Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2014 to Mar 29, 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.091 (scored by 11237 users)
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SynopsisWhen the national idol Kusakabe Yuka suddenly retired from the entertainment business, it shocked the world and it devastated teenager Hata Kosaku. Kosaku was Yuka's biggest fan and her departure left him depressed. His classmates at the Tamo Agriculture School finally are able to get him to leave his room and attend his class, but to everyone's amazement, Kusakabe Yuka (her stage name) comes into the class under the name Kinoshita Ringo as a transfer student. Kosaku realizes he has the once in a lifetime opportunity to get to personally know his dream girl and, together with his group of friends, try to find out why she is here and become closer than just classmates.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Nourin
Characters & Voice Actors
Let us take a look at some of the generic characters that make up the typical romance comedy. To name a few, you have: the pervert, the childhood friend, the teacher with relationship issues, the guy who makes witty deductions, the tsundere, the girl with abnormally large breasts and the yaoi fangirls. It’s sometimes painful to see these characters in an anime that tries to be serious and the same could be said for some romance comedies. The reason I mentioned this is because all the characters in Nourin can categorically fall under one of these character types. Generic, however, does not mean terrible. In fact Nourin shows that overused ingredients can still make a decently enjoyable end result.
The story isn’t amazing by any standard. Singer and idol Kusakabe Yuka retires from the entertainment industry to pursue education at the Tamo Agricultural School where her biggest fan Hata Kousaku also attends. Her name is changed to Kinoshita Ringo and the entire situation gives rise to several questions. Already, Ringo is the character that should capture the viewer’s attention and hold the most interest since she’s surrounded by a cast of characters whose qualities lost significance in this day and age of anime. Its not to say that she was an amazing character, its just that there was a certain mystique surrounding her character. The story therefore serves to develop the friendship between the students and Ringo while trying to unravel the mysteries that surround her.
The 'Ecchi' tag should tell you that this anime’s comedy was going to be drawn from sexual situations and if it didn’t, well now you know. This (surprisingly) worked out great for the first half of the series. The reason being is (again surprisingly) the generic characters. Nourin would take an unfunny situation and use the generic qualities of its characters to make a situation funny, almost in a parodical way. The characters didn’t try to be unique but simply went with the flow of things and that, to me, was enough to induce a sense of humor. Nearing the end, the comedy seemed to have lost its value and this was to develop the romance side of things. Around this time, the comedy felt misplaced more than anything and too typical of the romance comedy genre. This is because Nourin decided to turn to a love triangle, and the competition that usually ensues, for its comedy.
The major problem often faced by romance comedies is finding a balance between the two(romance and comedy)where the story can effectively transition into one or the other. Nourin didn’t really face this problem. The problem it did have was developing a good romance within the plot. Simply put, it wasn’t special and was very anticlimactic.
As for the sound, Nourin has a diverse number of soundtracks that complement the mischievous, tense and light-hearted moments you’ll find throughout the series. Nothing to complain about in that department. The art however is a slightly different story. I found the character designs to be a little awkward and I’d probably attribute that feeling to the choice of style used for the character’s eyes. I won’t say they were bad though. The backgrounds on the other hand are very detailed and vibrantly colorful and a big strongpoint for the anime.
At the end of the day Nourin is an anime with generic characters and a decent plot at best. Its important to remember that the way I felt about the comedy and the way you or others would feel about it is guaranteed to be different. Apart from the artwork and sound, it was the only redeeming factor it had and is bound to be hit and miss for some. Romance comedies tend to be one sided where romance is favored over comedy or vice versa. Nourin is no exception. To me it was able to deliver on the comedy side of things but failed to deliver on the romance end of the spectrum. With that in mind, you wouldn’t want to watch Nourin with huge expectations at all.
Well, that anime ain't bad,but I'm just not that impress as how it was presented at all, the plot was pretty much a typical harem theme, but I can't ignore that there are two groups of characters that this anime was on two, the first one was the harem theme of Minori, Hata and Ringo, the second group was the romance theme between Kei and Yoshida. Well, if one is to examine this anime more focus was on the comedy aspect, but its comedy aspect- well let's just say that some parts were funny while there are some that where downright corny. Now, there are somethings that were conflicting especially when it come to the other character's, like the so called 'Four Heavenly Farmers", according to info it was suppose to be Yoshida the livestock specialist, Akari the bio chemist of food production, Rintarou the woodman and the homosexual Karou the flower guy. Now, I don't know about any of you out there, but this anime was suppose to be in an agricultural setting so why is there a character who is suppose to be in forestry, horticulture, biochemistry and some 5th wheel who is an ergonomist be called the Four Heavenly farmers" and why was there a 5th one? Now, let's face it, this is probably one of those anime's that can be compared to a crudely customize car where all the parts were ill fitted but for some reason can still run....only barely, and it looks like this series creator Shiratori, Shirow, can't distinguish the difference between floral culture, forestry, agriculture and ergonomics which were each of it were a science of its own. Then again, Shiratori, Shirow, didn't do a bad job with his serial, but he didn't do a nice one either, so overall it was ok.....but barely. So, here were my ratings for this anime.
