Handa-kun

TV (12 eps)
3.927 out of 5 from 4,335 votes
Rank #1,617
Handa-kun

Sei Handa's high school life is one that many teenagers would love to have. He is admired by both students and teachers alike for his calligraphy and he even has his own fan club known as the Handa Force. Unfortunately for Sei, who has a unique talent for misreading situations, his extreme anxiety has convinced him that everyone in school hates him! The more people fawn over him, the more he is convinced that he is being bullied. The members of the Handa Force are equally clueless, misreading every word and action from Sei as something grand or heroic and completely unaware that their daily attempts to guard him from the school's various weirdos make Sei think that they are dangerous stalkers. Will anyone ever figure out what's really going on here, or will this cycle of craziness continue until graduation?

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ClubFoot
7

You can say that this anime is a bit boring than I thought. I don't care about the element where the running gag is always repeated so the punchline it always can't get it. Even so, I enjoy every second when I watch this anime. Barakamon is a comedy anime that I admit the funniest slice of life anime ever. However, Handa-kun can't expect much of what is presented in this anime. Honestly, I'm a slight enjoy with what's presented in this anime although some of the reviews I read undergone the same experience about the problem of a running gag in it. In the first episode, Handa fanatics who call themselves Handa gang discussed to make an anime about Handa. In this scene, they use a little breaking the 4th wall inside of it although, for me, it doesn't work at all. Actually, the premise here is a story where he thinks he is hated by the people around him while the people around him actually think he is the actor at the school. He is familiar enough with his school to the outside of his school but, the premise will go on and on until we think that this is simply a story that is only repeated. A story that became the trigger even made it messy even though I enjoy it. The art was built in such a way by Diomedia's studio. This studio works on famous projects like Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?, Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru, and Aho Girl. So, I don't really give recognition to what is the point. Instead, it's like a typical slice of life anime in general. Not too exaggerated and nothing less. Like Barakamon, the opening song entitled 'Rashisa' by SUPER BEAVER is a rock genre. To Handa-kun, it's over the limit. I mean, I don't think if the opening song is ideal for the anime that discusses the taboo thing but it's something that rocks out's heavy metal. With screams and passionate guitar riffs, it might be a bit weird if I revive it. However, as a person who really likes metal music, I will not dispute it. The ending song also I think is very mediocre so I will not talk much about this. In this anime, they don't use the same seiyuu as in Barakamon. Sei Handa who are filled by Daisuke Ono in Barakamon instead of voiced by Nobunaga Shimazaki which I feel there is no uniqueness if I distinguish it from Daisuke Ono. Same as Kazuyuki Okitsu who fills the voice of Takao Kawafuji, no one with Junichi Suwabe although I consider it all mediocre as well. We will see the daily life of Sei Handa where he went through his school with full of misunderstandings among his friends at school. Sei Handa is a closed person and thinks that all the people in his school hate him. He ends up keeping his distance from talking to the people around him. Each story goes with cliches thing, each character will live the day and will be introduced one by one where the originally hated with Sei Handa became inspired because of a rather funny misunderstanding. However, there are a lot of misremembered characters in this anime. Perhaps, in here is a bit too focused on a story that leads more to the Handa gang of Yukio Kondou, Akane Tsutsui, Reo Nikaidou, and Junichi Aizawa. In the first episode, Juri and Maiko Mori experience a mellow story that leads to a misunderstanding but solved fraternally by Sei Handa. The problem, these two characters immediately ignored in this anime and only get a small portion so it's considered a cameo. In fact, I almost forgot about these character at all. In addition to these two characters, in fact, there are much more besides these characters but I just don't know how big an omission that arises from this anime. From the beginning, I didn't expect as much with this prequel from Barakamon. I was thinking this would be something of a hype like Barakamon but, I don't know how many times I said Barakamon in this review so I almost forgot this anime. For those of you who just want to find a slight comedy, this anime will be very suitable for you. So, I recommend for those of you who want to enjoy it and not too much attention to all aspects that exist. Handa-kun is a typical anime actually but not in accordance with what I'm looking for though I also enjoy it until the end.

Harmfuls
6

[FR] Awadachi website Handa-Kun (pré-quelle du fameux Barakamon) vu en 1080p réalisé par le studio diomedea (Noucome, Fuuka) en 12 épisodes standard. J'ai mis énormément de temps à me lancer dans le visionnage de cet animé, la raison est simple, j'ai complètement adoré Barakamon et je voulais rester sur cette très bonne note dans cet univers. Au final, les deux n'ont rien à voir, que ce soit visuellement ( studio Kinema Citrus pour Barakamon) ou au niveau de l'humour/construction des épisodes. Nous suivons donc la scolarité de Seishuu Handa quelques années avant Barakamon dans son lycée, il est déjà dans la calligraphie, et ce qui rend le unique : il est l'élève le plus populaire du lycée, et il pense être le plus détesté. On commence l'animé avec des personnages non présentés, plutôt lourd, et avec une incompréhension certaine, les 10 premières minutes fût fastidieuses. Au final le scénario se lance, même si il reste très en arrière plan (on notera tout de même une évolution tout au long de l'animé). Les épisodes sont la plupart du temps composés de 3 "mini épisodes", c'est de type "school life" assez classique, le personnage de Handa assez spécial rendant le tout bien drôle (même si on a souvent envie de le secouer pour lui ouvrir les yeux). D'ailleurs tout tourne autour de lui, les personnages secondaires peu développés et enchaînés à la suite sans trop de profondeur, on est bien loin de Barakamon, ses beaux messages et ses personnages très humains et attachants. L'animation est réussie, de belles couleurs, les voix sont de très bonne facture, même si certaines agaçantes (mais Eraser rattrape tout (voir image)), rien de spécial pour les musiques. On se retrouve avec un animé utilisant la notoriété de Barakamon pour faire parler de lui, mais en ayant que le personnage de Seishuu Handa de similaire, sincèrement, prenez cet animé en ne pensant pas à son prédécesseur qui n'a rien avoir, il est bon dans l'ensemble mais n'a rien d'extraordinaire. Il se visionne très facilement sans avoir vu Barakamon. Pas indispensable mais un bon moment de passé. Histoire : 12/20 Animation : 14/20 Son : 14/20 Personnages : 12/20 Globalité : 12/20

