I live in Japan and got to see this movie in theaters the day it released. I am currently studying Japanese, and I'm not even at the JLPT N5 level yet. But I still went to see it with obviously no subs, and I enjoyed every second of it! Non Non Biyori was the perfect movie to go see without a grasp on the language because the story-telling is so easy to follow due to visuals and characters.
While there is really no "plot" in the movie, you shouldn't expect that if you've already seen the two season of the original series. The girls and
friends go on vacation to Okinawa... they eat, they kayak, they snorkle, and they swim. And that's it. The movie is meant to be JUST as feel-good as the series was. The production was very engaging (it had to in order to keep my attention as an English speaker) and very fun for anyone who loved the original show. I also teared up a bit at the end, because Non Non Biyori has always brought a certain innocence and charm that touches my heart.
TL;DR: If you are a Non Non Biyori fan, you have to watch this. If you hate slice of life anime, I don't recommend you to watch this.
I own and have read all the mangas up until volume 12 (which is the most recently released one) at the time of writing this review.
The manga itself is super good, but this movie made the contents even better than the manga. This is not saying the manga is terrible or anything, in fact it's one of my favorites, but the movie went in to much more depth for the vacation chapters.
It's been probably a year and
a half since I read the chapters of the contents in this movie so my memories may not be 100% correct. I think most of the activities in the movies were done as like those "time-skip"/ "fast forward" panels where they just flash a scene and move on to the next in the manga, but this movie actually shows them doing these activities.
Just a typical slice of life story. Travel to Okinawa and do things there. Nothing much to say here.
I may be bias, but I'm a huge fan of Atto sensei's (original creator of NNB) and Silver Link's art style. The style is just like all the previous NNB anime. Oh, background art is beautiful as always. Really captures the nature. The animation is great too, I didn't see any bad animations watching it in the theatre.
No complaints on sounds either. Just like the previous NNB, they share similar style of music and BGM. I didn't hear anything that wasn't fitting. The OP is sang by nano.RIPE and still has the same chill and relaxing theme as the music they sang for NNB before. ED is sang by our 4 main girls and it's super cute!
This is why I love this show so much! Everyone is just so lovable! For this movie specifically, I felt that they focused on Natsumi the most out of everyone else. She got more screen time than any other character but not so much that it makes all other characters irrelevant. (Her screen time is cause of her relations and interactions with the new character that is introduced in this movie) You still get your super cute Renge and Koma-chan moments and oh, I found so many parts of the movie just making me and the audience around me in the theatre giggle. Pretty much all the comedic moments hit their marks. The character interaction is great as always! I found myself smiling so much during the movie and I can feel the joy in the theatre.
Having already read the manga, I knew what I should be expecting content wise, but after watching the movie I really felt like it blew the expectations off the roof. It was so much more than I could ask for and I would definitely go rewatch it again if I have the time for it! Gonna grab the BD for sure when they announce it!
This brings me back to my point in the beginning. If you are a NNB fan or a slice of life lover, you have to watch it. If you hate slice of life or has no interest in them, I really don't recommend watching this movie.
4 years after being stranded on the plane to Okinawa, the girls have finally landed!
To understand the position I was in prior to watching this, I had booked an early ticket that came with early goodies just for this, having came back from a Non Non Biyori themed pilgrimage to Ogawamachi in Saitama. Waited in line in the cinema in Ikebukuro all giddy and hyped myself to no end just before watching this. Then I heard the seiyuu had a fan meeting in the cinema in Shinjuku. Then I actually watched the film.
Vacation is the continuation of the Non Non Biyori first season
OVA where Onii-chan won tickets to Okinawa before being forgotten and left to the background. A new edition to the cast, Aoi, presents herself to the film. A polite and formal girl, she serves as a foil of sorts to Natsumi, whom she’s of the same age to. Unexpectedly, the relationship and contrast between the two serves as the core pillar to the film, providing a very human drama to unfold as the film goes on. I actually found myself to be engrossed in their relationship and found it to be the highlight of the film. It calls to mind Ren-chon and Honoka’s episode from Season 1, though not as perfectly executed. Still, while the resolution to their relationship is somewhat unsatisfying, the final shot of the film (well almost final shot) ended their arc in a heart-warming fashion.
The visuals of the film made it a truly spectacular experience to behold in cinema. The Okinawan scenery is breathtaking when viewed on a large screen, making for a change in scenery from the grassy farmlands from the main series. One scene in particular I won’t spoil had the whole theatre agape in awe as it played out, being absolutely striking in terms of its execution and buildup. The soundtrack and audio design too do a spectacular job of accentuating key moments like these, making these scenes stay memorable in your head.
The comedy is fine. Not relying too much on established jokes or running gags from the franchise is a plus, and Hikage’s antics are too funny to pass over. For the most part, the comedy is not the main focus of the film, and serves to bridge scenes over to each other, so the low-key nature of the comedy is fine for what it is. It won’t have you laughing all that often, but you’ll have a smile on your face throughout. Personally not a fan of Hotaru’s obsession with Komarin as with the main series, but it didn’t bother me too much here.
