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English: Barakamon
Synonyms: Barakamon
Japanese: ばらかもん


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 6, 2014 to Sep 28, 2014
Premiered: Summer 2014
Broadcast: Sundays at 02:20 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Kinema Citrus
Source: Web manga
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.461 (scored by 193,734 users)
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Ranked: #1282
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Popularity: #178
Members: 363,446
Favorites: 8,166


Both have the adult main character growth led by the children surrounding them. Although Usagi Drop feels more dramatic, while Barakamon is more subtle to send a message to the viewers. Both are excellent slice-of-life anime and with great character development. And the feels. 
report Recommended by Rootz
Suddenly, the hero(ine) decided to move to countryside to break free from the hustle and the bustle of everyday city life. Comedy may not be both of strong points of the series however, the country environment is enough to make you relax.  
report Recommended by lightningfalcon
Both young girls are lively Both younger voice actors Both main males are fatherly like towards female characters both girls have no mother in their lives Both very moe and good story/plot 
report Recommended by SleepyNeptune
If the similarity in character design wasn't enough, Udon no Kuni gives me the same fluffy vibes that Barakamon did. The protagonists are trying to find themselves under their own circumstances and then a young child/(or tanuki, in Udon no Kuni) enters their lives. Both series have a very similar feel and I highly recommend watching one if you have watched the other.  
report Recommended by Hinami
Slice of life series with a taste of realism. Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon) and Barakamon shares a number of similarities. The main male protagonist is abruptly thrown into a new environment where he isn't used to. In the beginning, they cope with their new living conditions. However through experience, they are able to earn the respect of other characters he meets. The relationship dynamics are perhaps the most important element as the MC blends in with others while developing his own character. Recommended for all ages especially those seeking a realistic slice of life. 
report Recommended by Stark700
Similarities: Both involve the same plot where MC gets to be in the company of oddballs. Both also involve MC living by himself and getting annoyed by the people he lives with. Dissimilarites: The MC in one anime is a high schooler, while the MC in the other anime is a grown up.  
report Recommended by Nasty001
Both anime has - an older guy slowly becoming protective and caring over a little girl - pure, innocent humour - a little girl making the daily life of an older guy more fun and interesting - slice of life and daily life genre 
report Recommended by Niteshade
Both is Slice of life ,you can enjoy watching the main character develop and the little girls in both are so cute in many ways :3  
report Recommended by Aya_Mugiwara
The setting of the two shows is rather different, but they both have that really strong "feelgood aura" to them. They are both really, really sweet, and full of emotions. They pick you up after a bad day and leave you with good feelings. 
report Recommended by d388
Serious main characters with quirks that are surrounded by strange individuals. Both shows have a laid-back cheery feel inspired by small town island life 
report Recommended by naivish
Chillax rural series with adorable country life titbits and small children who act like small children (they're even voiced by small children in Barakamon), and everyone else having designs that more or less fit their age. Both shows are about the someone moving into the countryside to train in their craft/trade. Barakamon is the more drama heavy of the two and has a faster pace and fittingly it's set on a sunny island in the south, whilst Flying Witch is set high up in cold, cold Aomori. Watch for warm and fuzzy countryside feelings (: 
report Recommended by Lemon
Both are cute feel-good animes with happy children goofing around and having the time of their lives, If you're feeling a little bit down these are good to watch 
report Recommended by Snajsmaster
Both series are about a by-the-book artist opening up and becoming more creative. In Barakamon, it's by moving to the countryside and meeting people there. In Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, it's by meeting another artist. 
report Recommended by sorata861
Lighthearted slice of life shows about professionals in their early twenties, at the top of their field but also stuck in a slump/downward spiral; the shows do detail their respective downfalls, but it's more about their redemption, and how they proceed to find inspiration and motivation again through the help of others, learning more about themselves along the way. Both deal with a pretty serious and anxiety-inducing theme, it's presented in a mature way with minimal melodrama. Positive and uplifting shows that leave you warm and fuzzy inside. 
report Recommended by Lemon
Both explore heartwarming relationships between adults and children. Has a similar style of comedy. 
report Recommended by PsyChOo
Both are gut busting comedy series with heart and a large cast of unique characters that bounce off each other wonderfully. Both also have small romantic sub-plots (although Shojo Nozaki-kun relies more heavily on jokes involving romance) and surprisingly both are light hearted with next to no fanservice. 
