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.
Throughout the 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.