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Manga: Barakamon
Seishuu Handa is a talented young calligrapher 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 person" in one of the Gotou Island dialects) is a Slice of Life manga by Satsuki Yoshini following Seishuu (or "Sensei" as he soon becomes known) as he tries to get used to island life.

Received an adaptation in the Summer 2014 Anime season.

Not related with that Baraka.


Barakamon provides examples of:

  • 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.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Alas, poor Kenta. It doesn't help he's a tsundere of the harsh kind.
  • Art Shift: In chapter 10/Episode 3, Naru's head puffs up in her pride at having learned katakana. Fortunately for everyone's eyes, she deflates when she realizes she read a word wrong.
  • 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.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • Miwa and Sensei discuss the possibility of fanservice in the 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?
  • 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.
  • Cheerful Child: Naru.
  • City Mouse: Sensei and his city friends.
  • Cuteness Proximity: It turns out Sensei's susceptible to this.
  • 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.)
  • Fragile Flower: Hina cries very easily - when she's sad, when she's distressed, when she's happy...
  • Free-Range Children: Naru.
  • Heroic BSOD: Sensei goes into a Corner of Woe upon discovering he came in second to an 18 year old in a calligraphy competition.
  • How We Got Here: Episode 1, explaining why Sensei's currently throwing himself into drawing.
  • 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.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Naru
  • Meganekko: Tama, and her younger brother Akki.
  • 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.
    Sensei: (after making a pretentious soliloquy, and the kids mocking him) Was what I said that bad?
    Akki: In eighth grade you claimed to harbour some power in your left arm, didn't you?
    Sensei: (upset) That's beside the point!
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Sensei.
  • Precocious Crush: Judging by chapter 17, Naru's developed a crush on Sensei.
  • The Rival: Kanzaki to Sensei.
  • Serious Business: Calligraphy.
  • Sick Episode: Chapter 16/episode 2, which sees Sensei laid out thanks to heatstroke and lack of sleep.
  • Slice of Life: With chapters based on the mangaka's experiences.
  • 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.
  • 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...

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