report Recommended by TheMidnightWolf
Both of these series protagonist are fairly similar -Both grow and learn to enjoy life -younger people help protagonist grow Both easy watches Difference, -Barakamon's mc is probably more far gone -Relife contains some supernatural elements But overall have similar feelings, great main and supporting cast and both make you feel good  
report Recommended by EliasRock
same main charcter as handa-kun but barakamon is way more better than handa-kun no fanservice no lolis or traps or anything like those nice comedy and a great slice of life anime 
report Recommended by blend-s_is_trash
I did not expect both of these shows to be so funny, peaceful and smart, considering initial silly setups. These shows has only one or two slip-ups, but they hold up very, very well. I like how Demi-chan walks on the edge of teacher-student relationship without falling. Hopes up for season 2. Meanwhile, Barakamon is very similar to Demi-chan, but without magic. Somehow brings internal peace about things that are going on in the show. 
report Recommended by DronEll
There are some similarities about main characters. They are young adults, don't like spending time with people and got many psychological and creavtiveness problems. Characters also changes through the anime. 
report Recommended by windowsmemphis
I'm only 2 episodes in but it's this warm familiar feeling that immediately made me check if they were by the same studio (which they are). Chihayafuru made me feel good. Barakamon makes me feel good. It's as simple as that. 
report Recommended by Evutal
The male leads both: - were famous/respected in the past but certain events changed that - are sent to a less-populated place that they don't want to be in - have a lot of character development over the series - meet new people who have completely different backgrounds to them - are kind of similar in age - are narcissists The plot, or, since Barakamon doesn't have much of a plot, the main idea of the story is similar. The MC gets sent to some random place that's completely different from what they're used to, and have to adapt to their new (and very interesting) friends/neighbors. The main difference between these two  read more 
report Recommended by toblynaruto
The main characters in both series are similar. Gintoki and Handa are adults who I find really alike. They take care of people younger than themselves, like how Gintoki gave Kagura a place to live and Handa entertaining Naru. These two series give off almost the same aura, feelings, and atmosphere. The story is also set in Japan for the both of them. Comedy is something that isn't lacking in any of the mention anime. Moreover, the life lessons in these anime is the real deal. I truly believe that Gintama and Barakamon are good anime to watch. 
report Recommended by animehime13
The whole atmosphere is similar. Both series are full of jokes and cute stuff. They also have that character development thing... but main similar thing is humour style. In both series I enjoyed every single moment and wanted to make a gif :) 
report Recommended by xALEXx
Both shows are set in rural Japan, strong in comedy and gives a light-hearted feeling. Each story focuses on one main topic, Barakmon on calligraphy and Dagashi Kashi on candy. 
report Recommended by JesssJournal
I believe both anime are incredible similar both in genre (comedy, every day life) and in the story. In both of them a young man from the city is forced to live in an environment he isn't used to, in a smaller, more closed and tied community, interact with many people, learn to enjoy the little things in life, find his true self and mature. Great humour is guaranteed as well as some life lessons from another, more simple and laid back point of view in life. 
report Recommended by MimisMan
Both are slice of life comedies which include a serious artist who take themselves too seriously having their life turned upside down by eccentric characters. The artist then becomes better at what they do as they learn about life and what is really important in life. Both have a focus on friendship. 
report Recommended by Paulwillson26
A young man has to take care of a small girl. Naru and Yuzuyu's character design are similar. 
report Recommended by pinkarray
Although Barakamon is not a love story but both is very cute, funny and have a happy feeling as you watch them. If you liked Ore Monogatari i think you will love Barakamon too!  
report Recommended by KissDorka
Although they are not similar in content; the relaxing feeling you gain from watching both of these series are just amazing. Both are definitely worth watching if you are looking to watch something laid back, although Barakamon is more heavy in detail towards the story compared to Yuru Camp 
report Recommended by Arukuto
If you want to see something hilarious and don't mind if the story isn't a major point of the series, then you should check out this one ,too. Both show exceptionell interesting/unique characters and relations between those without too much of a great sheme in terms of development, but a great deal of jokes and mood raising stories. The art and music in both seems decent so you should be able to enjoy it. 
report Recommended by Review_Reaper
Both of these TV series are from the slice of life genre and focus on family and family-like relations between the characters. They also include Japanese traditions: mythology (in Uchouten Kazoku) and calligraphy (Barakamon).  
report Recommended by Ceresia
Both are slice-of-life shows with an emphasis on the countryside and friendly communities. Barakamon is about a young adult adapting to this new environment and discovering his love for the people he meets, while Locodol is about a group of high school girls who promote their town and interact with the locals. Both shows have a warm atmosphere and also some comedy. If you want to feel good and have a smile on your face, I'd definitely recommend these shows. 
report Recommended by ccorn
Both contains main girl character who had lost their parents and the main male lead try to act as their guardian and take care of them. They both contains man girl character as a little kind who are a little perverted But always help out the main male character whenever they are in serious trouble and in need of compassion. the main male character learns how to take care of a kid. Both lovely and somewhat emotional but will make you laugh out load. 
