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Japanese: はんだくん
English: Handa-kun
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2016 to Sep 23, 2016
Premiered: Summer 2016
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:58 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Diomedéa
Source: Manga
Genre: ComedyComedy
Themes: SchoolSchool, Visual ArtsVisual Arts
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.351 (scored by 135403135,403 users)
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Ranked: #24492
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Popularity: #811
Members: 300,677
Favorites: 885

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Hated by everyone around him, Sei Handa goes about his high school life regarded as an outcast—or at least that is what he believes. In reality, Handa is the most popular student on campus, revered by all for his incomparable calligraphy skills, good looks, and cool personality. However, due to an endless series of misunderstandings, Handa perceives the worship he receives from his legions of fans as bullying, leading the school's idol to shut himself off from the rest of his classmates.

But distancing himself from his peers does not deter them from adoring him; in fact, his attempts at drawing attention away from himself often end up unintentionally converting even the most skeptical of students into believers. Fashion models, shut-in delinquents, obsessive fangirls, and more—none can stand against the brilliance that is Sei Handa.

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Opening Theme

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"The LiBERTY" by Fo'xTails

Ending Theme

"HIDE-AND-SEEK" by Kenichi Suzumura

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Oct 11, 2023
Loved it. Characters are hilarious in their own way. Handa is adorable. Not much going on story wise, but that doesnt take away the enjoyment. I got a few laughs out of it. It's a chill, funny anime.

Oh oH The ending song rocks! I could never skip it! Now it is in my favs anime song list.

Art is fine, average design, but good enough. Some of the characters were actually pretty peculiar.

Would've loved "Handa" to realise sooner that he was the star so he could enjoy having friends. It broke my heart sometime when he felt lonely. I'm heading to Barakamon again, to watch ...
Oct 8, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Reason for watching: Barakamon was really good, I had hopes for this "prequel"

TL;DR: Forget about Barakamon, the only thing here that is connecting them is the main character. Even with that said, this is a comedy that is difficult to appreciate with its awkward and over the top "jokes" storylines (at least for me, 80% of the comedy moments are forced and cringey)

I don't know what story there is in this anime, true to the heavens. This is a show that is definitely not in alignment with Barakamon in terms of story concept, story execution, and morals/meanings. Is basically a whole different genre. This is ...
Oct 12, 2019
in my opinion, the worst thing a comedy can be isnt being "unfunny", its being boring. thats exact what handa-kun is.

i should start off by saying that i only watched handa-kun because i wanted to watch something akin to sakamoto desu-ka and danshi koukousei no nichijou, which are two animes that are really good at not only executing the jokes/visual gags, but also being generally entertaining and engaging. so coming into handa-kun, i came in pretty unbiased but from what ive heard about barakamon, i had high hopes.

story (3/10): there really is no story. every episode revolves around the main premise of the anime ...

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