Manga / Barakamon

Sei "Seishuu" Handa is a talented young calligrapher from Tokyo who ends up punching a curator who criticizes his work, and heads to the Gotou Islands in order to cool off. However, what was meant to be a time for Seishuu to contemplate things and work on his skills is soon disrupted by the friendly, gregarious islanders, who seem intent on getting involved in his life at every available possibility.

Barakamon ("perky/easygoing person" in one of the Gotou Island dialects note ) is a Slice of Life manga by Satsuki Yoshino following Seishuu (or "Sensei" as he soon becomes known) as he tries to get used to island life.

Other characters include:

  • Naru - An enthusiastic, tomboyish and spirited 7-year-old girl who barges daily into Sensei's house;

  • Miwa - A tomboyish middle schooler and a close friend of Tama and Naru, who is Naru's "mentor" of sorts;

  • Tamako, or "Tama" - Miwa's bespectacled best friend and fellow middle schooler, a closet otaku who is a fan of yaoi manga;

  • Hiroshi, or "Hiro" - The son of the village chief and an ostensibly average high schooler. He personally delivers meals made by his mom to Handa, and even cooks for him on occasion;

  • Hina - Naru's best friend and fellow elementary schooler; she is rather shy and very prone to crying, even when she's happy;

  • Kentaro, or "Kenta" - A boy who is a friend and classmate of Naru, who is as spirited and runty as her; he is shown to have a crush on her;

  • Akihiko, or "Akki" - Tama's responsible little brother who overlooks their grandma's store on occassion while engaging in gaming;

  • Kawafuji - Handa's best friend and art dealer, who has known him since middle school;

  • Kanzaki - A fellow calligrapher and rival of sorts to Handa; an 18-year-old prodigy who is somewhat pampered and stuffy;

An anime for the series aired during Summer 2014 Anime season, which adapted chapters from the first five volumes. The manga itself is still ongoing, with twelve compiled volumes so far.

There's also a prequel series titled Handa-kun, which centers around Handa as a high school student six years prior to Barakamon. It's more of a gag comedy, compared with the slice-of-life tone of Barakamon. Handa-kun received an anime adaptation in the summer 2016 season.

Yen Press publishes both the Barakamon and Handa-kun manga in North America, while Funimation has the North American anime rights to both series.

Not related with that Baraka, a Digimon or a Digimon based of Baraka.

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    Tropes Related to Barakamon 

Barakamon provides examples of:

  • Adorkable: Sensei, big time. Even moreso in the prequel manga.
  • Adult Fear: Sensei is constantly being stressed out and worried about his career.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Almost everyone calls Akihiko "Akki".
    • And pretty much everyone calls Hiroshi "Hiro/Hiro-nii". His lack of a real nickname, however, is lampshaded in chapter 77, which begins: "Hiroshi Kido, age 18. His friends call him 'Hiroshi'." note 
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Alas, poor Kenta. It doesn't help he's a tsundere of the harsh kind.
    • He's a yandere from that toad-frog's perspective.
  • Arcadia: Invoked. One of the main aspects of the series is the relaxing nature of the island's environment and the bucolic way of life of its inhabitants.
  • Arranged Marriage: In chapter 80, Sensei's mother is putting up an omiai for him. Needless to say, he's pretty shocked by it.
  • Art Shift:
    • In chapter 11/episode 3, Naru's face changes into a style reminescent of Golgo 13, which represents how cool and mature she feels after learning how to read katakana. Fortunately for everyone's eyes, her face goes back to normal when she realizes she read a word wrong.
    • The anime ending sequence has a drastically more relaxed color palette, and an overall less crispy look than the rest of the show.
  • Ass Shove: When he meets the villagers who came to help him unpack, Sensei's initial glee over warm welcome and prospects of peaceful life gets punctured by energetic kid Kentaro giving him a kancho just because he's defenseless.
  • Bishōnen: Several times, Sensei has been jokingly said to have facial qualities akin to the fashion models in the monthly Junon, an actual women's magazine.
  • Bookends: Sensei notes in the last episode, that he arrived back to the village on the island the same way he came the first time.
    • Naru expresses relief when Handa forgives her in the first episode. At the end of the series, Handa himself reacts in a very similar way to the director forgiving him.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • Miwa and Sensei discuss the possibility of fanservice in the manga's Beach Episode:
    Sensei: Even though we're going to the seaside, there's no fan-service for the readers?
    Miwa: Well then, why don't ya strip yerself, Sensei?
    Sensei: Well... I don't have a swimsuit.
    (Caption: No fan-service)
    • Naru's reaction to Kawafuji offering her a credit card:
    Naru: That's a "card", you say? Those really convenient things that only respectable people with good jobs can use? The one that's pretty much out of reach to mangaka?
    Kawafuji: You... Do you have bad memories of applying for one or something?
  • Call Forward: In Handa-kun, Tsugumi sees a future of Handa with kids. In Barakamon, Handa eventually befriends Naru and her friends in the island.
  • Celibate Hero: As far as we know, Sensei doesn't have someone special in his life, and doesn't seem interested in looking. Calligraphy is his great love. He mentions in one episode that he'll probably die alone, and later on in the episode, he says he thinks that he will literally die alone before he is saved by Miwa and Tama.
  • Chekhov's Gun: For her birthday, Sensei gives Naru a ticket for her to use to have him do any one thing she wants. While she's deciding what to do with it, her grandfather takes it from her and uses it himself to have Sensei help him stack rocks.
  • City Mouse: Sensei and his city friends.
  • The City vs. the Country: Of the Plot B variety for Handa. Chapters in which village residents go to the mainland (Tama and Miwa on a Class Trip; Hiroshi for a job interview) have echoes of Plot A.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: While not to the absurd levels as thee manga, Sensei unwittingly charms quite a few of the women on the island, including a married nurse at the hospital and even Hiroshi's mom.
  • Cool Big Sis: Tama and Miwa get along really well with the kids.
  • Covert Pervert: Tama, who pulls out a camera when Sensei opens the window while he is bathing. She says it's research for her manga. When Miwa reminds her that you can't publish naked characters in manga, she says it will be all right if she covers "the tip" with a mosaic.
  • Cry Cute:
  • Cultural Cross-Reference: In Episode 1 when Sensei first enters his house, there's a stereo with two CD's that look almost exactly like Aerosmith's classic 1976 album Rocks, and the Beatles' classic 1969 album Abbey Road.
  • Cuteness Proximity: It turns out Sensei's susceptible to this around cats. Unfortunately, he's allergic to them.
  • Delinquent Hair: Reversed: Hiroshi starts out with bleached hair (and isn't really a delinquent, just unmotivated), but later returns it to its natural dark color in order to show he's serious about getting a job as a cook. After the job interview, though, he dyes it blonde again, in no small part because he thinks bleached hair is the only distinctive thing about him.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Sensei has apparently seen, but never used, a rotary phone. When he can't figure it out, Naru and Hina make fun of him. Akki offers to dial it. Sensei doesn't take it well.
  • Drop-In Character:
    • Naru to Sensei, to his irritation. That Naru knows all sorts of ways to get into Sensei's house, whether he likes it or not, means it's futile to try and keep her out. (Also, islanders typically leave their front doors open.)
    • Since Miwa made 5 copies of his house key, one of she lost, there are a few other people who can get into his home whenever they want.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Handa's mother hitting him to keep him from going back to the island is Played for Laughs. When she tries to hit her husband, he just keeps dodging her punches. When Kawafuji insults her, she jumps across the table and she attacks him, repeatedly punching him in the face for quite a while, which is also played for laughs. As far as her husband goes, it's shown that she might not be a particularly hard hitter.
  • Eccentric Townsfolk: And how, much to Handa's dismay.
  • Exact Words: When confronting some bratty kids who were bullying some younger kids (Naru and her friends) Sensei and Hiroshi agree that they can't hit them. Instead, they play dodge-ball around them, really just an excuse to throw a ball at them.
