Laid-Back Camp Season 3 Review – Bridges, trains, and everything wholesome!

Season 3

Episode Guide

Episode 1: Where Should We Go Next -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 2: Mini Camping and Yard Camping -|Review Score – 4/5
Episode 3: We’re Off! Land of Suspension Bridges -|Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 4: Hatanagi Attack! Death Road from Hell -|Review Score – 4/5
Episode 5: Campfire and Beef Feasts -|Review Score – 3/5
Episode 6: See You Again Someday -|Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 7: True or Embellished? Retrospective Camping -|Review Score – 3/5
Episode 8: The Food Porn Begins -|Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 9: Touring and Checking Out The Cherry Blossoms -|Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 10: Chikuwa, Trains, Chiaki’s Solo Campin -|Review Score – 3/5
Episode 11: Scenery from Way Back -|Review Score – 4/5
Episode 12: April 2nd: Cherry Blossom Camp Trip -|Review Score – 3.5/5

 

Anime fans tend to watch “Iyashikei” programs a lot. These are anime known for healing the mind after a hard day’s work. Although most anime offer feel-good segments, only a select few made it their mission to base their tale solely around that notion. Laid-Back Camp is an example of an anime that does just that. Many adored this “moe” anime during its initial 2018 debut. 

They cherished this title for its likable cast, simple narrative, and comfy atmosphere. The series is known for being a classic among Manga Time Kirara’s properties like the 2022 hit, Bocchi The RockDespite the praise Laid-Back Camp Season 1 and beyond received during its heyday, many wondered if that same success would carry over in 2024. While Season 3 doesn’t offer mind-blowing or complex lore, it retains aspects that made its debut season engaging. 

Laid-Back Camp Season 3 is a 12-episode anime created by Afro and animated by 8-Bit Studios. Much like past seasons, this one explores the camping-centric affairs of Nadeshiko, Rin, Aoi, and Chiaki. Also, Season 3 features side characters like Ena, Chikuwa, Ayano, and others who’ll accompany our girls during their calm and occasionally funny adventures. 

First and foremost, Afro’s simplistic approach to storytelling remains intact regarding Laid-Back Camp Season 3. Like past entries, Season 3 features Nadeshiko and her pals enjoying the luxuries of life in the most grounded ways possible. However, Season 3 has our girls utilizing different forms of transportation to reach new, beautiful locales, drenched in authentic lore. 

From trains to bridges, fans should have a pen and notepad at the helm to jot down the interesting facts Season 3 presents. On that note, this season’s cooking, environment, and camping data is stellar, much like past seasons. For instance, Ayano and Rin visit multiple locations and use different bridges midway through Season 3. Each traversal contains something new to take in from a visual and informational perspective. 

Additionally, the locales our heroines traverse can be found in real life, making this a bonus for fans who adore traveling. On the other hand, Season 3 delivers genuine laughs with its humor. Much like “moe” anime of the past, fans can expect more of the same with Laid-Back Camp. Some returning aspects include cutesy character speech bubbles, witty banter, pop culture references, and humorous facial expressions. 

Although Season 3’s plot is straightforward, it offers moments of introspection and depth in spurts. It touches upon world problems like loitering and captures the sense of nostalgia and youth in places. From glancing at a gorgeous site during a car ride to discussing funny tales next to a campfire, fans will experience an Anton Ego-like Ratatouille moment during those scenarios. 

Although this tale’s simplicity and calming aura will please many, the narrative has its lows. For instance, the story doesn’t delve deep into the mature concepts it introduces. The loitering idea is one such example. Afro has Rin discard the trash someone left behind and casually moves on to the next scene. It doesn’t tackle the subject hard enough, which is mildly disappointing. 

This is one of many missed opportunities that could’ve allowed Afro to take Season 3’s tale in a meaningful direction. Next, some episodes in Season 3 feel overly surreal or lack a cohesive structure. An example of the former would be the fabricated camping outing between Chiaki, Aoi, Ena, and others. That scenario’s bizarre yet creative imagery doesn’t capture the humor one would expect from Laid-Back Camp

The episode included gags you’d see appear in off-the-wall anime like FLCL, Nichijou: My Ordinary Life, etc. Although some fans won’t mind those over-the-top chapters, Laid-Back Camp enthusiasts may not find those episodes appealing. Besides those issues, Laid-Back Camp fans can rest knowing Season 3 offers another pleasant and heartfelt experience with its plot. 

Laid-Back Camp’s cast from Nadeshiko to Chiaki is still a hoot to follow in 2024 like in 2018. From Nadeshiko’s upbeat persona to Rin’s sound personality, fans will be satisfied knowing the characters haven’t changed. That said, some will be disappointed with that notion. The anime offers subtle deep dives into Rin and Nadeshiko’s past lives via short flashbacks and sentimental discussions.

However, the story doesn’t delve into their backgrounds enough to make them feel rounded and real. However, the same can’t be said about Ayano’s character. In Season 2, fans didn’t know anything about her character, only that she was a close friend of Nadeshiko’s and loved traveling. However, Afro rewrote the wrong and forced Ayano and Rin to go on a tour camping trip. 

By doing so, fans got to peer into Ayano’s character, learning about who she is, her dreams, and how much she and Rin have in common. Therefore, if there was a side character who deserves the “MVP” award for Season 3, it’d be Ayano. As for Chiaki, Aoi, and others, they have their charming moments that’ll make fans laugh or smile. However, they don’t do enough to warrant exceptional praise.

Visually, Season 3 looked great for the majority of its runtime. Many fans worried that 8-Bit Studios would botch Season 3’s production and not capture C-Station’s magic regarding the latter’s work on prior entries. Fortunately, Season 3 contains just enough beautiful imagery from an environmental and character design standpoint to lessen those fears. That’s not to say the animation looked flawless through episodes 1-12. 

Some episodes contained jarring character models and dollar-store-looking food items. Also, the studio’s CGI made certain characters’ movements look lifeless. Rin and Ayano’s biking sprees throughout the bridge story portions are a few notable examples. Besides those visual hiccups, Season 3 should provide any Laid-Back Camp fan with a pleasing viewing experience. 

The soundtrack offers a similar degree of satisfaction. Whether it’s the sound of Rin’s scooter or the sizzling sound of Chiaki’s sausages, fans will admire the serene sounds that echo throughout this series’s numerous episodes. Moreover, the voice acting was stellar. Hearing actresses like Yumiri Hanamori and Rie Takahashi reprise their roles as Nadeshiko and Ena felt great. Kudos to the sound and animation teams for carrying C-Station Studios’s mantle. 

All in all, Laid-Back Camp Season 3 traverses down a route most sequels follow. It sticks to its strengths and offers little change or refreshing content to avoid feeling stagnant. That’s not to say fans won’t find Season 3 appealing. The new material it presents from its environmental lore to its occasional character deep dives is interesting. It is just not enough to make this feel like a true sequel. 

Regardless, Laid-Back Camp remains a strong contender as one of the best cozy anime today.


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