Barakamon’s simple and candid narrative supports why I find this entertaining- hilarious and not in a Space Dandy way: this show captures its audience in simple ways- with its honest and innocent calligrapher stuck in slap-stick scenarios. Keeping this show from being boring and more engaging. Everyone else in the cast is just further substance to this the depth of his character.
The kittens were a wonderful depiction of Seishu’s personality and how he does NOT fit in this village one bit. We also got a good view of the importance calligraphy is to him. He’s so lost in thought as to make a decision on anything and the painting on the boat designated this point well. Kenji Kawai may be a prolific composer in the anime industry but this episode reminded me why I like his music so much. It’s inspirational- akin to Serei no Moribito.
The ending is amazing and is the second best ending below Zankyou no Terror- lively animation depicting the beauty of scripting. The series as a whole calls attention to the style of Chihayafuru- how purely legitimate and established that was in developing Karuta as more of an art-form than a competitive card game.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 8/10