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Cover of the first Japanese volume of Barakamon featuring main character Seishū Handa (top) and Naru Kotoishi (bottom)
Genre Comedy, Slice of Life
Written by Satsuki Yoshino
Published by Square Enix
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Gangan Online
Original run February 21, 2009 – present
Volumes 12 (List of volumes)
Written by Satsuki Yoshino
Published by Square Enix
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shonen Gangan
Original run October 12, 2013 – present
Volumes 6 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Masaki Tachibana
Written by Pierre Sugiura
Music by Kenji Kawai
Studio Kinema Citrus
Licensed by
Network NTV, NIB, SUN, HTV, STV, CTV, MMT, FBS, BS Nittele
Original run July 6, 2014September 27, 2014
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Directed by Yoshitaka Koyama
Written by
Music by Ken Itō
Studio Diomedéa
Licensed by
Network TBS, MBS, CBC, BS-TBS, TBS Channel 1
Original run July 8, 2016 – present
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)

Barakamon (ばらかもん?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Satsuki Yoshino. It started serialization in Square Enix's Gangan Online February 2009 issue. The story follows Seishū Handa, a calligrapher who moves to the remote Gotō Islands off the western coast of Kyūshū, and his various interactions with the people of the island.

A spin-off manga Handa-kun (はんだくん) started serialization in the November 2013 issue of Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine.[1] An anime adaptation was announced[2] that began airing on July 6, 2014 and ended on September 27, 2014. Funimation has licensed the series for streaming and home video release.[3] In February 2014, Yen Press announced they have licensed Barakamon for English release in North America.[4] A television anime adaptation of the spin-off manga Handa-kun began airing on July 8, 2016.[5]


Seishū Handa is a pro calligrapher, despite his young age. When the elderly curator of an exhibition criticizes his calligraphy for being too unoriginal ("like a textbook"), Seishū gets angry and punches the curator. Because of this, his father sends him off for a retreat on Gotō Island, near Kyūshū. There, he meets the colorful villagers, interacts with them, and begins to find his own style.

The title of the series means "easy-going person" in the local dialect, and in the beginning of the series Handa is anything but one.

The story of spin-off Handa-kun is the prequel to the main series, it is about hilarious high school days of calligraphy genius, Sei Handa.


Main Characters[edit]

Seishū Handa (半田 清舟 Handa Seishū?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono[6] (Japanese, adult); Nobunaga Shimazaki (Japanese, young); Robert McCollum (English)
23 year old master calligrapher who dedicates his life to the art. His real name is Sei (?). After punching a gallery curator for calling his calligraphy "unoriginal", he is sent by his father to a village in the Goto Islands to chill out. He's a childish and short-tempered adult. He's also easy to scare. He's affectionately called "Sensei" (先生?) by the people of the village.
Naru Kotoishi (琴石 なる Kotoishi Naru?)
Voiced by: Suzuko Hara (Japanese); Alison Viktorin (English)
A 7-year-old (6-year-old in the beginning) girl. Energetic and curious, she likes Seishū and enjoys bug catching. She visits Seishū's house every day to play. She is a first-year student at a local elementary school.

Supporting Characters[edit]

