After the monumental year that 2020 has been, it’s really nice to know that we’re going to start the new year with two high-profile iyashikei series in Laid Back Camp season two and Non Non Biyori season three (otherwise known as Non Non Biyori: Stop).
To celebrate this, a brand new key visual was released to the internet on Friday, September 25th, along with introducing a new character that we’ll be meeting when the new season premieres in January 2021.
The new character is named Akane Shinoda, and she’s a first-year high school student who plays the flute. How will she fit in with the established characters? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Originally a manga series created by Atto, Non Non Biyori began its serialization in Comic Alive magazine in September 2009 and has been collected into fifteen volumes in Japan as of May 2020. Seven Seas is releasing the manga in English and they describe the story as:
Welcome to the countryside village of Asahigaoka, a quaint town far-removed from the hustle-and-bustle of the big city. You couldn’t imagine a more isolated setting in all of Japan. So when Tokyo-raised elementary school student Hotaru Ichijo transfers to the tiny Asahigaoka Branch School due to her father’s job, she’s in the for the culture shock of her life!
Join Hotaru and her new friends, the eccentric Renge, and the mischevious sisters Natsumi and Komari, as they share daily adventures in the idyllic Japanese countryside.
The first anime adaptation aired in 2013 and the second season, Non Non Biyori: Repeat, aired in 2015. The third season of Non Non Biyori will feature animation from the returning studio Silver Link as well as all the same cast and crew that produced the first two seasons.
Honestly, seeing these characters again will be such a breath of fresh air after twelve months of putrid 2020 letdowns and disappointments so I encourage you to use the next couple of months to catch up on this series and join the rest of us for some calm, healing anime in January.
Source: Moca News