Seishuu Handa is an up-and-coming calligrapher: young, handsome, talented, and unfortunately, a narcissist to boot. When a veteran labels his award-winning piece as “unoriginal,” Seishuu quickly loses his cool with severe repercussions. As punishment, and also in order to aid him in self-reflection, Seishuu’s father exiles him to the Goto Islands, far from the comfortable Tokyo lifestyle the temperamental artist is used to. Now thrown into a rural setting, Seishuu must attempt to find new inspiration and develop his own unique art style—that is, if boisterous children (headed by the frisky Naru Kotoishi), fujoshi middle schoolers, and energetic old men stop barging into his house! The newest addition to the intimate and quirky Goto community only wants to get some work done, but the islands are far from the peaceful countryside he signed up for. Thanks to his wacky neighbors who are entirely incapable of minding their own business, the arrogant calligrapher learns so much more than he ever hoped to. – My Anime List
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In spite of my praise, Barakamon isn’t the perfect show; near the end, it rushes towards what feels like a forced conclusion (given that the manga is ongoing) while introducing the only character I actively disliked, Handa’s mother, who does little besides physically assault her son to stop him from going back to Goto after he returns to the mainland for an exhibition. I thought a long time about the degree of damage these missteps did to the show, and I ultimately decided that while they feel a bit out of place, they don’t change my opinion: that Barakamon might just have been my favorite show of 2014. There’s a scene in the OP in which Naru starts to slide Handa’s door in order to come into his house, and while there’s nothing sad about this, I cried just about every time. It was because I was that happy to be seeing these characters again each time a new episode started.
There are very few other shows that manage to form such emotional connections between its characters. Connections that are not ankle-deep. Connections that permeate throughout the themes, and throughout the conflict – be it inner or otherwise. It’s hard to imagine a more ‘real’ set of characters. People who feel the things we do. People to whom we can relate with. This is what Barakamon is all about. It makes you feel whole whilst watching it. That’s something to treasure. To hold close.
The Outer Haven
I had to give this a 10, everything done here is perfect, from the story of a man trying to discover and return back to the feeling of having family or friends over, to the excellent character portrayal and character design. This is a definite watch for anyone and everyone, though I would recommend it to older audiences as they may be able to grasp the true feelings behind this wonderful Anime.
I would highly recommend that any of you who may be feeling similar, stop what you’re doing, and go watch Barakamon!
The entire anime does focus on calligraphy, but it is not centred around it. Instead, it focuses on the development of the main character and the process of how he finds the place where he belongs.
It’s a really fun anime to watch and I’d recommend this to anyone who just wants a show to relax and laugh with.
Kat’s Reviews And Writing
Barakamon is probably my favorite slice of life anime. It’s such a feel good show. The comedy is spot on and there’s real character growth with a good, relatable, plot. It’s laugh out loud funny and it doesn’t get old. What more can you ask for in a show?
This anime was amazing to watch, and it really fit the genre of a “Summer Anime.” Just being able to stay at home relaxing and watching this when it was released every week was something to look forward to! I introduced it to my friend recently, who hasn’t watched any anime completely, and he power-watched it in two days. He loved it and even made his computer background Barakamon-themed. Needless to say, watching Barakamon made me very happy.
Barakamon is one of those series that is simply charming from start to finish. It’s a rare series where it features kids that aren’t annoying as too many of them make me just want to turn the show off. Here, they’re fun, fairly realistic, and help to balance things. The premise for it is familiar enough and we know the journey that Handa will go through, but the execution by the production here is just near flawless with what it does. It’s fun, lighthearted, knows when to be serious, and has the right amount of “character” for its cast so that they’re believable and not outlandish. With great looking animation that this release brings through beautifully and a solid presentation with the dub and extras, Barakamon is the kind of show that just clicks and works perfectly in a way that you’d never expect.
If you’re looking for something that’ll slap a smile on your face and give you warm, fuzzy feelings inside, then Barakamon is an anime that you’ll want to check out. This story about finding love in your work and doing it for yourself, rather than for others, is one that’ll entertain you from beginning to end — the only problem is that you’ll be left wanting more! Barakamon’s prequel, Handa-kun, has an anime adaptation (by a different studio) but I hope that we see a continuation of the main work someday. If not, then at least we can read the manga in both physical and digital forms.
Anime UK News
On one level, Barakamon is the story of a young man’s journey to self-discovery and self-fulfilment as an artist. On another level, it’s a wry yet endearingly funny portrayal of his pratfalls as he attempts to adjust to a very different environment from the one he’s used to. True to the witty tone and pacing of the original (ongoing) manga, Barakamon is a Slice-of-Life anime that repays many viewings and makes ideal summer-time entertainment.
