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「五人の四天農」 (Go-Ri no Shiten Nou)
“Farming’s Five Top Four” (what?)

Comedy is back in town for Nourin, but along with the laughs comes a plot that’ll be longer than one episode! It’s basically Baka to Test all over again, with different classes collaborating and plotting against one another each for their own personal gain. The difference here is that each class isn’t organized in a hierarchy of winners and losers, but rather themed classes that each have their specialities. So far, the divisions that have been revealed are A(griculture), B(iology), F(orestry), and E(cology?), each equally as full of talented and crazy individuals. Mixing those classes together spells out hilarious situations, most of which happen to be borderline yaoi and NTR. Though mainly a vehicle that serves as an excuse to have guys shooting yoghurt at each other, today’s episode laid down the foundation for a possible multi-episode arc that should provide some suspense while looking forward to the next episode. How will this tie with developing Ringo and the main cast? Who knows, but at least something is happening

Besides those points, there’s not much to summarize about this episode except that it was refreshing to watch. Nourin is playing all the fanservice gags, discriminating against no specific type for the sake of completeness. The teacher will be naked. The childhood friend will be naked. Kousaku will be naked. Class E could very well be naked with that getup of his. Fujoshis are mocked, lonely men are portrayed as desperate, and even the caricature otaku makes an appearance to be made fun of. No one is safe from the butt of a fanservice shot,a ridiculous transformation, or a ridiculously stereotyped caricature–even Wakadanna has had the limelight as the goddess Gaia. Though the execution might be a bit stale in terms of how predictable the jokes can get, the comedy gets points for staying energetic and including everyone in its antics. It’s not a laugh-out-loud type of show, but Nourin definitely is a show that’s easy to watch casually and smile the whole way through.

February 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm
31 comments »
  • February 9, 2014 at 2:29 pmTez

    Now I need to see Minori’s 3 sisters ASAP!

  • February 9, 2014 at 2:56 pmoliviaven

    You seem to have some trouble with the episode title zani

    • February 9, 2014 at 3:09 pmgoldcut

      Do you mean it should be “Go-Nin” instead of “Go-Ri”? That’s a manior point here..Zanibas generally got the translation right.
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      • February 9, 2014 at 3:19 pmoliviaven

        Yeah, I browsed through the Jp wiki and read a little about that particular group.

        四天農-> Shiten Nou. If you shorten it is Shiten Ou 四天王. The title is supposed to be an intended pun with a number mismatch.

      • February 9, 2014 at 3:27 pmoliviaven

        Also I’m not sure if it was supposed to be a jab on Pokemon League as we weren’t suppose to know there was a champion fight until the very end after beating the Elite Four which coincidentally called 四天王 in the Japanese version. Show Spoiler ▼

      • February 9, 2014 at 4:20 pmgoldcut

        I don’t know why I can’t reply to you oliviaven..I’ll just reply to myself.
        The term “Shiten Ou” has its root in Buddhism and is widely used in a wide variety of animes so I don’t think it is specific to Pokemon here. Also the “Fifth Shitenou” is almost a pattern, not Pokemon specific although the Pokemon one might be mostly well known.

        And I made a typo in my original reply. I mean “minor” not “manior”…

  • February 9, 2014 at 3:02 pmPancakes

    Frills on a lab coat? Oh Japan, what will you moeify next.

    Loved the little Blood Trinity reference too :P

  • February 9, 2014 at 3:21 pmGinobi47

    AnalBB….. YES I AM!

  • February 9, 2014 at 3:30 pmMagoiichi

    DAT DIO REFERENCE! I was dying from laughter and in tears XD.

  • February 9, 2014 at 3:43 pmzztop

    The kanji in Hanazono Rose’s surname,花園, can mean flower garden.

  • February 9, 2014 at 3:43 pmToaZx

    I have seen the gay light!

  • February 9, 2014 at 4:06 pmlol

    last week it’s the crotch episode, this time it’s the gay episode, wonder what’s next? lol!

  • February 9, 2014 at 5:18 pmKoji

    “It’s not a laugh-out-loud type of show…”

    That’s where me and my wife disagree with you Zanibas. It’s not the most unique jokes, but the delivery and characters are spot on to make it great.

  • February 9, 2014 at 5:37 pmKurisu Vi Britannia

    =/

    This’ll never top the Episode 1 milk moment.

  • February 9, 2014 at 5:40 pmqwert

    I could have spent the entire episode just listening to Ootsubo Yuka shouting about “Bukkake!”

  • February 9, 2014 at 7:00 pmGiorno Giovanna

    There’s a lot of Jojo references in this episode.
    This is a reference Enrico Pucci‘s habit of voicing prime numbers in dire situations to calm himself down.
    This is a reference to Muhammad Avdol confirming his identity.
    This is a reference to Dio’s policy in life.
    This references Dio’s forced kiss in Phantom Blood.
    This is most likely a reference to Bruno in Vento Aureo.
    Jojo pose!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYhc7NpIQNg
    0:04 Jonathan Joestar‘s trademark phrase.
    3:20 Kakyoin’s catch phrase of meting out punishment.
    4:05 YES, I AM!

    • February 10, 2014 at 1:42 pmPeTdo

      Is the gay pokky kissing moment from Jojo as well??

  • February 9, 2014 at 7:11 pmGiorno Giovanna

    I forgot some others.
    This references how Dio talks about himself in third person after the same scene in Jojo.
    This is a reference to when Dio gets beat up for the forced kiss
    Di molto – Very Much
    You can hear this in Jojo’s All Star Battle for a high number of combos.

    Di molto bene (also the line of expensive JoJo figures) – Bene means “Good!” in Italian.

    “GOOD!” is D’arby’s catch phrase in Stardust Crusaders, which you can see is featured at the top.

    • March 4, 2014 at 9:52 amSingerOfW

      A bit late with this, but Di Molto is Melone’s catchphrase from part 5 (you of all people should’ve known that).

  • February 9, 2014 at 8:16 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    What is it that makes perverted girls so awesome? lol

    • February 10, 2014 at 1:23 amMgMaster

      Must be that contrast between them & the usual tsunderes(even if some of them are closet pervs).

  • February 9, 2014 at 10:44 pmVsAllGaming

    Who else picked up on the yu yu hakusho reference?

    • February 9, 2014 at 10:53 pmbelatkuro

      The question would be who didn’t get it.

    • February 9, 2014 at 10:53 pmMagoiichi

      That was one of the obvious ones.

  • February 10, 2014 at 12:31 amRyuuzaki

    80% toguro and yusuke parody!

  • February 10, 2014 at 1:22 amMgMaster

    This show doesn’t shy away from anything now does it? It’s downright nuts,but hilarious.

    LOVE IT!

  • February 10, 2014 at 12:22 pmJ_the_Man

    That was 23 minutes of my life I really want back, to be brutally honest.

    • February 10, 2014 at 12:37 pmCrook

      Then how did you make it this far, without brutally dropping it?

      • February 14, 2014 at 10:37 amJ_the_Man

        Because those episodes were actually good and followed a structured plot. Beyond the boys’s first adventure that lead to the whole fujoshi service, I have no idea what the heck was going on.

  • February 11, 2014 at 12:21 pmchad28

    this show is so funny, i really like it.

  • February 14, 2014 at 11:29 amplourx

    For the curious ones, I know what the “YES I AM” is a reference of. Brace yourselves.
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