The upcoming Laid-Back Camp movie has released its main visual, which depicts the five now-grown-up main characters gathered around a campfire with Mount Fuji in the distance.
It was also announced that moviegoers in Japan will receive a special, limited quantity Volume 13.5 comic, which includes a 24-page Rin to Nadeshiko no Inagako Haru Camp “special episode” from Laid-Back Camp mangaka Afro. The special episode will connect the movie’s story to the high school era.
The volume, which numbers 84 pages in total, will include Afro’s character draft materials for the movie and a “recollection album” of the Laid-Back Camp anime series. It also features a cover illustration from Afro.
The Laid-Back Camp movie is set to open in Japan on July 1. The first and second seasons of the camping-themed series aired in 2018 and 2021 respectively, while a spin-off called ROOM CAMP aired in 2020.
Crunchyroll describes Laid-Back Camp as:
Nadeshiko, a high school student who had moved from Shizuoka to Yamanashi, decides to see the famous, 1000 yen-bill-featured Mount Fuji. Even though she manages to bike all the way to Motosu, she’s forced to turn back because of worsening weather. Unable to set her eyes on her goal, she faints partway to her destination. When she wakes up, it’s night, in a place she’s never been before, with no way of knowing how to get home. Nadeshiko is saved when she encounters Rin, a girl who is out camping by herself. This outdoorsy girls story begins with this first encounter between Nadeshiko and Rin.
The Laid-Back Camp manga by Afro began in 2015 and has 13 tankoubon volumes as of March 2022. The Houbunsha-published manga was first serialized in Manga Time Kirara Forward but is currently running in the COMIC FUZ app, and is published under the Manga Time KR Comics label.
The Laid-Back Camp movie’s staff includes Yoshiaki Kyougoku (Laid-Back Camp Season 1 and 2) as director, Jin Tanaka (Laid-Back Camp Season 1 and 2 series composer and scriptwriter) and Mutsumi Itou (Room Camp series composer and scriptwriter, Laid-Back Camp Season 1 and 2) as scriptwriters, and Mutsumi Sasaki (Laid-Back Camp and Room Camp) as character designer. As with the series, C-Station is the animation production company.
Other returning staff from the series include Production I’s Yoshimi Umino as art director, Studio Twinkle’s Hiroaki Tanaka as photography director, Studio Road’s Taeko Mizuno as color designer, and Akiyuki Tateyama as music composer.
Meanwhile, the returning cast includes Yumiri Hanamori as Nadeshiko Kagamihara, Nao Touyama as Rin Shima, Sayuri Hara as Chiaki, Aki Toyosaki as Aoi Inuyama, and Rie Takahashi as Ena Saito.
Sources: @yurucamp_anime(1), (2), Laid-Back Camp movie website