No-Rin(のうりん,Nōrin?, lit. "agriculture and forestry") is a Japanese light novel series written by Shirow Shiratori, with illustrations by Kippu. An anime adaptation by Silver Link started airing on January 10, 2014.Funimation streamed the series on their video website.
The sudden retirement of the famous idol Yuka Kusakabe from the entertainment business shocks the world and devastates her biggest fan, teenager Kosaku Hata. His classmates at the Tamo Agriculture School manages to get him out of his depression and bring him out of his room to attend his classes. But to everyone's surprise, Yuka Kusakabe--her stage name--comes into their class under the name Ringo Kinoshita as a transfer student. Kosaku realizes he has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get to personally know his dream girl and, together with his group of friends, try to find out why she came to the agricultural school and become more than just classmates.
Class representative of 2-A class. He idolizes Yuka Kusakabe, and is devastated upon hearing of her retirement. He is surprised, however, that his idol becomes his classmate, albeit under another name. He is somehow oblivious to Minori's feelings for him despite that he can get flustered by any suggestive language from her. It also appears that Ringo also has an interest in Kōsaku by getting seemingly jealous over suggestive stories about him and Minori. He also prefers feet more than breasts.
An idol who previously performed under the stage name Yuka Kusakabe (草壁 ゆか,Kusakabe Yuka?). She unexpectedly retires from show business and enrolls herself at the Tamo Agricultural school. Unlike her idol persona, she, as Ringo, is more reserved and quiet. She is somewhat a rival of Minori for what seems to be Kōsaku's affection (she has called Minori a "Fat Ass" and a "Meddling Bug" in an episode while competing to plant rice in a rice field), yet they became on good terms after the incident. She appears to be conscious of her slender figure as the mention of her having small breasts can make her angry.
Kōsaku childhood friend. She has a major crush on Kōsaku, and her over-protectiveness shot up with Ringo's arrival. She even challenged her in episode 3 to a series of contests because of that. Though after what seems to be their "fight" on the rice fields in an episode (she called Ringo a "Thieving Cat" during that time), they seemed to be friendly with each other. She speaks with a Mino dialect. She is revealed to be very ticklish in episode 4. She mentioned that Kosaku often stayed with her (as he had no mother and his father was always out) and took baths with her and her siblings until their eighth grade, much to Rintarō's envy.
A friend of Kōsaku and Minori. At times he is analytical, but he is notorious for wearing mankinis whenever water is involved. He also rides a goat he calls Yakul, though its real name hasn't been revealed yet. He is the son of the owner of a big agricultural company--to whom he lost in an agricultural sale showdown, prompting him to go abroad for the seminar he was offered. He had a falling out with his father due to the latter using chemicals in his farming methods that his wife, Kei's mother, was terribly sensitive to which contributed to her early death. This is the reason behind Kei's desire to farm only organic goods without the use of chemicals such as pesticides. He reveals in episode 10 that he asked his aunt to adopt him after his falling out with his father which explains why his surname is Kamatori and not Menjō.
Jane Natalie Hansen III (ジェーン・ナタリー・ハンセン三世,Jēn Natarī Hansen Sansei?)
Kōsaku's classmate and one of the Shitennō (四天農?, lit. Four Heavenly Farmers), "Boin Yoshida". She majors in animal husbandry. She is shown to have a crush towards Kei, but she denies it infront of others. She switches from a proud, stern personality to a timid, stuttering one when she feels embarrassed or shy. A recurring gag in the series is that people tend to mention and/or emphasize her great bust size and harass her for it, much (mostly) to her embarrassment. She later accompanies Kei to a seminar abroad that both of them were invited to.
Class representative of 2-B class and one of the Shitennō, "Bio Suzuki". An expert in biotechnology, and has invented a yogurt culture that one can just apply--partly using it as a means to justify her bukkake fetish by having Kosaku and Kei shoot each other with it. She is usually dressed in a Gothic lolita outfit. Like Kanegami, she tends to go with the flow of the other Shitennō.
Class representative of 2-D class and one of the Shitennō, "Money Kanegami". A master of anything related to making money by all means necessary--even to the point of getting suspended; but considers it fun. She also tends to go with the flow of the other Shitennō. She is known for her flashy earrings (The signs for the Dollar and Yen).