  • Expressive Hair: Invoked. Sensei states that his hair gets rowdy when he's relaxed and happy, though Tama and Miwa tell him that it's probably due to the humidity brought by the typhoon, as Miwa happens to have the same type of hair and hairstyle as he does. Sensei then explains that his relaxation comes from the rise of humidity, which he likes.
  • Fragile Flower: Hina cries very easily - when she's sad, when she's distressed, when she's happy...
  • Free-Range Children: Naru and her friends are frequently walking around with no adult supervision, and she frequently goes to Sensei's home by herself. Although, a lot of the time, they are accompanied by the middle-school kids or Hiroshi. Naru's grandfather works long hours, so he can't always watch her.
  • Friend to All Children: Handa, even if he doesn't intend to be.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Naru is very outdoorsy, and utterly despises animals getting hurt or killed.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: One of the first Sensei's knockdowns off his high and mighty horse comes from Naru, an elementary school student, who unwittingly comments on his practice calligraphy piece. Her compliments are to call it mighty well done first, and then saying it is just like their school teacher's.
  • Gilligan Cut: In the last episode, the director mentions that he hopes Handa is listening to his advice and not acting impulsively. It then cuts to Handa acting impulsively, which is lampshaded.
  • A God Am I: Miwa's dad claims to have chosen his boat's name (Yuigadokuson-Maru, I Alone Am Holy) because it means he's God.
  • Gossip Evolution: One of the aspects that Sensei touches most upon is the fact that the rumor grapevine in the village spreads like wildfire, so anything he does, good or bad, is known in town surprisingly quickly.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Kanzaki to Sensei. He inspired him to take up calligraphy.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.:
    • Handa goes into a Corner of Woe upon discovering he came in second to an 18 year old in a calligraphy competition. It happens to Miwa too when she gets silver in her school calligraphy competition, having the exact same reaction and wording as Handa.
    • Later in the anime when he leaves the island before a competition, he is distressed and unable to draw anything good enough to enter. He gets inspired once he gets on the phone and speaks to the kids on the island.
    • In the manga, Naru spends a whole week lying face down with a blank face when Sensei leaves for Tokyo. The kids and even Miwa and Tama call for an emergency meeting to get her out of her funk.
  • Hit Stop: Episode 1, the moment of Handa's punch connecting with the Director's face is shown in Slo Mo, welcoming the mixed feeling about the whole affair. The realization of being in the wrong comes upon Sensei no sooner than the first day in actual "exile".
  • How We Got Here: Episode 1, explaining why Sensei's currently throwing himself into drawing.
  • Insistent Terminology: The islanders call Handa "Sensei" because he is a master calligrapher. Even Naru seems more familiar with calling him "Sensei", causing some confusion when Kawafushi comes to the island asking for him by name.
  • Iyashikei: The manga makes a point in showing how Handa becomes gradually less stressed about his everyday life and occupation.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Hiroshi has the look, but the worst he's apparently done is steal potatoes from other people's fields.
  • Jerkass: Sensei. He gets better.
  • Luminescent Blush: Sensei's indication of extreme embarassment, when in a moment of cooling off he starts to murmur a song then is immediately made aware of Naru presence.
  • Man Child: Sensei has an awful lot more in common with the kids in the island than with the adults, seeing that he bypassed a great amount of experiences in his youth due to his sickliness and his dedication to his art.
  • Meganekko: Tama and her younger brother Akki.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Sensei's mother looks rather young for someone with a 23 year old son.
  • My Beloved Smother: Handa's mother doesn't want him to go back to the island, so she puts up little slips of paper up on the wall in his room that say not to go and punches him, threatening not to stop until he agrees not to go. She worried about the time he was sick in the hospital, and didn't approve of the changes in his mannerisms and vocabulary. His father tries to convince her to let him do what he wants since he is an adult and should be responsible for his own life. She agrees when she's convinced that the island may not be as bad as she thought.
  • Not So Different: It's implied that Kanzaki is more or less the way Sensei used to be before he came to the island, only that Kanzaki is considerably more insufferable.
  • Not What It Looks Like:
    • The first episode Kawafuji came to the island, he was mistaken for a kidnapper.
    • Sensei tying up Kanzaki and Kawafuji, which his mom walks in on. Though he tries to explain that it would help him with his calligraphy, his mom thinks it's sexual bondage and thinks the people on the island were a bad influence on him.
  • Oh, Crap!: For her birthday, Sensei gives Naru a ticket for her to use to have him do any one thing she wants. When he sees how excited she gets, he starts to get a little scared and is relieved that she didn't get a chance to use the ticket.
  • Older Than They Look: Kanzaki is 18, but looks t be around 13-14.
  • Old Shame: An in-universe case for Sensei - it's not his old work, though, it's his old interviews, because he sounds so utterly pretentious.
  • Only Friend: Kawafuji to Sensei, at least before he moved to the island.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Sensei, whose real name is Sei.
  • One of the Kids: Most of Sensei's friends are still in school. Quite a few are still in elementary school.
    • To be fair, there aren't many young adults on the island, and before moving there he only had one friend, period.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Handa's mom is considerably nervous of how much the island has changed her son, especially his speech and his general attitude, and considering that he used to be sickly, antisocial and entirely dependent of his parents, so she's never seen him in any other way and she isn't entirely sure that she likes where he's heading. What she initially fails to account for is that it was for the better.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: Akki's glasses hide his eyes. His sister Tama's glasses do this as well sometimes in the anime, especially when she's intense.
