Satsuki Yoshino is the author and illustrator of the Japanese manga series Barakamon. It began serialisation in the February 2009 issue of Square Enix’s Gangan Online. The plot revolves around Seishu Handa, a calligrapher who relocates to the remote Goto Islands off the western coast of Kyushu, and his various interactions with the locals. Kinema Citrus’ anime adaptation aired in Japan between July and September 2014. The series has been licenced by Funimation for streaming and home video release. Yen Press announced in February 2014 that they had licenced Barakamon for English release in North America.
Barakamon Anime Synopsis
Seishuu Handa is a rising calligrapher who is young, handsome, talented, and, sadly, a narcissist. When a veteran calls his award-winning piece “unoriginal,” Seishuu loses his cool and suffers severe consequences.
Seishuu’s father exiles him to the Goto Islands, far from the comfortable Tokyo lifestyle the temperamental artist is accustomed to, as punishment and also to aid him in self-reflection. Seishuu must now try to find new inspiration and develop his own unique art style in a rural setting—that is, if boisterous children (led by the rambunctious Naru Kotoishi), fujoshi middle schoolers, and energetic old men stop barging into his house! The newest member of the small and eccentric Goto community just wants to get some work done, but the islands are far from the peaceful countryside he expected. The arrogant calligrapher learns far more than he could have imagined thanks to his eccentric neighbours who are completely incapable of minding their own business.
Barakamon Anime Info
- IMDB Ratings – 8.2/10
- Genres – Comedy, Slice of Life
- Season – 1
- Episodes – 12
- Status – Finished Airing
- Aired – Jul 6, 2014 to Sep 28, 2014
- Premiered – Summer 2014
- Duration – 22 min. per episode
- Rating – PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Barakamon Anime Characters
Handa, a 23-year-old master calligrapher, devotes his life to his craft. Sei is his given name. After punching a gallery curator for calling his calligraphy “boring,” “rigid,” “academic,” and “bland,” his father sends him to a small town in the Goto Islands to work on his calligraphy while awaiting his “banishment.” He is a typical childish and irritable adult. He’s also easy to frighten. The people of town’s village area affectionately refer to him as “Sensei.” As a teenager, he was equally popular among the boys and girls at his school, but he mistakenly believed that the majority of the school despised him when, in fact, he was idolised by others who misunderstood his methods based on interactions with him. He eventually learns the truth about his reputation and is disappointed to learn that his best friend has been teasing him the entire time. While Handa realised this, he was overwhelmed by his popularity.
Naru is a 7-year-old (6-year-old at the start) girl in her first year of elementary school; she lives alone on the Goto Islands with her grandfather. Her personality is exuberant, inquisitive, and childish. Every day, she goes to Handa’s house to play. She is typically reckless, thinking after she acts, as evidenced by the numerous times she disobeys Handa.
A 14-year-old middle school student with a boyish demeanour who befriends Tamako and Naru. Naru learned a lot of strange things from emulating her (mostly things she shouldn’t have known), for which Seishu chastised her. Back when Seishu’s house was the kids’ base, she made five copies of the key, one of which she lost in the hills behind his house.
A 14-year-old middle-schooler. She has been a fan of manga since childhood and has recently begun to pursue a career as a manga artist. Since Handa moved in, she has been struggling with her suppressed yaoi desires. She also has one of Seishu’s house keys.
The village chief’s son. He is a high school student who despises the fact that he is average in all aspects of his life, including appearance, grades, sports, and activities. He brings meals to Handa’s house and occasionally cooks for him. When he goes fishing with others, he aims for the hisanio or the striped beakfish. He also has one of Seishu’s house keys.
She is Naru’s best friend and an islander child. She is extremely shy and prone to crying, especially when dealing with strangers or when she is overjoyed. When she first met Handa, she burst into tears.
Naru’s friend and a boy with a buzzcut. He’s a hyperactive kid, just like Naru. He enjoys hunting for beetles and other insects. He gives Seishu a butt jab the first time they meet.
Tamako’s responsible younger brother. He loves gaming, and frequently watches his grandmother’s store for her.
Seishu’s friend and art dealer since middle school. He organises Handa’s calligraphy work and other requirements. He claims that he prioritises Handa because of his money-making abilities, but he genuinely cares about him.
A calligrapher in high school. He idolises Seishu and began calligraphy professionally after seeing one of his exhibitions. He won first place in a calligraphy competition that Handa entered. He’s generally polite, if a little effete, and he despises bugs.
Leader of the Handa Club, he initially despised Handa because he believed Handa was attempting to oust him as class rep. When Handa declines the job, Aizawa claims that he did so because he is deeply concerned about the feelings of others. Aizawa then relinquishes the position of class rep to Handa while accepting the vice class rep position and resolving to do Handa’s job anyway.
