- Title: Barakamon
- Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life (MAL)
- Studios: Kinema Citrus, Diomedéa
- Episodes: 12 – 22min (Completed)
- Date: 6 July 2014 — 28 September 2014
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.
Barakamon is a light-hearted, amusing, interesting and wholesome anime that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. It delves into the lifestyle of a talented calligrapher to give us a perspective on life that may have eluded the common city-folk while they busy themselves with work — the appreciation of everything that happens around them. Following the story of Handa and his trivial interactions with the people of the village, you can’t help but be drawn into the pleasant story and its development. More than anything else that happened in the story, what truly grabbed my attention were the trivial ways the meaningful bonds develop between Handa and the villagers.
The characters are absolutely lovable and each have an identity that is unique from the other. The characters and their identities remind us that while we live our lives as the protagonist of our own stories, the people around us are protagonists of our story as well. Or to put it simply, people matter, and in Barakamon, they are what matters the most.
Should I watch Barakamon?
Barakamon is a wholesome slice-of-life anime. If you can appreciate your slice-of-life anime, then Barakamon will surely be among the best of its kind. Expect to be sieged by feelings of warmth and happiness as the characters and the narrative work together to bring a smile to your face. While generally heart-warming and endearing, the anime still takes us on an emotional ride. But don’t worry, you will still finish the show with a smile 🙂