Clockwise from top: Hotaru, Natsumi, Komari, and Renge
Ichijou Hotaru, a 5th-grade elementary student, moved with her parents from Tokyo to the countryside. The new school she now goes to, Asahigaoka Branch School, only comprises of 5 students (including her), ranging from a 2nd grader to a 3rd year middle school student. Now, she must adapt to the everyday life of her new environment.Non Non Biyori is a Slice of Life manga by Atto published in Monthly Comic Alive. Its anime adaptation premiered in the Fall 2013 Anime season, animated by SILVER LINK.
Always in Class One - Everyone's in class one... because there aren't enough students to fill a whole class. The school's other classrooms are empty.
Always Someone Better - Hikage, the Miyauchi sister who studies in Tokyo, was giving this city-girl vibe to her friends...until Hotaru shows up.
Averted Trope: Of the Harem Genre. Suguru is the only non-adult male in a village full of beautiful non-adult females. Were this another series, he'd be the center of their fawning attention for romance. Here? They barely register his existence.
It doesn't help that two of the four female students in school are his biological sisters and one of them is six or seven years old, and the only other one is gay for his sister.
Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Natsumi may be a bit of a bully to her sister, and doesn't get along with her mother very well, but she loves them both as much as they love her. It just might take a bit to see it.
Clark Kenting - A little justified since Hotaru completely changed her look with red-rimmed glasses, completely changing her hairstyle, some make-up and lipstick, and more mature-looking clothes. As a result, Komari failed to recognize her.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander - Renge greets people with "good meowning," doesn't notice the fifth seat added to the classroom until someone sits in it, and is unsure whether she actually lives in the country. Justified in her case though, as she's not even ten years old yet, and obviously doesn't know a lot about the world outside their small town yet.
The Comically Serious - Suguru shows almost no reaction to some of the things Natsumi puts him through. Then there's his high speed getaway in episode 6.
Cool Big Sis - Hotaru towards Komari. Renge (unfortunately) towards Natsumi.
Episode 6 just ends with a long shot of some sparklers that the girls are playing with flickering.
Little Brother Is Watching: Natsumi thinks this is happening with Renge in episode 5 when she switches her over-spiced noodles with Komari's, prompting her to eat the noodles herself. Turns out Renge was actually watching a fly.
The Napoleon: Komari, coming in at a meager 130 cm (4 foot 3).
Never My Fault: Natsumi. It's not her fault for getting horrendous grades, it's the test's fault for being so hard! It's also the roof shingle's fault for coming off so easily and the screen's fault for ripping so easily.
Schoolmarm - Subverted with Kazuho, who's always portrayed sleeping (sometimes to the point of not showing up at all), chilling with the students...or exploiting her students to work on her rice fields.
Sensei-chan - A strange case with Kazuho, since she's the elder sister of Renge, who is the youngest student in school. Played straight by the Koshigayas' Mom.
Stalker Shrine - Hotaru made a whole bunch of stuffed Koma-chan dolls by the middle of summer.
Sure, Let's Go with That - Hotaru does not dispute Renge's claim that all her Koma-plushies is a free-study summer project.
Too Smart for Strangers - Komari tried this excuse to get away from a random onee-chan from Tokyo. That stranger 'onee-chan' was Hotaru, whom Komari invited to go out with earlier. (She didn't recognize her because she was wearing adult-like clothes.)
Two-Teacher School - More like Zero Teacher School. There's only five students who mostly study on their own, supervised by Kazuho.