Miwa Yamamura (山村 美和 Yamamura Miwa?)
Voiced by: Nozomi Furuki (Japanese); Lynsey Hale (English)
A 14-year-old middle school student with a bit of a boyish personality who is friends with Tamako and Naru. Naru learned many weird things from emulating her (mainly things she shouldn't know), for which Seishū scolded her. She created five copies of the key to Seishū's house back when it was the kids' base, one of which she lost in the mountains behind his house.
Tamako Arai (新井 珠子 Arai Tamako?)
Voiced by: Rumi Ōkubo (Japanese); Apphia Yu (English)
A 14-year-old middle school student. She has been a lover of manga since childhood and recently began aiming to be a manga artist. She has been struggling with her repressed yaoi interests ever since Handa moved in. She also owns one of the keys to Seishū's house.
Hiroshi Kido (木戸 浩志 Kido Hiroshi?)
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama (Japanese); Clifford Chapin (English)
Son of the village chief. He is a high school student who hates how he is average in everything, such as looks, grades, sports, and activities. He delivers meals to Handa's home and sometimes cooks for him. He likes to fish, and aims for the hisanio, or the striped beakfish, when fishing with others. He also owns one of the keys to Seishū's house.
Hina Kubota (久保田 陽菜 Kubota Hina?)
Voiced by: Rina Endō (Japanese); Lara Woodhull (English)
She is a child from the island, and Naru's best friend. She is very shy and quick to cry, especially when dealing with strangers.
Kentarō Ōhama (大浜 謙太郎 Ōhama Kentarō?)
Voiced by: Seiya Kimura (Japanese); Leah Clark (English)
A bald boy and friend of Naru. He is just like Naru: a really energetic kid. He loves to hunt for beetles and other insects. The first time he meets Seishū, he gives him a butt jab.
Akihiko Arai (新井 明彦 Arai Akihiko?)
Voiced by: Megumi Han (Japanese); Morgan Berry (English)
Tamako's younger brother. He loves gaming, and frequently watches his grandmother's store for her.
Yūjirō Kido (木戸 裕次郎 (郷長) Kido Yūjirō (Gōchō)?)
Voiced by: Tanuki Sugino (Japanese); R. Bruce Elliott (English)
The village chief and Hiroshi's father. He is laid back and brings Seishū medicine and food.
Ikkō Sakamoto (坂本 一行 Sakamoto Ikkō?)
Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese); Christopher R. Sabat (English)
The vice-principal of Naru's school, who Seishū says doesn't look like a teacher. He has a habit of smoking and enjoys fishing in the village's pond.
Takao Kawafuji (川藤 鷹生 Kawafuji Takao?)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese, adult); Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese, young); Duncan Brannan (English)
Seishū's art dealer, and friend since middle school. He arranges Handa's calligraphy work and other needs. He says that he prioritizes Handa for his skills as a money maker, but actually cares deeply for him.
Kōsuke Kanzaki (神崎 康介 Kanzaki Kōsuke?)
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)
A high school calligrapher. He idolizes Seishū and started calligraphy professionally after seeing an exhibition of his. He got the first prize in a calligraphy competition in which Handa entered. He is generally polite and hates bugs.
Kōsaku Kotoishi (琴石 耕作 Kotoishi Kōsaku?)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Ito (Japanese); Bill Flynn (English)
Naru's grandfather. He gives Seishū a ride on his tractor both times Seishū came to the island. He is kind to Seishū but frequently asks favors of him.
Iwao Yamamura (山村 巌 Yamamura Iwao?)
Voiced by: Atsushi Ono
Miwa's father. He is an eccentric and intimidating man, who Seishū thinks resembles a Yakuza.
Seimei Handa (半田 清明 Handa Seimei?)
Voiced by: Kōsuke Meguro
Seishū's father. He is a man of few words and a little awkward. He was the one to send Seishū to the island, and also lived there when he was around his son's age.
Emi Handa (半田 えみ Handa Emi?)
Voiced by: Yoshino Takamori
Seishū's mother. She was against him going to the island, and tries to convince him not to go back, believing his time on the island turned him into a strange person. Despite her appearances, she is actually rather outspoken and short-tempered.


Junichi Aizawa
Voiced by: Yūya Hirose
Reo Nikaido
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara
Akane Tsutsui
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya
Yukio Kondo
Voiced by: Hiroki Yamashita



Barakamon began serialization in Square Enix's Gangan Online February 2009 issue. The first tankōbon volume was released on July 22, 2009;[7] twelve volumes have been released as of September 22, 2014.[8] The series was licensed by Yen Press in February 2014, who released the first volume on October 28, 2014.[9][10]

A spin-off/prequel manga, titled Handa-Kun, written and illustrated also by Satsuki Yoshino, started serialization in Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan in the November 2013 issue.[1] It focuses on Seishū's life as a high school student, six years prior to Barakamon. The first tankōbon volume was released June 21, 2014; four volumes have been released as of August 12, 2015.[11] The spin-off will end in the Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine's July 2016 issue, which is scheduled for release on June 11, 2016.[12]


An anime adaptation by Kinema Citrus began airing on July 5, 2014. Funimation has licensed the series for streaming and home video release.[3] The opening theme song is "Rashisa" (らしさ?) performed by Super Beaver, and the ending theme is "Innocence" by NoisyCell.

