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.
I started the series enjoying Sei Handa's high school days until it became of a drag. However the concept was interesting enough for me to give it a 7/10, and here's why.
Handa-kun is a spin off of a hit manga Barakamon, giving us a look into the daily life of the protagonist of aforementioned work, Sei Handa. There’s no plot to speak of, though perhaps I could mention what Handa himself considers a harsh adventure, the journey to finding friends, as what drives some of the chapters forward.
The art is not out of this world. It’s a style that I’m indifferent to. It
does enough to get the characters’ emotion across and I was fine with that.
The characters were great. Frankly speaking many of them are psychos, conveniently interpreting Handa’s response to the way that suits them. How they can’t perceive that Handa hated them all along(or for most chapters) after 34 chapters is beyond me, but even that is part of what makes the series funny. Handa’s the main character, he’s good at calligraphy and my god he’s dense. His apparent lack of ability to read others' emotion is what frustrates me a lot but at the same time make me laugh. Around him there’s the typical class representative who follows Handa like a dog and likes to organize the “Handa Army”, a punk that sees wimpy Handa in a manly light, and a former model who considers Handa his “fashionista buddy” and a very ordinary guy(like Hiroshi from Barakamon) that somehow keeps hanging out with the weirdos. They are all weird in their own ways and to me it’s unnatural that Handa hasn’t noticed that all the classmates admire/like him AND the classmates can’t see the fact that none of their feelings are reaching out to him, instead making him distance himself even more from others. But it doesn’t matter. It’s a comedy. There is no need for characterization, and it doesn’t matter how unnatural the situation is as long as it makes me laugh.
The problem though, is that’s all they do. It just follows a typical pattern of
1. His main classmates doing something that makes him hate them even more
2. Handa kun unintentionally making people fall in love with him from the most unnatural circumstances
And gradually it starts to become a bore. It makes me think, did the author get greedy with this sequel and prolong it needlessly? Still, I got my satisfaction, and a solid 7/10 suits it well.
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
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.
Each chapter has a story of its own and they are always hilarious. Sometimes while reading i will be rolling on the floor laughing my ass off as to how ridiculous the situation is.
The art is nothing extravagant but not bad either. I would say it is above average. Since, it is a comedy manga, the exaggerated faces are really funny, and the character designs are pretty well done. This does not affect my opinion of the art, but i feel that Yoshino Satsuki took the design of Seishuu from the Barakamon anime series and placed it here. Maybe its true. Maybe its not. Its just my observation.
I dont really know what to say here though. There isnt much to say. Seishuu to me is a very likeable character. I can relate to him as i too get paranoid about what others say about me. He is however much much kinder than i am though. haha. Not much character development has happen as for now, which is not something i hate. For this kind of comedic manga which sole purpose i believe which is to be funny, doesnt need much characterization in my opinion. Maybe its because i also read the Barakamon manga which is why i feel this way, but im not sure myself.
Overall, i really like this manga. It always finds a way to make me laugh. Which is all i need really. As such, I would recommend you read this manga and its other related manga which i have mentioned called Barakamon. Thank you for taking your time out to read this review :))
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.
But that's all there is to it. Comedy. Handa didn't have any character growth like in Barakamon, and instead gets misunderstood so ridiculously that everyone around him literally worships him (except for the one guy that has common sense that isn't Kawafuji).
If I hadn't read and watched Barakamon I probably would give this a higher score, but it just doesn't live up to Barakamon. Reading Handa-kun almost made me want to not watch the anime.
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
city slicker whose a lot of fun to be with, Here is pretty the perfect student whose good-licking popular level-headed , and just the perfect model student when it reality he's a loner. And pretty much all my problems land with that.
The characterization of Handa is jarringly different from the original in that Barakamon tries to show him as a stick in the mud, who needs to appreciate the carefree nature of life to experience individuality and a sense of freedom. But in this manga portrays him as a saint-figure who just lucks into opportunities, which doesn't help that it gets repeated again and again with each chapter.
Sad part is most of the rest of the manga is genuinely interesting, with a fun group of supporting cast, though not on par with Barakamon still have some moments of enjoy-ability here and there.
And it hurts to see the main issue of this manga to me, is coming of the original, where instead of having a realistic adult view point of a main character going through the tribulations of lifestyles in a countryside ,we have a generic guy who has greatness tossed onto him as gags.Its just not as funny as should be if the character isn't original
I want to give it a 6.5, but Ill give it a 7 because it feels like it can overcome this hurdle but still not amount to something truly special