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Non-non-biyori and AsoIku in Comic Alive

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

I borrowed another one of the fat magazines, to see what they are about: this time the June 2010 issue of Comic Alive. Not sure if it’s specific to Alive, but most of the manga there is action, and now I know that I am not interested in it. The only series that grabbed my attention was “Non-non Biyori”: a slice-of-life on papper, apparently. I guess that the title has to do with a loli character who ends all her phrases with “-non” where rules call for “-no”. It has uncomplicated dialog and furigana, which helps, but most importantly the quality of art is a few levels above everything else in the magazine.

Here’s a zoom:

For comparison, Asobi ni Ikuyo at the same sale:

Generally, there seem to be a bunch of “mediocre tie-ins” published. There was Kampfer, for example. AsoIku drew my attention due to the dialog between the apparent protagonist[1] and the pictured lady with a scar, who I imagined being infamous Jens (but as it turned out her name was Maya). I think the knock-off mangas lag anime, let alone novels.

BTW, it feels quite weird to read off such big format. It is a help for my old eyes, but still, it just does.

UPDATE: The urgency has passed, but here’s the picture that I promised:

First, you see Manami and Aoi facing off, then a break, the assitodroid, the guy, Maya, and on the next page is “摩耶さん、誰がを好きになったことはありますか?” and so on.

[1] Hair color is dark, but the guy was emoing in the closet by wrapping himself into a bedsheet — who else would that be, right? Not that I want to know really.

Non Non Biyori anime announced

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

According to John, my eye for quality strikes again.

P.S. The cover scan in John’s post contains the official English title, and it’s “Non Non Biyori”.

Non-Non-Biyori begins and it is not very good

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

I’m going to reserve the judgement on the anime as a whole, primarily because I’m a victim of “poisoned by manga” syndrome. But to pick on one most unpleasant lapse, my favourite segment of visiting the candy store was butchered. In the manga, the pacing and fidelity were excellent. It was easy to believe it happening. In the anime, it did not work so well.

To start, Hotaru’s fascination with Komari-semai’s cuteness was not as well established. In the manga, Komari was given the natural cute that blossomed gradually. In the anime, they moved the segment way ahead into the 2nd episode, therefore having to explain the setting instead of showing it to us. Komari did not have enough screen time and did not behave in any “cute” way. She was a complete a non-entity until the sudden revelations.

The episode itself seemed clumsily made, too. In manga, Hotaru (perhaps accidentally) hit just the right note with her attire which projected the adult as imagined by a middle-schooler. In anime, they re-dressed her way down into something that an real-life adult would wear. I do not think Komari would fall for it in character so easily.

I’m not a big judge of comedy, but something was even off in the comedic timing, so that the 10-man note lost a lot of its power. The shock was demonstrated to us with Komari’s reactions instead of being felt directly. I am willing to cut them slack on that. Adding or removing half a second of screen time would improve it a lot, perhaps, and it’s tough to accomplish. But this definitely was something the director has a duty to control.

The only moment that worked, I think, was when Komari was wondering how she went along despite having expressed her reservations about strangers. Let us give the creators 15% of success for it. The score is not the second coming of Azumanga.

UPDATE: Peter S. calls the candy store trip “a less-successful part”, which “wasn’t very funny”.

Non-Non Biyori is suspended

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Not much to say here. The original assessement proved to be correct and the anime gradually petered out. BTW, manga is losing steam too.