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It’s a tragedy that no child may keep their innocence and wonder forever. The harsh realities of the world will find them one way or another, and it’s unfortunately only a matter of when. This is a topic that Non Non Biyori Repeat explored in episode 4, and did so beautifully.

In this episode, Ren-chon has been tasked with taking care of the class pets – an aquarium full of tadpole shrimp. She feeds them and records their growth, and has taken to them so much that she can even differentiate them and recall their own little quirks. She has also named them ‘Flatty-san’. All of them. She’s grown to really care for them, in the way you only can when you have responsibility for another living creature.

One morning, after she comes in to school, Ren-chon immediately and eagerly checks the fish tank to see how they’re doing.

But Flatty-san isn’t moving.

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Non Non Biyori Repeat is more Non Non Biyori in the best possible way. If you want most of my feelings about Non Non Biyori Repeat, go ahead and read my review of the first season because not a huge amount has changed. Spoilers: I thought it was a pretty good show. I’ll just be focusing on how things have changed for the sequel.

In a way, “more Non Non Biyori” is the best way to describe it. While it is a second season, it’s not exactly a sequel; the episodes all take place in the same time period as the first season, with some occurring immediately before and others following on directly from earlier ones. I liked this approach. It threw me off a little at first (there’s no Hotaru in the first episode because she hasn’t moved there yet) but it was both a practical and effective decision. Practical because the first season occurs roughly over the course of a year, and with Ren-chon being so young it wouldn’t take long before she’d have grown up too much. Effective because it lets us see a lot of things that couldn’t have happened at any other time, different perspectives on previous events, and more of Hotaru’s developing friendship with the others.

Incidentally, this was my 500th completed entry on MyAnimeList

Incidentally, this was my 500th completed entry on MyAnimeList

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‘Iyashikei’ is one of my favourite subgenres of anime. If you’re unaware, it’s a type of slice-of-life that’s typically more slow-paced, more contemplative, quieter, more peaceful and rife with scenery porn. It’s also often referred to as “healing anime”, which is a fairly accurate description – the point of such shows is to relax the viewer and make them feel more positive and put them into a more optimistic and peaceful state of mind. It can be a bit of a divisive subgenre, as some find the slow pace boring or that the purposeful lack of meaningful conflict renders it pointless, but I myself love it. Non Non Biyori is the latest iyashikei anime to air, and it’s suitably pleasant.

Hotaru is a fifth grade elementary school girl (but looks a fair bit older thanks to her height) who has to move to the countryside due to her father’s work, transferring into the ‘local’ school. Turns out said school literally has a single class, comprising five students – Hotaru herself, the first through third year middle school student siblings Natsumi, Komari and Suguru, and finally the first grade elementary school girl (and sister of the teacher) Renge, otherwise known as Ren-chon. Together (well, mostly without Suguru) they hang out, have fun, and generally enjoy the little things that the countryside has to offer.

Welcome to the middle of nowhere, population: joy

Welcome to the middle of nowhere, population: joy

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