A calligrapher moves to an island and plays with kids.
Given the subject matter, my expectations were low, but Barakamon turned out quite well. It had a diverse set of characters that were outside the set anime commonly offers. Much of the show’s success here stemmed from the fact that this wasn’t the usual anime about teenagers. Instead, the majority of the time focused on adults, children, and the elderly, although there were a few teenagers. It’s a show about community.
I found that Barakamon kept a good balance, being a “slice of life” show but still using more or less constant conflict to keep the audience’s interest. The conflicts weren’t anything big— sometimes they were as simple as catching a fish, or getting dinner, or getting back from the airport. Or sometimes they were more difficult personal issues. But regardless of the nature of the conflict, there was always something gnawing at the back of my mind, keeping me interested and making me continue watching. It wasn’t just people sitting around doing nothing as these shows often devolved into.
In short, highly recommended. It can be quite funny at times as well. But mostly, it manages to make me relax and bring a smile to my face without being insufferably boring, as most other shows I watch in this genre tend to do.
- Storytelling – B – Pleasant, fun, interesting.
- Voice – B – A setting, characters and themes that aren’t too common for anime.
- Characters – B – Very distinctive, especially appreciate the differing ages.
- Attention Grab – B – Never bored me, even if it was mostly peaceful.
- Production – B – Looks good.
- Overall – B-