The main problem I have with the film is its lack of focus, especially in the beginning. While ostensibly about the relationship between Aoi and Natsun as a product of the vacation taken by the gang, their relationship isn’t given nearly the prominence I would have liked in the film. To be fair, it’s a relaxing slice of life film at heart, and its goal is mainly to put your mind at ease and heal your woes, so alternating between the other main characters isn’t much of a detriment as you may think.
My verdict? It was alright I suppose. Perhaps one shouldn’t hold too much expectations coming into this. It’s ultimately a very relaxing film with some comedy moments sprinkled throughout, but nothing that’s worth going truly out of your way to watch. While the film did develop in aspects I was not expecting it to, it doesn’t change the paradigm of the Non Non Biyori framework nor does it truly challenge the medium, but what it is is an enjoyable hour or so of Okinawan scenery. It’s a very peaceful film that will put you at ease.
I have looked forward to Non Non Biyori: Vacation for quite some time, and I am pleased to report that it stacks up very well against the original series. Continuing from the season 1 OVA, it follows the Asahigaoka group as they travel to tropical Okinawa for a summer vacation.
Story and Character (7/10):
NNB has never held a large focus on narrative, and neither does Vacation, but this is by no means to its detriment. Instead, an essentially anecdotal story is told as the girls explore Okinawa and enjoy themselves. The new setting does not bring any changes to the series’ established structure, and its pacing
provides the same mood, ensuring that a few brief laughs are had and that everything remains calming and enjoyable.
Renge, Natsumi, and all other main characters from the original series return, and it’s great to see more of them. Additionally, Aoi, the daughter of an Okinawa hotel owner, joins the group as a newcomer. Her interactions with the group were fun to watch, and I especially liked her friendship with Natsumi. Hopefully she will reappear in any future material.
Coming in, the film does expect viewers to know who the characters are, and they are not introduced individually. Given its short runtime, this is not unexpected, but watching NNB’s first season before jumping into Vacation so that you are familiar with the group definitely enhances the experience.
This is where Vacation truly shines. The original series’ art was impressive enough, but the film’s increased production values have provided truly spectacular landscapes that accentuate its relaxing aesthetic. From the streets of Okinawa, to the forest rivers, and to the beach, everything is finely detailed, colorful, and a pleasure to look at. Background objects such as waterfalls feature more vibrant animation, which helps to increase realism.
Side note: if you’re in the market for some new scenery-based desktop backgrounds, look no further than this film.
There isn’t much to discuss in the sound department, as it’s perfectly serviceable. The OP and ED are upbeat, and the soundtrack itself is well-composed and fits NNB’s laid-back nature, but ultimately none of it was too memorable. The seiyuu gave excellent performances as always.
Non Non Biyori: Vacation is an relaxing visual treat that all fans of the original series will enjoy. It likely won’t win over viewers who aren’t already fans of aesthetic-based slice-of-life anime or CGDCT shows, but for those of you who do enjoy the genre, it’s a short and sweet adventure that’s definitely worth 70 minutes of your time.
[Insert clip of Osaka from Azumanga Daioh shouting OKINAWA~!]
Yes we see the Non Non Biyori gang all get a free 3 day trip to Okinawa and the typical great comedy ensues, but while on the trip, Natsumi makes a friend with the innkeeper's daughter.
Non Non Biyori: Vacation has the same strong vibe of being laxxed and chill with it's plot, yes it's somewhat bare bones in the regard LA told above but it in their free vacation and seeing the character interactions that made Non Non Biyori: Vacation worth it all, not to mention Non Non Biyori is WELL KNOWN for it's relaxing atmosphere
and chilled nature making it stand out from the typical slice of life animes.
With it's character interactions, well LA say this, Hikage gets the rough end of the vacation getting sick to having to sleep on the floor and whatnot, but it's also surprising that Kazuho becomes rather energetic in this movie as she's usually the laxxed, sleepy type. There are two small plotlines within Non Non Biyori: Vacation and that is one of Renge wanting to see three sights and draw them on her sketchbook, the sea, a lighthouse and dolphins. The other is the aforementioned friendship of Natsumi and the innkeeper's daughter Aoi and the inevitable when Natsumi has to return home, it's it's one of the more heartfelt moments of the movie that did move LA and not at all feel manipulative in it's execution, it felt genuine from Natsumi's reactions and actions coming from an middle school student and again was handled extremely well.