  • Otaku: Tama. In the Festival Episode, she spent most of the time arguing with the owner of the bookstore to convince him to give her a discount on her manga, since he made the mistake of not putting on reserve for her as she requested. She then started reading
  • Pen Name: Seishuu Handa isn't Sensei's real name, it's his pen name. His real name is Sei Handa.
  • Plot Allergy: Sensei is allergic to cats; the manga further elaborates this explaining that he knows he has had allergic reactions before (as he knows how to treat hives), and his parents kept him away from cats, but he never put two and two together until he came to the island.
  • Posthumous Character: Naru's grandmother, who was popular and loved by many in the community.
  • Precocious Crush: Judging by chapter 17, Naru's developed a crush on Sensei. She's shown to be flabbergasted when she hears Tama and Miwa speculating on whether or not he has a girlfriend.
  • Puppy Love: Naru's classmate and friend Kenta likes her, and he goes out of his way to impress her at every opportunity he has; he is also shown to be jealous of how Naru fawns over Sensei.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Naru. Her parents are never seen or mentioned, but her grandfather takes care of her, and her grandmother did as well before her death.
  • Real Place Background: Most of the series takes place on Fukue-jima, the largest and southernmost island of the Gotō Islands in the Nagasaki prefecture of Japan.
  • The Rival: Kanzaki to Sensei.
    • Friendly Rivalry: Kanzaki himself idolizes Sensei a lot and wants to be as good as him. There's hardly any animosity between them.
  • Serious Business: Calligraphy dictates the life circumstances of main character. Ultimately, other characters serve as interruption of some calligraphy routines and provide material for new ideas.
  • Shipper on Deck: Tama is this regarding Sensei and Hiroshi, but her refusal to admit or even accept she's a fujoshi won't let her accept this either. She even gets angry when she believes Sensei has confirmed the ship because of her denial.
  • Shout-Out: The toy capsule filled with bugs in episode 6 resembles a pokéball.
    • Kanzaki is voiced by Yuuki Kaji who is voicing Citron in the anime.
    • In a flashback that takes place during Kawafuji and Kanzaki's visit to the island, Sensei is shown in a moment of depression so extreme that he manifests an AT Field.
    • When Sensei collapses on Hiroshi at their first meeting, Naru runs in to help by supporting Hiroshi's back while shouting "Everyone, lend me your strength!". Her pose looks very much like Goku's Spirit Bomb attack.
  • Sick Episode: Chapter 16/episode 2, which sees Sensei laid out thanks to heatstroke and lack of sleep.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: You think that Handa would be the only butt of the jokes in the series? You'd have thought wrong, as the recurring female cast — Naru, Tama, and Miwa — also get their bumps in the name of silly laughs.
  • Slice of Life: With chapters based on the mangaka's experiences.
  • Smug Snake: Kanzaki is a relatively mild one, as he usually acts smug around Sensei to encourage him to compete against him, which is the only case where he does it intentionally. One of the reasons he doesn't have any friends before Kawafuji and Sensei is because no one had put a lid on this for him.
  • Sneeze Cut: Hiroshi does this at the end of chapter 77 as the narrator is talking about him.
  • Solemn Ending Theme: "Innocence" by NoisyCell has slow pace, its vocals often dwell on, stretch the individual words. Lyrics are about self-reflection.
  • Supreme Chef: Hiroshi. He often cooks meals for Sensei.
  • Tattooed Crook: Averted. Kawafuji has tattoos but is no criminal, though the people of the village thought differently when they first encountered him.
  • Teen Genius: Kanzaki is considered to be a prodigy, winning a calligraphy contest at the age of 18.
  • Those Two Guys: Kenta's friends. Sensei even lampshades it during episode 4 when trying to remember their names.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Naru and Hina. Miwa and Tama also seem to be this.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Sensei's impulsiveness is discussed a few times between the Director and Kawafuji.
    • Explains (but not absolves) why he punched an old man with a cane in the first place. Good for plot though.
    • Creates as a twist after Sei returns for the first time from the island with a calligraphy piece that he means to submit to the nearing calligraphy contest. Then Director visits. Smitten by panic over possible evaluation outcome, Sei damages his work by splashing tea over it (hitting Director with tea as well) and calls it a practice work instead. Essentially leaving himself without a solid entry two days before the event.
  • Wholesome Cross Dresser: Kirie-san, Seimei's agent and Kawafuji's father.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Akki is surprisingly mature, parsimonious and succinct for a middle schooler, eliciting admiration from even Hiro and Sensei. Out of all the children in the story (and even most of the adults), he's shown to be a clear example to follow.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Aside from her proneness to cry, Hina is shown to be a mountain of calmness, a nice and obedient little girl and a straight-arrow student.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Tama is in deep denial about the idea of being one. It really doesn't help she keeps coming across Sensei in moments that can be Mistaken for Gay. Harbors the thought of Sensei and Hiroshi being a couple. She expects Hiroshi to be crushed that Sensei left the island and for him to be the one that misses him the most. When Sensei mentions that his latest work is about the most important thing in his life, she guesses it's Hiroshi and seems happy about it.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Sensei's dedication to his craft and his unintended charisma serve as an example to the kids around him to dedicate more time to their studies. His mom comes to realize that he is both loved and needed in the island, finally accepting for him to return, and even hinting that she wants to visit the island too.

