Sunday, July 17, 2016

Manga Review: Non Non Biyori, Volume 1, by Atto

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Seven Seas
Release Date: June 2015
Volumes: 9+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The manga series that inspired a hit anime adaptation, for fans of Yotsuba&!

Non Non Biyori is a delightfully charming, all-ages manga series that follows the miscellaneous adventures of a group of girls in the Japanese countryside. Striking a balance between slapstick humor and heartfelt nostalgia, Non Non Biyori features artwork that beautifully depicts nature as well as adorable characterizations of its main characters . This slice-of-life gem is sure to appeal to fans of Yotsuba&! and Azumanga Daioh.

The Non Non Biyori anime adaptation will be released on home video and digital distribution by Sentai Filmworks in early 2015, and will receive a second season anime adaptation in Spring 2015.

Welcome to the countryside village of Asahigaoka, a quaint town far-removed from the hustle-and-bustle of the big city. You couldn’t imagine a more isolated setting in all of Japan. So when Tokyo-raised elementary school student Hotaru Ichijo transfers to the tiny Asahigaoka Branch School due to her father’s job, she’s in the for the culture shock of her life!

Join Hotaru and her new friends, the eccentric Renge, and the mischevious sisters Natsumi and Komari, as they share daily adventures in the idyllic Japanese countryside.


I guess I wanted this series to be more like Yotsuba&!, but even similar to Lucky Star would have been okay. Instead, the humor didn’t match up for me.
There’s a small group of kids going to this tiny school in an equally tiny town. One of the girls is new, having just moved there. There’s a lot of odd small-farm-town life, with animals, and not a lot of things to keep the kids entertained.
Mostly it was just meh. I didn’t laugh all the way through, only small things here and there did I really like. None of the characters stood out for me. It was okay, but I’ve read better, and I probably won't stick with it.

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