So, we’ll be placing this in the “rumor” category. If true, then celebrations! If not, then someone’s social media expert deserves a kitty punch.
Yesterday, Akihabara-based retailer Lashinbang tweeted out an announcement that they’re offering the Non Non Biyori anime boxed set (with Animate-exclusive slipcover). In the tweet, though, the retailer added that the Non Non Biyori anime will continue for a third season.
The tweet has since been deleted. We’ve provided a rough translation below:
The Non Non Biyori “First Run” Blu-Ray Set + Animate “Complete Series Purchase Award” Box is back in stock!
A third season of the show is in production!! The slice-of life comedy set in the countryside is coming back! Watch the first season now so you don’t have to rewatch later!
A third season of Non Non Biyori hasn’t been confirmed by Silver Link or Media Factory as of press time. However, in May, the eleventh volume of Atto’s original manga hit stores with a wraparound that announced a new anime project.
Lashinbang bills itself as a “convenience store of moe”, and commonly boasts about its status as the biggest second-hand goods for otaku merch. The company offers goods like figures, doujinshi, Blu-Rays, and official merchandise.
The Non Non Biyori manga made its début in the pages of Media Factory’s Monthly Comic Alive in September 2009. The ongoing series spawned two anime adaptations, which aired in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
Both Non Non Biyori and Non Non Biyori Repeat were directed by Shinya Kawatsura (Kokoro Connect, Sagrada Reset) at Silver Link, with Mai Otsuka (Shakugan no Shana, Astarotte’s Toy) providing character designs. Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman, Girls und Panzer) was in charge of series composition.
Sentai Filmworks currently holds the rights to both Non Non Biyori anime titles. They describe the franchise as:
When Hotaru Ichijo transfers from a school in Tokyo to the tiny little Asahigaoka Branch School in the rural countryside, she should be experiencing major culture shock. After all, there are only three other girls in the school, and none of them are even in the same grade as her. But she quickly finds herself adjusting to spending her time with first grader Renge and the Koshigaya sisters, Natsumi and Komari, who are in the seventh and eighth grade, respectively. The Koshigaya’s older brother, the only male student, isn’t so hard to get along with either. Even if it is 20 minutes by bicycle to the only place that sells comics and the video store is ten train stations away, there’s something about the laid-back lifestyle that makes her feel right at home and comfortable. It’s a big change from the big city, but there are still plenty of new adventures to look forward to as Hotaru learns that “home” really is where the heart is in NON NON BIYORI.