Learn Japanese with Anime: “Non Non Biyori Repeat” (Beginner Level)

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76% Excellent

You should not expect any drama from this anime. It is a slow anime designed to observe characters growing up. I hope you enjoy this calm worldview and the lives of the characters. Must be a great relaxation for businessmen who are constantly under pressure.

  • Story/Worldview 85 %
  • Character 70 %
  • Animation/Background 75 %
  • Songs/Sound 75 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 75 %
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1. Information

Non Non Biyori Repeat

Title (Eng)Non Non Biyori Repeat
Title (Jpn)のんのんびよりりぴーと
TypeTV
Episodes12
Aired Year2015
GenresSlice of life
PreviousNon Non Biyori
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2. Synopsis

Non Non Biyori Repeat

©2015 あっと・KADOKAWA刊/旭丘分校管理組合二期

There are only 5 students in “旭丘分校” (あさひがおか ぶんこう). Regardless of the difference in age and personalities, everyone enjoys doing the same things: cherry blossom viewing, playing in the river, harvesting potatoes, and even making kamakura. The story is very simple, but it makes viewers laugh, cry, and warm up their heart. It is the revival of those quiet and calm times.

 

 

3. Character’s way of Speaking

・Miyauchi Renge (宮内 れんげ, みやうち れんげ)

Non Non Biyori Repeat

©2015 あっと・KADOKAWA刊/旭丘分校管理組合二期

She ends sentences with “xxx のん” and “xxx なん” instead of “xxx なの”, and this is probably because she is from a rural area. She also addresses herself “うち”. Despite her unique way of finishing sentences, she does not speak so often so she is a good material for learning Japanese.

 

・Ichijou Hotaru (一条 蛍, いちじょう ほたる)

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©2015 あっと・KADOKAWA刊/旭丘分校管理組合二期

Since she is from Tokyo, she speaks standard Japanese. She speaks politely most of the time with “xxx です”, “xxx ます”. She calls herself “私”. She looks older than she really is partially because of the way she talks. She speaks politely and ladylike, so female Japanese learners should emulate her way of speech.

 

・Koshigaya Natsumi (越谷 夏海, こしがや なつみ)

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©2015 あっと・KADOKAWA刊/旭丘分校管理組合二期

She calls herself “うち”. She talks like teenagers like “xxx じゃん”. She occasionally uses a countryside accent. Although she has a little bit of dialect, her pronunciation is good so she is easy to listen to.

 

・Koshigaya Mari (越谷 小鞠, こしがや こまり)

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She uses a usual teenager language such as “xxx だよ”, “xxx だね”. She calls herself “私” (わたし). Her accent is almost standard Japanese. She has high-pitched voice and she is also short, which make her look younger than her actual age. Just like Natsumi, her pronunciations are clear and is good for Japanese learners. She basically speaks standard Japanese so she is good for emulating.

 

・Koshigaya Suguru (越谷 卓, こしがや すぐる)

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If you could understand and emulate his speech, you have nothing more to learn Japanese. The reason for this is because he barely speaks. Viewers have to read his mind from his facial expressions and actions.

 

・Miyauchi Kazuho (宮内 一穂, みやうち かずほ)

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“xxx なんだー” and “xxx だねー” are her ways of speaking. From this habit, viewers can see how lame she is. She sometimes greets people saying “ういーっす”. This greeting can be used only between close friends.

 

・Kagayama Kaede (加賀山 楓, かがやま かえで)

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©2015 あっと・KADOKAWA刊/旭丘分校管理組合二期

She uses ill-mannered language such as “お前ら” instead of “あなたたち” and speaks like a man. However, in reality, it is not uncommon in Japan for a woman to speak like this. She calls herself “あたし”.

 

 

4. Terms and Talking Contents

Non Non Biyori Repeat

©2015 あっと・KADOKAWA刊/旭丘分校管理組合二期

This is a relaxed story of rural Japan. Conversations are normal and slow. Sometimes dialects and accents come out, but they are not too far from standard Japanese, so it is suitably beneficial if you can learn the difference between standard Japanese and those dialects. In addition, the good part of this anime is that you can learn Japanese culture and traditions such as “テルテル坊主” (てるてる ぼうず, A doll made of white paper or cloth. In a Japanese custom, people believe that if you hang this doll at the eaves, it will bring good weather for the next day.), “お月見” (おつきみ, Viewing the moon) and “年賀状” (ねんがじょう, New year greeting card).

 

 

5. Difficult Term List (You should prepare for them before watching)

・Difficult Term List which You Must Know (They come out more than twice)

#よみ漢字Meanings
1ていきけん定期券commuter pass; season ticket
2ようかい妖怪ghost; apparition; phantom

 

・Difficult Term List which Can Be Useful (They come out once)

#よみ漢字Meanings
3しらはどり白刃取りstopping a sword stroke between one’s bare hands
4たきのぼり滝登り(fish) climbing (swimming) up waterfall
5やるせないやるせないhelpless; cheerless; miserable
6ほんぶり本降りheavy rainfall; heavy snowfall; steady rainfall
7おてんどうさまお天道様the sun
8だがしや駄菓子屋small-time candy store
9ぷーるびらきプール開きopening of a pool (e.g. for the summer season)
10うみびらき海開きopening of the beachgoing season

 

 

6. Beginners can Learn Japanese with This Anime

Non Non Biyori Repeat

©2015 あっと・KADOKAWA刊/旭丘分校管理組合二期

90% of the conversations are in easy Japanese, so the difficult terms occurrence rate is extremely low at 0.8 terms/episode. There are only 10 difficult terms, so it is easy to watch this anime in Japanese if you learn those terms from Chapter 5. Difficult term list. Although Renge’s habit is somewhat noticeable, other characters speak naturally. Polite languages are rarely used, and there are not many difficult terms involving comedy. The difficulty level is at the 8th-grade level. Thus, this anime is strongly recommended for Beginners.

 

Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate0.8 terms/episode= 10 / 12
Difficulty Level8th grade= Middle School
Total Difficulty Score6.4 points= 0.8 * 8
   
Comprehensive JudgmentVery Easyin 0 to 29.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerBeginner 
JLPTN5 

 

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