Barakamon Episode 1 Notes

July 6th, 2014.

First Impressions


Screenshot album.

Barakamon anime episode 1 notes - Kotoishi Naru is joy

OP – It has energy! Reminds me of the Gin no Saji OPs in that way, but not as energetic, or good. The art style of the main character definitely reminds me of shoujo manga. The little girl’s smile and oodles of energy are already transmitted through the OP. I feel like I’ll like this show.

ED – Really digging the art-style, and the Engrish isn’t too bad. An alright song.

Naru’s voice actress is actually a little girl. Her voice reminded me of some of the voices from this season of Mushishi. It fits, but I’m not sold on it yet.

Considering Handa is voiced by Ono Daisuke, I was so ready for him to go “I’m not a violent man” as he punched the director (since he was Heiwajima Shizuo in Durarara!!) but alas, it was not meant to be. Solid acting, and boy am I thankful subtitles exist. It’s not like I know Japanese, but I can’t even recognize the sound of the words with the accent.

Barakamon anime episode 1 notes - Kotoishi Naru calls Handa Seishuu a

I like the art-style. It’s true, Handa is depicted almost in an almost straight shoujo manga manner, though everyone around him seems more naturalistic, less stylized, but him being “a pretty boy” is a point made in the show. Everything looks good.

Themes / Plot:

I’ll start from the summary, actually – this is a show that will likely make you feel chill. I laughed a number of times, though there’s nothing sophisticated here. Nice characters, a nice situation.

Yes, boy sure is violent, and unable to accept things, or apologize. He purports he knows what is most beautiful, but if that is so, then why does he get mad at others being “wrong”? It’s only because he feels they are not wrong, that something is missing.

And yes, he’s driven. He identifies with his work, with his passion, so much that any attack on it is taken as an attack on himself. He’s a fan :P

Barakamon anime episode 1 notes - Naru invites Handa to the future

The show is pretty clear that this is a story of “growing up”, of city boy going to the village to “find himself”, to see he can loosen up, and be free from the basics, from the rote form. He has to get over his preconceptions to get there.

The thematic and plot-beats thus far are as old as fuck. There’s nothing new about that. But we don’t come to this show for them, we come to it for a small charming show, a comedy meeting slice of life, and that’s what we’re getting. It was cute seeing him all out of sorts when his neighbours came to help him.

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