The rest of the cast gets some screentime during their stay in Okinawa as well like Komari getting shafted at times, Hotaru's obvious crush on Komari still strong here but the only two characters that kinda turned into satellite characters by the time they arrive in Okinawa became Kaede (sticking to Renge), Konomi (sticking to the younger cast in general) and Suguru gets a passing mention at times (but LA can forgive that as well..."no talking" and everything)
In terms of animation, once again Silver Link is back in the helm and the man the animation especially the background work is exceptionally beautiful to look at, almost looking like it's the true Okinawa with all it's landscaping and culture. Truly Non Non Biyori: Vacation had some beautiful background work and Silver Link went all out. Character designs are the same as it was in the anime series and of course the great reaction faces from the characters helped along with it's more comedic moments, sometimes not even needing them to speak, which is great direction all round.
Voice acting, well LA will easily pick Ayane Sakura and Kotori Koiwai and the MVP's of
Non Non Biyori: Vacation, as Kotori's Renge is always god damn adorable and Ayane Sakura does to typical tomboyish cadence but with the small plotline about Aoi, she really went all out with Natsumi and did exceptional to say the least. not to mention the both of them did great in delivering many one liners that cracked LA up. LA will say that the entire cast was great in this movie, no doubt, from Kana Asumi as Komari to Shino Shimoji as Aoi to Kaori Nazuka as Kazuho and Misato Fukuen as Hikage.
Non Non Biyori: Vacation is what you expect from a Non Non Biyori movie AND more to be honest, it's nice to see the Non Non Biyori cast be in a different setting and how they interact with new characters, not only that but us also seeing the culture of a place like Okinawa as seeing the narrative focus are on the main cast helps us be immersed in the atmosphere even more as they have fun with their vacation, almost like we're having the vacation alongside them and seeing the beautiful Okinawan sights along the way.
Ever since I watched Non Non Biyori last year, I was captivated by it's simple yet relaxing story. Being from a city, life is pretty chaotic, busy and fast paced. You rarely get to enjoy life. Non Non Biyori took me back to my childhood when life was still simple and enjoyable.
When I first heard that Non Non Biyori movie was airing last year, I was over the moon! I couldn't wait and now that I've watched it, it has reminded me of my childhood once again. The childhood I love so much.
Story: Though Non Non Biyori has a very simple story, it's
able to captivate and draw the viewers to enjoy it. It showcases the very best of Okinawa and life over there. Throughout the story, we are shown the rich nature that Okinawa has to offer and the slow-paced, relaxing life of Okinawans. And it gets all the more better when you have the MCs interacting with the locals there, especially Natsumi making friends with Aoi. Overall, a very relaxing and enjoyable story for all!
Art: I love Non Non Biyori's animation it's so detailed and refined!
Sound: Ah yes the relaxing soundtrack of Non Non Biyori is such a delight to hear!
Character: The only character I'll be analyzing is Aoi, since she's the new one. I find her to be very mature for her age and she's also very easy to get along with. She's also pretty and charming.
Overall a very entertaining movie to watch! Non Non Biyori is one of those animes for people to just sit back in the chairs and enjoy the relaxing and slow paced story. It's very good for those who just want to have a break and to slow down in life. And now that S3 has been announced, i can only wait in anticipation for another season of Non Non Biyori!
Creating memories and enjoying every second of it, Non Non Biyori Movie: Vacation was about that and it is also what I felt lmao
This movie is absolutely-fvcking beautiful. It is very comfy and I can already feel the upcoming summer vibes just watching this.
I have a soft spot in my heart for comfy and relaxing Slice-of-Life Anime and every scenes make me very happy, an actual cure for depression.
The story overall was pretty simple but full of heart-warming and really funny scenes. It was full of fun moments and really portrayed the feeling of summer. The feeling at the end of a vacation was pretty
much spot on at the last moments. Sadly, moments like those won't last forever so enjoying every moment of it was the right choice. I don't know why I shed a tear. lol There is nothing much more to say but the story is 9/10.
The art was quite an enjoyment especially when it is a summer in Okinawa. There are sure a lot of scenes that had great visuals on it like the view and scenery. Overall, the art is 8/10.
The OST is surely soothing. The Non Non Biyori series has always a good soundtrack and it feels great whenever I watch it. It really catches your attention whenever you listen to a great OST to great comfy scenes. Overall, the sound is one of the best elements of the movie(or the entire series) so it is a 10/10.
Every character in this series is full of life and their differences complements each other to create good relationships with each other. Everyone were so fun and they make the vacation so great. Renge was adorable as usual and the other main and supporting characters shared memorable moments to scenes. I was also happy that Natsumi stood out with her relationship to Aoi. The characters were full of life and it will never get boring with them. Overall, the character is an outstanding 10/10
I enjoyed the show quite A LOT. This will help me when I would feel down and even though I am in a good mood, watching this really made me think like I was on ecstasy. This was so comfortable, relaxing and soothing to watch so the enjoyment is 10/10.
Overall, a 10/10 movie. It showcased the feelings you get when going to a vacation and it was not a regret watching this. From a great heart-warming story, to a very good visuals, to a soothing soundtrack, to captivating characters and to an amazing and comfy enjoyment. This movie(or the entire Non Non Biyori series) is an amazing Slice-of-Life and CGDCT Anime.