GemdropsThe Tokyo-based developer is working on two games inspired by the hit Yuru Camp manga, written and illustrated by Afro. Laid-Back Camp -Virtual- Lake Motosu (Yuru Camp Virtual Camp Motosuko-hen) and Laid-Back Camp -Virtual- Fumoto Campsite (Yuru Camp Virtual Camp Fumoto Camp Jō-hen) are slated to arrive on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, and Steam this winter 2020-2021 season.
Although it will not be a requirement to play them, both titles will support virtual reality technology, being compatible with PlayStation VR on PS4; Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit on Nintendo Switch; as well as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive for PC and some smartphones. The games will have Japanese audio and will feature English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and French subtitles. Its price and final departure date will be revealed soon.
As you can see in the promotional trailer, in Laid-Back Camp -Virtual- Lake Motosu you will take the role of Nadeshiko, while spending time with the expert camper Rin-chan at Lake Motosu. On the contrary, Laid-Back Camp -Virtual- Fumoto Campsite will allow you to be Rin and share this relaxing experience with Nadeshiko at Camp Fumoto.
For those unfamiliar with Yuru Camp, the story follows Rin Shima, a girl who enjoys camping alone along the lakes that give her a great panoramic view of Mount Fuji. One day, she meets Nadeshiko Kagamihara, who has just moved to Yamanashi. The two of them will get closer and begin to go on camping trips with other friends, while enjoying good food and the natural landscape.
The mangaka Afro serialized his work in Houbunsha’s Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine between 2015 and 2019, later it would be transferred to the Comic Fuz application. The work has 10 compiled volumes to date and inspired one of the most acclaimed anime of the 2018 winter season: Laid-Back Camp. This slice of life full of endearing characters and helpful tips about camping was even able to increase tourism in Yamashani Prefecture.
The franchise released earlier this year a spinoff series of animated shorts titled Heya Camp, as well as a live-action series for Amazon Prime Video Japan, the second of which will arrive in spring 2021. Meanwhile, the second season of the anime is scheduled for premiering on January 7 and will feature the return of the same staff from the C-Station studio that was in charge of the first season.
All 12 episodes of Laid Back-Camp are available at Crunchyroll. You can learn more details about the virtual reality project Laid-Back Camp -Virtual- in the following LINK.
Gustavo Pineda I write about film, television and anime at Cine PREMIERE