I highly recommend this anime to those who are fans of the slice-of-life genre and even to those who are not the typical demographic of this genre. Barakamon is a good place to start. I am pretty sure that everyone will like its simple story. As Handa says,
It’s a very clean brand of humor, which I both appreciate and find to be far to rare in mainstream entertainment. This story was obviously penned by someone who comprehends younger children, how they behave, and the mirthful nature of everything about them, including the hectic mess they bring into our lives. Between the children of varying ages and their grown-up counter-parts, there is almost never a lack of something to laugh about. It’s a realistic hilarity too, some parts juvenile and cute, some parts mature and complex, and all parts endearing.
Overall, this anime was something I definitely enjoyed, and many others have as well. The way each episode is structured and with how the characters are makes for 20 minutes of enjoyment every week.
Barakamon is an easy-going anime with plenty of touching moments, drama, and comedy. One minute you’ll find yourself literally laughing out loud, and a few minutes later you’ll be empathizing with a character as they are experiencing something that you’ve experienced in your life, and further on you’ll find yourself shedding a tear with these characters. Such is the ability of great storytelling with well-rounded characters that everyone can relate to. This is a true slice-of-life story with enough substance to leave you feeling fully satiated after the final episode.
J And J Productions
If you want to relax and have an enjoyable time with lovable characters and clever humor, Barakamon is the anime for you, and my pick for the second best anime of summer 2014.
I would definitely reccommend this to any anime watcher out there. I also think it would be a great anime to start someone off on anime if I were to introduce somebody else to the medium.
Articles Of Destroyer
Barakamon is a great anime with an inspirational message. Sure, some of the comedic scenes might go on a little too long, but that’s really just a minor thing in the long run. Handa’s journey from disgruntled calligrapher to a changed individual with his own style of work is amazingly done. The characters, especially Naru, are well developed and a lot of fun to have around. Oh, and the opening theme is one of the best.
Anime News Network
Barakamon isn’t deeply flawed, but its low-key slightness made it an easy-to-miss gem amongst the bigger and louder titles of each passing anime season. Whether it’s the lovely production design, gleeful sense of humor, or thoughtful meditations on how even “mediocre” art can affect creators, critics, and patrons alike, there’s a little something special about this deceptively simple show for folks of all strokes.
Daniel Sees Anime
I started watching this show because Handa-kun came out this season, but to be honest, I’m don’t see much of Barakamon in this prequel. The comedy feels somewhat forced and I find the lack of interesting characters really saddening. Is it going to be another slice-of-life comedy anime set in high school? ‘Cause I feel like that’s going to be boring.
My Anime List
As for the best anime of 2014, Barakamon is the winner in my eyes.
If you enjoyed series like Sweetness & Lightning or Bunny Drop (the anime, and the manga before the time skip), then Barakamon is a series worth considering. The manga version of Barakamon is currently published in North America by Yen Press, along with the prequel series, Handa-kun. The Handa-kun anime has also been acquired by Funimation Entertainment.
When i stumbled upon this anime i didn’t expect much of it since it was new and relatively unknown.But now,after i watched it,i am so glad that i found it.I had some spare time so i decided to watch it on weekend,but that plan was ruined because i ended watching it on a Friday night,a 12 episode marathon.This is a feel good anime that gets u hooked from episode one.Animation is quite good,and characters are extremely likable.I was smiling the whole way through,and there were loads of things in this anime that reminded me of my childhood.The story is described well in summary,so i won’t repeat that.I would recommend this anime to all,and believe me u wont regret watching it.
In short, highly recommended. It can be quite funny at times as well. But mostly, it manages to make me relax and bring a smile to my face without being insufferably boring, as most other shows I watch in this genre tend to do.
The Nihon Review
Barakamon is an anime that will leave you feeling warm inside, if not inspired. Sometimes a welcoming place filled with warm people is exactly what we all need to feel whole again.
‘Barakamon’ is a perfectly formed little series that is warm, fun and easy-going. It won’t shake your world but will be a nice addition to your anime collection and one to put on if you’re in the mood for some easy going, light entertainment with a real heart – and a kind of moralistic, life affirming tale to boot. Nice.
Barakamon is one of the good slice of life anime out there. I believe everyone can enjoy it. It’s lightly funny. It doesn’t have too much drama. The story is very well written. It has a somewhat deep psychological aspect to it. The story is about a famous calligrapher that’s trying to get inspired again. Each episodes he would experience something new which would help him grow as a calligrapher. Its one of the most delightful anime out there.
Ryuji Tatsuya’s Anime Review
Thanks to its great comic scenes and offbeat but perfectly executed theme, I rate this anime 7.5 out of 10.
There’s a good reason Barakamon is so well regarded; it’s a series filled with heart and charm that presents an idyllic world that is somewhat disappearing today – a simple, happy and wonderful story, mixing equal parts warm comedy and touching moments. There are just 12 episodes here but that feels just the right length to tell this story; it feels like a complete story that doesn’t need a sequel and especially not a prequel (which it received in manga form…) – just this.
An anime series that has a decent storyline that revolves around calligraphy, with clean and simple art style, and also pretty interesting characters – not the top notch, but is a very heart-warming and inspirational anime series regardless. May get a little too corny/cheesy for those who can’t stand those kind of things.
Two great shows that never quite blend together.