Barakamon Prequel Handa-kun Receives TV Anime Adaptation This July

The official website of Satsuki Yoshino’s Handa-kun manga has announced that the prequel series will be adapted into a TV anime this July. The first visual and set of character designs were also revealed.


The Handa-kun manga is a spin-off prequel series to the Barakamon manga that follows Sei Handa. The TV anime adaptation will be airing this July in the Summer 2016 anime season. It will be airing on TBS and BS-TBS.

The anime’s website has officially launched and revealed a brand new key visual:


The anime designs for the series’ main characters were also revealed:

  • Sei Handa



  • Junichi Aizawa



  • Reo Nikaido



  • Akane Tsutsui



  • Yukio Kondo



  • Takao Kawafuji


Handa-kun is a comedy, slice of life manga written and illustrated by Satsuki Yoshino. The series is a prequel spin-off series to Yoshino’s 2009 Barakamon manga. Handa-kun began in late 2013 being published by Square Enix’s Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine, where a total of 5 compiled volumes have been released. The parent manga, Barakamon, was adapted into a TV anime series in the Summer 2014 anime season, directed by Masaki Tachibana (.hack//Quantum, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0) and produced by Kinema Citrus (Black Bullet, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0).

Here is the series synopsis from MAL:

Seishuu Handa is everything a high school boy could hope to be: handsome, smart, and a calligraphy genius. Though he is revered by the whole school, Handa is completely unaware of his popularity. Much to his best friend Takao Kawafuji’s amusement, Handa is convinced that the admiration of his classmates is actually bullying. Unfortunately for him, every action he takes in order to avoid being “bullied” results in another student, be they model or delinquent, joining the ranks of the Handa worshippers.

Handa-kun illustrates the hilarious high school days of the young calligrapher and his ever-growing fanbase, even though all he wants is a quiet life.

The Handa-kun TV anime will be airing this July during the Summer 2016 anime season. Further information about the anime will be revealed at a later date.

You can visit the anime’s website here:
And follow their Twitter: @handaanime

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