Anime Spotlight - Norn Nonet (Norn9)

by Anthony Foronda,

Broadcast Begins January 2016 (JST)

Key Staff

Director: Takao Abo
(Eureka Seven (episode director for eps 4, 11, 23, 30, 43))
Series Composition: Natsuko Takahashi
(My Love Story, You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle)

Introduction

Three girls and nine young men depart together with a flying ship--

Story

The World of NORN9: The era where great powers of the world have all ventured overseas. The long-standing times of closure had collapsed. Revolution and liberalism spread all over the world. Will the new sense of values eventually create more collision within mankind...?

Right when souls and earth are ill, a glowing sphere appeared in the sky, and removed the borders of the world. Which is more important to you – inside or outside of the ring called yourself?

Characters

Koharu
VA:Ayumi Fujimura
Age: 17
Height: 157cm
Birthday: unknown
Zodiac: unknown
Blood type: unknown
Likes: Reading, eating sweets
Dislikes: nothing in particular
“... I have been waiting for this ship for all this time...”

Polite, pure, and bright girl. Had lived alone for a long time, so nobody had called her name, to the point where she had forgotten her own name. Fearing being hated by people, she desperately tries to hide her abilities. Met a man calling himself “the traveler” when she was young, who told her that if she boards a ship when she turns 17, she will be able to escape from solitude.

Kakeru Yuiga
VA:Yuki Kaji
Age: 18
Height: 176cm
Birthday: July 25
Zodiac: Leo
Blood type: B
Likes: Fiddling with plants
Dislikes: Something ruining the pace he sets
“Pure... so opposite from me that it surprises me”

A bright, kind young man, but due to his intelligence he shows a strategist side that controls others and his naturally sadistic side that corners people with no ill will, some think he is malicious. Quick-witted and filled with leadership, he wrangles the strange and quirky bunch that are the residents of the ship.

Senri Ichinose
VA:Hiro Shimono
Age: 16
Height: 165cm
Birthday: February 22
Zodiac: Pisces
Blood type: B
Likes: Cooping up in his room
Dislikes: Being rowdy, people around him being rowdy
“We will someday... become each other's enemies”

Has a past of surrounding adults treat him cruelly, so this beautiful boy therefore does not trust people and has a negative personality. Not good at dealing with people, he hardly heads to the communal spaces aboard Norn, and is often cooped up inside his own room. He is like cat and dog with Kakeru, who tries to drag him out of his room.

Masamune Toya
VA:Takuya Sato
Age: 24
Height: 186cm
Birthday: January 4
Zodiac: Capricorn
Blood type: A
Likes: Peace
Dislikes: Sugar intake
“The world is moving so it doesn't end up like that.”

The oldest of the members, he looks after everyone else as the big brotherly figure. Smart but awkward, often ends up losing out when he tries to mediate an argument. Avid reader and has a diverse knowledge. Usually wears a glove on his right hand to control his abilities.

Mikoto Kuga
VA:Ayahi Takagaki
Age: 18
Height: 168cm
Birthday: September 6
Zodiac: Virgo
Blood type: A
Likes: Physical activity
Dislikes: Debauchery
“We ability-wielders must utilize these abilities for peace”

A mature, beautiful girl born into a noble family and raised carefully by her surroundings. Sometimes overbearing, but has a strong sense of duty and is good at taking care of others. Using her ability, she puts up a shield on the entirety of Norn, and defends against external attacks, making her what you can call the lifeline of Norn.

Natsuhiko Azuma
VA:Daisuke Ono
Age: 22
Height: 182cm
Birthday: October 11
Zodiac: Libra
Blood type: O
Likes: Research
Dislikes: Ignorance, humans lacking understanding
“I have no interest in the process. If you're going to talk, talk of results”

An external personnel that is after the lives of the ability-wielders of Norn for a certain reason. Cool and collected, he never raises his voice. Acts upon his unyielding will, and never breaks his calm composure against anyone. Specializes in machines and inventions, and is a specialist in steering ships.

Sakuya Nijou
VA:Mitsuki Saiga
Age: 19
Height: 176cm
Birthday: June 29
Zodiac: Cancer
Blood type: AB
Likes: Sit dazed
Dislikes: Someone entering his territory
“It's fine. I haven't forgotten about that promise”

A mild-mannered, kind, gentle young man that always acts the gentleman towards women. Cares about his childhood friend Mikoto more than anyone else. However, has a jealous side, and sometimes shows a silent anger against people he finds unpleasant. Hobbies are fortune-telling that never come true, and riddles.

