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Non Non Biyori Schoolgirl Manga Gets Original Anime DVD

posted on by Egan Loo
Atto's story of girls in isolated countryside school already inspired TV anime

The offical blog for the editors of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive magazine announced on Tuesday that an original anime DVD adaptation of Atto's schoolgirl manga Non Non Biyori has been green-lit. More details will be announced on November 27 in the January issue of Monthly Comic Alive and on the website of the ongoing Non Non Biyori television anime.

Thanks to the popularity of the television anime, the six volumes of the manga are getting large reprint runs that will arrive in stores in November. The current Monthly Comic Alive issue has a Non Non Biyori cover, a Non Non Tsūshin introductory guidebook, and an exclusive poster.

The slice-of-life comedy is set in a countryside school with only five students total, including four girls:

Kotori Koiwai (Joshiraku, The Severing Crime Edge) plays Renge Miyauchi, the youngest first grader at Asahioka Branch School. A girl with a loner personality, she often says things that others around her don't understand and ends her sentences with "non." Her cat's name is Gu.
Rie Murakawa (Vividred Operation, Fairy Tail) plays Hotaru Ichijō, a fifth grader who transferred to her school from Tokyo. Her mature looks surpass her age; she has even been handed omiai photos by the older women in the neighborhood (who are looking to arrange marriages for their male relatives).
Ayane Sakura (Joshiraku, Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future) plays Natsumi Koshigaya, a middle school first-year student with a bright personality who sets the mood in her class. She loves playing pranks, and even makes holes in her house's walls.
Kana Asumi (Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos, Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future) plays Komari Koshigaya, a middle school second-year student who is Natsumi's sister and the oldest student in the school. She's bothered by the fact that her height hasn't passed the 140-centimenter (about four-foot, nine-inch) mark.

On this isolated countryside, the nearest bookstore is 20 minutes away by bicycle, a certain "Ju_p" magazine comes out on Wednesdays instead of Mondays, and the video rental store is 10 stations away. Hotaru Ichijō transfers from Tokyo to this school and readjusts to the slow life in the country. Her fellow schoolmates are Natsumi, Komari, Renge, and Komari's big brother Suguru in the third year of middle school.

Atto launched the manga in Monthly Comic Alive in 2009, and Media Factory published the manga's sixth volume in September. The television series from director Shinya Kawatsura and anime Studio Silver LINK (WATAMOTE, Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts) premiered on October 7. Crunchyroll is streaming the television anime, and Sentai Filmworks licensed it for North America.

[Via Yaraon!]

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