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.
series so far, there have been small fun and sometimes familiar twists to the plot, with funny and occasional slapstick humor to keep you around. While there is a touch of predictability, the main idea is still so original that it never really becomes a turn off.
This series is uplifting, funny, and engaging. The anime does a good job of condensing the first couple novels, but luckily the manga is around so you can catch-up on the continuing antics of these characters in their small village.
Particularly recommended for those that enjoy Yotsuba to! and the like.
Mar 21, 2018
One word to describe the anime was "gentle." The artistic style, the story, and the characters were all easily understood and really, just, gentle! The story was sweet and almost nostalgic for me as a young adult watching these middle schoolers in love. I found some of the plot to move slowly, and some montages to be too long. Some of the animation style was very robotic and animated differently than the prominent characters which made them distanced from the people in the background in a weird way. That being said, the careful animation around the festivals and performances were well done. I enjoyed that ... the protags participated in unlikely clubs and that I was able to see/experience a part of their culture I did not know about. In general, this was a good anime to pass some time and not feel too invested in all while casually cheering on Azumi and Mizuno. Nonetheless I am glad I watched it-young love is always refreshing and Tsuki ga Kirei did it very well.
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