Ituki Kagami
VA:Koji Yusa
Age: 23
Height: 184cm
Birthday: November 1
Zodiac: Scorpio
Blood type: O
Likes: Being together with girls
Dislikes: Not having girls around
“What, you want me to sleep next to you starting tonight?”

A frivolous playboy, whose worlds are filled with lies and jokes. Never reveals his true feelings. Grew up in the red-light district from a very young age, and had been surrounded by women so he is used to handling women. Often ridicules Mikoto with the sweet, sexy whispers. Good friends with Heishi, and often acts together.

Nanami Shiranui
VA:Asami Seto
Age: 16
Height: 165cm
Birthday: April 2
Zodiac: Aries
Blood type: AB
Likes: cooking
Dislikes: someone plastering themselves on her
“... I... took something valuable from that person”

The descendant of a traditional clan of ninjas that has survived since long ago. Physically adept, excellent at erasing her presence, and can use kunai blades. Not good at showing her emotions or displaying her will, and seldom speaks, causing her to be seen as someone with little emotion. Likes to cook but often makes “amazing” things and wastes food.

Akito Syukuri
VA:Noriaki Sugiyama
Age: 18
Height: 178cm
Birthday: February 11
Zodiac: Aquarius
Blood type: O
Likes: Cooking, price-cutting, household chores
Dislikes: all birds
“Don't try talking to me that easily”

Easily angered, hard-to-please young man that always looks like he is in a bad mood. Easily harbors animosity towards people, and dislikes being ridiculed or mocked. However, is very pure deep down, and can't turn down anything asked of him. Adept at cooking, and the members say his cooking reminds them of their mothers' cooking. Not good with birds.

Ron Muroboshi
VA:Tomokazu Sugita
Age: 25
Height: 188cm
Birthday: ???
Zodiac: Gemini
Blood type: ???
Likes: resting
Dislikes: nothing in particular
“Oh, really? I was taking an afternoon nap”

A suspicious-looking fellow, whose eyes hidden behind sunglasses adds to the sense that it is hard to figure out what he is thinking. Supposedly has a candid and kind side as well, but he never talks about himself including birth and background, so he is shrouded in mystery. Also, because he never tries to memorize people's names, he often irritates people because of that.

Heishi Otomaru
VA:Hiroyuki Yoshino
Age: 19
Height: 178cm
Birthday: December 18
Zodiac: Sagittarius
Blood type: B
Likes: Playing cards (however, is bad at it)
Dislikes: throwing things away
“Everyone, gather up at the meeting room!”

Energetic and active, hides nothing and friendly personality. The mood-maker of the members. Even if something he dislikes happens, he can immediately shift his mind to something positive. Has the ability of telepathy, but has the fault that when emotions run high his inner voices leak out to the companion, so he is terrible at keeping secrets. Often makes the girls angry by leaking out how he truly feels.

Sorata Suzuhara
VA:Atsushi Abe
Age: 12
Height: 135cm
Birthday: October 7
Zodiac: Libra
Blood type: O
Likes: Experiments, research
Dislikes: Non-scientific things
“This ship is weird...”

A boy who time-traveled from the Heisei era. Ends up traveling with the members of the ship. Good friends with Hiyoko and company.

Cast

Koharu
Ayumi Fujimura
Kakeru Yuiga
Yuki Kaji
Senri Ichinose
Hiro Shimono
Masamune Toya
Takuya Sato
Mikoto Kuga
Ayahi Takagaki
Natsuhiko Azuma
Daisuke Ono
Sakuya Nijou
Mitsuki Saiga
Ituki Kagami
Koji Yusa
Nanami Shiranui
Asami Seto
Akito Syukuri
Noriaki Sugiyama
Ron Muroboshi
Tomokazu Sugita
Heishi Otomaru
Hiroyuki Yoshino
Sorata Suzuhara
Atsushi Abe
Yuki Takishima
Mitsuhiro Ichiki
Shirou Yuiga
Kenji Hamada
Aion
Nagi Yanagi

Staff

Original Story
Otomate
Original story Illustrations
Teita
Director
Takao Abo
Assistant Director
Tetsuo Ichimura
Series Composition
Natsuko Takahashi
Character Design/Chief Animation Director
Yukari Takeuchi
Art Director
Akira Suzuki
Screen Architect
Toshiki Nishi
Future Design
shirakaba
Mecha/Prop Design
Takeshi Takakura
Layout
Masatsugu Arakawa
Sound Director
Jin Aketagawa
Director of Photography
Sachiyo Kajiwara
3D CG Director
Yuji Koshita
Editing
Hitomi Sudo
Animation Production
Cinema Citrus x Orange
Opening Theme Artist
Nagi Yanagi
Ending Theme Artist
Kaori Oda

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