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Japanese: はんだくん
English: Handa-kun
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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: 7.601 (scored by 54075,407 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #22372
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1114
Members: 16,436
Favorites: 159

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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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Dec 22, 2020
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 ...
Aug 5, 2019
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.


need more words to post a review apparently ...
Jul 8, 2016
Preliminary (26/34 eps)
I made this account just to review Handa-kun. This is my first review, so I may not express myself clearly.

The manga is by no means bad, but when compared to the original that this is based off of, then Handa-kun falls a bit short/

Barakamon was funny, heart warming, and realistic. It focuses mostly on the relation of Handa and Naru. It was a master piece that i will give 10/10 after this review, but that's not the point here.

You've probably already read the summary, and think this will be a great comedy, and it is. Its so funny, that I reread it a couple times. ...

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