I think I enjoyed reading the Non Non Biyori manga as much as I enjoyed watching the TV series. Non Non Biyori is one of my all-time favourite anime.
As I was reading this book I kept on picturing the soundtrack in my head as well as the characters voices. I’m really pleased that I watched the anime first as I found that reading the Non Non book made it all the more enjoyable. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.
I really do like how simple this story is. There’s no drama or major plot it’s just a fun and relaxing story about four girls living in the countryside, or as Renge likes to call it, “the boonies.” Haha.
It can probably be argued that there is no real plot in this story, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t interesting. I like how diverse and quirky the girls are and I think it’s interesting to see how they live their lives in the “boonies.” It’s equally as intriguing to see how Hotaru, a girl who moved from Tokyo, adapts to the countryside.
I think it’s incredibly quirky to find a school that has a mixture of elementary students and junior high students. I’ve never known a school like it. However, I did go to an SEN school with the age range of 2 years to 19 years. In my school’s last year I think there were less than 30 pupils in the whole school. That still doesn’t compare to the likes of the Asashigaoka Branch School though!
Some of the things that the girls say and do can be very humorous. Kazuho and the big brother are funny in their own right. Suguru doesn’t need to say anything to be funny and Kazuho’s irresponsibility makes me wonder how she is able to become teacher in the first place. Above everything else I like the relationship, the friendship and the affection that all the girls show to each other. It’s nice to see them all getting along.
There’s nothing for me to say really except that I really, really enjoyed this manga. There’s not much to this story but I feel that the philosophy “less is more” sums up Non Non Biyori perfectly. =)
Thanks for Reading, =)
Ps, It’s also interesting to note that Non Non Biyori was based on the one shot story, Toko Toko. I never knew that until I read this book.
 SEN means Special Educational Needs. It’s basically a school that caters the needs of students who have ASD, physical disability, or generally have additional needs.