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Welcome to Irabu’s Office

Welcome to Irabu’s Office

Welcome to Irabu's Office anime series volume 4 cover art
Welcome to Irabu’s Office

Overview

Welcome to Irabu’s Office (Kuuchuu Buranko / 空中ブランコ) is a pretty strange anime series based on a novel series. And I think even the fact that this series was based on novels is weird in itself. While the plot and characters of the series are novel-like, the visuals make me think the source material should have been a manga.

The Japanese title of the series is also strange Kuuchuu Buranko translates to Trapeze in English, which is just the title of the first arc. It’s kind of like the opposite of Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, in which the English title is just the title of the first arc. I think Welcome to Irabu’s Office is a much better title.

As for the plot of the series itself, it’s an episodic anime in which a therapist, Irabu, helps his clients overcome their various psychoses. It’s structured very similarly to other series I enjoy such as the Monogatari series and Mononoke.

However, while I’d like to suggest this anime to anyone who also enjoys those kinds of series, I’m a bit hesitant to. It’s not that Welcome to Irabu’s Office is a bad anime — in fact, it’s very good. But even compared to those series with their unique visual styles, this one stands out.

I’d argue that it’s more unique than the styles of either of those anime, and it also has a less polished look to it. And, I know that a lot of people are very sensitive when it comes to art styles in anime, so I feel that this is a warranted warning.

Welcome to Irabu’s Office is also one of the stranger series I’ve seen. There are a lot of things that are never explained, and the whole thing feels like a bad trip.

Characters

While this series is episodic, the rotating cast of characters who come through Irabu’s office do show up at various points of the series. I’m not going to cover each of these characters, but every episode takes place around the same time, so they can usually be found somewhere in the background even when they aren’t center stage.

The main two characters, however, are Dr. Ichirou Irabu and his assistant Mayumi.

Ichirou Irabu from the anime series Welcome to Irabu's Office
Ichirou Irabu

Despite being the main character of the series, Irabu is the character who’s explained the least. We know he’s a therapist who works in a hospital, he’s extremely childlike, and he has some sort of fetish regarding watching other people receive injections.

Irabu also has a unique way of treating his victims. After having Mayumi give them a vitamin shot which he admits does absolutely nothing, he generally just shows a fleeting interest in whatever is triggering his patient’s disorder. Then, the patient figures out how to help themselves, and Irabu moves on to the next one.

He also has this strange quirk by which he has three different forms. There’s the “bear” Irabu pictured above, a child Irabu who usually appears after the patient is given their injection, and an adult Irabu who’s typically around when the patient solves the mystery of their disorder.

These three forms are never formally explained in the anime though.

Then we have Mayumi, the best character of the entire anime. Mayumi is also mostly depicted in live action, not as an animated character — which is something I’ll get to shortly. She’s like a punk-ish take on the stereotypical “sexy nurse” trope. Also her only real purpose is to give Irabu’s patients their vitamin shots.

Art Style

I don’t think any review of Welcome to Irabu’s Office would be complete without taking a look at the way it blends 2D animation with live action. At first I thought it was a bit strange, but after just a few episodes it seemed almost natural.

With the exception of Irabu himself, the majority of the characters are depicted in partial live action. That’s to say that their faces are live action — or mostly live action — when they get close ups. This also helps the characters be a lot more expressive without the animation going “too far.”

Animation can be much more expressive than live action — just look at basically any anime from the studio Trigger. However, that expressiveness doesn’t work with every art style, so this series found a way to circumvent that issue.

Mayumi from the anime series Welcome to Irabu's Office
Mayumi

Interestingly, the least expressive character in the series, Mayumi, is also the one who’s mostly portrayed in live action. This is probably connected to the fact that Irabu, the most expressive character, is entirely animated.

Or, it could simply be that there’s no reason to animate Mayumi when you have Yumi Sugimoto playing her.

Either way, while some people might think that including live actors within an anime is weird or somehow bad, I’d argue the opposite is true. The mixture of these two mediums is actually one thing that makes this series unique, and is potentially the strongest part.

Conclusion

In the end I gave Welcome to Irabu’s Office a 8/10, but it’s also pretty close to a 7 for me. I don’t think it was quite as good as the similar anime I mentioned earlier in this review. However, if you want to watch something that’s different from any other anime you’ve seen before, this would be a good pick.

