「一年がたった」 (Ichinen ga Tatta)
“A Year Passed”
This finale took things nice and slow all the way up till the end — and I wouldn’t have it any other way. So without further ado, let’s jump straight into the final impressions of one of the best fuwa-fuwa shows of the season!
Sort of a re-telling and sort of not, this second season of Non Non Biyori has been an interesting one. Leaping back in time and giving us a different look at all the adventures our girls went on, I thought it was a little strange at first. Why would you go through all the effort to make a sequel only to have it be a “repeat” of the first? Luckily things became clear after the first episode that this wasn’t a simple re-telling, but instead an entirely new season that just happened to take place during the same time as the first. Which might sound odd, but works really well when there’s little to no rehashing of previous material. If anything, I would describe it as a show that felt brand new show, but familiar at the same time.
If I were to pick my favorite moments from this season though, it would have to be any episode that had Dagashiya or Konomi in it. While Ren-chon holds a very special place in my heart, the episodes that had either of those two ended up being fantastic. Hitting the entire range of the emotional spectrum, from super happy to downright depressing, there was just the right mix of everything that made things nearly perfect. If I had to pick a specific moment though, it’d probably have to be the bike scene with Dagashiya and Ren-chon. The amount of feels that built up throughout the episode was just so high that when we hit the climax I was left speechless.
Besides that, there really isn’t too much else to say. Non Non Biyori is the definition of what a slice-of-life can and should be. Something more than just following along someone as they live their life, this show manages to capture the essence of what it means to really live. Both the good and the bad, we get to see it all and how all the characters grow from it. In terms of production, this season felt like the studio was just pouring money into the show. With highly detailed backgrounds in nearly every scene and pretty consistent animation throughout, watching the show was a joy.
All in all, I thought this second season was really good and stayed true to form. Thank you to everyone for keeping up with these posts! I hope you enjoyed the show as much as I did and I’ll catch you around next season for some new shows!