New Anime Brew: No-Rin (Nourin)
Date Released: Spring, 01/10/2014
Genre: Comedy, Coming of Age, Romance
Age Range: 13+
Total Episodes: 12
Runtime: 24 minutes per episode
Original Story by Shiratori Shirow
Directed by Shin Oonuma
– Other works from Shin Oonuma:
- Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts (T.V. Series & OVA)
- C³ (T.V. Series)
- Dusk maiden of Amnesia (T.V. Series)
- Invaders of the Rokujyōma!? (T.V. Series)
- Watamote (T.V. Series)
Production: Frontier Works & Square Enix
Animation Production: SILVER LINK
Other Media Chronology:
- Light Novel: Written by Shirow Shiratori. Illustrated by Kippu. Published by SB Creative. Imprint: GA Bunko. 2011 – Ongoing 8 volumes
- Manga: Written by: Shirow Shiratori. Illustrated by Maru Asakura. Published by: Square Enix. Magazine: Young Gangan. 2012–Ongoing 4 volumes
- Spin-off Manga:
- No-Rin Petit: Written by: Shirow Shiratori. Illustrated by Kotoji. Published by: Square Enix. Magazine: Big Gangan. 2013–2014
- No-Rin -Wild-: Written by: Shirow Shiratori. Illustrated by Toshiko Machida. Published by: SB Creative. Magazine: Big Gangan. 2013–Ongoing
Licensed by Funimation. No news of a release yet.
Note: To skip spoilers please go to “Story Insight” after the next horizontal line.
-Episode one overview:
We start out watching a CG-I concert of Yuka Kusakabe. At the end of the performance, Yuka happily makes an announcement that she is now engaged to Kōsaku. We now see a school dormitory with the next scene pans to an arm reaching a poster of Yuka on the ceiling.
Here we are introduced to Kōsaku, a student A — 2 of Gifu Prefectural Tamo No-Rin High School where he studies cultivation. Nōrin translates roughly to agriculture and forestry says this cheeky bastard. We seen his room and notice that he practices the Japanese art of Waifu as Yuka posters and merchandise are decorated in his room as his pet wallaby, Wakadanna, watches him wake up.
Now were introduced to Minori and Kei as they undergo the daily plucking of vegetation for class. The two chums nit-nabs at Kōsaku for being late because he drools over a pop idol. Minori continues to ask him why he wants to go to Tokyo after they graduate. Kōsaku responds, “In order to become a trendy farmer!!!”
The Bull got loose!!! Everyone panics as wrestler takes on the bull to only meet his failure. Minori turns to Kōsaku and ties her red onto Kōsaku’s arm and run’s away shirt less. No nipples were seen just cleavage. Kōsaku now the new target runs away.
Now we skip to the class room where Kōsaku in the back corner of the room next to a window because the animators and artist didn’t want to draw the rest of the class. Wakadanna greets him as some hi-jinx happen between our trio. BOOM, here enters Misses Tits and her bull, Mr. Mutsu. Misses Tits… I mean Kochō announces the class to her fellow classmates to be quite ad calls them Vulgarians. She and the cow utterly enter the home room. Kochō explains the classroom dynamic. Silliness ensues as were now see that Kochō the cow bell has a crush on Kei.
Now a happily cheerful blonde will hop in the classroom. Her name is Becky. She is fashioned in her Cardcaptor like dress and is also the home room teacher. The students ask her to get Kochō to herd the cow out. Becky goes on about her Pegasus Fantasies for a husband as she is approaching her 40’s. SPOILER ALERT!!! She turns forty. Ooo, I’m devious this blog. The teacher asks why and Kochō points out that Mr. Mutsu is hurt and must take care of her. Becky approves, but Minori objects. She points out that if she does that then the students will bring their plants to class. Hmm, I bet this was a censorship issue or the student body must really reek, but I would have pointed out that cows or another animal shits and were not going to stand in this. Becky really doesn’t do anything but scares them of her constant rejection stories. Thus the bull stays like this lazy teacher’s reasoning.