report Recommended by future_dose
-Slice of Life with more adults (including MC) -Work is a big theme -Shirobako has a complete adult cast while Barakamon has an even amount of adults and kids 
report Recommended by Gabes108
Both anime are set in rural Japan. Handa and Kokonotsu are surrounded by bunch of unique characters who always support them no matter how harsh life for them. The main difference is Barakamon is about calligraphy, while Dagashi Kashi is about sweets & candy. 
report Recommended by renzospark
Both have a lot of comedy and really strange situations which make it a little ridiculous but hilarious  
report Recommended by freizel
Good comedy animations need to be exalted, I think it is highly recommended to take a look at Ansatsu Kyoushitsu after finishing Barakamon. 
report Recommended by Moddrin
Both are great slice of life anime and give a good time to chill out 
report Recommended by pranaynighukar
Both have MCs taking care of a group of children, though in Gakuen Babysitters it's toddlers and in Barakamon it's 5-15 year olds. Both have a older brother dynamic between the MC and the children Both are overall light comedies with an occasional serious note  
report Recommended by Meg_Guzman
Comedies set in small towns~ NieA Under 7 is set in the suburbs and Barakamon in the countryside though. Slice of Life and characters interacting with each other in their daily life adventures, mainly fighting about things and ending up in funny situations. 
report Recommended by Faylicia
Slice of life anime Both have a relaxed pace and are character driven stories. 
report Recommended by SylveonQueen
Both elicit memories of silly moments in childhood. Barakamon actually focuses on the adult as the centerpiece and has a small overarching plot, whereas Mitsuboshi Colors strings together many small adventures the little girls have. 
report Recommended by Nawaal11
Both series are a slice of life. If you are looking for a bigger plot and deep story they are not the stories you are looking for. Both Barakamon and Tamako Market are series in which your faith in humanity will be restored. They will make you happy, from the beginning until the end. They are funny and heartwarming. 
report Recommended by MisaoAino
Both are heartwarming slice-of-life shows about a man's interactions with a group of children. They also both have decent humor. Hanamaru Youchien focuses more on cuteness while Barakamon has more of a plot as well as character growth. 
report Recommended by ccorn
Both have mc about the same age, and with similar condition, the comedy feel is similar to each other, i really recomend both of this anime 
report Recommended by Felixford
If you're skilled in the arts of language then you'll find both shows enjoyable, as the written word is the basic element of these shows. "Fune wo Amu" puts emphasis on definitions and alternative meanings of words, while the main character in "Barakamon" is occupied with their curves and their forms - as he's a calligraphy artist. Compared to light, sunny and quite funny "Barakamon", "Fune wo Amu" is a little heavier, which fits perfectly the fact that it's about the creation of dictionary -and, you know, dictionaries tend to be thick volumes. All in all, if words make you happy, your linguistic taste will  read more 
report Recommended by drwatchon
Both anime are very innocent and refreshing, they both use the relationship between an adult and a kid as their main focus. Both anime contain extremely good life lessons and are filled with heart-warming moments. And even though the plots are very different, the feeling you get after watching them is really similar.  
report Recommended by CatoChyan
Comedy based, barakamon has better character development for the main lead along with a very good story, in terms of comedy I can`t decide between the two but in terms of story it`s barakamon Hands down... both are slice of life and both are really enjoyable 
report Recommended by setogirl2
A clean start is always welcoming, whether it's due to family matters or other acts. 'Barakamon' has a slice of life setting that is both funny and refreshing to watch, it puts a smile on your face at moments when you least expect it. 'Nagasarete Airantou' puts the focal point on comedy and chick magnet, but still keeps the fun going with adequate character relationships along the way.  
report Recommended by ShanaFlame
- Set in a small village in the country side, with lots of nice details of country life and different accents/dialects (Okayama for Battery and Gotou islands for Barakamon). - Prickly and ill-mannered, but ultimately talented protagonist (Barakamon details the events directly after such a person's fall from grace, whereas Battery is about the start of their pursuing their activity of choice). - Small child actually voice by a small child! Barakamon is a warm, fuzzy, feel-good sort of show with plenty of funny and cute moments despite the drama; whereas Battery is very heavy and makes for uncomfortable viewing at times because it doesn't gloss over flaws.  read more 
report Recommended by Lemon
Though, Kure-nai is more of an action anime, it still has a guy with a fighting spirit who has to take care of a small girl who's cute as a button. 
report Recommended by pinkarray
I'm kinda surprised nobody has recommended this yet, to tell the truth. I feel like Barakamon is the spiritual sucessor to Moyashimon, and the name is only the beginning of similarities. Both stories are "slice of life" of sorts, that happen in rural places, involving young adults. While in Barakamon the main character moves from the city to the countryside, so to speak, in Moyashimon the character moves from the countryside to the city. Both rely heavily on comedy, and the comedy is similar - although Moyashimon is a bit more sexualized than Barakamon - since both make fun of everyday ocurrences with a bit of  read more 
report Recommended by idol
Nostalgia inducing piece of work with great attention to detail when it comes to life/childhood in the countryside. 
