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English: Handa-kun
Japanese: はんだくん


Type: Manga
Volumes: 7
Chapters: 34
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 12, 2013 to Sep 12, 2016
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Theme: School School
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Gangan
Authors: Yoshino, Satsuki (Story & Art)


Score: 7.681 (scored by 46634,663 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #16112
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #965
Members: 14,160
Favorites: 156

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Seishuu Handa is everything a high school boy could hope to be: handsome, smart, and a calligraphy genius. Though he is revered by the whole school, Handa is completely unaware of his popularity. Much to his best friend Takao Kawafuji's amusement, Handa is convinced that the admiration of his classmates is actually bullying. Unfortunately for him, every action he takes in order to avoid being "bullied" results in another student, be they model or delinquent, joining the ranks of the Handa worshippers.

Handa-kun illustrates the hilarious high school days of the young calligrapher and his ever-growing fanbase, even though all he wants is a quiet life.

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Handa-kun was published in English by Yen Press; digitally since July 21, 2015 and physically from February 23, 2016 to September 19, 2017.

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Aug 5, 2019
Pixeldrum (All reviews)
While I don't like giving high reviews often, this series really resonates with me. The comedy is great, and I find the premise of the plot to be extremely funny. Don't look too deeply into the plot, because this is of course a comedy.
All the characters play a role in the comedy. Their interactions and relations with each other are the reason why the story is so vibrant.
That's all, really. its a nice, funny, and amazing short read. You only need to just read the first chapter to see if it is worth your time.


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Dec 22, 2020
hexashadow13 (All reviews)
tl;dr: A high school comedy manga with only one type of comedy, but that uses that comedy really well.

Handa-Kun is a prequel to Barakamon, and though I haven't read the manga for Barakamon yet, I have watched the anime for both of these. Based on that, the connection between the two isn’t very significant beyond some superficial elements in terms of plot and characters, and the two series aren’t similar at all thematically, so the order in which they’re read doesn’t really matter. As such, I decided to watch the anime in release order, Barakmon and then Handa-kun, but with the manga since Handa-kun was read more
Dec 3, 2014
170life (All reviews)
Are you the type of person that is always paranoid about what others say about you? Fearful that everyone around you is gossiping about you? Well, you should totally read this manga! It never fails to make me laugh. That i can confirm.

Disclaimer: as of now i have only read 4 chapters of this manga so i dont really know if im eligible to write this review

STORY: 8/10
The story is simple. This is about Seishuu's high school life where he is oblivious about how popular he actually is. Instead, he takes the mumbling he hears and stares that he gets, as people badmouthing him. read more
Jan 5, 2016
UltimateAdrian20 (All reviews)
I really didn't want to be too harsh to this series, because honestly I think its alright for what it does, but the fact that this is a spin-off of an amazing manga rather than it's own thing really makes this manga less special than the concept allows it

Handa-Kun is a story of Handa-Seishu , a prodigy calligrapher who has a basic problem fitting in with the people around and his treatment with them and so hi-jinx ensues.If you didn't realize by now , this plot is eerily similar to its predecessor "Barakamon" .The difference being that instead of being treated a odd goofball read more

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