- Story: Afro.
- Art: Afro.
- Released: 03/27/2018.
- Imprint: Yen Press.
- Pages: 182.
The winter generally means staying in, staying warm, and not going out. But for Rin, winter means offseason camping and experiencing all that the great outdoors has to offer. On one such outing Rin meets the clueless Nadeshiko. Nadeshiko had ventured out to see Mount Fuji but had fallen asleep until dark and missed her opportunity. Luckily for Nadeshiko, Rin is a camping professional, and helped her until her ride arrived. Little does Rin know, that she had spurred the joy of camping in Nadeshiko. As Rin returned to school she finds that Nadeshiko attends the same school as her. What adventures await Rin and Nadeshiko?
First off, I want to say that this manga was an absolute joy to read. The lighthearted plot and interesting characters really make this an easy series to digest. I also enjoyed how there are actual camping tips found in the chapters. From things like building a fire, to picking a sleeping bag or a tent. The conversations between the characters are also funny and informative. As of now I would say that Nadeshiko is one of my favorite characters. Her thirst for knowledge and getting into the outdoors is an endearing quality. Rin seems to be a bit more serious, but she means well.
The story really begins to find its stride once Nadeshiko joins the OEC or Outdoor Exploration Club. Once joining the club Nadeshiko, begins to learn more about tents, sleeping bags and all things outdoors. The other two members of the club, Aoi, and Chiaki, do their best teach Nadeshiko everything she needs to know about camping. All of the characters so far are likable, and unique. I would have liked to see a bit more about character backstories, but there’s plenty of time for that in future volumes. So far the story is moving at a comfortable pace.
The art is breathtaking to say the least. Each outdoor scene is heavily detailed and looks identical to it’s real life counterpart. The story takes place around several different campsites around the country, with no two looking the same. It is apparent that Afro spent a great deal of time and put a lot of passion into their work. The scenery alone is relaxing, and even seeing Mount Fuji as drawn within this manga is awe inspiring. Hats off to Afro for giving us this amazing series.
Even under the most discerning eye it is difficult to find anything wrong with this series. As I mentioned before the story is lighthearted and at it’s core this story is all about camping. There is nothing here to truly take issue with, again all I would have liked to see was more in regards to character backstories. Though that is a small gripe, and I have been quite pleased with this entry in the series. I look forward to reading more about Rin’s and Nadeshiko’s outings and hope to see Rin actually join Nadeshiko and the OEC on a camping trip. Laid-Back Camp is a fun and relaxing story that I can recommend for nearly everyone.