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Barakamon prequel manga Handa-kun ends next month

Square Enix’s Monthly Shonen Gangan, which has been running Satsuki Yoshino’s Barakamon spin-off manga Handa-kun since October 2013, has announced its approaching end in today’s June issue. The series’ final chapter will go to print in the magazine’s July issue, set to go on sale on June 11th, and the manga’s anime adaptation will start airing the following month.

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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