Ever stumble across some news that is 100% tailored to you? Well, as someone who absolutely loves Laid-Back Camp, otherwise known as Yuru Camp literally translated, imagine my reaction when I find out that it’s getting its own videogame adaptation. Announced on the official Laid-Back Camp Twitter, the game, classed as a “consumer game” in Japan – one that would come to consoles aside from the usual mobile and PC releases – is being made by MAGES, a developer and publisher behind a number of other anime games, including numerous Steins; Gate titles.
— アニメ『ゆるキャン△』シリーズ公式 (@yurucamp_anime) March 27, 2021
There’s not a whole lot of detail on the game besides this initial announcement – we don’t know what kind of game it will be as it’s only a teaser at this moment in time, with just a small placeholder website – but it’s certainly a really cool announcement, given how well received the anime (and manga that the game will be based on) has been. There have been previous Yuru Camp games released, in the form of a VR game called Laid-Back Camp Virtual, made by Gemdrops, which is described as a “virtual camping adventure” and allows you to visit some of locations featured in the show – from Lake Mutotsu to Asagiri Plateau.
The first season of Laid-Back Camp premiered in January 2018 as part of that year’s Winter lineup, and impressed avid anime watchers with its unique charm and heart, and is based on the manga series by Afro that started in 2015. It deserved to be one of the anime series that was given away for free by Xbox Game Pass recently, but unfortunately, it wasn’t.
It revolves around two primary characters, Rin and Nadeshiko, and a wider cast of characters as they travel to different scenic locations and experience the highs and lows of camping – featuring a lot of delicious-looking food. Rin is a bit of a solo-camper, preferring to appreciate the joys of holidaying on her own, while Nadeshiko loves spending time with her friends. Over time both girls start to appreciate the other’s perspectives more and more, and their journeys with each other make for a truly heartwarming tale that has captivated me and the wider anime community.
Laid-Back Camp is currently airing its second season, and it might just be even better than the first. You can view both series on Crunchyroll – still the best place to find anime, although Netflix is bringing a DOTA anime to the platform.
What do you think about this news? Are you enjoying the show as well? Or this anime season in general? Leave a comment.