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Japanese: ばらかもん
English: Barakamon
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 18
Chapters: 135
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 22, 2008 to Jan 10, 2019
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Themes: Childcare Childcare, Iyashikei Iyashikei, Visual Arts Visual Arts
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Gangan Online
Authors: Yoshino, Satsuki (Story & Art)


Score: 8.441 (scored by 1018810,188 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1592
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #397
Members: 35,497
Favorites: 1,320

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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.

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Feb 17, 2021
hexashadow13 (All reviews)
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 read more
Aug 6, 2013
Mahiro-Petto (All reviews)
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 read more
Mar 21, 2018
katsumeko-kun (All reviews)
Barakamon is a slice-of-life style manga that has grown into its own from its creation a little over 9 years ago.

I love this manga in its simplicity, originality, light-heartedness, and the specialized passion within each of its characters.

While the bulk of this manga centers on Seishu Handa, a calligrapher trying to find his own way, there is adequate time to give every character around him depth and their own life besides their relationship with him. Every character is given a chance to grow and change in ways that I have seen other mangas push aside or assign to a single chapter.

Throughout the read more
Aug 11, 2016
RioAl (All reviews)
This manga was serialization in gangan online and Yoshino Satsuki as author.Now this manga still airing at vol 14 on Japan.This manga also got an anime adaptation on summer 2014 and get high success in my opinion

The story is about young calligrapher Handa Seishu that punching old-famous calligrapher only because his critics on his calligraph.And his punishment is exiled to rural island named Goto Island.As someone who has never lived outside of a city,we can see how Handa adapt with rural island neigbours,different between city and rural lifestyle, etc.And that make it special is the manga are filled by heartwarming and some moral value besides read more

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