Yesss….I’ve been meaning to make a seasonal for years, but this is the first time I’ve managed to put one together before the start of the season.
Before the first episodes air, everything’s guesswork. Sure, you may be familiar with the source material, but poor execution can murder a good story, and excellent execution can redeem a story previously deemed bad. You can bang on all you want about pedigree, but so many people work on any single anime series that liking a director, scriptwriter, character designer, etc, isn’t any guarantee either. All of these are fairly shallow observations based off the pvs and premises which can be boiled down to “the visuals look_” and “I’ve had _experience with this genre”.
I’ve done basically no research outside of what can be found on anichart.
The Single Anime I Can Almost Guarantee I’ll Like
Although Handa-Kun is a prequel to Barakamon (which I also love), its style of comedy is very different. Where as Barakamon was a fairly grounded dramedy, Handa-Kun is an off-the-wall screwball farce. In fact, Handa-Kun bares a strong resemblance to Sakamoto Desu Ga, the difference being that Sakamoto was genuinely an omnipotent omniscient being capable of solving any problem he runs across and Handa is a socially awkward dork with a massive persecution complex, whose prickly defensive comments are intepreted as words of wisdom by those around him.
In Weebcast’s Spring 2016 first impressions episode, they described Sakamoto and Tanaka-Kun as fitting within a genre of shows generally titled something along the lines of “_kun is” and about one weird guy and how his various classmates react to him. Handa-kun is an inversion of this formula as it’s about a cast of weirdos bouncing off of a (relatively) normal guy.
I love the manga this is adapting and Sei Handa is one of my all time favorite characters. I don’t expect this show to be mindblowingly good or anything, but I look forward to it no matter what.
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