A television anime adaptation of the Handa-kun spin-off manga was announced on Square Enix's Gangan Online website on February 1, 2016.[13][14] It began airing on July 7, 2016 on TBS and CBC, and will later air on MBS, BS-TBS and TBS Channel 1. The 12-episode series is being directed by Yoshitaka Koyama and produced by Diomedéa.[15] Michiko Yokote, Mariko Kunisawa and Miharu Hirami are writing the scripts, while Mayuko Matsumoto is designing the characters and Ken Itō is composing the music. The opening theme song, titled "The LiBERTY", is performed by Fo'xTails, and the ending theme song, titled "HIDE-AND-SEEK", is performed by Kenichi Suzumura.[5] Funimation has also licensed the series for streaming and home video release and might plan a broadcast dub for the series.[16]

Barakamon episode list[edit]

No. Title Original airdate
1 "Cheerful Kid"
"Barakakodon /Genkina Kodomo" (ばらかこどん /元気な子供) 
July 6, 2014
After punching the elderly curator of the exhibition for insulting his calligraphy, Seishu Handa is unofficially exiled to a small village on an island near Kyushu, where he plans to improve his craft. Seishu has trouble dealing with the culture shock of the village compared to his Tokyo upbringing: the people speak with strange accents, the house arranged for him has technology from decades ago, and a little girl, Naru, considers the home to be her "base". Despite Seishu's attempts to kick her out, Naru keeps finding ways inside and pestering Seishu. After arguing with Naru, he suddenly realizes what the curator meant when he said Seishu's calligraphy was too textbook-like. Later that day, Seishu is introduced to several of the villagers as they gather to help him move in the rest of his belongings from the city. 
2 "Annoying"
"Yakamashika /Urusai" (やかましか /うるさい) 
July 13, 2014
The wife of the village chief asks her son to take some food to Seishu, as no one else in the family bothers to eat her cooking. Two of Naru's friends, middle school students Miwa and Tamako, come with Naru to revisit their "base," but Seishu gets angry and kicks them all out. Later, the son of the village chief, Hiroshi, delivers his mom's cooking but finds that Seishu has worked himself near death. Naru arrives in time to save Seishu, and shows Hiroshi the effort that Seishu puts into his work, inspiring Hiroshi to be more than just "average." The next day, Naru finds Seishu collapsed from exhaustion, and he is rushed to the hospital. After a brief scare with a near-empty IV bag, Naru pledges to protect Seishu from a ghost. Seishu gets some advice from an elderly patient in the hospital, but when he is discharged the next day, he is told that he was the only patient there, making the others wonder if he saw a ghost. 
3 "Mochi Thrown in Celebration"
"Hitonmochi /Oiwai de nagerareru Mochi" (ひとんもち /お祝いで投げられる餅) 
July 20, 2014
Seishu goes to the general store to buy more ink, and finds that Tamako is also there for ink, as she plans to use it for a manga she wants to submit to a shounen magazine. At her request, Seishu agrees to read her draft, only to find that the story is exceedingly violent. That night, Tamako decides to visit Seishu, afraid he will think of her as a fujoshi, but ends up witnessing a yaoi-like scene between Seishu and Hiroshi. The next day, Seishu receives word that his calligraphy contest entry placed second behind the work of another entrant five years his junior, leaving him depressed. In an attempt to cheer him up, Naru and her friends drag him to a mochi-catching contest in celebration of a new boat. When everyone else outmuscles Seishu for the mochi, an old woman advises him to wait for the opportunities in front of him instead of fighting others. Seishu later returns home to find that one of the top mochi-catchers made a mochi soup for him and the other villagers. 
4 "Island Dads"
"Shiman ontsandon /Shima no Oyajitachi" (しまんおんつぁんどん /島の親父たち) 
July 27, 2014
Seishu finds that both his computer and cellphone have stopped working, so he decides to go to the general store to make a call. Along the way, he stops at a house where stray cats gather, charmed by them. The man of the house hands Seishu a stray cat to hold, which then scratches him. Seishu discovers that he's allergic to cats. He finds Naru, her friend Hina, and Tamako's younger brother Akki at the store. He discovers that their phone is an old rotary phone, which Akki has to help him use, embarrassing Seishu. Seishu later accidentally knocks over a basket of seaweed belonging to Miwa's father. Miwa's father persuades Seishu to write a long phrase in kanji as the name of his new boat. Seishu panics at having to write without his usual tools, but after Naru and her friends put hand-prints on the hull, Seishu finds that he can indeed write on the boat. Miwa's father is impressed and gives him the seaweed as payment, only to grow angry again when he discovers that Seishu practiced writing on his wooden boards. 
5 "Going Swimming at the Beach"
"Un ni oegii /Umi ni oyogi ni iku" (うんにおえぎいっ /海に泳ぎに行く) 
August 3, 2014
While Seishu is pondering what to write for an upcoming contest, Naru's grandfather visits with a large bag of konomon pickles as a gift. Seishu instantly gets hooked onto the snack. When Naru, Miwa, and Tamako ask for help with their writing homework, Seishu tries to impress upon them his own calligraphy training routine. Later, the village chief invites Seishu to watch the children on their trip to the beach. To Seishu's dismay, the "beach" is actually a rocky shore with no sand, but the children immediately jump into the ocean. Seishu tries to take care of them, but being inexperienced, keeps slipping on the slick rocks and hitting his head. On the way back, Seishu mutters to the group that he was worried about their safety. The village children embrace him in response, promising not to worry him anymore. After resting at home, Seishu misses a call from his agent, who has arrived at the island with a younger calligrapher in tow. 
6 "Guys from Tokyo"
"Yosonmon /Toukyou kara kita Yatsura" (よそんもん /東京から来た奴ら) 
August 10, 2014
