The Best Episodes Directed by Shinya Kawatsura

You, Me, and Her

#1 - You, Me, and Her

Heaven's Memo Pad Season 1 - Episode 12

Narumi rushes over to Alice's place to find the other NEETs there waiting for him. Alice manages to find Ayaka's cell phone, which leads to the Fourth's club. They find the phone and a crazy guy on Angel Fix there, but no Hakamizaka. Narumi leaves with Major, but on the way, he notices a strange flashing when the light hits the packaging of the Angel Fix. Later, he shows everyone and it turns out to be angel wings. Alice concludes that the flashing wings are coupled with the visual enhancement from Angel Fix to serve as a guide. Narumi offers to take the drug in order to find a dealer. However, when he takes the drug, he becomes annoyed at the other NEETs talking to him through the receiver and takes it off. He has a vision of Ayaka as an angel and rushes towards her, managing to find a dealer. The other NEETs trail the dealer, while Tetsu tries to calm Narumi. Narumi wakes up to find Alice, who tells him that Ayaka committed suicide because she took Angel Fix, which amplified her regret from growing the flower components of the drug. Everyone joins the Fourth in a search for the dealers' hideout, and they manage to find Hakamizaka. Hakamizaka is high on Angel Fix and admits to forcing Ayaka to take the drug to stop her from going to the police. Hakamizaka starts to hallucinate that Alice is an angel, which Alice uses to tell him that he isn't going to heaven. Meanwhile, the Fourth finds Toshi, choosing to offer him to Narumi, who beats him up. However, Tetsu stops him before he can kill Toshi. Finally, Angel Fix is finished. However, seasons pass, but Ayaka doesn't wake up. One morning, Narumi finds Alice at the school waiting for him. Alice tells him that Ayaka jumped from the roof to prevent the cultural festival from violating her special ground with Narumi. At that moment, the sun rises, and all of flowers bloom, forming the symbol that Narumi made for Ayaka's armband. The series ends as Ayaka opens her eyes.

star 9.77
71 votes
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He Knows About Me

#2 - He Knows About Me

Heaven's Memo Pad Season 1 - Episode 5

Alice's annoyed at Narumi for trying to wash her stuffed animals. The Fourth walks in to ask Narumi to help him run a concert. Alice shows off a little tsundere at the thought of Narumi being away and busy with the concert. The Fourth later talks to Narumi alone and tells him that the job is more dangerous than he let on. Turns out one of the band's former promoters is the Yanagihara Group, who have ties with the Yakuza. The band didn't want that group to sponsor them, so they turned to the Fourth. However, it's possible that the Yanagihara Group bites back. Narumi starts to promote and help out with the concert. While he's out alone, he runs into a man named Hirasaka, who is being threatened by some thugs. He starts to beat the crap out of them, but Narumi stops him by pouring his drink on Hirasaka's shirt. He later introduces himself as Renji and forces Narumi to buy him some clothes. While they're at a restaurant, Renji notices some thugs out the window and runs off. Later that day, Minli asks Narumi to go out and pick up an apron for her, but he runs into the Fourth at the shop. The Fourth gets really angry seeing Narumi and orders him not to tell anyone about the shop. The shop's owner, Yoshiki, starts to tell Narumi embarrassing things about the Fourth, which greatly annoys him. However, this ends when the Fourth gets a call that the venue for the concert has been attacked. When they return, they are informed that the shirts have been stolen from the storeroom. They are unable to figure out who it was that broke in, though. The next day, Narumi goes to Ueno for concert business and Alice asks him to go to the zoo to take pictures of capybaras for her. The episode ends with Narumi running into Renji while he's there.

star 9.13
69 votes
We Went Moon-Viewing Together

#3 - We Went Moon-Viewing Together

Non Non Biyori Season 2 - Episode 9

Natsumi's mother asks Natsumi to go catch something to live in the family's pond, and Natsumi agrees when she's told she'll be paid. She lends Natsumi a watch and tells her to be home by curfew, and all the kids go out for a day of fishing. Later, Konomi sees that Natsumi still doesn't seem like a girl at all even now that she's in middle school, and brings some of her old outfits over for her to try on...

star 9.00
45 votes
The Cherry Blossoms Bloomed Again

#4 - The Cherry Blossoms Bloomed Again

Non Non Biyori Season 3 - Episode 12

Following a graduation ceremony, Renge and friends spend the day playing in the great outdoors. It's days like these you wish would never end...

