At first, I thought Non Non Biyori was gonna be another typical moe anime with your typical fan service and nothing else than fan service. After I watched six episodes in one sitting, I realized I was wrong. It’s fair to say I haven’t enjoyed some anime warmth and laughter since Nichijou. Now, Nichijou is just plain twisted. Non Non Biyori on the other hand, has heartwarming moments and its fair share of tickling comedy. It’s not like the overly idiotic, physics-defying comedy like Kill la Kill, but it’s something fresh. Well, I was getting tired of the typical romance comedy or “girls being too kawaii to actually be funny or mean something”.
Non Non Biyori tells the story of Hotaru, a fifth-grader who has the bang-able physique of a high-schooler, who moved from Tokyo into the boonies. That means she’s the transfer student. Please Japan, does the main character always have to be a transfer student? What’s so special about them?! Anyway, she discovers that the school in the country only has five students including herself, and they’re all in different grades! Wow why is that school still standing? So, Hotaru’s new life begins with her new friends, which we shall now refer to as the anime Non Non Biyori.
Yeah, it’s a moe-loli anime. Yes, I may suggest that creepy otaku may be fapping over this. There’s one thing that has me hooked on the anime, and I can assure you it’s not the loli… well, it may be the lolis… OKAY FINE! It’s the lolis. Loli aside though, this anime is a very light anime and can be processed without any real thinking. The overall ambiance is “warm, heartwarming, and just cute”. Yeah, I smiled every time I finished an episode. It’s kind of those “awwwww that’s so fucking cuutteee!” feelings, just like when you hold a Nendoroid three centimeters from your nose. I haven’t seen a major plot line yet, since it feels like every episode is well… episodic. There’s one story per episode, and the only thing linking them together is a consistent timeline. From spring, to summer, and perhaps we may see autumn and winter. Oh yeah, there’s minor girls’ love involved. Nothing that serious though, just saying if you’re one of those who don’t like girls’ love.
So, my recommendation? Grab a dose of Non Non Biyori when you feel there’s nothing cute in this fucked-up world anymore. I guarantee that one episode per week is gonna change that frown into a warm smile. Oh yeah, if the anime isn’t warm enough, the OP sung by nano.RIPE does the trick. It’s smooth, mellow, and… warm. Gosh I’ve been using that word a lot in this post.