Next scene it’s lunch time. After their meal, Kōsaku rests as Kei and Minori watch the news like farmers. The trio watches the news and sees that Yuka has just retired. Kōsaku has lost all hope. He locks himself in his dorm room like a hikikomori to morn for this travesty. His friends show up to break him out of his depression. Kōsaku reveals that he was sending veggies like egg plant and cucumbers to Yuka for some time to support his support. He scars Kei and harasses Minori. She plays dumb to get his spirits up and knocks some sense into him. Kōsaku tells a lie as they get to class, but guess who enrolls to No-Rin?
Homeroom begins in the usual fashion as Ringo a.k.a. Yuka is introduced to the class.
What’s strange is this is the only time we see her with glasses.
– Story Insight:
Kōsaku in class 2 – A will undergo some crazy high school hi-jinx at an agriculture high school while saving the school produce. A teacher in her mid-life crisis, a crazy best friend who is comfortable in a man-ikni, and his pop ldol retires to from love triangle that will drive him crazy can he survive his friends and classmates? (This sounds like a back of box description.)
Name: Kōsaku Hata
Personality: An otaku for the pop idol Yuka Kusakabe, perverted (foot fetish), and silly.
Role: Main character and love interest in love triangle.
Shintarō Asanuma (Japanese)
- Birdy the Mighty Decode (T.V. Series & OVA) as Ryota Sudou & Valic
- Ōkami-san & Her Seven Companions (T.V. Series) as Tarō Urashima
- Save Me! Lollipop (T.V. Series) as Will
Name: Ringo Kinoshita a.k.a. Yuka Kusakabe
Personality: Quite, un-phased, and closed off at first. She does call Minori a cow.
Role: Main female character, retired young pop idol, and other interest in love triangle. My my she is an apple in the eye.
Yukari Tamura a.k.a. Yukarin (Japanese) Singer
- AKB0048 & Next Stage (T.V. Series) as Mayuyu
- B Gata H Kei – Yamada’s First Time (T.V. Series) as Yamada
- Naruto (Whole Anime Series) as Tenten
Name: Minori Nakazawa
Age: 16 – 17
Personality: Bubbly, lazy, and a tad tubby farm girl. She does make fun of Ringo‘s flat breast size.
Role: Main female character, childhood friend of Kōsaku, and other interest in love triangle.
Kana Hanazawa (Japanese) Singer
- Cat Planet Cuties (T.V. Series & OVA) as Aoi Futaba
- Haganai & NEXT (T.V. Series) as Kobato Hasegawa
- Maid Sama! (T.V. Series) as Sakura Hanazono
Name: Kei Kamatori
Age: 16 – 17
Personality: Deep thinker, Man-kini, and Bro to Kōsaku.
Role: Sub main character and usually the one who thinks of a way to get out of a situation.
Wataru Hatano (Japanese) Singer
- Chitose Get You!! (T.V. Series) as Hiroshi Kashiwabara
- Dog & Scissors (T.V. Series) as Kiyoshi Inukai
- Soul Eater & NOT! (T.V. Series) as Harvar D. Éclair
Name: Kochō Yoshida
Age: 16 – 17
Personality: Bossy but sweet, tsundere, and snubs Kōsaku’s classmates for focusing on Vegitation.
Role: Background character who has a crush on Kei and has big breasts.
Marina Inoue (Japanese) Singer
- Attack on Titan (T.V. Series) as Armin Arlelt
- Date A Live & II (T.V. Series) as Tohka Yatogami/Princess
- Dog & Scissors (T.V. Series) as Kirihime Natsuno
- Haganai & NEXT (T.V. Series) as Yozora Mikazuki
F is for Wood.)
Name: Natsumi Bekki a.k.a. Becky
Age: 39 going into her dusty 40’s
Personality: She has a two faced nice side, depressed, and lonely.
Role: Background character, teacher, and is turning 40 with no husband.