    Tropes Related to Handa-kun 

Handa-kun provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Subverted. Handa's classmates adore him and think he can do no wrong, but Handa is convinced they all hate him.
  • Ax-Crazy: Miyoko Kinjou was once a nice normal girl; that is, until Handa gave her an eraser. She then tried to kill herself rather theatrically in an effort to gain his attention, but was unwittingly dissuaded from doing so by Handa himself. She then devoted herself to mercilessly hunt down everyone she didn't deem worthy of Handa, taking the mantle of Eraser.
  • Big Man on Campus: Handa, not that he realizes though.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Obliterated, actually. The first episode starts with the Handa Force being shocked to learn that 1) there is a Handa-kun anime, and 2) they missed the first episode. They call Diomedea to get a copy, but after the studio blows them off, the Handa Force decides to make their own Handa-kun anime, with predictable results. Only after Diomedea sends the Handa Force a DVD of the episode after all does the show properly start.
  • Call Forward:
    • One of Handa's classmates reads his future through chiromancy, seeing that in the future he'll be followed by children... cue Barakamon.
    • Handa's cat allergy comes up from time to time, showing that he's aware that he's not supposed to go near them; still, as shown in Barakamon, he didn't associate it with an allergy until he was in the island.
    • Handa's mom is shown to be noticeably disinterested in him having friends and being somewhat controlling of him; this goes to explain her over-the-top reaction to his change of attitude in Barakamon.
    • It's shown that Kawafuji started benefiting from Handa since well before they were business associates, reaping great benefits from the Handa Festival at school. As a matter of fact, he's the one who convinced him that all his classmates hated him.
    • Handa is shown to be a surprisingly good runner, an aspect that was touched upon in the Barakamon manga. His classmate Dash-kun shows up in both instances.
  • Captain Oblivious: The central joke of the series. Handa is so focused on calligraphy that he doesn't notice most of the weirdness going on around him, let alone that it's directed at him, and what weirdness he does notice he misinterprets as his classmates hating him.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Handa is perceived to be this by his classmate Yukio Kondou, who unlike his classmates, can't rationalize what Handa is thinking whenever they interact.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Handa during his high school days. Unfortunately for them, he's Oblivious to Love and mistakes their love letters for letters of challenges.
  • Continuity Nod: The inside covers of the Handa-kun manga feature illustrations and Yonkoma comics showing what characters from Barakamon were doing in the Handa-kun timeframe.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: The main ethos of the series. Handa's classmates put him in a pedestal due to his apparently magnanimous and inaccessible demeanor, though Handa himself is behaving in such a way in order to defuse any possible conflicts with classmates that he wrongly assumes are hostile towards him. Both sides happen to be in completely separate trains of thought because they just don't talk to each other. The fact that Handa doesn't trust anyone by default only makes things worse.
  • Denser and Wackier: Compared to the parent series, Handa-kun contains more slapstick and absurd humor.
  • The Drag-Along: Yukio doesn't quite like to hang around the rest of the Handa Force guys, but they lump him in regardless.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady:
    • Before his transformation, Tsutsui was rather dainty and girly, leading to being bullied. This made him bulk up;
    • Sousuke Kojika, one of Ichimija's followers, is very, very feminine, to the point that one might not notice at first;
    • Nikaidou argues that he's handsome enough to play a girl way better than a girl would, though his friends tell him that he's just talking tall.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Handa's various fanboys tend to toe this line, most notably the Bisoujo Club who's members end up making a Gender-bent version as Handa as the lead of their manga because they feel he instills all the qualities of their ideal waifu.
  • Expy: An in-universe example. Kei Hanada idolizes Handa to the point that he looks exactly like him, though his bad teeth and taste in poetry give him away.
  • Genre Shift: While Barakamon is a Slice of Life series, Handa-Kun is a Gag Series
