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Japanese: ばらかもん
English: Barakamon
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 20
Chapters: 150
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 22, 2008 to Jul 12, 2023
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Themes: Childcare Childcare, Iyashikei Iyashikei, Visual Arts Visual Arts
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Gangan
Authors: Yoshino, Satsuki (Story & Art)


Score: 8.441 (scored by 1161411,614 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1872
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #408
Members: 40,431
Favorites: 1,417

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Volume 1


Seishuu Handa is considered a prodigy in the calligraphy world. However, he is extremely narcissistic about his work, and when a senior curator dismisses his award-winning piece as conventional and bland, he loses his cool, leading to potentially career-ending repercussions.

After seeing his son's immaturity, his father⁠—also a master calligrapher—sends Handa to a village in the Goto Islands as punishment. Deprived of city comforts, Handa moves into a house in the local village with the sole intention of spending his stay engrossed in calligraphy. However, the house he has moved into was previously the hideout for some rambunctious children, headed by Naru Kotoishi, who are unwilling to move out. Furthermore, the neighbors seem very interested in the calligrapher, who they see as an amusing oddity!

Despite Handa having been uprooted from his comfortable lifestyle, his experiences with the village and its people will teach him things about himself, life, and calligraphy.

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Barakamon has been published in English by Yen Press since October 28, 2014 and digitally since February 24, 2015.

The manga was adapted into a live-action TV series in 2023.

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Feb 17, 2021
tl;dr: A manga about someone completely out of their element that starts off strong with good character growth, but that gets less interesting as they get more used to their environment and their character arcs results in them being less amusing.

This manga is about a calligrapher, Handa, that has an overtly strong sense of pride despite being completely incompetent at everything despite calligraphy and who isn’t very considerate of others which results in various issues. To combat this, he is forced to live in a small village on a rural island, where due to the change in environment as well as how everyone in the ...
Jul 27, 2022
Barakamon was a manga that was recommended when I was looking for stuff similar to Yotsuba&, and is likely the manga I've most enjoyed reading so far. It follows the MC who is working towards becoming a calligrapher, following in the footsteps of his famous father. After a failed show, Handa Seishu moves to a remote island to attempt to seclude himself in his studies. There, Handa begins to open up to the community around him, and his experiences bleed into his work, bringing more life and flavor to his work as a calligrapher.

The easiest manga for me to recommend to anyone. Story and cast ...
Aug 6, 2013
Preliminary (22/150 eps)
Er, this is my first review but here goes.
When I first saw this manga I was reluctant to read it cause I didn't think it would be interesting since it had calligraphy which I think is boring and a cliche setting of a new guy in town.
But after reading the first few chapters I realized that I enjoy this manga quite a lot since it has some very funny scenes and has a semi-original story/setting about how a guy who is good at what he does but not the best so he goes to some random place and finds inspiration.

Anyway the art is very ...

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