Class representative of 2-E class and one of the Shitennō, "Rose Hanazono". He is an expert in the art of landscaping, but Kōsaku is kind of at odds with him for making a pass at Minori despite his gender preference. His true inclination was revealed when invited over Ringo under the pretense of luring Kōsaku in which he was able to successfully kiss him by taking advantage of the fact that Kōsaku isn't aware of what sex is he really into (Though Kei stormed in to warn him, it was too late).
Class representative of 2-F class and one of the Shitennō, "Woodman Rintarō". He has mastery of the forestry trade, but he is fiercely jealous of the fact that there are two girls in Kōsaku's class; and is desperate to, at least, have a girl sit beside him (all due to the fact that there are no girls in his class). Although Kōsaku mentioned that his class once had a female classmate, Rintarō angrily states that she ran away a long time ago. It is stated that he is weak against love triangles.
Also known as "Becky," she is the Homeroom teacher of 2-A class. Because of her mood swings in her class, she has this trait of suddenly plunging the entire class into despair. Despite her young looks and demeanor, she is a true adult (She is forty years-old). A running gag involves Bekki and Kōsaku in hilarious situations such as her telling that it's okay to do "it" since it's him. She is desperate to get married, and this desperation results in her erratic, near-hysterical behavior, especially when the very subject of it is brought up and often gets jealous of younger girls.
President of Hexa Techs Corporation and the biological father of Kei Kamatori who he bests in a produce selling contest in episode 10. He and Kei had a falling out due to him continuously using chemicals in his farming methods that his wife was terribly sensitive to which contributed to her early death. He is a sharp business man who Kei claims always has his eye on the bottom line. Unlike his son, he believes that using modern technology in farming produces better results than organically grown goods.
No-Rin began as a light novel series written by Shirow Shiratori and illustrated by Kippu.
The direct manga adaptation illustrated by Maru Asakura and cooperated by Yoko Matsu'ura is being serialized on Square Enix's Young Gangan Comics starting from March 16, 2012. Another manga adaptation titled No-Rin Petit(のうりん プチ,Nōrin Puchi?), which more focuses on the comedy, being serialized by Kotoji by August 24, 2013 on Square Enix's Big Gangan. The third manga adaptation which started on October 17, 2013 by Toshiko Machida being titled as No-Rin -Wild-(のうりん-野生-＜ガイヤ＞,Nōrin-Yasei (Gaiya)-?), serialized on SB Creative's GA Bunko Magazine.
A drama CD adaptation was released by HOBiRECORDS on April 27, 2012.
The opening theme for the anime is Himitsu no Tobira kara Ai ni Kite(秘密の扉から会いにきて?) performed by Yukari Tamura and the ending theme song is Mogitate ♥ Fruit Girls(も・ぎ・た・て♥フルーツガールズ?) by Yukari Tamura and Kana Hanazawa. In the first episode, the opening theme was Cordless Telephone(コードレス☆照れ☆PHONE?, lit. Cordless☆Shy☆PHONE) by Yukari Tamura as Yuka Kusakabe.
"Chuno Love Story" "Chūnō Love Story"(厨脳ラブストーリー)
January 10, 2014
"The King of Farmers" "Kingu Obu Fāmāzu"(キング・オブ・ファーマーズ)
January 18, 2014
"Super Sub-Mom War: Training Stage" "Sūpā Shūtome Taisen Jisshū-hen"(スーパー姑大戦 実習篇)
January 25, 2014
"The Smile You Showed Me" "Kimi ga Miseta Egao"(君が見せた笑顔)
February 1, 2014
"Farming's Five Top Four" "Gonin no Shitennō"(五人の四天農)
February 8, 2014
"Full-Moe Alchemist: Bounty" "Megumi no Renkinjutsushi"(萌（めぐみ）の錬金術師)
February 15, 2014
"Sob Salad" "Gōkyū Sarada"(号泣サラダ)
February 22, 2014
"Cooking Granny" "Kukkingu Baba"(クッキングババ)
March 1, 2014
"School Swim Trunks" "Gakkō no Kaipan"(学校の海パン)
March 8, 2014
"Veggie Battle: Ultimate v. Supreme" "Kyūkyoku to Shikō no Yasai Taiketsu!"(究極と至高の野菜対決!)