Non Non Biyori

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Non Non Biyori
Nonnonbiyoricover.jpg
Cover of first manga volume. From left to right: Renge Miyauchi, Komari and Natsumi Koshigaya, and Hotaru Ichijo.
のんのんびより
GenreComedy, Slice of life
Manga
Written byAtto
Published byMedia Factory
DemographicSeinen
MagazineMonthly Comic Alive
Original runNovember 2009 – ongoing
Volumes6
Anime television series
Directed byShin'ya Kawatsura
Written byReiko Yoshida
Fumihiko Shimo
Yuka Yamada
Music byHiromi Mizutani
StudioSilver Link
Licensed by
NetworkTV Tokyo, AT-X, TV Aichi, TV Osaka
Original runOctober 7, 2013December 23, 2013
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
StudioSilver Link
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Non Non Biyori
Nonnonbiyoricover.jpg
Cover of first manga volume. From left to right: Renge Miyauchi, Komari and Natsumi Koshigaya, and Hotaru Ichijo.
のんのんびより
GenreComedy, Slice of life
Manga
Written byAtto
Published byMedia Factory
DemographicSeinen
MagazineMonthly Comic Alive
Original runNovember 2009 – ongoing
Volumes6
Anime television series
Directed byShin'ya Kawatsura
Written byReiko Yoshida
Fumihiko Shimo
Yuka Yamada
Music byHiromi Mizutani
StudioSilver Link
Licensed by
NetworkTV Tokyo, AT-X, TV Aichi, TV Osaka
Original runOctober 7, 2013December 23, 2013
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
StudioSilver Link
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Non Non Biyori (のんのんびより?, lit. Non Non Weather) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Atto. The series began publication in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine from November 2009. The story is based on the same setting as Atto's former work, Toko-toko. A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by Silver Link aired in Japan between October and December 2013 and has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks. A second anime season is in production.

Plot[edit]

The story takes place in the countryside village of Asahigaoka, where many conveniences are several miles away and the school consists of only five students, each of whom come from different grades of elementary and middle school. Hotaru Ichijo, a fifth grader from Tokyo, transfers into Asahigaoka Branch School and adjusts to countryside life with her new friends.

Characters[edit]

Hotaru Ichijo (一条 蛍 Ichijō Hotaru?)
Voiced by: Rie Murakawa
A fifth-year elementary school student who transfers into Asahigaoka Branch School from Tokyo. She is quite tall for her age and has a crush on Komari, and even sews a collection of plush dolls of Komari to decorate her room. She had come to Asahigaoka several times because her relatives live nearby.
Renge Miyauchi (宮内 れんげ Miyauchi Renge?)
Voiced by: Kotori Koiwai
A first-year elementary school student. She likes to greet her friends by saying "Nyanpasū", a nonsensical phrase. While she generally acts her age, she is often quite perceptive. She often ends her sentences with 'na non' which is a dialect of the village. She is the younger sister to Hikage and Kazuho.
Natsumi Koshigaya (越谷 夏海 Koshigaya Natsumi?)
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura
A first-year middle school student. She is taller than Komari, her older sister. Rebellious and carefree, she often talks back to her mother, plays pranks on her older sister, and does poorly in school.
Komari Koshigaya (越谷 小鞠 Koshigaya Komari?)
Voiced by: Kana Asumi
A second-year middle school student and Natsumi's older sister. She is quite short, a fact which she detests. She is innocent and easily scared, which Natsumi often takes advantage of.
Kazuho Miyauchi (宮内 一穂 Miyauchi Kazuho?)
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka
Renge's older sister and the only teacher in the local school. She is very fond of sleep. Since all the students study their own material, she often spends classtime napping.
Suguru Koshigaya (越谷 卓 Koshigaya Suguru?)
A third-year middle school student and Natsumi and Komari's older brother. He doesn't say much and has very little presence besides occasional visual comedy.
Yukiko Koshigaya (越谷 雪子 Koshigaya Yukiko?)
Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu
Natsumi, Komari, and Suguru's mother. She is often strict, particularly towards Natsumi, who slacks off a lot. She is also a graduate of Asahigaoka branch school. When she was a student, she took care of Kazuho as Kaede does for Renge (according to the author in the afterword).
Hikage Miyauchi (宮内 ひかげ Miyauchi Hikage?)
Voiced by: Misato Fukuen
Renge's older sister who is a first year high school student currently studying in Tokyo. She also appears in the author's other work Koakuma Meringue (こあくまメレンゲ?, lit. "Little Devil's Meringue").
Kaede Kagayama (加賀山 楓 Kagayama Kaede?)
Voiced by: Rina Satō
A 20-year-old graduate of Asahigaoka Branch School who runs a candy store. She is often nicknamed "Dagashi-ya" (駄菓子屋?, lit. "Candy Store"). Her store also runs a ski rental business.
Konomi Fujimiya (富士宮 このみ Fujimiya Konomi?)
Voiced by: Ryōko Shintani
A graduate of Asahigaoka Branch School who lives next door to the Koshigayas. A third year student at a local high school.
Honoka Ishikawa (石川 ほのか Ishikawa Honoka?)
Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki
A first-year elementary school student who becomes friends with Renge during summer vacation. She also appears in the author's other work Toko-toko.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The manga by Atto began serialization in Media Factory's Comic Alive magazine from November 2009, and has been published in six tankōbon volumes as of September 21, 2013.