report Recommended by Lemon
Feel-good shows about talented people working their way out of a rut in their career/work/life/hobby with the help of people around them. Finding inspiration and motivation from the outside, and learning more about themselves in the process. One is about an early 20s calligrapher in a rural seaside village in the modern day, and one is a schoolgirl writer in late-Showa Tokyo.  
report Recommended by Lemon
Both these shows are kind of slice-of-lifey, but they have much more story/character than most such shows. They both meld comedy and drama together perfectly. 
report Recommended by Volbla
Both have characters that are thrown in a new environment. (Coming from the city to the countryside) Both are about character growth. In Hanasaku, it's also more of a coming of age story, but it's also similar in that it's about taking lessons from those around. Both have moments where the character is learning new things Finally, I think that both of these animes left me with the same happy feeling. Although the characters sometimes go through difficult moments, they can go through them with the help of those around them and grow from it.  
report Recommended by darksstars
Both titles include light hearted comedic leads that well embody the annoying younger sister (Umaru and Naru) and responsible older brother (Taihei and Seishuu) archetype to put up with their constant harassment. 
report Recommended by bitchoujosama
Both have MC-s that are good at arts. In Bakuman MC is good at drawing manga and in Barakamon MC is good at calligraphy. Because of their interests they meet with new people. Both MC-s very love what they are doing and overwork even. Also both MC-s have a rival - In Bakuman it's Niizuma and in Barakamon it is Kanzaki, both are young geniuses or so to say. Both are trying hard to get better and looking for more inspiration. 
report Recommended by Luminazvi
If I have to think about a series similar to this, the first link forms between Asatte no Houkou and Barakamon. I haven't watched that much from the slice of life genre, but these two both feature a warm relationship between a grown man and a little girl, and the pace of the story remains as warm and peaceful. Overall relaxing to watch, and makes one smile. 
report Recommended by DenpaOnna
Both shows demonstrate a great interaction between adult and a child. If you want to see how they overcome the age barrier, this is a show for you.  
report Recommended by ExTemplar
This series have the same kind of pace and feel to them without being historical or mystic. Just a feel good slice of life, but it really has the same kind of calmness as Mushishi and Natsume.  
report Recommended by Lady0905
Even though Barakamon has a bit more plot, rather than being a pure comedy, I kind of got the same nice relaxing feel from Tanaka-kun as I did Barakamon. They're both about slowing down, the kind of feel that can be much needed in this day and age, where everything has to happen now and here. They both set a relaxing pace and makes you appreciate the small things. 
report Recommended by Symphonima
Both are calm slice of life shows with some comedy and references to pop culture and to other anime. Both feature a lot of different characters with different personalities. 
report Recommended by InazumaBest
I get the same feeling from this two--the family and comedy atmosphere. I think, if you like any of the two, I can guarantee that you'll like the other one as well. One is slice-of-life, while the other is fantasy-historical genre. 
report Recommended by binsu
Okay, they are not that similar, since My Neighbor Totoro is more like a fantasy/adventure movie, while Barakamon is a slice of life/comedy. But both of them have a very light atmosphere which helps to reduce stress. Also, the two animes take place in the countryside and have, as one of the protagonists, a little girl who is very cute and highly curious, and brings troubles to the other protagonist of the story.  
report Recommended by Mindshelter17
Barakamon and Nichijou are similar shows in terms of what genre each show are a part of, both being slice of life and comedy. Both have amazing art, Nichijou being a completely unique art style and Barakamon just having "Those scenes"; the ones that make you sit in awe. However aside from both having the effect of putting a smile on your face from how cozy and humorous their story can be at times, that is where the similarities end. Barakamon was produced during the summer season of 2014 with 12 episodes, animated by Kinema Citrus (A fairly new studio). Where as Nichijou was produced  read more 
report Recommended by ChickenBlocker
umm full of humer and one of the main characters in nijiiro is very similar to the main character in barakamon .... Both are slice of life and the colors and stuff give of a very similar feeling ... barakamon has no romance though so don`t expect romance in that one 
report Recommended by setogirl2
These two shows are similar in their adorable-ness, to be frank. Both are colourful and fun to watch, and hold a sort of brainless entertainment that is quite often very valuable. Both shows are completely episodic as well, so you can pretty much jump into them from anywhere (with the possible exception of some handy exposition in the first episodes). The main difference is that Barakamon focuses prominently on Handa, whereas Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka focuses on a variety of characters for each episode. 
report Recommended by Kaboom_07734
If you enjoy the light, fun moments this series have, this has something for you. Only one of these does go through the rabbit hole that is depression, or peer, work pressure. But both have light, feel-good moments with some profound messages hidden behind a cute smile. Both are healing shows through and through. 
report Recommended by --d41