Seishu's agent and only real friend Takao shows up drunk at his house with prodigal calligrapher Kosuke Kanzaki. Upon realizing that Kosuke is the younger calligrapher who beat Seishu in the previous contest, Miwa and Hiroshi try to get him to leave, not wanting Seishu depressed again. However, Seishu later tells them that he knew who Kosuke was, but has already moved on. The next day, Kosuke tells Seishu how much he idolizes him, showing him all of Seishu's interviews. Seishu feels embarrassment at hearing his own lines read back to him. Kousuke begs him to return to Tokyo, saying that Seishu's art has gone downhill since he came to the island. Seishu has another breakdown, feeling stuck between writing for a prize and writing for his own satisfaction. When Seishu sees Naru and Hina throwing paper planes made from the pages of Kosuke's magazines, he reiterates his decision to stay in the village for now. Later, Seishu finds that the pages with his interviews have spread across the village, and the villagers all line up at his door for an autograph. 
7 "A High-Grade Fish"
"Hisan-Iwo /Koukyuuna Sakana" (ひさんいを /高級な魚) 
August 17, 2014
Seishu and the group take Kawafuji and Kosuke fishing, though Kawafuji, Kosuke and Seishu have never fished before. Hiroshi plans to catch an expensive hisanio fish. Kawafuji says that Kosuke hasn't been writing ever since he saw Seishu's latest work, having lost his point of reference when Seishu changed his style. Hiroshi throws his last bait, but is unable to catch anything. While packing to leave, he gives his fishing rod to Kosuke. Suddenly, a large fish catches the bait and the group helps Kosuke reel it in. As the fish comes out of the water, they joyfully identify it as the hisanio fish Hiroshi was pursuing. Just then, the bait breaks and the fish falls back into the water, leaving the group in fits of laughter. The next day, Kosuke and Kawafuji leave the island and Kosuke apologizes to Seishu for his rude behavior, also thanking him since he learned some new things. 
8 "Buddhist Chanting Dance"
"Onde /Nenbutsu Odori" (オンデ /念仏踊り) 
August 24, 2014
The gang decides to hold a surprise birthday party for Naru, but Seishu doesn't know what he should get her. He finally decides to give her a beetle. He goes outside and tries to buy one from one of the village children, Kentarou, but Kentarou is the one who wants to gift Naru a beetle. Seishu decides to catch one himself, but becomes too scared to touch the bugs. Kentarou later gives Seishu a beetle because Seishu played with them despite being an adult. However, the beetle bites Seishu and escapes. Everyone celebrates Naru's birthday at Seishu's house, and he gifts Naru an "I'll do anything you say" ticket. The next day, Naru and Seishu go to the graveyard for the Bon Festival. They visit the grave of Naru's late grandmother, where Seishu realizes that despite Naru's cheerful nature, she must get lonely like anybody else, and decides to give her as much time as he can while he is there. They celebrate with the villagers until late in the night. 
9 "Was Almost Seriously Injured"
"Okega Makucchishita /Ookega shisouni natta" (おけがまくっちした /大怪我しそうになった) 
September 06, 2014
There are only two weeks left until the Naruka Institute Contest deadline and Seishu still has no idea what to write. Wanting to refresh himself with a hot bath, Seishu discovers that his bath boiler is broken. The chief suggests he warm the bath with a fire. Seishu asks Naru to keep an eye on the fire, but Miwa and Tamako start to mess around with it, burning Seishu when the water turns too hot, and angering him. Afterward, Seishu finds Hiroshi in his kitchen, who came to make Seishu's lunch since his mother was unable to. Hina arrives and tells them that Naru is being bullied. At the scene, they find kids from another village bullying Naru's group, and get into a childish fight. The next day, Seishu goes into the mountains with the group and accidentally falls off a cliff without being noticed. Thinking he is going to die, he looks at the night sky and sees a shooting star. He makes a wish to be saved, just before the group finds him. 
10 "Let's All Go Together"
"Dacchi Ikode/ Minna de ikou" (だっちいこで /みんなで行こう) 
September 13, 2014
Seishu finally finishes his work for the Naruka Institute exhibit - it says Stars, inspired by the starry night sky he had seen. The director decides that Seishu should return home. While out walking with Naru, Seishu helps Kousuke with building a dam. Kousuke asks Seishu to rewrite the names of the people who helped build a shrine, as the original board with the names has become old. He also says that Seishu should add his own name to the board. Seishu is informed that Kawafuji called him. On the phone, he says, "I'll return." The next day, Seishu attends the local festival with the group, where he enjoys himself greatly, having never attended a festival before due to his calligraphy career. Unable to tell the group, Seishu leaves the island the next morning without informing anyone. 
11 "I Am in Tokyo"
"Toukyou ni imasu/ Yoseo" (東京にいます /よせおっ) 
September 20, 2014
Seishu returns to Tokyo and becomes worried about his new work since it is not really his style. When the director arrives, he apologizes for punching him, and is forgiven, as the director believes Seishu has matured and will stop acting on impulse. The director looks at Seishu's new work and says it is good enough to win first prize. In a state of panic, Seishu accidentally says that it isn't his official entry for the contest. As a result, Seishu has to write a new one, but doesn't know what to write, and sinks into despair. The gang back on the island calls him, and Naru tells him she can't wait for him to return home - the island. This inspires Seishu to create another work, which he names "The Stone Wall". 
12 "Glad That You're Back"
"Kaette Kite Urishika" (かえってきてうりしか) 
September 27, 2014
Seishuu's mother is against him going back to the island, believing it to be a bad influence. Seishu finds out that his father used to live on the island, which was why he sent Seishu there. Seishu's mother later brings him a box sent by the gang. Seishu sees from Miwa and Tamako's message that they have won first and second place for their calligraphy work, which Seishu had tutored them for. Seishu reflects that he should've been there to celebrate their victory with them. When Seishu's mother sees how he desires to help the children, she finally agrees to let him return. When he arrives back at the island, the gang surprises him. Seishu receives a call from Kawafuji, saying he got fifth place in the contest, but Seishu is pleased, since it was a work he could be proud of. He tells Naru that right now, the group is what is most important to him. It is revealed that "The Stone Wall" had been a work displaying all of the group's names, with Naru's name being the largest. 