star 8.75
12 votes
I Got Drunk and Remembered

#5 - I Got Drunk and Remembered

Non Non Biyori Season 3 - Episode 11

Once the kids are asleep, the adults get to partying! …wait, what’s that noise? Ren is awake!? Uh oh…

star 8.50
14 votes
I Practiced Very Hard

#6 - I Practiced Very Hard

Non Non Biyori Season 2 - Episode 10

Renge goes to visit Natsumi, but she and her family aren't home. She's about to give up and leave when a hand starts talking to her from the other side of the fence! She thinks it's a monster, and is relieved to learn that it's the next door neighbor Konomi. But Konomi then tells her that she is, in fact, a monster... Later, the Koshigaya sisters tell Renge they were in first grade when they took off their training wheels, so Renge starts to practice riding her bike without the training wheels.

star 8.48
21 votes
I Turned Into Santa to Deliver Tomatoes

#7 - I Turned Into Santa to Deliver Tomatoes

Non Non Biyori Season 3 - Episode 4

Ren pays Candy Store a visit to spend her New Year’s allowance, but her purchase puts Candy Store in an awkward position — one Natsumi finds absolutely HILARIOUS.

star 8.41
17 votes
I Played the Frog Song

#8 - I Played the Frog Song

Non Non Biyori Season 3 - Episode 1

It’s another idyllic day in the countryside, but things are anything but ordinary when Renge meets Akane, a flutist who has trouble playing in front of other people.

star 8.21
19 votes
A High-Grade Fish

#9 - A High-Grade Fish

Barakamon Season 1 - Episode 7

To make up for the turmoil of the previous two days, the village kids and Handa treat his guests to a fun day of fishing before bidding them farewell.

star 8.10
62 votes
We Watched the First Sunrise of the Year

#10 - We Watched the First Sunrise of the Year

Non Non Biyori Season 1 - Episode 10

After sleeping through the New Year, Renge joins Kazuha, Hikage and Kaede as they decide to go up a mountain to watch the first sunrise of the year. Along the way, Kaede recalls five years ago when she was first asked to look after the one-year-old Renge, initially finding her to be quite a handful but soon taking a liking to her. They eventually manage to reach the top of the mountain and watch the sun as it rises.

star 8.00
30 votes
One Year Has Passed

#11 - One Year Has Passed

Non Non Biyori Season 2 - Episode 12

During spring break, Renge and Hotaru head to school to feed the rabbits and end up finding Renge's Legendary Sword.

star 7.94
16 votes
We Were Always Like This

#12 - We Were Always Like This

Non Non Biyori Season 3 - Episode 3

After breaking a bonsai planter with a Surefire Kill Shot, Natsumi and Hikage practice the art of apology… sort of. Turns out neither one of them is very good at it.

star 7.88
16 votes
I Boldly Leapt In

#13 - I Boldly Leapt In

Non Non Biyori Season 2 - Episode 7

Hotaru is finally getting used to how kids play in the country, although she's still afraid to jump off the bridge into the river. Hotaru returns home from playing to find a letter from her friend in Tokyo, with a photo of her old friends at an amusement park, making her feel nostalgic. Meanwhile, Hikage is home for a visit and shows off pictures of Tokyo Tower to Renge.

star 7.86
20 votes
Summer Vacation Started

#14 - Summer Vacation Started

Non Non Biyori Season 1 - Episode 4

As summer vacation begins, Renge's older sister Hikage comes home from her school in Tokyo, hoping to impress the others with her know-how about city life only for Hotaru to outshine her. Later, Renge meets another girl her age named Honoka Ishikawa, who she quickly become friends with. After spending several days playing with Honoka, Renge is saddened when she learns Honoka had to suddenly leave due to her father's work. However, she cheers up a week later after receiving a letter from Honoka saying she'll come back next summer.

star 7.84
38 votes
It Was a Thrilling Autumn

#15 - It Was a Thrilling Autumn

Non Non Biyori Season 3 - Episode 7

Parents’ Day provides Natsumi a particular variety of anxiety, but she finds a way to relax when Renge brings home a new friend.

star 7.83
12 votes
I Made a Teru Teru Bozu

#16 - I Made a Teru Teru Bozu

Non Non Biyori Season 2 - Episode 4

When Renge receives a bike from her grandma, she's eager to practice so she can ride everywhere with her friends. But the rainy season is in full swing, so she sets about making a teru-teru bouzu in hopes that the rain will stop. Meanwhile, Renge is on duty to take care of the tadpole shrimp she caught while playing in a field, and she grows very fond of them.

star 7.82
21 votes
I Was in Charge of School Lunch

#17 - I Was in Charge of School Lunch

Non Non Biyori Season 2 - Episode 8

The second semester has begun, and the Asahigaoka students are making wood crafts in class. Renge and Natsumi pair up to make something together, but can't come up with any ideas. Just when Natsumi starts to panic, Renge demonstrates her unique sensibilities again. Then at lunchtime, the smell of curry fills the air, and the Koshigaya sisters recall a tragedy that befell the school long ago...

star 7.80
19 votes
Hotaru Was Really Mature?

