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Evirus on Barakamon

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

I dropped a quick look at Evirus’ intro and decided that it’s just the anime for me before withdrawing quickly in fear of spoilers. That was a mistake, because having marathoned 5 episodes I went back to read the post and discovered that there’s going to be no ending. Also, there were hardly any spoilers. A facepalm for sure.

Anyhow, he made me hooked on Barakamon for better or worse. BTW:

Based on the 25 manga chapters that I’ve read, there is no love interest in Barakamon. […] I guess there are male characters who could be potential love interests, but I would be more surprised at that development than a viewer-discomforting timeskip that reveals a torrid affair with a much older Naru.

I don’t quite understand why this trope must be “viewer-discomforting”. He was making the same noises about Usagi Drop too. But it’s moldier than anime itself. Wasn’t Genji Hikari an ancient tale about nurturing one’s ideal spouse or something?

UPDATE: Evirus’ Usagi Drop essay critiqued the same poorly grounded “otaku rage” at length, but he stopped short from roundly condemning the awful moral panic about “paedofillia” that is grabbing a hold of America.

UPDATE: Another thing, do you ever notice how the apologists of violent video games always claim that every gamer realizes that games are distinct from the real world, and would never enact all the violent fantasies that play out in the game? It’s their main argument, in fact. But somehow the lolicons do not get to use that “distinct virtual world” defence.

Digiboy on Barakamon

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Twitter has killed animeblogging so much that Otou himself prefers carp about LL on Twitter over blogging it at SOS. His co-blogger Digiboy is left to carry the animblogging flag with a post “Barakamon is FUNNY” (capitalization is original):

Nevermind “mai daughteru” longing, fujoshi fun, or the legendary critic punch-out. Artistic introspection, likable characters, and a nice feel are just icing on the fact that Barakamon is really, really funny. It nails fish-out-of-water, broad slapstick, timing, character interactions–basically, everything it goes for, it nails. I won’t say every joke works, but every episode works on the whole. All the elements feed into one-another naturally, but at its core, the fact that it’s so funny gives it the boundless likability it exudes at all times.

Indeed. Humour was not my focus, as my personal favourite part is the character interaction. The rival segment was particularly well done. But since Barakamon is endless (manga is ongoing), Digiboy’s focus is more conductive to care-free enjoyment.

Tappan on Barakamon

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

And so:

The ending is sort of heartwarming, but not too heartwarming. […]

That would leave room for a sequel if they get the money for one.

I’m sort of conflicted about the sequel business. The track record of such sequels is mixed. For example, I think Honey and Clover received a good sequel (although personally I hated its messaging, it was well made). Nodame Paris Hen, however, was a disaster (although Evirus liked it).

Reverse Thieves on Barakamon

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Here we get a proper review, the kind that gets somewhat rare nowadays (certainly Jonathan didn’t indulge readers with one). Here’s just one graf:

The most fascinating part of the series is probably the more realistic approach to the creative process. While there are certainly dramatic liberties taken with the creation of art I do feel the whole process around making something creative comes off a more genuine in Barakamon. There is much more of a look at the trial and error of making a piece of art. We see Seishuu failures, aborted ideas, test runs, and good ideas that don’t pan out even more than his completed works. His works are 90% blood, sweat, and tears and 10% amazing inspiration. There is a little bit of fantastic realism but overall it at least feels authentic and that is what is most important.


SDB on Barakamon

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

After marathoning it, the main problem appears to be one of classification:

It’s hard to describe. It comes close to being “day-in-the-life” except that it isn’t really. There’s something of a series-level plot but it isn’t very substantial, and yet it does tie everything together.

I think arguably it’s a coming-of-age story, though that’s really strange when the protagonist is 23 years old. Anyway, it really is good. I’m impressed.