Feelings Under the Stars: Friendship and Romance in Yuru Camp and Sora yori mo Tooi Basho

The two best shows of Winter 2018 had a couple of things in common; they both involved outdoor activities away from civilization, both were heavily invested in friendships between girls and both placed their romantic aspects along the edges. Instead of centering on the idea of romance, like so many stories, both Yuru Camp and Sora yori mo Tooi Basho placed the emphasis elsewhere, but in the process let the aspects of romance they were interested in shine through.

Spoilers for the entirety of the Yuru Camp anime and Sora yori mo Tooi Basho.

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Promised Day (iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, Akagi Miria/Jougasaki Mika)

17-year-old Akagi Miria is going on a date with her girlfriend, Jougasaki Mika. Its a very important day, a day that she’s been thinking about for a long time.

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The Girl With the Iron Smile: Takamachi Nanoha’s Kindness

Fate Testarossa Harlaown is, as anyone will tell you, a very kind girl. You will most certainly hear this from Takamachi Nanoha, Fate’s Best Friend, Girl Friend and most precious partner. What you will not hear anyone say is that Takamachi Nanoha is a kind girl.

Thats not to say she isn’t friendly, or nice. She’s a very pleasant person to be around almost all of the time. You definitely could never say she’s cruel. But still, she’s not “kind”.

Lets have a chat about Nanoha. Spoilers abound, even for Reflection, sorry.

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The Comedy Lesbian: Oosawa Yuu’s Feelings

One of the most unexpected surprises this season has been Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san, a fairly lighthearted show about a girl who really loves Ramen. However we’re not here today to talk about Koizumi-san herself. Instead we’re going to talk about Oosawa Yuu, who is our main viewpoint into the world of Koizumi-san and a girl who really, really loves Koizumi.

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