#18 - Hotaru Was Really Mature?

Non Non Biyori Season 3 - Episode 2

Sometimes it’s hard to believe Hotaru is still in elementary school! But even Hotaru needs to act like a kid now and then… or at least that’s what Konomi thinks.

star 7.78
18 votes
I Became a First Grader

#19 - I Became a First Grader

Non Non Biyori Season 2 - Episode 1

Renge, who is about to start first grade, goes with the others to check out the school before the entrance ceremony, before seeing Hikage off as she goes to Tokyo. The next day, as Renge and the others enjoy the entrance ceremony and begin their first lessons, Hotaru starts moving in.

star 7.72
25 votes
I Became Closer to Hotaru

#20 - I Became Closer to Hotaru

Non Non Biyori Season 2 - Episode 6

As everyone is cleaning up the school on the last day of the semester, Natsumi and Hotaru end up weeding and watering the garden together. Natsumi realizes she's never been alone with Hotaru before and tries to come up with things to talk about... Then summer vacation begins and the kids start to work on their summer homework, but quickly grow bored. Hotaru then tells everyone her parents are going to buy some fireworks...

star 7.70
19 votes
My Senpai Had Entrance Exams Coming Up

#21 - My Senpai Had Entrance Exams Coming Up

Non Non Biyori Season 3 - Episode 8

Akane and Konomi go shopping, and they take a detour to play some festival games! But beginner’s luck will only get you so far, and there’s something weighing on Akane’s mind…

star 7.69
13 votes
I Became a Pampered Child

#22 - I Became a Pampered Child

Non Non Biyori Season 2 - Episode 11

One morning during winter break, Ichijo Hotaru and Koshigaya Komari are on a walk when they run into Fujimiya Konomi on her way back from practice. Komari takes great interest in Konomi's cellphone.

star 7.69
16 votes
I Ate Okonomiyaki

#23 - I Ate Okonomiyaki

Non Non Biyori Season 2 - Episode 5

One morning, Natsumi uses a toy fortune dispenser to read Komari's fortune, and tells it her, "bad luck: beware of water." Komari says she won't be near any water that day anyway, but when they get to school, they're told that they'll be cleaning the school pool... The next day, the Koshigaya sisters are bored at home on a day off from school, so Natsumi reads Komari's fortune again and draws yet another "bad luck"...

star 7.58
18 votes
We Went to the Candy Store

#24 - We Went to the Candy Store

Non Non Biyori Season 1 - Episode 2

Ichijou Hotaru is enjoying life with her classmates at her new school. In particular, she has come to think of the diminutive Koshigaya Komari, at less than 140cm, as her "cute Senpai." This feeling soon grows into absolute adoration. Then, one day, Komari calls Hotaru and invites her to hang out together...

star 7.57
42 votes
I Pretended I Forgot My Swimsuit

#25 - I Pretended I Forgot My Swimsuit

Non Non Biyori Season 1 - Episode 5

Hotaru and Renge are invited to the Koshigaya's house for breakfast. Afterwards, the girls, accompanied by Kazuha, go to the beach, where Komari's height leads her to be mistaken for a lost child. On their way home, the girls stop at a railside noodle restaurant, where a prank by Natsumi on Komari backfires due to Renge's innocence. They manage to catch the last train home on time, but accidentally leave Kazuha behind.

star 7.46
39 votes
It Got Cold and Then Hot

#26 - It Got Cold and Then Hot

Non Non Biyori Season 3 - Episode 10

New Year’s is here, and that means New Year’s money! What will everyone spend their cash on? And is there a way to get even more? Or perhaps that’s not a good idea…

star 7.45
11 votes
Spring Came Again

#27 - Spring Came Again

Non Non Biyori Season 1 - Episode 12

As Spring arrives again, Hotaru and Komari go on a picnic together, where Hotaru ends up eating Komari's botched up homemade lunch in order to not hurt her feelings. Later, the girls get together to search for some edible plants, eventually coming to a field of renge flowers where Natsumi makes a costume for Renge.

star 7.37
27 votes
My Rice Crackers Turned Into Curry

#28 - My Rice Crackers Turned Into Curry

Non Non Biyori Season 1 - Episode 7

With Kazuha absent at the start of the new semester, the girls try and find ways to pass the time in class. Later, Hotaru and Renge try and catch a rabbit that had escaped from its pen, only for it to lock them inside the pen themselves, though they are eventually rescued by Kazuha. Afterwards, Renge visits the candy store run by Kaede Kagayama, who finds her to be a handful.

star 7.35
31 votes
We Made Tasty Food

#29 - We Made Tasty Food

Non Non Biyori Season 3 - Episode 9

Komari receives an unexpected visitor. Now she’s making a weird face and can’t seem to knit properly. But don’t worry — Natsumi will cover for her. Sort of.

