Even though Nourin was an extremely dumb light novel adaptation that tried to cash in on the popularity of agricultural school based life, it did have some moments that were hilarious, and the most memorable one was a overly dramatic spiel on the nature of panties by Kei (the bro character) in the first episode. It might not have been as educational as something from Silver Spoon or Moyashimon, but it was definitely
In the episode in question, Kousaku (our perverted main character) was trying to get ahold of a pair of panties belonging to Ringo, a former idol, much to the chagrin of the his childhood friend Minori. This childish fight is thankfully interrupted by the timely arrival of Kei. A philosopher at heart, he tests their understanding of what panties really are by asking them to pick out the best panties from a selection that he, for some reason, just happened to have.
It appears that Kousaku passed the test by pointing out that most of the panties on display can’t be considered panties since they weren’t worn, but Kei declares that he is wrong. The truth is that the value of panties lie in the fact that they are unseen, a revelation that leaves Kousaku shaken to his core.
After being consoled by Kei, he has an epiphany of his own about humanity and panties that restores his will to live.
I enjoyed this part of Nourin just for how seriously Kei treats the subject of panties, and the fact that I first watched this episode in a group setting definitely added to the entertainment value. The references to other series during this segment were also a nice touch, with both references to popular series like JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and fairly obscure ones like Musashi Gundoh. This entire scene was enough to make me watch the rest of the show, but nothing else (aside from possibly the vegetable selling competition episode near the end) came close to matching Kei’s philosophy of panties in terms of humor.