[Anime Review] Norn9 – When Anime can’t decide between story and romance…

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When anime can’t decide between story and romance… you get Norn9: Norn+Nonet.

That’s really everything that I can say about it.

*feels stares of anticipation at the back of her neck*

FINE! Want development? I’ll give you development! (not coming from Norn9, because it seriously had none). (Edit: not a decent one anyway) (Edit2: Not to say it was fairly painful) (Edit3: But not THAT bad anyway).

Episodes: 12
Aired: Winter 2016
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Kinema Citrus
Source: Otome Game

SynopsisThe story takes place a little in the future. Guided by one particular song, young elementary school student Suzuhara Sorata, from the Heisei Era, is warped through a time skip to an unfamiliar place that looks much like the towns from the Meiji or Taishou period from his textbooks. In this world, he meets three young ladies and nine young men and joins them on a journey aboard the mysterious Norn ship, a giant globe that floats in midair. (MAL)

Opening video:

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[NEWS] Norn9 first PV aired !

The video first debuted at this past weekend’s Animate Girls Festival in Tokyo.
While I’m pretty mesmerized by the sound of it, the quality of the animation seems slightly blurred when I go full screen. I don’t know if it’s just the video though, I’m expecting more than pretty sceneries here. However, I still can’t wait! The anime will air in January of next year.

[NEWS] Idea Factory Announces New Norn 9, Brothers Conflict Visual Novels

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Idea Factory‘s Otomate brand of games for female players announced 12 new visual novels at its Otomate Party 2015 event on Saturday and Sunday. The games include new games for Brothers Conflict, Norn9: Norn + Nonette, and Code: Realize ~Sōsei no Himegimi~. Idea Factory also began streaming promotional videos for 11 of the new games on Sunday.


The games include:
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[NEWS] Norn9: Norn + Nonette anime adaption upcoming

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Summary: While on a school field trip, child prodigy Sorata Suzuhara wanders off after hearing a mysterious song and blacks out. When he comes to, he finds himself in unfamiliar place, and soon encounters a girl who informs him that he’s currently in turn of the century Japan.
In order to help him get home, Sorata follows her to a ship that she’s waiting for but when it appears it is not a wooden sailing ship, but a round aircraft that flies using technology that is beyond Sorata’s imagination. Even stranger, he discovers that the other 12 passengers – 3 young women and 9 men – are all supposedly espers with special powers, and are on some kind of journey at the behest of a multinational entity only known as The World.”

This and the upcoming year will definitely be good ones for otoge anime adaptions. Norn9: Norn + Nonette is an otome game developed by Otomate and released by Idea Factory for the PSP and later ported to PS Vita. This otoge will also get a release in English this Fall from Aksys Games. PREPARE YOUR PS VITAs!

As an anime, I think there might be potential of being one of the most consistent otome game adaptions looking at the “style” of the game. Definitely be looking forward to it!