shounen shouting.
  • And, finally, a little reminder of Rin’s first solo trip, which again provides a tie – this time to the very start of the season when Rin really wasn’t a very good camper.
  • So yeah, the show ended. It’s the very best bittersweet moment that can be – you’re sad that it’s over but happy at the same time because you experienced it.

Hori-san to Miyamura-kun (Ep. 13)

  • I’m still thinking about the episode and not sure if I like it. On the surface level, it’s a very good closure – Miyamura gets his introspection and sees how far he’s come, everyone graduates, and all the problems seem to be solved.
  • However, this alternative reality that Miyamura imagined (I think it’s he who imagined it) puzzles me. Nobody would disagree that the center of this alternative reality is Miyamura himself and decisions that made him transition from a friendless sad kid to a person who he is now. I agree that Miyamura making new friends would influence some of these friends, but why for example in this alternative reality Sengoku and Remi are not a couple? Why is Yoshikawa’s hair longer? Did Miyamura really influence that? Or is it just a random possible reality where nobody gets a boyfriend or a girlfriend and for some reason changes hairstyle?
  • The episode sadly lacks Hori’s perspective. It’s as if only Miyamura made decisions and grew, while others remained static. It was actually Hori who initiated the first contact, and this final episode would be a perfect opportunity to also hear her thoughts about her experience. It’s HoriMiya, you know?
  • When you think about it, it’s weird that both Hori and Miyamura have realistic hair colour, all the other unimportant students have realistic brown or black hair as well. But for some reason all the immediate supporting characters may even form a rainbow by standing next to each other.
  • Not too happy that IshiYoshi was left hanging. It’s a pretty bad way to leave things – they like each other, but they aren’t ready to confess. Not particularly satisfying, not at all.
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