yama no susume anime review

yama no susume anime review
Hinata and Aoi made a promise to each other when they were very young to climb a mountain. Years later they get in contact again and start acting on that promise. However Aoi has developed a fear of heights, and Hinata has little patience for planning and even less caution.

When I heard there was going to be an anime -- even better, a slice-of-life of sorts -- about hiking, I just had to be there. Living in an area that spoils the interested hiking connoisseur rotten, I was honestly more than a bit curious how an anime -- a web animation in particular -- would manage this.


The first question is therefore going to be this: "Is twelve four minute episodes going to be enough?" And the answer is... just barely. (My brain was actually going "giri giri safe" -- surely a sign that I need to cut down on anime.) yama no susume's approach to the whole thing is basically a beginner's course in hiking, camping and choosing appropriate gear for various tasks. Rudimentary, yes, but good advice all the same.


Furthermore, the show is absolutely adorable. It goes with the old "shy, antisocial girl vs. hyperactive loudmouth" dynamic for its main characters, but there's no reason to be hesitant. Any friction between the two is quickly dispelled, and the two eventually gain more friends following along; tall and mature Kaede plus the excessively feminine and girly Kokona. Together, the four of them (there are always four) quickly form a hiker's circle of friends.


For all its talk about conquering mountains, though, the girls doesn't really do a whole lot of that. Their hikes are mostly taken along tourist trails leading to various attractions and tourist viewpoints -- though in all fairness, they are nice trails that I'd be more than happy to undertake myself on a free day.


Another point of relief comes with the art and animation territory -- meaning it's mostly quite nice. True, there's a kind of hazy, CG quality to some of the background art, with a particularly egregrious example in the first episode as the camera slowly traverses a classroom filled with students, but that particular example was thankfully never revisited. More so, the show completely redeems itself by featuring a lot of really nice background scenes, like the few spots the girls do visit, or even the stores they go to for the sake of getting equipment.


If yama no susume's goal was to get its audience excited about hiking, I'd say it's been pretty successful. Honestly, the whole thing just makes its briefness even more melancholic; now that the entire show is available, it's over in around 42 minutes. That's barely two episodes worth as far as regular TV shows go, and I wanted to see more of this.

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