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Barakamon prequel anime Handa-kun reveals new visual and character designs

The official website for the anime series of Satsuki Yoshino’s Barakamon spin-off manga Handa-kun has unveiled a new visual and several character designs, giving a peek at the look of the anime. The prequel manga launched in Square Enix’s Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine in October 2013, and its anime adaptation is scheduled to air in Japan this July.

Sei Handa
Junichi Aizawa

Reo Nikaido

Akane Tsutsui

Yukio Kondo

Takao Kawafuji

Yen Press, who also publish the original slice-of-life comedy Barakamon, have licensed Handa-kun  and release it both digitally and in print. They describe the manga’s story:

Handsome teenage calligrapher Sei Handa is worshipped by all his classmates as an aloof superstar–too bad Sei’s inherent negativity makes him believe that everyone actually hates him…?! A youthful comedy of misunderstanding and melancholy unfolds in the first volume of this hilarious prequel to Barakamon!

Barakamon itself inspired an anime series, which premiered in July 2014 and ran for 12 episodes. Crunchyroll and FUNimation both streamed new episodes as the series aired in Japan, and FUNimation has gained the distribution rights for a home video release in the US.

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