Thursday, October 6, 2016

Manga Review: Barakamon, Volume 9, by Satsuki Yoshino

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: February 2016
Volumes: 13+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 8. 10.

Goodreads Synopsis:

No matter if you win or lose, today only comes once!

The villagers have chosen handsome young calligrapher Seishuu Handa to compete in their famously competitive sports-festival relay race! While Handa strives to keep his morning practices out of the public eye, Hiroshi goes job hunting, Tama writes a manga, and the kids do their best to keep up with the adults!

Everyone's hard at work in the ninth volume of this super-popular, hot 'n' hearty island comedy!


This series gets better and better with every volume, and at this point I’m just plain following it. It’s adorable and hilarious and I love it so much.
In this volume, there’s a town sports festival, where they’re competing with rivaling towns. It’s very serious, with age groups, and they convince Handa-sensei to partake in it. He’s a good team player, too.
Meanwhile, Hiroshi goes out of town for an interview, and he freaks out a little bit. Tama needs some stress relief and encouragement after her loss in the manga contest. And a new guy shows up in town with an interest in Handa-sensei, seeming oddly similar to a rival he had in high school and Kawafuji just told the kids about.
This series is just a surprising delight and I’m really glad I stuck with it. Can’t wait for the next one.

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