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

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77% Excellent

This is the first season of "Non-Non Biyori" series, an anime you can feel the countryside of Japan. An excellent work to relax all people who are tired of a big-city lifestyle and adult society. Anyway, I definitely hope the viewers will enjoy the worldview and the beautiful background.

  • Story/Worldview 85 %
  • Character 80 %
  • Animation/Background 70 %
  • Songs/Sound 70 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 80 %
  • User Ratings (0 Votes) 0 %

 

1. Information

Title (Eng)Non Non Biyori
Title (Jpn)のんのんびより
TypeTV
Episodes12
Aired Year2013
GenresSlice of Life
Previous
NextNon Non Biyori Repeat

 

 

 

2. Synopsis

Non Non Biyori

©2013 あっと・株式会社KADOKAWA メディアファクトリー刊/旭丘分校管

“旭丘分校” (あさひがおか ぶんこう, Asahigaoka Bunko) has only 5 students. Listening to the footsteps of spring, sprouting just after the snow thaws in a small village, girls live a slow life. Gathering wild plants, viewing cherry blossoms, or even fishing… You will be able to find a new way to enjoy seasons like the characters and you may be able to revive their memories from the past.

 

 

3. Character’s way of Speaking

・Miyauchi Renge (宮内 れんげ,みやうち れんげ)

Non Non Biyori

©2013 あっと・株式会社KADOKAWA メディアファクトリー刊/旭丘分校管

She is in the 1st grade of the elementary school who greets people uniquely by saying “にゃんぱすー”. Adds “xxx のん” and “xxx なん” at the end of every sentence. This addition of “のん” in the end makes it sound calm. “xxx なん” is actually used in some areas of Japan, and mean the same as “xxx なの”. By the way, “にゃんぱすー” does not exist in Japanese, and is an original language dedicated to this anime. However, since this was popular amongst Otaku, they will likely understand this.

 

・Ichijou Hotaru (一条 蛍, いちじょう ほたる)

Non Non Biyori

©2013 あっと・株式会社KADOKAWA メディアファクトリー刊/旭丘分校管

She is in the 5th grade of the elementary school and she moved from Tokyo. She uses polite and standard Japanese with “xxx です” and “xxx ます”. The language is the easiest to understand out of all the characters in this anime. Her nickname is “ほたるん”. Renge gave her this nickname and conveys cuteness by adding an “ん”.

 

・Koshigaya Natsumi (越谷 夏海, こしがや なつみ)

Non Non Biyori

©2013 あっと・株式会社KADOKAWA メディアファクトリー刊/旭丘分校管

She is in the 1st grade of the junior high school. She calls herself “ウチ”, which is the same as Renge. “ウチ” is equivalent to “わたし”, and is frequently used in the Kansai region. It has become popular in all regions recently, and some people in the Kanto region do use this term. She uses some dialect, with “xxx しとる” which is a frequently used expression in the countryside.

 

・Koshigaya Komari (越谷 小鞠, こしがや こまり)

Non Non Biyori

©2013 あっと・株式会社KADOKAWA メディアファクトリー刊/旭丘分校管

She is Natsumi’s older sister and is in the 2nd grade of the junior high school. She often uses girl-like expressions such as “xxx だよ” and “xxx なの”. She addresses herself “わたし”. Some intonations are country-like but generally speaks in standard Japanese.

 

 

4. Terms and Talking Contents

Non Non Biyori

©2013 あっと・株式会社KADOKAWA メディアファクトリー刊/旭丘分校管

Characters mainly communicate in a calm and ordinary way. Some conversations do make viewers see the difference between cities and the countryside. People from the countryside must be familiar with scenes such as not locking the doors and buses come once every 2 hours. People from cities might be surprised by these facts. Perfect for learning the fascinating Japanese culture. Level of Japanese used is low and there is not too much difference from real-world conversations, so it is recommended for beginners.

 

 

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いなか田舎rural area; countryside
2いなかもん田舎者countryman; provincial; person from the country

 

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

#よみ漢字Meanings
3さばをしめるサバをしめるto pickle mackerel in vinegar.
4なきおとし泣き落としto use tears; tearful entreaties
5じんせいみたいにしょっぱい人生みたいにショッパイIt’s salty like life

 

 

6. Beginners can Learn Japanese with This Anime

Non Non Biyori

©2013 あっと・株式会社KADOKAWA メディアファクトリー刊/旭丘分校管

At least 90% of the conversations are in easy Japanese, without difficult terms or slangs. Some characters do add strange expressions to sentences, but that’s not all the characters, and only a few formal languages come out without any comedic aspect, so it is recommended for Japanese listening practice. I strongly recommend this anime for Beginners learning Japanese.

 

Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate0.5 terms/episode= 5 / 12
Difficulty Level8th grade= Middle School
Total Difficulty Score4.0 points= 0.5 * 8
   
Comprehensive JudgmentVery Easyin 0 to 29.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerBeginner 
JLPTN5 

 

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