Story: Decent 4.
Since it wasn't bad, it wasn't good either.
Art: fair 6.
Since there isn't a lot of fan service.
Sound: Decent 4.
Since, I like the opening and the ending where Becky did a number.
Character: Decent 4.
Since, the character's themselves were divided into the harem theme and romance theme, also there is the Becky theme where she is the comedy genre in this anime.
Enjoyment: Decent 4.
Like I've said, it was barely funny.
Overall: Decent 4.
Since this serial's creator, Shiratori, Shirow, has done it in a half ass manner.
Very similar feel and humour. Aki from BakaTest and Kousaku from Nourin are spitting images of each other in personality! Nourin is smuttier though ...
The school where our main characters study are slightly different than your regular ones, one is about agriculture while other is more related to super-powers. Nonetheless, the comedy style is very similar and so is the art. You will surely enjoy Nourin if you liked Baka Test even if the overall premise is different ;)
+ Same random humor
+ Main characters are very similar and both shows have a love triangle
+ School setting where different groups in the school compete against each other (BtT has classes and grades and Nourin has different agricultural sections)
From the studio that brought you the action series "Strike the Blood" comes a romantic comedy in a school environmental place. The story features a main male character who are caught up in a situation revolving girls around his space. It can be either love, jealous, hate, or emotions depending their mood of their actions. Expect some slapstick, and funny moments in here as the show goes on.
Baka and Test is a fantasy show where characters uses avatar through a battle competition. No-rin is a normal show that features an Idol who takes a "break" from entertainment and attends a school.
Both of the anime are made by the same director and it really show in the art style. Both of the show also use a multitude of cliche in an extreme way. They both have a really stupid and perverted MC, the childhood friend who is secretly in love with the MC, the shy popular girl the MC is in love with. Nourin is pretty much a Baka Test agricultural version.
- The Comedy parts of these two are almost the same but Baka to Test is much more funnier than Nourin
- The Teachers in these anime are weird
- Main Female Characters likes the Main Male Character
- Both anime do weird missions or tasks ( weird & funny )
- Both Comedy, School and Romance genre'd anime
- Makes you want to watch more
Both are hilarious animes that will make you die from laughter.
well, this is my first recommendation
when i first watching this anime, i had a feeling like the anime i have watched before. that anime was baka to test to shoukanjuu. the similarities are :
1. both akihisa and kousaku have an identical hairstyle, but different colour.
2. both akihisa and kousaku have an identical "idiot" personality.
3. both the graphics of nourin and baka to test have the same style
4. both nourin and baka to test have many of pervert characters
sorry for my bad english
Agricultural high school promotions posing as entertainment.
Both have the same setting in an agricultural high school.
Both have the same main characters who came from the city to study in the said school.
Both also involves the same main character's who are running away from something.
Both main character's wear glasses.
One anime is focus on one main character, while in the other anime it is evenly distributed among the group of characters.
the glasses wearing main character has that "from the frying pan to the fire" kind of predicament, while the other glasses wearing character is more of a "from the fire to the frying pan" thingy.
Both of the settings are in farming schools and both are very funny.
Both anime are station around agricultural surroundings.
Both are set in an agricultural high-school, where the MC from the city has come to study and all crazy things starts to happen.
Set in the countryside, Nourin follows the daily lives of high school students whose school is close to a dairy farm for agriculture activities. The main characters interact with each other about their problems, work on the farm, or just have fun on their free time. Nourin is a mostly a comedy show where an idol retires from the entertainment industry and goes to a school close to a dairy farm. Expect some romance, comedy, and conflicts around the story. Gin no Saji follows a boy who has been assigned to a school, though focuses much more on him going through life and his education about the farm.
Opening Theme#1: "Cordless☆Dere☆PHONE (コードレス☆照れ☆PHONE)" by Yuka Kusakabe (Yukari Tamura) (ep 1)
#2: "Himitsu no Door kara Ai ni Kite (秘密の扉から会いにきて)" by Yukari Tamura (eps 2-11)
Ending Theme#1: "Himitsu no Door kara Ai ni Kite (秘密の扉から会いにきて)" by Yukari Tamura (eps 1, 12)
#2: "Mogitate ♥ Fruit Girls (も・ぎ・た・て♥フルーツガールズ)" by Ringo Kinoshita (Yukari Tamura) and Minori Nakazawa (Kana Hanazawa) (eps 2, 4-7, 9)
#3: "Minori no Zokkon Mirai Yohou (みのりのぞっこん未来予報♥)" by Minori Nakazawa (CV: Kana Hanazawa) (ep 3)
#4: "Ponytail no Shijuu (ポニーテールの四十)". by Bekki Natsumi (CV: Chiwa Saito) (ep 8)
#5: "Kimi to New Day (君と＊にゅう＊DAY♡)" by Kochou Yoshida (CV: Marina Inoue) (ep 10)
#6: "Cordless☆Dere☆PHONE (コードレス☆照れ☆PHONE)" by Ringo Kinoshita (CV: Yukari Tamura) (ep 11)more
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