An attractive and popular student who was envious of Handa’s popularity and fans. When Handa shows him kindness (while mistaking him for a homeless person), he quits his modelling job and joins the Handa Club to be closer to Handa.
A large rather thuggish brute who was once an androgynous boy who was frequently picked on before becoming a truant in order to get stronger and succeed. He remained at home until he was visited by Handa, who unintentionally rescued him from a gang of thugs. Tsutsui was grateful and decided to return to school to devote himself to being Handa’s bodyguard and getting him to notice him. He joins the Handa Club, and of the four members, he is the only one who believes Handa is a strong man.
He is a typical young man in his second year of college. He is a member of the Handa Club, and he is the only normal member among the four because he is more rational than the others. As a result, Kondo is the only one who can fully comprehend Handa’s thoughts, while the others frequently pick on him. Because of his personality, he is the only one with whom Handa feels comfortable, despite the fact that he believes he is harassing him.
Bakaramon Anime Media
Barakamon’s serialisation began in the February 2009 issue of Square Enix’s Gangan Online. The first tankbon volume was released on July 22, 2009, and as of September 22, 2014, twelve volumes had been released. The seventeenth volume announced that the manga would end with the release of the eighteenth volume in December 2018. The series was licenced by Yen Press in February 2014, and the first volume was released on October 28, 2014.
Handa-Kun, a spin-off/prequel manga written and illustrated by Satsuki Yoshino, began serialisation in the November 2013 issue of Square Enix’s Monthly Shonen Gangan. It is set six years before Barakamon and focuses on Seishu’s life as a high school student. The first tankobon volume was released on June 21, 2014, and as of August 12, 2015, four volumes had been released. The spin-off concluded in the July 2016 issue of Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine, which was scheduled for release on June 11, 2016. The manga was later licenced by Elex Media Komputindo in 2017.
Kinema Citrus, an anime adaptation by the studio, premiered on July 5, 2014. The series has been licenced by Funimation for streaming and home video release. “Rashisa” by Super Beaver serves as the opening theme, and “Innocence” by NoisyCell serves as the closing theme.
On February 1, 2016, Square Enix’s Gangan Online website announced an anime television adaptation of the Handa-kun spin-off manga. It premiered on TBS and CBC on July 7, 2016, and later on MBS, BS-TBS, and TBS Channel 1. Yoshitaka Koyama directed the 12-episode series, which was produced by Diomedéa. The series’ scripts were written by Michiko Yokote, Mariko Kunisawa, and Miharu Hirami, while Mayuko Matsumoto designed the characters and Kenji Kawai composed the music. Fo’xTails performed the opening theme song, “The LiBERTY,” and Kenichi Suzumura performed the ending theme song, “HIDE-AND-SEEK.” Funimation has also licenced the series for streaming and home video release, and there are plans for a broadcast dub.
Barakamon Anime Episodes
Aired: Jul 6, 2014 (JST)
Aired: Jul 13, 2014 (JST)
Rice Cakes Thrown at Celebrations
Aired: Jul 20, 2014 (JST)
Men of the Island
Aired: Jul 27, 2014 (JST)
Going Swimming at the Beach
Aired: Aug 3, 2014 (JST)
The Guys from Tokyo
Aired: Aug 10, 2014 (JST)
An Expensive Fish
Aired: Aug 17, 2014 (JST)
Buddhist Chanting and Dancing
Aired: Aug 24, 2014 (JST)
Was Almost Seriously Injured
Aired: Sep 7, 2014 (JST)
Let’s Go Together
Aired: Sep 14, 2014 (JST)
I Am in Tokyo
Aired: Sep 21, 2014 (JST)
Happy Yer Home
Aired: Sep 28, 2014 (JST)
People Also Ask
Is Barakamon worth watching?
In all honesty, Barakamon is the winner of this season for me. It manages to do such a good job of showing beautiful moments of one life experience. I consider Barakamon to be one of my favorite shows of all time. It may be a bit of an outrageous anime at times, but it is certainly more than meets the eyes of its fans
Is Barakamon age appropriate?
Rating: G. Age range: 12 years and older.
Has Barakamon ended?
On Tuesday, the 17th compiled book volume of Satsuki Yoshino’s Barakamon revealed that the manga’s 18th compiled book volume will be the final. The final volume will be available on December 12th. In 2009, Yoshino published the manga in Square Enix’s Gangan Online magazine.
Is Handa-Kun and Barakamon related?
Handa-kun is a 2016 anime produced by Diomedea that is based on the manga of the same name. The anime follows the son of the events of Barakamon, detailing his life and high school days.
Will there be Barakamon Season 2?
In terms of the next season, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see a direct sequel to ‘Barakamon,’ owing to the developers’ preference for spin-off series over sequels.
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