Non Non Biyori is a slice-of-life anime adapted from the manga written and illustrated by Atto.
The story is set in the countryside. City girl Hotaru Ichijou moves there from Tokyo, and adjusts to life in the country. She attends a school with only five students, ranging from elementary to middle school ages.
The characters in Non Non Biyori are great. The youngest of the four main girls is Renge Miyauchi. She is a first-year elementary school student, who is extremely perceptive. Regardless, she is still just a child.
Next is Hotaru Ichijou, a fifth-year elementary school student. She is tall for her age, and develops a crush on Komari.
Natsumi and Komari Koshigaya are sisters; Natsumi is a first-year middle school student, whereas Komari is a second-year middle school student. Natsumi is rebellious, and is prone to playing pranks. Komari is short for her age, something that she isn’t a fan of.
The oldest student at the school is Suguru Koshigaya, Natsumi and Komari’s older brother. He lacks in presence and doesn’t say a single line throughout the whole series. Despite that, he is responsible for some visual comedy.
The characters interactions with each other are fun to watch; Renge’s nature has made her something of a fan-favourite. Suguru’s visual comedy scenes always made me laugh as well, and Hotaru’s quest to impress Komari is great.
There are also the interactions with other characters outside the main cast; Renge also seems to have at least a couple of fans within the show as well for example.
The first episode of Non Non Biyori doesn’t really indicate what the rest of the series will be like. It does, however, convey a sense of tranquility that I imagine can only be found in the countryside.
After that, the show starts delivering the comedy.
My personal highlight is either just Renge, or Hotaru’s crush on Komari. Renge is just brilliant, and Hotaru’s obsession with Komari provides some pretty damn entertaining moments.
So I initially claimed that this wouldn’t be as good as Kiniro Mosaic. I am more than happy to admit that I was wrong; this is equally as enjoyable. Non Non Biyori is a feel-good anime that will make fans of the genre happy.