Sunday, May 15, 2016

Manga Review: Barakamon, Volume 3, by Satsuki Yoshino

22553539Rating (Out of 5): ~3-3.5
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: February 2015
Volumes: 13+
Spoilers?: No.
Buy it here: Amazon. Barnes and Noble.
Volume: 1. 2. 4.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Kawafuji, the only friend of handsome young calligrapher Seishuu Handa, has come to visit the island...!! 
...However, the lack of cell phone signal and any useful landmarks is preventing the two of them from meeting up!! Also, why has Kousuke Kanzaki, who beat out Seishuu for an award (in the "Second-Place Calligraphy Incident"), come along for the ride......?! There's a storm brewing in the third volume of this mature, heartwarming island comedy!!


I really want to love this series. I’m trying really hard. And it’s good, don’t get me wrong—but I don’t love it.
In this volume, friends of Handa come to town. To visit, see how he’s doing, but also kind of to get him to come back home. Just like this was an odd town to Handa, it’s strange to his comrades. Such a small town, with people who know everyone, overprotective of their children, with no real sightseeing opportunities.
There are a lot of comedic opportunities. Like when the newcomers are believed to be kidnapping Naru, and then get forced into drinking as punishment. When the group goes fishing and are pushed into the water. How his rival brings old articles about him to embarrass him with his new friends.
But there are also the moments of development. We see Handa really deciding what he wants to do with himself, his realization about his calligraphy career, when his rival pushes him. That he likes where he is and wants to stay in this tiny town. We also get to see how his new friends care about him, helping him when there’s a storm, and trying to keep his rival from causing him trouble.
This series is fun, and the group of characters are vast and unique and a lot of cause for antics. I enjoy those things, but it’s still not hitting me like I want it to. I’m going to stick with it a bit more, hoping it gets better.

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