Will you climb with me?
Aoi prefers indoor hobbies and thanks to an injury is agoraphobic, but her childhood friend Hinata loves to show off her passion for mountain climbing. As young children they once watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain, and made a promise to do it again. During their journey, they'll have learn to cook, become familiar with the various tools of a mountaineer, climb the local hills, and meet new mountaineering friends as they learn the ropes of their hobby. When will they finally see that sunrise again?
Encouragement of Climb (ヤマノススメ Yama no Susume?, lit. "Recommendation of Mountaineering") is a slice-of-life manga series written and illustrated by Shiro, which began serialization in Earth Star Entertainment's Comic Earth Star magazine in 2011. An anime television series by 8-Bit aired in Japan as as a part of the Winter 2013 Anime season. A second season began airing in as a part of the Summer 2014 Anime season. Only season two, however, is currently on crunchyroll's website and app.
A third season began airing as part of the Summer 2018 Anime season. The third season is available on Crunchyroll, and so is the first, however the second season has apparently fallen out of its licensed status, leaving only seasons 1 and 3 available for viewing there.
Tropes appearing in this series:
- Bait-and-Switch: Episode 15 of season 2. The show heavily hints Kaede's old friend Yuuka died. Complete with showing her face in the clouds, and melancholy music...only to be revealed perfectly alive and fine at the end.
- Barely-There Swimwear: Aoi goes shopping for swimsuits, and each is more revealing than the previous one "It's just strings!". When she picks up the last hangar, "a swimsuit you can't even see!" Then Aoi realizes that it's just an empty swimsuit-shaped hangar.
- Bookends: Episode 5 of season 2, begins with Hinata tripping and pulling down Aoi's skirt down and in the end the roles are reversed.
- Aoi climbs the same mountain she and Hinata first climbed together in episode 12 of season 2, breaking her out of her melancholy from failing to climb Mt.Fuji.
- Childhood Friends: Aoi and Hinata went to elementary school together.
- Call-Back: Aoi returns to Mt. Tenran, the mountain she and Hinata first climb in the first season during the summer break following their trip to Mt. Fuji. It also serves to showcase just how much Aoi had grown since that time, as despite taking the more steeper route, she feels neither as terrified or as tired as she did when she first climbed it.
- Conspicuous CG: The buses and the cars in the cut of the girls coming back from Mt. Fuji.
- A Day in the Limelight: Not every episode is focused on Aoi, mind...
- The entirety of season 2 episode 15 is devoted to Kaede rather than following Aoi or Hinata.
- Likewise, episode 20 is devoted entirely to Kokona as she walks around the city wearing her new shoes.
- Delicious Distraction: Aoi forgets to ask for advice on swimsuits after her mother offers her pudding from the fridge.
- Downer Ending: The Mt. Fuji arc. Aoi wasn't able to reach the summit of Mt. Fuji due to altitude sickness, and she's even more depressed because Kaede stayed with her rather than climbing the rest of the way. She gets over it eventually, but it sets a surprisingly somber mood for a few episodes.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Aoi and Hinata once met Kokona — dressed in a firefly costume — as she once saved them when they were lost.
- Funny Background Event: During the climb up Mt. Fuji, you'll notice a pair of foreigners going up the same path as Aoi and her friends, and all the while they're talking in grammatically correct English. What's more, on top of their enthusiasm, both of them, the man especially, is shown to be wearing comparatively flimsy clothing, especially when you compare this to the double-layer that both Hinata and Kokona had to wear at the summit.
- Genki Girl: Hinata
- Girlish Pigtails: Hinata's default hairstyle and it emphasize her tomboyish personality.
- Godiva Hair: Kaede, in the special episode.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Aoi wears polka dots and Hinata wears Bears.
- Heroic BSoD: Aoi has one after failing to climb to the summit of Mt. Fuji due to altitude sickness. It lasts several episodes, during which the normally-cheerful series becomes quite sad.
- Hypocritical Humor: Hinata laughing at Aoi when the latter pulls out a bar of yokan, and asking Aoi if she was an old geezer, when the bar came from Hinata in the first place (the same bar that she gave to Aoi on Mt. Fuji, in fact).
- Iyashikei: For a series extolling the virtues of mountain-climbing, it also has a casual pace and an overall relaxing atmosphere.
- Last Episode, New Character: Honoka, the shy photo-taking girl.
- Meganekko: Kaede, though she isn't clumsy or shy.
- Real Place Background: The majority of the series (that's not devoted to climbing specific mountains that is) is set in and around Hanno City, located in Saitama.
- Schoolgirl Series: Though technically we only follow Aoi and Hinata at school, and even then it's only a small fraction of the series' air time.
- Shout-Out: Ryuko from Kill la Kill can be seen at 1:44 in episode 12 of season two in a classroom.
- Smarter Than You Look: Hinata is rather impulsive and ditzy. She also happens to be an ace student, even getting a job as a math tutor.
- Why Did It Have to Be Heights?: Aoi is scared of heights, thanks to an injury she suffered when she was younger.
- Hinata is shown to have a fear of fireflies after Kokona was dressed as one when she was younger and confused her for a monster.
- Word Salad Title: The official English title, possibly the result of a localization foul-up. Averted in Latin America, as the Spanish title (¡Atrevete a Escalar! translated as "I Dare You to Climb!") was chosen by the Mexican branch of the Japan Foundation, a legal entity from the Japanese government.