Handa-Kun – ADB

Alternative Titles

English: Handa-kun
Japanese: はんだくん



Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2016 to Sep 23, 2016
Premiered: Summer 2016
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:58 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Diomedea
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older


Hated by everyone around him, Sei Handa goes about his high school life regarded as an outcast—or at least that’s what he believes. In reality, Sei is the most popular student on campus, revered by all for his incomparable calligraphy skills, good looks, and cool personality. However, due an endless series of misunderstandings, Handa perceives the worship he receives from his legions of fans as bullying, leading the school’s idol to shut himself off from the rest of his classmates.

But distancing himself from his peers doesn’t deter them from adoring him; in fact, his attempts at drawing attention away from himself often end up unintentionally converting even the most skeptical of students into believers. Fashion models, shut-in delinquents, obsessive fangirls, and more—none can stand against the brilliance that is Sei Handa.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


I would only recommend this to people who want a fun light hearted yet whacky comedy. I would not recommend this to Barakamon fans at all. I’ve only seen the first episode of barakamon (I intend to finish it) but I think completing it would ruin my enjoyment of the show.

Handa-Kun should remain in some spin off universe far detached from everything happening in barakamon. There is no way anything like this could ever be taken seriously in something like barakamon.

Despite all its criticism I genuinely found this show really funny and entertaining. So watch it for the comedic aspects only!


Sakamoto Desu Ga?

Shows from the same genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Shounen

Shows from the same studio: Diomedea


2 thoughts on “Handa-Kun – ADB

  1. This one is the kind of prequel that really makes me roll my eyes. They didn’t need to attach this to Barakamon at all and it should have just been its own thing. The tenuous link it has to the source isn’t necessary for any of the story or jokes in Handa-kun and it actively undermines how the character is perceived in the source material.
    That and being a straight high school comedy I really didn’t enjoy it very much. Barakamon somehow managed to keep me interested and I found genuinely sweet by the end of it, but Handa-Kun kind of just annoyed me from start to finish.

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    • I think I’m one of the few people who watched Handa kun first and I completely get what you’re saying. There was no link to the source material at all and didn’t need to be associated.

      I enjoyed barakamon by basically forgetting it. Handa in Handa Kun has no idea that everyone likes him and thinks he’s actually unpopular. I could imagine him in the future being the way he is if he didn’t realise how he was back then, though he was still pretty perfect in comparison.

      Wasn’t Handa Kun an anime in an anime anyway? I can basically ignore the show if I focus on that fact and interpret it as a huge exaggeration of Handa’s old life.

      Completely agree with you on Barakamon though, I really loved that ending!

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