  • Gonk: Juri is the only character that is designed to be cartoonishly disproportionate, whereas everyone else has normal human proportions. Upon her first appearance, one might think that it's a one-time gag... it's not.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Becomes a Parodied Trope. Handa's classmates puts him on such a high pedestal that they will spin his every action, no matter how mundane, as having a deep, symbolic meaning. In the finale, this is how Kawafuji finally convinces Handa to Be Yourself; his reasoning being that no matter what he does, his classmates will love him anyway.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The Handa Force tries to protect Handa from a stalker that is harassing him... by harassing Handa. Even when he angrily tells them to back off and leave him alone, they take it as him telling that to the "stalker".
  • Identity Amnesia: Handa gets this after a tumble down the stairs while trying to escape from the man-hating Student Council President, who was trying to force him to wear a female school uniform. But his new personality is that of a conceited, womanizing jerk, so the Handa Force goes into action to reverse it, which consists mostly of chasing him with a hammer until he falls down the stairs again.
  • Implied Trope: Kids Are Cruel. Handa's unwarranted resentful behavior towards his classmates points to the possibility that he was indeed bullied earlier in life. Considering that he's eccentric, sickly and wimpy, the odds are not that remote.
  • Irony: Out of the Handa Force, Yukio is the only one that understands Handa as he is, and shows genuine care and concern for him; Handa, in turn, thinks that Yukio is the one that hates him the most.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Handa's classmate/fanboy Tsutsui becomes one of these after going truant due to constant bullying about his once-feminine looks. He acquires "power" with a dubious device bought off of a late-night infomercial and proceeds to use his newfound strength to get into fights with local punks.
  • Mistaken for Badass: Handa is perceived as more intense and confrontational than he actually is because of his intimidating stare (which is also lampshaded by his dad in Barakamon), which actually wins him fights without ever engaging in them; not that he notices that he's in a fight and he won it, though...
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Handa's classmates mistake his mom for his girlfriend, leading to complications (to which, of course, Handa is completely oblivious).
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: The Handa Force tolerate each other, but they really don't like the fake-Handa Hanada.
  • My Greatest Failure: Kawafuji admits that he's the reason why Handa is so paranoid around people, as, in a fit of jealously, he told him that a girl that liked Handa hated him, as Kawafuji liked the girl himself but didn't quite appreciate being a messenger.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Handa's mom like in Barakamon, to the point where a group of his fangirls actually confuse her for being his older girlfriend.
  • Neon Sign Hideout: The sign outside the Handa Force's secret headquarters (aka Tsutsui's apartment) reads "Handa Force Secret Headquarters."
  • Only Sane Man: Yukio Kondou is the only classmate of Handa that doesn't put him on a pedestal, and actually notices how weirdly everyone behaves around him. He is also the only person that proceeds out of a sincere interest to benefit and protect Handa without making misguided assumptions about him.
  • Poisonous Friend:
    • Maiko is an altogether terrible friend for Juri, as most of the stuff she tells her are backhanded compliments and belittling quips. It's not quite clear whether she's just absentminded, or if she's sincerely cruel towards Juri.
    • Downplayed between Handa and Kawafuji. Kawafuji is responsible for Handa's social anxiety, all because back in middle in a fit of jealousy over his crush liking Handa instead of him, Kawfuji told him he was probably going to get set up by her. While Kawafuji has since attempted to correct the original mistake and get Handa to socialize more, he also admits he does find the misunderstandings that Handa frequently get mixed up in to be pretty funny.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The driving point of much of the humor of the series. Handa is afraid to interact with his classmates because he believes they all hate him. His classmates meanwhile are too intimidated to approach him because they believe he is far too popular and talented to be on their level.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Handa avoids hanging out with Kawafuji at school because he's afraid their classmates will start hating him just like he believes they hate him. The Cultural Festival ends up proving this somewhat right, but the main difference being the school wanting to lynch Kawafuji because "there's no way someone as popular as Handa would be friends with him."
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Kotaro "Dash" Higashino throws up a lot, especially in the presence of Handa.
  • Yoko Oh No: Invoked Trope, Handa's female classmates actually starts legitimately bullying him after they mistakenly believing that he has girlfriend.

Alternative Title(s): Handa Kun