Barakamon re-runs currently air on Hulu and Funimation. The anime series is 12 episodes long and aired for one season in 2014, while the manga has been running non-stop in Japanese and in English since 2009.
Seishū Handa is a champion calligrapher, and despite being only 23 years old, is already a veteran of his craft.
.... And good luck getting anybody to respect that.
One fine day, his writing is on display at a luxury exhibition. Everything seems fine, until the elderly, uptight curator, starts criticizing the artwork, calling it textbook, among other droll adjectives.
.... Needless to say, Seishū beats the crap out of the old man, but despite defending his art, is now seen as a monster, and most of his old friends abandon him.
In order to help his son save face, Seishū's stodgy father sends him quickly to Gotō Island, located in the middle of nowhere, but near Kyūshū. The hope is that Seishū will relax, get a new perspective on life.
But one thing Seishū just can't seem to do, is get strong enough locks on his door.
Plucky seven-year-old Naru Kotoishi is just one of several redneck islanders, who invite themselves into Seishū's home in every episode, despite his pleas. His new home used to be the secret club of the local kids, and nobody is willing to let that go. But of all the kids, Naru takes to Seishū the fastest, dubbing herself his official "commuter wife". Where did she learn this adult and inappropriate slang term from? 14-year-old delinquent girls Miwa and Tamako, who have also made duplicate keys to Seishū's house. Miwa is a horrible influence on Naru, while Tamako is addicted to reading Boys Love/Yaoi Hentai. As the series moves along, we are introduced to more children and some very strange adults, and none who understand the concept of privacy.
But for as annoying as the villagers are, to a degree, Seishū does actually learn a little from them. He picks up little lessons about the local culture and about seeing his art in a new light, and the local kids appoint him their unofficial calligraphy teacher. But for the most part, Seishū just wants to be left alone to find himself, and to work on calligraphy in a new way.
Barakamon may have a title that sounds similar to our 44th president, but is not political in nature. It's a funny slice of life that doesn't overstay it's welcome.
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