Barakamon, Vol. 17
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This volume picks up after the events of Volume 16, with village favorite Hiroshi away in Tokyo for college - and with Handa taking the... interesting... step of dyeing his own hair blond so as to become a Hiroshi-substitute. As usual, the village does not respond to this as he expected, but much hilarity ensues, and it made a nice nod to one of my favorite characters.
There's a very funny chapter in which someone's stealing food from Handa's house; he imagines all sorts of things, but the truth is both funny and adorable.
Most of the rest of the book deals with the arrival of two college students with a videocamera, and the goal of filming the "friendly and hospitable villagers" for a TV show. Their gradual introduction to the wackiness of the village is very funny indeed, and the cameraman/producer's obvious crush on his wannabe-idol companion is quite charming.
There's also a chapter on competitive squid-fishing, with much posturing among several of the village men (and a hapless Handa, who's still not that great at typical village activities of this sort).
[There's a TV Tropes page on the series. And there's an anime, which I'd like to see.]
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