Barakmon Episode 5

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The background designs are fairly simple yet they make such an appealing impact towards the entire show!  Episode 4 illustrated how much Seishu did not fit in the village.  It’s here that we see him evolve further and adapt to the village in the second half of the episode.  The first part seemed to me like it was only there to just fill time.   He’s got a dedication or passion rather for calligraphy that he teaches to Naru and the others- we already know this.  This portion could have been more well spent on its side characters of Goto Island.  We don’t know very much about Hina’s parents, how she was raised and it would be nice to deviate from the comedy for awhile, or even the village chief Yujiro.  It is in moments like these that make me want to drop a series: being too repetitive and not being able to think outside the box.  Then the second half started up.

Was this a different episode entirely?  How was this even the same director?  Seishu, Miwa, Tamako and the kids all go swimming- this sure was different.  Getting a glance at Seishu’s own feelings towards other people was very refreshing to see, it didn’t help however that this was all turned into a joke in the first half that Naru should marry Seishu.  They writers could have completely left that bit out and his worried feelings would have  flowed a lot stronger here.  With Kosuke Kanzaki and Kawafuji’s arrival it will be very interesting to see how they interact within the village.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: 6/10

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