star 7.33
12 votes
I Made Something Incredible

#30 - I Made Something Incredible

Non Non Biyori Season 3 - Episode 5

Beep boop! Koma-plushie is live, boop beep! But Hotaru isn’t a master of robotics just yet, and her pet project still has a long way to go before it’s ready to fly.

star 7.31
16 votes
We Cooked Rice at School

#31 - We Cooked Rice at School

Non Non Biyori Season 1 - Episode 8

Hotaru gets along with the Koshigaya family's next door neighbour, Konomi Fujimiya, whilst Komari laments that the two seem more grown up than she is. Later, Komari joins Hotaru and Renge in doing some sketching, where she ends up becoming a model for them. Afterwards, Konomi helps Komari and Natsumi make dried persimmons.

star 7.30
30 votes
We Went to Watch the Stars

#32 - We Went to Watch the Stars

Non Non Biyori Season 2 - Episode 2

A few days after transferring in, Hotaru and the others play a game in which they try to knock each other's rulers off a table. Later, Hotaru gets lost while walking her dog Pechi, but manages to get pointed back towards home thanks to Pechi's scent. Afterwards, Hotaru goes with Komari to watch the stars together, but run into trouble when their flashlight runs out of battery before they head back. Thanks to a wayward bottle cap Komari dropped, they soon manage to make their way back home.

star 7.26
19 votes
We Made a Snow House

#33 - We Made a Snow House

Non Non Biyori Season 1 - Episode 11

Due to a snowy blizzard, the girls end up having to spend the night at school, with Hotaru and Natsumi competing against each other to see who gets to sleep in a futon, eventually decided to just kick Kazuho out of hers. Later that night, Hotaru decides to check out the snow and see the starry night sky, leading to some misunderstandings from Komari and Natsumi. Later, on another snowy day, the gang decide to try their hand at skiing before building a snow house and having some hot food.

star 7.24
29 votes
I Ran Away from Home with My Sister

#34 - I Ran Away from Home with My Sister

Non Non Biyori Season 1 - Episode 3

The class goes on a school trip to help out in a rice field, where Natsumi and Komari end up getting stuck in the mud. Later that night, Komari gets frightened after seeing a scary movie, which is not helped by Natsumi. After getting into a fight with her mother, Natsumi runs away from home with Komari in tow and goes to her secret hideout. They eventually spot a cat that had put Natsumi in trouble in the first place, but leave her alone when they see she is feeding her family and eventually head home.

star 7.23
39 votes
I Became a Ghost and Tried Hard

#35 - I Became a Ghost and Tried Hard

Non Non Biyori Season 1 - Episode 6

Natsumi gets chewed out by her mother over her poor school grades whilst also trying to hide her poor test results from her. Afterwards, the girls visit Hotaru, who attempts to hide the vast number of handmade Komari plushies in her room. This ultimately fails, but she manages to pass them off as part of a school project. Later that night, the gang have a test of courage at the shrine, which proves a bit too much for Komari.

star 7.20
35 votes
We Tried Having a Cultural Festival

#36 - We Tried Having a Cultural Festival

Non Non Biyori Season 1 - Episode 9

Since the school doesn't hold cultural festivals, Natsumi suggests they hold their own and invite the alumni, including Kaede, Konomi and Hikage. At the festival, the girls run a café, hold an art exhibit and put on a play. However, they're play ends up being overwhelming and they end up slacking on food orders. They do eventually work together to prepare some food and have fun. Afterwards, Komari and Konomi help clean Natsumi's room, where they find a lot of old toys.

star 7.10
30 votes
A New Transfer Student Came

#37 - A New Transfer Student Came

Non Non Biyori Season 1 - Episode 1

Ichijou Hotaru has transferred from Tokyo to Asahigaoka Branch School due to her parents' work. But her new school only has five students, including herself! Ichijou Hotaru, the transfer from Tokyo; Koshigaya Natsumi, the moodmaker; Koshigaya Komari, the oldest of the girls; and Miyauchi Renge, the youngest with a unique sense of perception - the story of the lives these girls live in the quiet, sleepy countryside has begun!

star 7.02
59 votes
I Got Motivated During the Consecutive Holidays

#38 - I Got Motivated During the Consecutive Holidays

Non Non Biyori Season 2 - Episode 3

It's the day before Golden Week, and the students of Asahigaoka Branch School listen to the voice of their unmotivated teacher, Kazuho, as they take tests. Natsumi struggles the most with the tests, so the others help her study during the break. Then, during Golden Week, the students agree to do their holiday homework together, so Renge decides to do something about their lazy teacher before the others arrive...

star 6.94
16 votes