And if you need a bonus reason to watch this anime, it also has both a great OP and great ED. I’m actually not sure which of them I like more. If I really have to pick one, then I guess the ED has a better song, but barely.

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Magia Record Episode 4

Magia Record Episode 4

This Isn’t the Past

It’s unfortunate to say, but Madoka Magica: Magia Record episode 4 doesn’t really have all that much to discuss. Or, at least, there isn’t too much meaningful content to discuss. Sure, there’s Tsuruno and the hunt for the Seance Shrine, but they seem fairly straightforward.

The real mystery of this episode doesn’t come until the very end when Yachiyo and Iroha actually enter the Seance Shrine, and that’s nothing more than a closing scene. However, since this episode was basically all setup, I’m hoping that the next episode gives this mini arc a good conclusion unlike what we got from the chain monster arc.

I’m also beginning to get a feel for how this series is likely going to be set up, and I hope I’m wrong. It seems like this 12 episode series is going to have an introduction, four or five mini arcs, and then a conclusion. And those mini arcs are each going to focus on a rumor which could be (but ultimately isn’t) connected to Ui’s disappearance.

This is probably because they’re trying to compress a mobile game into such a short series, but I just don’t see this anime having a very compelling story in the end. At least, that’s the impression I have so far. Like I said, I hope I’m not correct.

Tsuruno Yui

The only new magical girl we’re introduced to in this episode is Tsuruno Yui. We actually do see two other random girls later on in the episode for a second or two, but I think that was just a cameo of more characters from the game, and not anyone important to this anime.

Tsuruno is a strange magical girl who Yachiyo warns Iroha not to get too close to. It’s not entirely clear why Yachiyo is so wary of Tsuruno, but it probably just has to do with the fact that the two basically have opposite personalities. After all, the two of them are friends to an extent, with Tsuruno referring to Yachiyo as her master.

Tsuruno Yui from the anime series Madoka Magica: Magia Record
Tsuruno Yui

Tsuruno’s family owns a restaurant which is known around town for being completely average — not really something to be proud of. And this is probably why she’s a fire-based magical girl. She cooks with fire in the kitchen, so that’s a major part of who she is.

What we don’t yet know, however, is what her wish was, if she has any other special magic besides fire, and if her use of fans signifies anything in particular. In the end, it could just turn out that she solely knows fire magic and uses her fans to, well, fan the flames.

The Seance Shrine

The Seance Shrine is another popular rumor which involves people disappearing just like that of the friendship ending staircase. However, this rumor targets a different demographic.

The friendship ending staircase required there to be two friends, with one of them wanting to break off the friendship. Then, once the friendship was broken, if either of the former friends attempted to reconcile, they would be taken by the chain monster. So the setup of that disappearance involved someone who was mad at someone else.

This time around, rather than targeting someone who’s mad at their friend, the rumor targets someone who misses someone else. Perhaps it could even be targeting the remaining friend after the other one was taken away by the chain monster.

As the rumor goes, all you have to do is locate the Seance Shrine, write down the name of the person you want to see again, and then you’ll get to see them. Except there’s one small caveat, which is that the people who go through with this rumor are never seen again themselves.

And one interesting thing to keep in mind about the Seance Shrine is that, like the friendship ending staircase, it’s not a witch’s labyrinth. There are little witch minion things involved, but as far as we can tell it’s not directly related to a witch. So, could the same witch be the cause of both these rumors?

Mifuyu and Ui

The final thing I want to discuss today is also what I think is the most interesting, though it’s also the thing we have the least information about. Once inside the Seance Shrine, Yachiyo and Iroha are reunited with the people they wanted to meet again.

For Yachiyo this was a girl named Mifuyu, and for Iroha this was obviously her sister Ui.

Yachiyo's missing friend Mifuyu from the anime series Madoka Magica: Magia Record
Yachiyo’s missing friend Mifuyu

From the start I’ve assumed that Ui was once a real person. I’ve never entertained the idea that Ui never existed in the first place, though, sure, that could end up being the case I guess. But I’m also going to assume that since Ui was seen in the Seance Shrine that does in fact mean she existed at some point.

There’s no guarantee that the Seance Shrine can only show people who actually exist, but it just feels like that’s the case. So from my perspective, and probably Iroha’s as well, this is a confirmation that Ui is, or was, a real person.

Additionally, we have Mifuyu. We don’t know anything about Mifuyu other than that both Yachiyo and Tsuruno knew her. Based on that information, and the fact that Yachiyo and Tsuruno are friends, yet seem to keep their distance, I’m going to say Mifuyu was the third member of their group who was killed by a witch.

I’m also going to assume that Yachiyo blames herself for Mifuyu’s death because she wasn’t strong enough to protect her. This is probably why Yachiyo is mainly a loner now. She doesn’t hang out with Tsuruno, or anyone else, because she doesn’t want to lose them too.

Conclusion

What did you think of Magia Record episode 4? Is the series going to continue on with these mini arcs until Iroha finds Ui in the end? Is there a single, powerful witch behind all these rumors? And, what do you think the significance of Mifuyu is? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Boruto Episode 141

Boruto Episode 141

The Shinobi Prison: Hozuki Castle

When I saw the preview for this episode last week, I figured that it would be a single filler episode. However, it turns out this is actually going to be a full arc. I’m still assuming it’s filler, but at least filler arcs are generally better than standalone filler episodes.

In this episode, Boruto and Mitsuki have been sent into the shinobi prison, Hozuki Castle, in order to protect a specific inmate. This man was once a member of a prominent shinobi gang, and has agreed to trade information to the Hidden Leaf in exchange for protection.

But while Boruto and Mitsuki have infiltrated the prison by disguising themselves as prisoners, Sarada must use a different method. She enters the prison disguised as a journalism student looking to write about the prison.

There are two main reasons for Sarada not pretending to be a prisoner like the other two. First of all, we don’t see any female prisoners, so we can assume they’re held separate from the men. This means that even if Sarada was one of the prisoners, she wouldn’t have access to the man they’re supposed to protect.

The second reason is that with Sarada pretending to be a prison visitor, she has more freedom within the premises. Boruto and Mitsuki are supposed to focus on protecting the target and gathering intel from the other prisoners. On the other hand, Sarada is canvassing the prison and gathering information from the guards.

Celestial Prison Jutsu

A prison for shinobi doesn’t exactly sound like the kind of place that would hold prisoners for long. After all, the prisoners there are experts at infiltration, assassination, and escape. And if you look at Hozuki Castle itself, there aren’t many physical defenses stopping the prisoners from leaving.

However, the prison has been run by the same family for generations, and there’s a special reason for this. Lord Mujo’s family specializes in a jutsu known as the Celestial Prison jutsu. This jutsu restricts those affected by it from using ninjutsu of their own.

Now, something you may have noticed is that we’re told the Celestial Prison jutsu specifically prevents the use of ninjutsu. So does that mean those affected by it can still use genjutsu? Probably not. If that were the case then this prison would have been destroyed long ago by a genjutsu user.

Lord Mujo using the Celestial Prison jutsu on a prisoner from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Lord Mujo using the Celestial Prison jutsu on a prisoner

So how exactly does the Celestial Prison jutsu work?

We know it’s a fire style jutsu, but that doesn’t really matter for the purpose of restricting jutsu. It can be assumed that it somehow blocks the flow of chakra within the body, and that’s how it prevents those affected by it from using jutsu — perhaps it burns the chakra network in the body.

But then comes the second part of the jutsu. Anyone affected by it is unable to leave Hozuki Castle. We don’t know how exactly this area of effect is designated, but we see that it does in fact exist. If a prisoner attempts to escape, the jutsu will burn their body from the inside.

The Mujina Gang

The Mujina Gang is a fairly prominent robbery gang which primarily functions throughout the five great nations. However, it’s actually not the first such gang we’ve seen in this series. The Byakuya Gang, way back in episode 42 before I started reviewing the series weekly, was very similar in that regard.

Also, I’m pretty sure the Byakuya Gang arc was the last canon arc in the anime as far as the manga is concerned — though the Boruto anime is also sort of considered canon.

While the Byakuya Gang’s name means “White Night,” a reference to the fact that they’re an underground organization based out of the Land of Snow, the Mujina Gang’s name isn’t quite as obvious. Mujina typically means badger, but it can also be used to refer to similar animals, such as the tanuki.

As of this episode, it’s not exactly clear what badgers or tanuki have to do with the gang at large. It could just be a random name, or there could be some significance to it. If the name is referring to tanuki, then it could have something to do with the fact that tanuki are considered somewhat mystical.