Anime[edit]

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation, produced by Silver Link and directed by Shin'ya Kawatsura, aired in Japan between October 7 and December 23, 2013 and was simulcast by Crunchyroll.[1][2] The opening theme is "Nanairo Biyori" (なないろびより Rainbow-colored Weather?) by Nano Ripe, and the ending theme, composed by Zaq, is "Non Non Biyori" (のんのん日和?) sung by Rie Murakawa, Ayane Sakura, Kana Asumi and Kotori Koiwai. The series is licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks.[3] A second anime season has been announced.[4]

Episode list[edit]

No.TitleOriginal airdate
01"A New Transfer Student Came"
"Tenkōsei ga Kita" (転校生が来た) 
October 7, 2013
In the countryside village of Asahigaoka, a fifth grade elementary school girl named Hotaru Ichijou moves in from the city and transfers into the village's branch school, which consists of only four other students; a first grader named Renge Miyauchi and three middle school siblings, Natsumi, Komari and Suguru Koshigaya, along with their teacher, Renge's older sister Kazuho. After school, Renge invites Hotaru and the others to her house, where she shows off her pet tanuki. The next day, the girls take Hotaru to a blooming cherry blossom tree to eat their sakura mochi, though they end up missing the bus home on the way back. 
02"We Went to a Candy Store"
"Dagashi-ya ni Itta" (駄菓子屋に行った) 
October 14, 2013
Hotaru develops something of a crush on Komari due to her short stature and feels happy after receiving some candy from her. Later, Komari invites Hotaru to come hang out with her, although Hotaru's choice of clothing causes Komari to mistake her for a unknown adult tourist from Tokyo. The two go to a candy store together, with Komari unaware she is actually hanging out with Hotaru the entire time. 
03"I Ran Away From Home With My Sister"
"Nee-chan to Iedeshita" (姉ちゃんと家出した) 
October 21, 2013
The class goes on a school trip to help out in a rice field, where Natsumi and Komari end up getting stuck in the mud. Later that night, Komari gets frightened after seeing a scary movie, which is not helped by Natsumi. After getting into a fight with her mother, Natsumi runs away from home with Komari in tow and goes to her secret hideout. They eventually spot a cat that had put Natsumi in trouble in the first place, but leave her alone when they see she is feeding her family and eventually head home. 
04"Summer Vacation Started"
"Natsuyasumi ga Hajimatta" (夏休みがはじまった) 
October 28, 2013
As summer vacation begins, Renge's older sister Hikage comes home from her school in Tokyo, hoping to impress the others with her know-how about city life only for Hotaru to outshine her. Later, Renge meets another girl her age named Honoka Ishikawa, who she quickly become friends with. After spending several days playing with Honoka, Renge is saddened when she learns Honoka had to suddenly leave due to her father's work. However, she cheers up a week later after receiving a letter from Honoka saying she'll come back next summer. 
05"I Pretended I Forgot My Swimsuit"
"Mizugi o Wasureta Furi o shita" (水着を忘れたふりをした) 
November 4, 2013
Hotaru and Renge are invited to the Koshigaya's house for breakfast. Afterwards, the girls, accompanied by Kazuho, go to the beach, where Komari's height leads her to be mistaken for a lost child. On their way home, the girls stop at a railside noodle restaurant, where a prank by Natsumi on Komari backfires due to Renge's innocence. They manage to catch the last train home on time, but accidentally leave Kazuho behind. 
06"I Became a Ghost and Tried Hard"
"Obake ni Natte Ganbatta" (おばけになってがんばった) 
November 11, 2013
