Another 3rd season of a popular Girls Club anime came to a close. Question what else did it bring to the table besides the good stuff that made it beloved by fans. Let us find out as we take a look at Non Non Biyori Nonstop, aka Non Non Biyori Season 3.
Check out my reviews of the first two seasons and a quick look at the movie HERE.
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life
Number of Episodes: 12
The events of the anime took place from Fall to Spring. On the surface everything that made the series wonderful remains the same:
- Quiet moments for viewers to relax and take in the beautiful countryside vistas, further appreciated thanks to the stellar animated backgrounds. The soundtrack meanwhile carries over familiar tunes from past seasons with a few new ones besides the OP and ED.
- Well timed long pause jokes.
- Hotaru reminding everyone why she is The Champ as she somehow controls her love for Komari in public, unless nearly exposed.
- Komari trying in vain to act mature though occasionally succeeding.
- Natsumi getting into trouble and usually facing the wrath of goddess mom.
- Hikage poorly bragging about studying in the big city and getting into trouble along with Natsumi (Admittedly the latter is my least favorite part of the show)
- Best Boy of All Anime living up to his title.
- Konomi trolling.
- Kazuho’s sloth like approach to life but shows maturity when necessary.
- Candy Store poorly hiding she cares about everyone
- And of course Renge being a national treasure thanks to her semi poker face, limitless youthful enthusiasm and thirst for adventure and knowledge.
While season 3 continues the tradition of giving Renge (understandably) the most time in the spotlight followed by Natsumi the other girls and women got to strut their stuff in an episode or two centered around them. Much appreciated.
The first welcome surprise were new characters such as Akane here. All of them bring their own character arcs and brand of humor, easily fitting in with the rest of the cast. Speaking of Akane, be sure to pay close attention to her journey. The other important newcomer, Shiori, also has a very important journey but for readers of the blog Akane’s is noteworthy for a specific reason.
Apart from the new characters the other new addition to the season is the main theme. It is vague at first but becomes clearer as the story progresses. Without giving much away it has a message revolving around the passage of time, coming of age, maturity and change. It reminded me of GochiUsa’s 3rd season that also went over similar themes but in a different way of course.
I already dropped hints on what kind of yuri to expect, both familiar and new. Viewers will certainly get a few more surprises this season.
Overall Non Non Biyori Nonstop is more of the same in the best way. Everything fans love about the series remains intact, the cast remain as lovable as ever, the presentation remains chill and excellent, the newcomers are welcome additions to an already wonderful cast and the new themes explored are done quite well. A must watch for fans.
I know this was shorter than usual and may as well have been a Yuri Quickie but it NNB 3 was as chill to review as its setting.