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.
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 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
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.