Sarada disguised as a journalism student from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Sarada disguised as a journalism student

If we do learn more about the gang and why it’s named what it is, I’m sure we’ll have Sarada to thank for that information. She’ll probably figure out what the name of the gang means, and that will somehow help explain what’s going on with the gang at Hozuki Castle.

Perhaps the name of the gang has something to do with the shadowy figure we saw attack Kokuri. But, I’m also still not entirely convinced there was an attacker to begin with. Kokuri admitted to faking the fight that sent him to the infirmary, after all.

Chinese Lantern Plants

The final important piece of information from this episode has to do with the Chinese lantern plants which Hozuki Castle is named for. These plants can be found on the outer perimeter of the castle, and are said to be poisonous. However, that hasn’t stopped at least one inmate from eating one in the past.

And as Boruto and Mitsuki are told, this is one, not very recommended, way to get sent to the infirmary where Kokuri is located. But, if they do decide to go down that path (which Boruto does), they’re warned to only eat red blossoms, not white ones.

Of course Boruto does end up eating a white one, though.

For now, we don’t know what the difference between the red and white blossoms really is, but it’s sure to become important later on. Perhaps they restrict chakra flow, which would be bad for Boruto considering the Celestial Prison jutsu used on him was actually fake.

We haven’t seen Boruto use jutsu yet, so that’s a very real possibility. Or, perhaps it has some other sort of delayed side effect which will become apparent later on in the arc.

But if I had to bet, it would be on the former. Perhaps Hozuki Castle wasn’t named as such because it was near a field of Chinese lantern plants. Perhaps it was named that because the Celestial Prison jutsu works in a similar way to the white blossoms.

Conclusion

What do you think the importance of the white Chinese lantern plant blossom is going to be? What about the name of the Mujina Gang? And, do you think Boruto is going to cause a prison riot by releasing all the prisoners’ Celestial Prison jutsu with his water release? Let me know your thoughts on Boruto episode 141 in the comments.

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My Hero Academia Episode 78

My Hero Academia Episode 78

Smoldering Flames

During last week’s episode review I mentioned that this week’s episode was really going to be the arc’s conclusion, and it seems that was spot on. While there was a small amount of new information given in order to hint at the next arc, the majority of the episode recapped the arc we just watched.

So, obviously, I’ll be focusing on where the series is headed from here. And I feel like the best place to start looking for clues is the new opening sequence. I’ll be honest, the new OP isn’t very good as far as I’m concerned. I like KANA-BOON, but this isn’t their best song, and the visuals are all slice of life, school festival scenes.

Now, some of you may think that the visuals from this OP don’t really matter, but think back to all the other OPs. Has there really been one so far which didn’t have to do with the arc at hand? No. And it’s for that reason that I think this second cour of My Hero Academia season 4 is going to be pretty boring.

I do think that it will continue to set up for the next arc, which will likely include both Gigantomachia and Endeavor, but this arc itself will be just that — set up. Our main character will be relaxing and living his best school life after the events which just took place, and we’ll mostly focus on that with bits and pieces of side characters doing real things.

However, there’s also the chance that only the first half of this cour will be extremely slow and slice of life-esque. The second half might really ramp up the set up for the next arc, but I’d say don’t expect that to happen too soon.

Gigantomachia

As we learned in this episode, Shigaraki wasn’t All-for-One’s only pupil — there’s also Gigantomachia. And since All-for-One turned out to actually have two students, that opens up the possibility for him to have many more. Effectively, there’s a never ending supply of villains with connections to All-for-One, meaning he’ll always be “relevant.”

The problem with this is that All-for-One wasn’t a particularly interesting villain. And although he was built up as the most dangerous and powerful villain, he was defeated relatively early on. So since All-for-One doesn’t particularly matter, why does everything need to connect back to him?

Gigantomachia from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Gigantomachia

So, taking the series’ reliance on a boring villain like All-for-One into consideration, we start to see that, aside from Overhaul, the villains in this series aren’t that great. And Gigantomachia is a seemingly perfect example of this.

There are actually some decent villains already in the series — the League of Villains. Yes, I don’t like Shigaraki all that much, but at least the other villains who follow him are somewhat interesting for the most part. So then why was someone like Gigantomachia introduced?

There are two main reasons I can see for his introduction right now. The first is to remind us that All-for-One is the main villain, despite him already being defeated. And the second is to introduce a new villain who doesn’t really matter so that he can be defeated by Endeavor. I’ll discuss that more in a bit.

