So, I just started watching Non Non Biyori because I felt like having a change of pace and watch some moe anime… And Non Non Biyori doesn’t disappoint in that regard.
While the first episode is completely devoid of any plot whatsoever, we get to see cute girls being cute just for the sake of it, and that’s always nice.
The series takes place in a very small rural town, with only 4 students, each of a different grade. Every student is placed in the same classroom, due to insufficient number of students to have a class of each grade. And then a transfer student comes from Tokyo, a breath of fresh air in town. The girls all become interested in this new student, who is a very shy and cute girl. And then the girls do more cute stuff, a guy gets stuck inside the school’s foundations, more cute stuff, a sakura tree scene, and Renge realizes that they “live in the sticks”. And that pretty much sums the episode.
All characters are cute, although none of them has, as of the first episode, that memorable feeling of some characters. Also, the directing/animation is nothing extraordinary, it is your typical low-risk high-gain moe anime.
And that’s pretty much it. Cute girls doing cute stuff. Always nice once in a while, but I’m getting tired of all this moe-shit anime that fills the season roosters… Japanese Authors/Animators/Directors/Franchise owners, PLEASE be a bit more risk friendly! You are drowning the entire anime industry in moe-shit due to being scared of introducing something new and different!