Encouragement of Climb Season 3 is the third season of the anime adaptation of Shiro’s slice of life manga series. It is set after the OVA, so make sure to watch that before tackling the third season.
Yusuke Yamamoto remains the director of the series for the third season, and it was still produced by 8-Bit.
Encouragement of Climb Season 3 aired during the summer 2018 season of anime, and is available to watch on Crunchyroll. There are a total of thirteen episodes, each one clocking in at around thirteen and a half minutes long.
A review for the first two seasons of the show can be found here.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, or that at least seems to be the point that the third season of Encouragement of Climb is trying to get across. Whilst it starts out with Aoi, Hinata and their friends doing their usual thing (mountain climbing in this case), things eventually take a turn.
With Aoi becoming more sociable thanks to Hinata’s influence, Hinata finds herself getting left behind. It’s almost heartbreaking just how much Hinata is affected the distance seemingly opening up between herself and Aoi.
Besides that, it is business as usual for the cute mountain climbing girls. Everything mentioned in the review for the first two seasons still applies here, so no sense in repeating what has already been said.
One thing that is worth mentioning again, however, is how Aoi and Hinata make a cute couple. This season of Encouragement of Climb puts their relationship to the test, with Hinata surprisingly being the one to struggle the most.
Aoi, Hinata and their friends mountain climbing adventures prove to be as enjoyable as ever, with some extra drama thrown in that gives us a deeper insight into the relationship between Aoi and Hinata.