But even looking at Gigantomachia as a character himself, he’s kind of boring. Okay, he’s giant, but what else? He also seems to have a hardening ability, but again, that’s nothing special. In fact, we’ve seen at least three characters with this same ability before him.

Basically, why should we care about Gigantomachia?

Mirio’s Quirk

Taking a minor detour from the discussion of Gigantomachia and Endeavor, I want to discuss Mirio for a moment because what happened to his quirk could potentially be extremely important to that discussion.

As we know, Mirio’s quirk has been “permanently” removed by one of the special bullets Overhaul created from Eri’s blood. But, we also find out that his quirk may not actually be lost entirely after all — which is something I had already assumed.

If Eri learns to control her quirk, then it’s theoretically possible for her to restore Mirio’s quirk. All she would have to do is revert his body back to the point at which he had his quirk. And, I think it should be pretty obvious that this is something which will happen in the future.

What you may not have realized, however, is that Mirio is far from the only person who could benefit from Eri mastering her quirk. There’s another person arguably stands to gain even more from Eri’s ability, and that’s All Might.

Couldn’t Eri revert All Might’s body back to the point before he received his injury from All-for-One? And, wouldn’t this also mean that All Might’s full One-for-All quirk is restored to him?

That would be a pretty big moment for the series. With the return of All Might, basically every problem would be solved. The majority of the villains would no longer be a threat, and just his presence alone would reduce crime rates.

The #1 Hero

So, what does the restoration of Mirio’s quirk mean for Gigantomachia and Endeavor? Well, it means that All Might’s quirk could also be restored, which would push Endeavor back down to the #2 hero spot. And this is why it’s so important for Endeavor to defeat a powerful, “important” opponent like Gigantomachia.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that a villain too powerful for Gran Torino, and who has connections to All-for-One, was introduced in the same episode that we see Endeavor make a comeback. Also, since Endeavor wants to talk to All Might, we can assume it’s about the new standings of the top ranking heroes.

Endeavor from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Endeavor

My guess is that Endeavor is going to let All Might know that he plans to hold onto the role of #1 hero. And although he most likely won’t say it in a nice way, he’ll probably be looking for All Might’s approval. Endeavor has always been second to All Might, and now that he’s at the top, he wants to be recognized for it.

So, All Might will probably understand how Endeavor feels and give him his blessing. Additionally, if this is what happens, that would also give All Might a reason not to use Eri’s quirk to restore himself to his former glory. If he supports Endeavor as the #1 hero, then restoring his own power would be a betrayal of Endeavor’s trust.

By the end of this arc I think what we’ll find is that Endeavor cements himself at the top of the hero rankings with his defeat of Gigantomachia. And, at the same time, this will effectively prevent All Might from making a comeback — which would have messed up the balance of power between heroes and villains.

Conclusion

What do you think about My Hero Academia episode 78? What about this second cour of season 4 as a whole? Do you think my assessment that this cour is going to be full of slice of life elements with some side character action is going to be accurate? And, what do you think All Might will do regarding Eri’s quirk? Let me know in the comments.

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Non Non Biyori Repeat

Non Non Biyori Repeat

Non Non Biyori Repeat anime series cover art
Non Non Biyori Repeat

Overview

Non Non Biyori Repeat (のんのんびより りぴーと) is a pseudo-second season of the slice of life series Non Non Biyori, which I first reviewed about a year and a half ago. So to say that this review is a little late is a bit of an understatement — but I did just recently finish watching it.

The interesting thing about Non Non Biyori Repeat, or Repeat as I’ll be referring to it from now on, is that it isn’t really a second season of the series. I mean, it is, because it’s the season which came out second. But it’s not a chronological second season.

Instead, Repeat takes place over the same one year time period that the original series did. They both start out at the same point in the year, and while I don’t actually remember the ending of the original series, I assume they both end at the same time as well.

The best way to think about Repeat is that it tells extra stories which were skipped over in the original series. In that regard, both seasons of Non Non Biyori work in the same way that the Kiss x Sis TV and OVA series do — they compliment each other with an interwoven chronology.

But the important thing to keep in mind about Repeat is this: If you enjoyed the original series, then you’re going to enjoy Repeat. And the same is true for the opposite. If you didn’t enjoy the original series, you probably won’t enjoy Repeat.

It’s just more episodes of the same thing.

