Just before summer vacation starts, Renge and co. must clean up the school. Natsumi and Hotaru are on watering and weeding duty, and Natsumi struggles to find a topic they can both relate to. Eventually, they bond over their shared fondness of geckos and newts.
Once summer vacation starts proper, Natsumi, Hotaru, and Renge head to a local shrine to catch cicada nymphs.
In the final act of the episode, Hotaru suggests at a study group for all of them to go to her house that night as her parents are buying fireworks. Unfortunately, once night falls and everyone’s gathered, it is revealed that there were no more fireworks left… except for a lame parachute firework. Hotaru starts crying about this, but luckily Kazuho is there to save the day. She leads them to a spot with fireflies, and the girls all enjoy themselves.
This was a really cute episode, with sort of a major focus on Hotaru. Quite a bit is revealed about Hotaru—mainly the fact that (despite her appearance) she really is still a kid and gets excited over such things as newts and cicada nymphs. Natsumi also gets a bit of the spotlight here, showing off her knowledge about the country life.
This was another laid-back summer episode, with the girls doing typical country things like bug-hunting and firework lighting (or at least, they attempted to). The ending was my favorite part of the episode, because it was just so peaceful and pleasant. I’ve never actually seen fireflies in real life, but I’m sure that Non Non Biyori captured their beauty perfectly.
As you can see by how short this review is, nothing much really happened. But that’s okay. Summer holidays are meant to be uneventful and relaxed, so this episode captured that mood well. I am also happy for more Hotaru-centric episodes, seeing as she’s sort the “outsider” in the group. Because she lived in the city for most of her life, I feel like she’s the most relatable of the characters. Next episode seems to be yet another summer-focused episode, so we’ll see how that goes.
Anyway, out of five for this episode: