– Watched 2015
Disclaimer: These are my own opinions. If someone disagrees, feel free to comment with your own.
Barakamon is one those special animes which warms you though and makes you what to laugh, cry and yell at the same time. This anime has no aliens or supernatural elements. What it does have is an 8 year old girl who loves nothing more than to get into trouble and have fun with her friends. Naru is a bundle of sunshine and mischief and the people of the town love her for it.
So who is the main character of this anime? That honour belongs to a Handa Seishuu. A young but talented calligrapher who has been banished from Tokyo for punching a famous calligrapher by his father. Handa Sensei is 23, the calligrapher was like 70? Not a cool thing to do at all. The calligrapher had criticized one of Handa’s pieces as “Academic”. Basically for those of us who are not calligrapher nerds, his work looks like its been typed by a computer with no emotion.
While on the islands, Handa is supposed to focus more on his calligraphy to find his own style. Handa, who is fondly called Sensei by most of the island’s inhabitants, ends up gets swept away with the everyday goings on of a small island community. Naru is his main thorn/ inspiration but there is a whole set of loveable characters. The children of the town bring Handa back to live in more ways than one.Giving him a new view on things and that much needed kick up the ass to discover how to make the art he truly wants.
Barakamon is not an action anime. Not a lot happens. But it is there is something very subtle which makes you fall in love with this anime. The feelings they all share and the changes they go through.
Its Platinum for me.I don’t think I have ever watched another slide of life anything like this.