Difference From Non Non Biyori

There’s really only one difference between the original series and Repeat, and that’s who the “main character” of the series is. Yes, you could argue that Renge, Hotaru, Natsumi, and Komari are all the main characters of the series, and that’s right, but there’s still a protagonist.

In the original series, I’d argue that Hotaru was the protagonist. Although both seasons begin at roughly the same point, that one starts off the series with Hotaru transferring into the school. And she’s the main focus of the majority of the episodes — although the other girls also get their time to shine.

Repeat, on the other hand, focuses much more heavily on Renge. And to be fair, this is the reason why Repeat is better than the original series. Rather than starting with Hotaru’s transfer, Repeat begins with Renge becoming a first grader at the school.

Renge Miyauchi holding a bucket from the anime series Non Non Biyori Repeat
Renge Miyauchi holding a bucket

This focus on Renge also means there’s more of a focus on the other characters who are more closely associated with her. Natsumi, Komari, and Hotaru are definitely still main characters of the series, but Renge’s older sisters and Candy Shop (Kaede) play more of a role this time around.

Also, I don’t know about you, but I was never all that interested in Natsumi, Komari, and Hotaru to begin with. Natsumi and Komari’s older brother, Suguru, is entertaining for his small part in the series though, and luckily he’s still around.

But Hikage, Kazuho, and Kaede are much more entertaining. There’s also Konomi, who I didn’t remember at all from the first season — she’s pretty good too.

How Should You Watch This Series?

Since Repeat doesn’t chronologically come after Non Non Biyori, there are a few different ways in which you could watch the series. So let’s start off with the ways in which I think you shouldn’t watch the series: Repeat first.

As the better of the two seasons, it may be tempting to simply skip over the first season and watch Repeat if you haven’t seen either of them yet. Or, you may tell yourself that you’ll watch Repeat first, and then if you like it, you’ll go back and watch the first season.

The problem I see with this method is that although they cover the same time frame, repeat does expect you to already know the characters and the general background of the series. So without that knowledge, I expect that you would miss out on why the characters interact and act the way they do.

Renge Miyauchi dressed as a teru-teru bōzu from the anime series Non Non Biyori Repeat
Renge Miyauchi dressed as a teru-teru bōzu

So, does that mean you should watch Non Non Biyori first, and then Repeat second? Not necessarily.

That’s how I watched this series, but I don’t particularly think it’s any better than watching the series in chronological order. The only real difference between these two orders is whether you go through the school year once in 24 episodes or twice in two sets of 12 episodes.

And just in case you’re wondering what the chronological order looks like, refer to the chart below.

Non Non Biyori Chronological Order

I Became a First Grader Season 2 Episode 1
A New Transfer Student Came Season 1 Episode 1
We Went to the Candy Store Season 1 Episode 2
We Went to Look at the Stars Season 2 Episode 2
We Got Motivated During the Holiday Break Season 2 Episode 3
I Ran Away from Home with My Sister Season 1 Episode 3
I Made a Teru-teru Bouzu Season 2 Episode 4
We Ate Okonomiyaki Season 2 Episode 5
We Made Friends With Fireflies Season 2 Episode 6
Summer Vacation Started Season 1 Episode 4
We Bravely Dove In Season 2 Episode 7
I Pretended I Forgot My Swimsuit Season 1 Episode 5
I Became a Ghost and Tried Hard Season 1 Episode 6
My Rice Crackers Turned Into Curry Season 1 Episode 7
I Took Lunch Duty Season 2 Episode 8
We Looked at the Moon Together Season 2 Episode 9
We Cooked Rice at School Season 1 Episode 8
We Tried Having a Cultural Festival Season 1 Episode 9
I Practiced Really Hard Season 2 Episode 10
I Became a Pampered Child Season 2 Episode 11
We Watched the First Sunrise of the Year Season 1 Episode 10
We Made Snow Houses Season 1 Episode 11
Spring Came Again Season 1 Episode 12
A Year Passed Season 2 Episode 12

Conclusion

Although I think Repeat is better than the first season of Non Non Biyori, I have to give it a 6/10 just like the first season. It’s an enjoyable watch, but it’s never really something I wanted to go out of my way to watch. That’s why watching Repeat took me 5 months from start to finish.

I also don’t remember the OP/ED for the first season, but I’d imagine they weren’t all that different from the Repeat OP/ED. So I’ll just say that the OP/ED for Repeat are just as good as the ones from the first season.

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