Episode 6 Impressions: Barakamon

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Unlike typical episodes of Barakamon, it seems this time around Handa is due for some rude awakenings. Comedy toning down a bit, while not necessarily being removed from the picture.

e6barakamon4Synopsis
As our previous episode hinted at, Handa’s friend Kawafuji arrives in the small town that Handa is hiding away at. As he arrives in town with Kanzaki Kousuke in tow, Kawafuji asks Naru for directions to find where Handa is staying. Though Naru is setting up a shell shop and has high dollar in mind for her finds.

While Naru nearly runs off with Kawafuji’s credit card, the village chief and other village adults arrive to drag Kawafuji away thinking he’s a kidnapper. Though it seems the meeting he’s taken to turns into a rather drink filled party.

Later Kawafuji arrives at Handa’s home shortly after Handa realizes his phone is filled with emails from him. While at first it seems like a friendly reunion, this turns into a physical ordeal that is only stopped by Kawafuji’s drunken vomiting.

Later, during some commotion, Miwa and Hiroshi realize the identity of Kanzaki Kousuke who arrived with Kawafuji. It’s the 18-year-old that beat Handa at the Tokyo Kasho Exhibit. Fearing what Handa would do, they try their hardest to hide his identity and separate the two.

e6barakamon2Thoughts
As hinted at in the teaser, this episode definitely had a bit less on the humor side. Though there will still plenty of chuckles involved. Instead the episode moved more to the serious tone and bundled it up with some heart warming moments.

I was shocked to see how serious the exchange between Handa and Kanzaki got. Making Handa question if his stay at the village was ruining his work. However I believe the girl’s nature nearby ended up striking a big cord with him. Sticking with what his father really embedded in his heart. Finding his humanity more than anything else.  I guess the big impact this episode had for Handa was for him to see his old self once again.  Reminded by his own words what he left behind.

Great episode over and I really enjoyed the change of pace. To be honest, most of the series has been rather episodic and less about an ongoing plot. This episode showed a sign of getting into some really good impactful moments.

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THUMBS UP!

THUMBS UP!

IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
Great

Pros:

  • Good drama
  • Great development for Handa
  • Some cute moments

Cons:

  • None

Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

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