Barakamon, Vol. 13

by Satsuki Yoshino | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 0316553131 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 7/4/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, July 04, 2017
I was first drawn to check out Volume One of this series after reading this Unshelved.com review. I enjoyed it enough to keep reading, and got this volume from Barnes and Noble. It's a slice-of-life story about a young calligrapher who moves to a remote village to try and recharge his creative energies, and finds himself increasingly caught up in village life - for better or worse!

This volume picks up after the events of Volume 12, with several changes of pace. Handa's young rival shows up unexpectedly, having run away from home (!) - only to find that Handa's on his way to Tokyo with little Naru. So Kanzaki has to try to figure out life in the village without Handa's help; good thing all the local kids know everything that's going on.

The scenes in Tokyo are both scary and hilarious, with an all-too-believable scene of little Naru - who's never been off the island before - having a complete meltdown when she thinks she's lost Handa in a crowd at the station. And some coincidental-hilarity ensues when the young woman who was intended as Handa's bride (by his parents, not by himself) spots him leading little Naru around and gets quite confused.

Fun with tourism, more tidbits about calligraphy as an art and as a commercial proposition, more fish-out-of-water bits with Kanzaki back on the island - the scene where he "helps" by picking the daikon that Handa's been trying to grow as part of a contest with a neighboring farmer is really funny, not least because of Hiroshi's blank-eyes-of-doom when he sees what's happened.

The only problem with the books is that they don't include a story-so-far and cast-list; there are so many characters and their relationships are so important to the story that it would really help. But I think some of the charm can be gleaned even if you don't know how all these people are related.

By the end of this volume, Handa has made a decision that could change everything - if he sticks to it. Given the way all the islanders seem to be interested in his business, not to mention his friend and agent Kawafuji, it's unclear how long they'll allow him to go his own way...

[There's a TV Tropes page on the series.]

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (7/6/2017 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I'm putting this book in the manga/graphic novel bookbox, which will be on its way to its next stop soon. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Thursday, October 26, 2017
I picked this up because the girl on the cover bears uncanny resemblance to Arele from Dr Slump. Now reading GoryDetail's journal it seems like I may have a hard time following the plot. Well, I hope I still find the read enjoyable.

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