Non Non Biyori is a 12-episode anime series adapted from the Japanese manga illustrated by Atto. It first aired in December of 2013. The series follows the life of Renge, Hotaru, and the sisters Natsumi and Komari. It is set in a small town, Asahigaoka, where they’re all in the same class but are in different grades.
The series has a lot of funny moments, including a handful of exceptional ones but it can’t really be classified as a comedy series because of the dominant light-hearted tone. Non Non Biyori is very character-driven. There isn’t much conflict the protagonists face, but the very well-developed character development arcs are what kept me watching.
Backgrounds and scenery in the series are beautifully animated which is a nice complement to the round, cutesy art style. The music is mostly composed of relaxing, fun pieces that heavily feature the piano, xylophone, recorder, and accordion. Both the audio and visuals of the show work to create a calm, enjoyable mood.
What I appreciate most about good iyashikei, slice-of-life series like Non Non Biyori, is the way they’re so simple without being too bland. If you are looking for a series you can watch without much thought, Non Non Biyori is definitely worth getting into. The character relationships are engaging and you might even get a laugh or two out of each episode. If you’ve already seen it, check out the second season, Non Non Biyori Repeat.