The story takes place a little in the future. Guided by one particular song, young elementary-schooler Sorata Suzuhara, from the Heisei Era, is warped through a time skip to an unfamiliar place that looks much like the towns from the Meiji or Taishō 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.

Title: Norn9
English: Norn9
Japanese: NORN9 ノルン+ノネット
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo
Release date:  January 2016 to March 2016
Status: aired.
Episodes: 12
Opening Theme:
Kazakiri” by Nagi Yanagi
Ending Theme:
Vid en Horisont” by Maria Andersson
Zero Tokei” by Kaori Oda
Review by: Tris

The summary is a lie. Those who have seen the anime, all know that of course but let me tell you why. From origin it’s an Otome game and the first chapter is being seen through Sorata’s eyes. After that first chapter you can choose a girl, Koharu, Mikoto or Nanami. All the three the girls have three guys for their route to choose from.

Now if we forget that summary what is the story all about? Let’s take away the otome part too, after all, most otome animes already have a route set. And personally the anime doesn’t need the romance. The story starts off with the main girl Koharu who was told to be ready around her 17th birthday and to wait for the ship that would take her and teach her more about her ability. She ends up with a group of people who all have a different ability and for some reason no-one wants to talk about it. Except Kakeru en Mikito, who always show their ability. I can’t blame Nanami here though.

The journey for these people is to reach The World and use their ability to reset the world. The history has learned that after the 4th world war, the Earth is dying. A few years later they find a way to create a machine called Aion. With the use of Aion they can reset the time and give humanity another chance to live without wars. Norn9 is happening in the Fourth reset. Things are changing. Sorata Suzuhara appears, who is the reincarnation of the creator of Aion. Natsuhiko fighting to stop Shiro Yuiga, who wants to start up the reset earlier and provides countries with weapons.

The development of the story goes slowly. Each episode tells a little bit more and the struggle not to feel frustrated by that is real. You want to know who the traveler is, you want to know why Natsuhiko wants to kill the people with abilities and why Shiro is trying to make reset happen earlier. But once you have the answer to that question, you want to know more about Aion, what happens with the reset? How did it start? And though these new questions appear, and make you feel frustrated, it’s a good thing. It’s a good frustration, it makes you keep watching, pay attention and also root for you favorite pairing. And here and there you want to hit Koharu out of naive otome frustration, but that’s part of the otome series… The anime even brings some tears to your eyes at the end, when Kakeru goes missing while he saves Koharu’s life.

As for the romance? I think they made good couples. Koharu and Kakeru are obvious, and annoying, also her other options are kinda meh. I mean Senri I could understand, as she is nice to him, so maybe that would be a thing. But Masamune? He is barely seen with her, and he is concerned about everyone.

Mikito and Natsuhiko. Yay perfect pair. It’s sad for Sakuya ofcourse who promised he wouldn’t love another woman, but it’s his own fault, trying to make out with her. I also think he would cage her in. So he deserves a happy ending, just not with her. The third male is Itsuki, who is more of a flirt than anything else. He is really cool but I also don’t see him with Mikito. Natsuhiko may be the bad guy at first, but he also lets Mikito enjoy adventures and she needs that kind of freedom, to explore things.

Nanami and Akito, this is the most troublesome pair, as of their past. Although I think if you play the game and pair Nanami with Akito you would get a very negative Nanami, similar to the anime as she thinks she deserve to get killed by Akito for what she once did. They learn to accept each other and what once happened during the fairy tale episode and realize their feeling. Of course it takes a few hordes for them, but it’s only natural. I really enjoy their coupling.

So if you haven’t seen the anime yet, or have a friend that enjoys burning down a otome anime, watch this one. Not because it’s bad, but because it’s rather good and completely opposite of, for example Diabolic Lovers.

Fun facts;
– Did you know that Sorata Suzuhara is the ancestor of both Natsuhiko Azuma and Nagisa Totonose (the female scientist).

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