Get in, loser, we’re going mountain climbing.
|Yama no Susume is a cute, 3-minute episode long show that’s easy to fit into a busy schedule. My schedule, for example, is usually really busy. I imagine most students feel the same! I inevitably find myself falling behind on anime, so I quite like shorts as long as they’re decent. Just because it’s not as long doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not as good.|
“…So…how do we get down?”
The entire concept of the show is quickly and efficiently set up within the first episode. We meet the two main ladies – Hinata and Aoi – and get to know their basic relationship status through a short, flashback-filled conversation. They fit a rather typical duo mold where one is shy and socially awkward while the other one is determined to convert their friend to the same level of peppy extraversion that they possess. Hinata, being the rambunctious one, does all of the dragging. Literally. If you wondering how anyone was going to convince a girl who is terrified of heights to even set foot on a ladder let alone a mountain, the answer is a strong grip and an inability to feel guilt. Their interactions are extremely simplistic at the moment, mostly because Hinata doesn’t actually respond to what Aoi says. It’s like asking someone for the time and then they respond by telling you all about how their morning went, because they’d really just rather talk about themselves as much as possible. As it stands, Hinata is kind of a jerk.
Aoi is a bit more promising since she’s more normal, and therefore more easy to relate to. I’m also pretty scared of heights, although it’s not from climbing on a jungle gym and slipping off because the majesty of the sunset blinded me. Funny how she managed to scale a mountain as a kid (with no adults anywhere in the vicinity for some reason…) yet it’s a playground structure that does her in. By the end of the series, I imagine she will somehow overcome her fear and scale a mountain with her friend. How will she get over it? Maybe it will be sweet and touching, but at this rate Hinata will just engage in (highly ineffective) shock therapy by forcing her into it full-throttle.
At 3 minutes, it’s hard to get a real feel for if this will be good or great. I can at least tell that it’s not bad. Yama no Susume is a harmless little slice of life show about girls climbing mountains. The comedic moments are alright (although not enough to make me laugh), and it seems like a good show to just chill out and watch without using any brain cells. As the actual mountain climbing starts the tone might shift slightly into more drama about conquering fears and friendship (and all that nonsense). For now, it’s just a fluffy show that reminds me a bit of Tamayura. If anything, I might do a series-end summary since each episode is so gosh-darned short. We’ll see how the mountain climbing progresses!
“For starters, let’s climb Mt. Everest!” “…St-Starters???”