The slice-of-life comedy Yuru Camp (a.k.a. Laid-Back Camp) is a charming, cozy, and character-driven anime series. Since a third TV season was officially announced in October 2022, now would be a good time to review the Yuru Camp characters.
These characters are a big part of what makes the show worth watching.
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Main Yuru Camp characters
- Rin Shima
- Nadeshiko Kagamihara
- Aoi Inuyama
- Ena Saito
- Chiaki Ogaki
Side characters in Yuru Camp
- Hajime Shinshiro
- Minami Toba
- Akari Inuyama
- Sakura Kagamihara
- Nao Toyama (Rin)
- Yumiri Hanamori (Nadeshiko)
- Rie Takahashi (Ena Saito)
- Aki Toyosaki (Aoi Inuyama)
- Sayuri Hara (Chiaki)
- Akio Otsuka (Rin’s grandfather and the narrator)
Main Yuru Camp Characters
Rin is the first character that we meet in Yuru Camp. She’s an independent, experienced solo camper who takes a long time to actually join the Outdoor Activities Club.
In general, she tends to be quiet and reserved, which makes her a great foil to the more cheerful and energetic Nadeshiko.
At the beginning of the series, she rides a bicycle. She soon upgrades to a Yamaha scooter, which allows her to make longer trips on her own. (In an OVA sponsored by Yamaha, she temporarily switches to a three-wheeled Yamaha Tricity.)
Nadeshiko meets Rin in the first episode. She’s enthusiastic and cheerful, but doesn’t actually know a whole lot about camping when the series starts.
Despite her inexperience, her happy, determined attitude often pushes the plot forward much of the time. She likes to cook, and especially enjoys eating.
Aoi is one of the founding members of the Outdoor Activities Club. She’s best known for telling colorful tall tales, with naïve Nadeshiko being her most frequent victim.
Naturally, her catchphrase is “uso yade,” which translates as “that was a lie.” Incidentally, “yade” is a Kansai figure of speech. Although she’s not from Kansai, Aoi speaks with a Kansai accent.
Ena is Rin’s good friend, and owner of the chihuahua Chikuwa.
Her role in the series is subtle, but important. Unlike Nadeshiko, she doesn’t grab a lot of attention, except in connection with Chikuwa. Like Rin, she also doesn’t join the club immediately, so she misses some of the early adventures. However, as Rin’s friend, she does push Rin to take part in club activities.
Chiaki “Aki-chan” is the leader of the Outdoor Activities Club. Although she’s the group’s founder, she often acts a bit irresponsible, such as when she forgets to plan ahead. She also frequently acts like she knows what she’s talking about when she doesn’t.
Luckily she has a playful disposition and a cute, dorky attitude, or she would be the worst.
Side Yuru Camp Characters
If the name Hajime Shinshiro sounds unfamiliar, he’s better known as Rin’s grandfather. He doesn’t make many on-screen appearances in the anime, but Rin learned a lot from him.
When he does show up in person, he’s quiet, but knowledgeable and kind. Like Rin, he travels around on his motorcycle.
Hajime’s gravely voice is the same as the unseen, omniscient narrator, which suggests that Rin’s grandfather might be the narrator. The narrator provides all sorts of useful camping tips.
Toba-sensei is the teacher/ advisor for the Outdoor Activities Club. Although she’s a typical quiet teacher at school, she likes to drink after school.
In her first appearance, she’s the drunken half of a pair of veteran campers that Rin and Nadeshiko meet. (Only later do they discover that she’s a teacher at their school.) She continues her drinking habits when she becomes the advisor to the club.
Akari is Aoi’s little sister, who makes a brief appearance in season 1, and comes along for the big Izu trip in season 2. Both of the sisters like to tell whoppers. But she also gets tricked by her older sister’s lies.
Sakura is Nadeshiko’s older sister. In the first episode, she has to bail Nadeshiko out when she gets stuck at Lake Motosu. She seems to get easily annoyed at her younger sister. But she also genuinely tries to look out for Nadeshiko, and is concerned about her.
Although she’s not part of the club, Sakura sometimes ends up driving Nadeshiko and others to various places.
Main Yuru Camp Character Voice Actors
Nao Toyama plays Rin. Other roles include:
- Kanon Nakagawa in The World God Only Knows
- Chitoge in Nisekoi
- Kongo in KanColle
- Ruka Sarashina in Rent-A-Girlfriend
In 2019, she won Best Actress in Supporting Roles, and the Game Award at the Seiyu Awards.
As a singer, Toyama has released several singles and a couple of albums.
Toyama also received a 2019 Golden Achievement Award from the Japanese Red Cross for her charity work.
Yumiri Hanamori plays Nadeshiko. Other roles include:
- Hinaki Ubuyashiki in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
- Shin Sato in The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls
- Shizu in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Hanamori will voice the young Knives in the 2023 Trigun Stampede anime series.
You can also see her in Hanamori Yumiri’s Beginner Solo Camping, a live-action, documentary-style promo for Yuru Camp. It’s available at Crunchyroll.
Rie Takahashi plays Ena Saito. Other roles include:
- Megumin in KonoSuba
- Emilia in Re:Zero
- Takagi in Teasing Master Takagi-san
She will return to Megumin in KonoSuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World!, a 2023 KonoSuba spin-off series.
In 2013, she received the Best Female Newcomer Award at the Seiyu Awards.
She has released a couple of singles.
Aki Toyosaki voices Aoi. Other roles include:
- Su in Shugo Chara
- Yui Hirasawa in K-On!
- Momo Belia Deviluke in Motto To Love Ru
At the Seiyu Awards, she received Best New Actress, and Best Musical Performance in 2010; and Best Lead Actress, and Best Personality in 2011.
She was also a member of the pop idol group Sphere.
Sayuri Hara voices Chiaki. Other roles include:
- Mio Honda in The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls
- Mika in Love Live! School Idol Project
- Luna in KonoSuba
Akio Otsuka plays Rin’s grandfather, and also provides the narration. Other roles include:
- Captain Nemo on Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
- Blackbeard in One Piece
- All For One in My Hero Academia
- Jigen in the 2021 version of Lupin the 3rd
Otsuka has also had a few live-action film, and television roles.
He won Best Voice Actor at the 2006 Tokyo Anime Award, Best Voice Actor at 2012 Newtype Anime Awards, and the Kei Tomiyama Memorial Award at the 2015 Seiyu Awards.
About Yuru Camp
Manga artist Afro started the Yuru Camp manga in 2015. The anime started in 2018. Since then, fans have watched two seasons of this fun, comfy, and healing series, plus the spin-off series Heya Camp (Room Camp) and the 2022 movie.
The story follows the camping adventures of a group of high school girls in inland Yamanashi Prefecture.
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