Handa-kun episode list[edit]

No. Official English title[a]
Original Japanese title[17]
Original air date
1 "Handa-kun and a Girl's Friendship"
"Handa-kun to Onna no Yūjō" (半田くんと女の友情)
July 8, 2016[b]
2 "Handa-kun and the Continuation of Episode 1"
"Handa-kun to 1 wa no Tsuzuki" (半田くんと1話の続き)
July 15, 2016
"Handa-kun and the Chairperson"
"Handa-kun to Iinchō" (半田くんと委員長)
"Handa-kun and the Model"
"Handa-kun to Moderu" (半田くんとモデル)
3 "Handa-kun and the Truant"
"Handa-kun to Futōkō" (半田くんと不登校)
July 22, 2016
"Handa-kun and Cooking Class"
"Handa-kun to Chōri Jisshū" (半田くんと調理実習)
"Handa-kun and His Friend"
"Handa-kun to Shinyū" (半田くんと親友)
4 "Handa-kun and Handa-kun?"
"Handa-kun to Handa-kun?" (半田くんと半田くん?)
July 29, 2016
"Handa-kun and a Girl's Jealousy"
"Handa-kun to Onna no Shitto" (半田くんと女の嫉妬)
"Handa-kun and Sociability"
"Handa-kun to Shakō Sei" (半田くんと社交性)
5 "Handa-kun to Seito Kai" (半田くんと生徒会) TBA
"Handa-kun to Kioku Sōshitsu" (半田くんと記憶喪失)


  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Funimation.
  2. ^ Handa-kun premiered on TBS at 25:58 on July 7, 2016, which is equivalent to 1:58am on July 8, 2016


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