First Look: Non Non Biyori Repeat

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Alternative titles: Non Non Biyori 2nd Season
Manga Adaptation by Silver Link
Streaming on CrunchyrollMondays 3pm EST

Premise

The second season of Non Non Biyori, a slice-of-life series set in a tiny Japanese countryside village.

Artemis’ verdict: Just What The Doctor Ordered

If you’ve seen the first season of Non Non Biyori then you should know exactly what to expect – a light-hearted slice-of-life series with little action or drama of any kind, but with gorgeously lush visuals and a very soothing atmosphere. Moe isn’t usually my thing, but with zero fanservice and a relatively unique setting, I’ve always had a soft spot for this show; it’s cute without being cloyingly so, and it’s amusing in a way that I think is pretty accessible to any audience. As it turns out, the first episode of Repeat actually takes place prior to the timeline of season one, although I’m not sure if that means the rest of the show will be the same or if it was just a one-off thing for the premiere. However, given the plot (or lack thereof) of this title, prior knowledge of the series shouldn’t be necessary either way. It’s just a calming, beautifully-rendered, and undemanding watch – and sometimes, that’s all you really need.

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Jel’s verdict: Kick Back and Enjoy the Scenery

We throw around the term “slice of life” a lot in describing anime, but Non Non Biyori is one of the rare “true” examples of the genre. It doesn’t really have any other purpose than to share small vignettes of school life in a small town. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s sweet, but it never pushes too hard to accomplish either of those things. The long, thoughtful pauses, lovely scenery, and a cast of young anime girls that are endearing instead of sexualized make the show stand out from the competition. It’s refreshing for an episode or two, but I guess for impatient me with my short attention span I find it hard to sit myself down for 12 episodes of it. Judging by the first episode of the second season, that is going to continue to be the case. I may or may not continue watching personally, perhaps I’ll catch up someday when I need to relax. But as for anyone else, please don’t write off Non Non Biyori as more moe pandering – it’s actually quite good.

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