Chiwa Saitō (Japanese) Singer
- Chaika – The Coffin Princess (T.V. Series) as Frederica
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Anime Series) as Homura Akemi
- Strike Witches (Anime Series) as Francesca Lucchini
Very similar to Baka and Test: Summon the Beast (I know it’s a miss translation). Rotoscoping might be seen as lazy to the Japanese, but as a foreigner it is nice to see what an agricultural high school would look like. However, when the rotoscope does happen it’s only applied in the backgrounds for the most part. In very few moments the characters could look sloppy, but by tone of the situation this does makes sense.
Animation Rating: 3.5/5 (B) Modern and experiments.
Not much to say. It’s energetic, fun, and perky like J-pop music.
Sound Rating: 3.5/5(B) Fun and pop star-ish.
Overall Production Rating = 3.5/5 (B)
Pros, Cons, and Other Thoughts:
- Very funny most of the time.
- An enjoyable watch.
- Every episode has some sort of pay off later.
- Two ending were tributes to Urusei Yatsura & AKB0048
- I actually learned a thing or two and wasn’t lost with the material they encountered.
- When it tackled pesticides, it did not do this in an Earth Maiden Arjuna fashion (yuk).
- It has a weak first half because some situations feel like they have no plot at first and can feel useless.
- Some situations comedy wise are hit and miss.
- Fermented girls scare me for I will never look at yogurt the same way ever again. <– This won’t count in the score.
- The choreography in the opening is lazy.
- No Blue Feather was given, but someday.
First off, I’m not too familiar with farming themed anime. I’ve seen two so far with this are Wolf Children (it was okay) and Arjuna (yuk). Maybe, I’ll watch more in the future.
Oh Gawd the anime references!!!
The beginning quarter, episodes two and three specifically, felt weak to me. This turns out to be needed for beginning character development and to gain an understanding of how our knuckles head will behave.
For being a comedy this series excels well throughout; however, on the romantic side, this is a light element at first and gets better later on.
A few episodes, either two or three of these, may seem formulaic like Family Guy, but it does pay off much better on the episode’s second half.
I’m not too familiar with Japanese farming techniques. After watching this I learned more than what I did before. It was subtle on how this was applied and only had one PSA message. This message is to point out that people going into farming in Japan are far less and less each year. With an uncertain future in this low income market there is no motive for the citizens to do this type of work.
Later on, Kōsaku explains his life and feelings about his situation. As he explains it, I found this very relatable to me personally.
I did enjoy this show and had a fun time watching it. Episode nine entitled “School Swim Trunks” has to be my favorite. Episode five scares me, but rebalances the demographic.
*Pro’s, Con’s, and Other Thoughts Rating: 3.5/5 (B)
- Plot: 3.5/5 (B) Simple and fun.
- Performance: 3.5/5 (B) I felt that the characters and VA’s did their job well.
- Pace: 2.5/5 (C) Even though each episode does have a conflict and development at times especially earlier the first few drags pretty bad.
- Characters: 3.5/5 (B) Some are relatable by personality and situation. They have been done before, but they do feel refreshing.
- Production Quality: 3.5/5 (B) Animation: Idiots & Tests & Summons. Sound: Fun
- Pro’s, Con’s, and other thoughts: 3.5/5 (B).
- Overall total: 3.33/5 (C) Episode two & three were too slow which will harm the series for some viewers; however, I did find the show fun and enjoyable to recommend a watch.
Note: Due to my own belief and further defining anime as a pop art, no rating will ever receive a 0, 1, or 5 (a Z, F, or A in my book). For this reason is that times will change as opinions. Anything can be far greater or worse than before. That’s just human triumph and error.
- A re-cut of episode two and three to speed up the pace.
- More romance elements sooner.
- News of a second season or OVA.
- A love interest for the teacher.
13+ Age Range, Both Genders
This is not recommended for those who complain:
- Eww love triangle
- Eww “panty” show
- Eww banana hammock
- Eww uber boobs
- Eww Otaku
- Eww Fujoushi
- Baka and Test: Summon the Beast
- The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
- The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat (Henneko)
I would like to thank a friend of mine for giving me this clear folder as a gift.
Please let me know what you think in the comments below.