Laid-Back Camp Offers 2-Day Camping Event in Yamanashi
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Laid-Back Camp fans will have a new way to relive the setting of the series in Yamanashi prefecture. An official camp tour is set for the May 11-12 weekend with four different plans for prospective campers to pick from. There's the "easy" bus tour, the "overnight in the gym" with bus transportation plan, the "solo or pair" camping plan, and the "experienced" plan. The latter option lets campers choose their own itinerary after meeting at the venue.
The two-day event starts at Motosu High School, a recent base of Laid-Back Camp events in Yamanashi. The event isn't strictly camping -- Laid-Back Camp cast members will also hold a talk show earlier in the day. Voice actress and "camp director" Sayuri Hara (Chiaki Ōgaki), fellow voice actress and "camp advisor" Shizuka Itou (Minami Toba), and real camp coordinator Yūka Koiishi will participate in the "Outdoors Club New Members Talk Show" to discuss the allure of camping. Attendees will get to eat the Yamanashi specialty, Hōtō noodle soup, for dinner. The meal was prepared in an episode of Laid-Back Camp.
Attendees will also receive stamps for attending the event and a wooden bowl, like the one Chiaki uses in episode 8. Visitors can buy Laid-Back Camp and camping gear company Coleman cross-over goods. Some new items, like a sleeping bag, are included depending on which tour plan is purchased.
Slots for the tour are available on a first-come, first-served basis until March 25.
Afro's Laid-Back Camp manga and subsequent anime series has had a profound economic effect on Yamanashi prefecture. A recent survey found that five events held in 2018 brought in 85 million yen (US$765,000) in earnings and visitors spent 40% more than the tourism average in the past.
Rin, Nadeshiko, Aoi, Ena, and Chiaki will return for a second anime season, movie, and short anime. The first anime premiered in January 2018, and Crunchyroll streamed the 12-episode series as it aired. The anime's home video release in Japan included an "episode 0" anime.