Laid-Back Camp Season 3 Review

Laid-Back Camp Season 3 Review

Laid-Back Camp Season 3 anime series cover art
Laid-Back Camp Season 3

Suspension Bridge Touring

Laid-Back Camp Season 3 (Yuru Camp△ Season 3 / ゆるキャン△ SEASON3) is the sequel to Laid-Back Camp Season 2. That probably seems obvious. But, there was a Laid-Back Camp: The Movie that released between these two seasons. And sometimes, movies are canon.

However, the movie takes place years after the events of these seasons. So, chronologically, Season 3 comes directly after Season 2. You don’t need to have seen the movie to understand anything — that’s unrelated. With that out of the way, what’s Season 3 all about?

I’d say that there are really two halves to Season 3, and the first half focuses on a trip Rin, Nadeshiko, and Ayano go on together. Well, it’s more like Nadeshiko goes on a trip by herself and then meets up with the other two who were going on a trip. Their destination is the same, but how they get there isn’t.

Rin Shima and Ayano Toki crossing a suspension bridge from the anime series Laid-Back Camp Season 3
Rin Shima and Ayano Toki crossing a suspension bridge

Rin and Ayano decide to go on a touring journey riding their scooter and motorcycle, respectively. Along the way, they stop at and traverse every suspension bridge they can find. This was a pretty fun part of the season because we haven’t seen that much of Ayano until now.

You may remember that she was introduced in Season 2 as one of Nadeshiko’s childhood friends. But now we get to see her forming a close friendship with Rin based on their shared love of riding.

While they’re doing that, Nadeshiko is solo camping and checking out all the retro trains she can find. Apparently, she’s super into retro trains now. She’s still also super into food. However, her focus was much more on trains this season rather than food. It’s a bit of a different side of Nadeshiko than we’ve seen before.

Two New Characters

For the most part, Season 3 isn’t all that different than the first two seasons. We got more Ayano content. But again, she’s been around for a season now. She’s old news. So, I was pretty excited to see two brand-new girls featured in the OP for this season.

The first of the new girls we meet is Ema Mizunami, a middle schooler who likes to draw. That’s pretty much the only thing we know about her so far. And the only existing character she’s interacted with is Ena when they met each other in a park.

The second of the new girls is Mei Nakatsugawa, who I believe we know even less about. She’s also a middle schooler and a friend of Ema. However, as far as I remember, we don’t even know what her hobbies are. She shows up at the park to meet Ema after Ena and Chikuwa leave.

Ema Mizunami from the anime series Laid-Back Camp Season 3
Ema Mizunami

Okay, so are these two actually new characters? Or are they random background characters? The girls sometimes run into other campers on their trips whom we never see again. Is this the case for Ema and Mei? Almost, but no.

Yes, they mainly appear in one episode toward the middle of the season. However, they’re important enough that they got a spot in the OP, even if only briefly. And we also see them at the end of the final episode of the season.

At the end of Episode 12, Ema and Mei have entered the high school the other girls attend as first-year students. It’s club recruiting season, and Ema comments on how there’s no illustration club, so she doesn’t know what club to join. That’s where the season ends, but the implication seems to be that these two will join the Outdoor Activities Club.

Cherry Blossom Viewing

The second half of the season was all about cherry blossom viewing. We got to see a few of the girls go on their own solo trips to see the cherry blossoms. And even Nadeshiko’s sister, Sakura, got in on the cherry blossom viewing boom.

Then, in the final episode of the season, the six main girls, Akari (Aoi’s sister), and Minami-sensei go on a group camping trip to see the cherry blossoms. If you like when anime feature cherry blossoms in bloom, you’ll love this second half of Season 3.

I didn’t find this second half as interesting, though. I was far more interested in the first half of the season because it was a bit more adventurous. Rin and Ayano’s suspension bridge tour was fun. In comparison, cherry blossom viewing is kind of a lame activity. Sorry, cherry blossom fans.

Chikuwa viewing the cherry blossoms from the anime series Laid-Back Camp Season 3
Chikuwa viewing the cherry blossoms

Something that came up in the final episode that I didn’t realize was that it’s only been one year. These first three seasons of Laid-Back Camp cover a single year. For some reason, I was under the impression that each season was a full year. That would make this the third and final year of high school for the girls.

But, no. If the series continues at this pace, we’ll get six more seasons before we get close to the events of the movie. I don’t think we need that many more seasons. But the manga’s still ongoing. Anything’s possible.

As far as I know, there hasn’t yet been a confirmation that we’re getting a Season 4. But considering this season ended with the Ema and Mei “cliffhanger,” it seems likely. And if we do get another season, my prediction is that it will come in 2027, based on previous release dates.

Final Thoughts

I ended up giving Laid-Back Camp Season 3 a 6/10, which is one point lower than I gave the previous two seasons. Was this season actually any worse than the two that came before it? Probably not. But I think I’ve gotten a bit tired of the series.

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