The Izu arc concludes in the ninth volume of Afro’s Laid-Back Camp manga, but not without plenty of delicious food and amazing sights. In other words, a pretty typical volume of Laid-Back Camp, and that is a very good thing.
This volume contains chapters forty-seven through to fifty-two.The Outdoor Exploration Club continues its excursion in Izu! Between walking up Mount Omuro, seeing capybaras bathing in a hot spring, and cooking up some spiny lobster, the girls have plenty more to enjoy. But there’s also something extra-special about this camping trip: Nadeshiko’s and Inuko’s birthdays! Can the rest of the OEC successfully pull off a surprise party, or is the secret already out…?
In true Laid-Back Camp form, this volume starts with absolute food porn. It only takes a a couple of pages, and already you may find your mouth watering. This entire volume is like that, though; it is made up of everything that we have come to expect from Laid-Back Camp. We have camping, of course, but also incredible food, stunning scenery and fun interactions between the girls of the OEC.
Afro manages to squeeze so much detail into the manga, whether it comes to food or scenery. A most excellent job is done on conveying just what the girls experience as they are camping; it is probably the closest you’ll ever get without heading out to Izu yourself.
Laid-Back Camp is a fantastic manga series, and the camping trip in Izu might just be some of the best content it has to offer. We actually have all the main cast together (though Rin does manage to get some alone time due to an early morning and everyone else sleeping).
There’s excellent chemistry between the characters, too, which makes their interactions a joy to read. Rin even realises that she and Nadeshiko are actually quite similar, particularly when it comes to worrying about each other.
All good things must come to an end, and that is what happens with the Izu camping trip. I’m sure the OEC came away from it with many fond memories, and it was certainly a joy to read.
Afro continues to deliver a compelling experience with the Laid-Back Camp manga, especially with the fantastic Izu camping trip.