PurplePeopleEater
8.5

I enjoyed this anime. It was interesting and different. Here is my sort of messy review. STORY: The story is about the main character from Barakamon, Handa, when he was in his second year of high school. At that time, he was already well known for his calligraphy and for being the son of a great calligrapher. He is the most popular guy in school, but there is one problem…HE DOESN’T KNOW HE IS POPULAR. It’s the opposite actually. He thinks he is hated by everyone. He interprets every action intended to help him as an expression of hatred towards him. When someone tells him not to worry about cleaning duty so he can go work, he thinks they are trying to get him to leave because he will get in their way. His communication skills are poor, he interprets others actions and words incorrectly and most people interpret his words and actions incorrectly. Thanks to others interpreting his words and actions wrong, he becomes idolized by a group of guys whose encounters with Handa helped them in some way. The beginning of the first episode caught me off guard. Actually, the whole first episode had me wondering if I should click the next episode. It starts off with the “Handa force” (several guys who become loyal to Handa) talking about how Handa is getting an anime and how they missed the first episode etc. Then the first episode is delivered to them and they watch it. The real first episode wasn’t bad, except it ended in an awkward place. I think the creators did a good job using the misinterpretations between Handa and his classmates to create a comical story. Miscommunication or misinterpretation is one of the main causes of conflicts. In other words, it’s not unique. However, the relationships between characters and what the misunderstandings were made it enjoyable and a bit fresher. I was disappointed that they added an episode for a cultural festival though. It may seem a weird thing to be disappointed about, but it is one of those episodes that occurs in every school anime and they didn’t even have his class do something original. On the other hand, that cultural festival was how the story ended, which I was not disappointed with. Handa-kun is one of those animes that introduces a new character almost every episode and creates a conflict with said character. I did say almost though, not always. I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of that strategy but it’s used in plenty of comedies. It didn’t bother me though. Now, one of my biggest complaints about a story is usually how it ends. In my opinion, a bad ending can ruin a great anime in five seconds. I kind of thought this one would have a sort of open ending the way it was going, but to my surprise, and enjoyment, it had an almost perfect ending. CHARACTERS: High school idiots. Male high school idiots. That describes the majority of the characters. Other than Handa-kun, there is a group self-titled the Handa Force who practically worships Handa. Technically, a lot of the students sort of worship him, but the Handa Force members had a direct encounter with Handa which changed their view on life. They support Handa from the shadows, or try to anyways, without Handas knowledge. Ultimately, their actions further convince him he is hated. It doesn’t help that they almost never speak to him because they believe him to be so above them. Only one member actually has any sense. The character development is about as good as you can get with this sort of story set up. Each characters development is usually limited to about half an episode with one conflict causing one change and a teeny tiny ounce of the characters history. They are pretty stereotypical characters so that’s all you really need anyways. The Handa in Handa-kun is far more paranoid than his adult self in Barakamon. The end of Handa-kun sort of explains why. I suppose the rest is simply due to growing up. ANIMATION: The animation was average enough. The background colors were a bit faded in that way that is kind of like watercolors. Nothing really stuck out. Animation doesn’t count for much of my overall score unless it’s bad, which it wasn’t…..well except the design of that one girl whose name I forgot (I am awful with names). SOUND: Sound effects seemed average. I didn’t notice any weirdness. I don’t listen to enough of the ending songs to have an opinion on them. The opening on the other hand didn’t quite fit in my opinion. The opening for Barakamon would probably fit this anime better. This opening was a bit darker and serious sounding which was weird for a comedy. I actually liked the song….which is part of why I say it doesn’t fit a comedy. I probably wouldn’t like a song that fit the genre. The anime does have some dark ideas, but it’s approached with so much comedy that it’s buried deep below the surface. Sound doesn’t count much towards my overall score either unless it’s terrible, which it’s not. Overall, I thought it was too short. Just like Barakamon, I would have liked to see more. Then again, when is anything long enough for me…? It was enjoyable. The stupidity wasn’t to a ridiculous level like some comedies. I do believe in such a thing as too ridiculous, but this anime didn’t go that far. It was tame enough to be an enjoyable comedy and not a headache….although the very beginning did make me wonder whether it would be any good. I can’t say it had an amazing first impression and I will take off a point and a half for that, but no more than a point and a half since the ending was almost exactly how I wanted it to end. It was the basic concept at least. I think I liked Barakamon more, minus the ending which wasn’t conclusive enough for me. It may just be because I’m not the biggest fan of comedy though. This would still be among the top comedies I would recommend though. Please let me know if there are any sentences that don’t make sense. Spell check doesn’t catch it if the mistake isn’t a misspelled word or misuse of grammar it recognizes. I already fixed one weird sentence.

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