Natsumi gets chewed out by her mother over her poor school grades whilst also trying to hide her poor test results from her. Afterwards, the girls visit Hotaru, who attempts to hide the vast number of handmade Komari plushies in her room. This ultimately fails, but she manages to pass them off as part of a school project. Later that night, the gang have a test of courage at the shrine, which proves a bit too much for Komari. 
07"My Rice Cracker Turned Into Curry"
"Senbei ga Karē ni Natta" (せんべいがカレーになった) 
November 18, 2013
With Kazuho absent at the start of the new semester, the girls try and find ways to pass the time in class. Later, Hotaru and Renge try and catch a rabbit that had escaped from its pen, only for it to lock them inside the pen themselves, though they are eventually rescued by Kazuho. Afterwards, Renge visits the candy store run by Kaede Kagayama, who finds her to be a handful. 
08"We Cooked Rice at School"
"Gakkō de Gohan o Taita" (学校でごはんを炊いた) 
November 25, 2013
Hotaru gets along with the Koshigaya family's next door neighbour, Konomi Fujimiya, whilst Komari laments that the two seem more grown up than she is. Later, Komari joins Hotaru and Renge in doing some sketching, where she ends up becoming a model for them. Afterwards, Konomi helps Komari and Natsumi make dried persimmons. 
09"We Tried Having a Cultural Festival"
"Bunkasai o Yattemita" (文化祭をやってみた) 
December 2, 2013
Since the school doesn't hold cultural festivals, Natsumi suggests they hold their own and invite the alumni, including Kaede, Konomi and Hikage. At the festival, the girls run a café, hold an art exhibit and put on a play. However, they're play ends up being overwhelming and they end up slacking on food orders. They do eventually work together to prepare some food and have fun. Afterwards, Komari and Konomi help clean Natsumi's room, where they find a lot of old toys. 
10"We Watched the First Sunrise of the Year"
"Hatsuhinode o Mita" (初日の出を見た) 
December 9, 2013
After sleeping through the New Year, Renge joins Kazuho, Hikage and Kaede as they decide to go up a mountain to watch the first sunrise of the year. Along the way, Kaede recalls five years ago when she was first asked to look after the one-year-old Renge, initially finding her to be quite a handful but soon taking a liking to her. They eventually manage to reach the top of the mountain and watch the sun as it rises. 
11"We Made Snow Houses"
"Kamakura o Tsukutta" (かまくらをつくった) 
December 16, 2013
Due to a snowy blizzard, the girls end up having to spend the night at school, with Hotaru and Natsumi competing against each other to see who gets to sleep in a futon, eventually decided to just kick Kazuho out of hers. Later that night, Hotaru decides to check out the snow and see the starry night sky, leading to some misunderstandings from Komari and Natsumi. Later, on another snowy day, the gang decide to try their hand at skiing before building a snow house and having some hot food. 
12"Spring Came Again"
"Mata Haru ga Kita" (また春が来た) 
December 23, 2013
As Spring arrives again, Hotaru and Komari go on a picnic together, where Hotaru ends up eating Komari's botched up homemade lunch in order to not hurt her feelings. Later, the girls get together to search for some edible plants, eventually coming to a field of renge flowers where Natsumi makes a costume for Renge. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Non Non Biyori Anime Staff Listed". Anime News Network. October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream Non Non Biyori Schoolgirl Anime". Anime News Network. October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Non Non Biyori Schoolgirl Anime". Anime News Network. October 24, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Non Non Biyori Rural Comedy Anime Gets 2nd Season". Anime News Network. April 6, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 

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