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Non Non Biyori: Complete Collection (2013/Sentai Blu-ray)


Picture: A Sound: B+ Extras: C Episodes: A-



Hotaru has just moved from Tokyo to a small countryside village. There is only five students in the entire village. There she meets Komari, Natsumi and Renge who are excited that they now a not only have a new friend, but a girl from Tokyo ...a modern girl! As they show Hotaru around the village and the laid back lifestyle of country girls, Hotaru tells them tales of modern Tokyo girl's lifestyle. Together, they share their experiences and build their friendship together and show even in the middle of nowhere as long as they have each other things can be still fun in Non Non Biyori: The Complete Collection (2013).


Hotaru has just moved to the countryside because of her father's job, but there in the countryside she finds things are so small there is only one classroom for all the grades and the most exciting place in the village is the candy store. Though Hotaru is from Tokyo she somehow manages to still fit in. Komari is oldest of the girls and wants to be seen as the reliable 'big sister' type, but because of her height she is more often mistaken for an elementary school student and has a complex about it. Natsumi is Komari's young sister by one year, but she is impulsive, irresponsible and gets into trouble. Renge is a first grader and the youngest of the girls, she often comes up with the odd games and activities for the girls to play, but once in a while she stumbles on the truism of their friendship.


This was a heartwarming slice of life anime. It is about 4 girls and life in the countryside, that you don't always have to be in Tokyo, have some giant monster/robot or the world ending to have to an enjoyable anime. It is mainly about friendship, family and the simple things in life and it makes you wonder how our modern/city life we worry over so many silly things when you think about it.


The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is among the best of a very strong set of Blu-rays from Sentai of late, while the lossless DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) 2.0 Stereo (with solid Pro Logic-like surrounds) is among the top soundtracks on any of their releases of late, so this would be one of my demo sets if I were showing why Sentai has such great Blu-ray releases technically. Extras include clean opening and closing animation and trailers.



Episodes include:


A New Transfer Student Came - Hotaru transfers to a countryside school.


We Went to the Candy Story - Komari show Hotaru the hottest place in the village, a candy store.


I Ran Away From Home With My Sister - Natsumi runaway from home ...again.


Summer Vacation Started - Renge meets a girl her age who is visiting for the summer and make friends with her.


I Pretended I Forgot My Swimsuit - The girls head toward the beach, but only thing is Komari is troubled by the fact she can still fit into her middle school swimsuit.


I Became a Ghost and Tried Hard - Komari gets to be a ghost in a test of courage, but who heard of a ghost who is more afraid of itself?


My Rice Cracker Turned Into Curry - Renge remembers when she was raised by her sister's friend, the candy store girl.


We Cooked Rice at School - The girls learn about cooking.


We Tried Having a Cultural Festival - Can 4 girls have a school cultural festival?


We Watched the First Sunrise of the Year - Renge goes with her sister and her friends to watch the first sunrise of the new year.


We Made a Snow House - The girls get snowed in and have a sleepover at school.


Spring Came - It's been a year since Hotaru came, Hotaru goes out on a picnic and outing with the girls.



- Ricky Chiang


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