The BEST Episodes of Barakamon

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 5, 2022

Network: Nippon TV

As a punishment for punching a famous Calligrapher, young handsome Calligrapher Handa Seishu is exiled on a small island. As someone who has never lived outside of a city, Handa has to adapt to his new wacky neighbors, like people traveling on a tractor, unwanted visitors who never use the front door, annoying kids using his home as a playground, etc. Can this city guy handle all the crazy hardships? Find out in this wacky island comedy full of innocence and laughter!!!

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Let's Go Together

#1 - Let's Go Together

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 13, 2014

After Handa submits his "Star" calligraphy despite some trepidation, he gets roped into helping to build a stone wall and then into taking the girls to the summer festival. Meanwhile, Kawafuji gets the exhibition hall director to agree to welcome Handa back to Tokyo. How will he bid farewell to the kind islanders who've taught him so much?

star 8.84
87 votes
Writers: Masatsugu Arakawa, Pierre Sugiura
Buddhist Chanting and Dancing

#2 - Buddhist Chanting and Dancing

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 23, 2014

It's Naru's birthday, and Handa wants to present her with a new rhinoceros beetle. However, Kenta not only refuses to help him catch one, but also declares a battle to get Naru the best bug! Later, Handa is invited along for a visit to the Kotoishi family gravesite, but finds the local Obon customs unusually cheerful.

star 8.60
86 votes
Writers: KAORI, Pierre Sugiura
I am in Tokyo

#3 - I am in Tokyo

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 20, 2014

Handa has returned to Tokyo, to show his new "STAR" calligraphy to the gallery director he had punched and ask for forgiveness. However, Handa doesn't feel quite right about the work, and ends up smearing it before the director can. Could some inspiration from his time at the island help him create an even better work before the deadline?

star 8.47
59 votes
Writers: Masayuki Kojima, Pierre Sugiura
Glad You're Back

#4 - Glad You're Back

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 27, 2014

With his calligraphy exhibition entry finished, Handa wants to return to the island and the people he cares about there. Unfortunately, his mom is dead set against it. How will he convince her to let him go?

star 8.38
63 votes
Writers: Masatsugu Arakawa, Pierre Sugiura, Shinya Kawasura
Going Swimming at the Beach

#5 - Going Swimming at the Beach

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 2, 2014

After the job from Miwa's dad breaks his artist's block, Handa's ready to get writing! But some distractions come up, in the form of the girls demanding penmanship help, a day taking the kids to the beach, and Naru's Grampa's addictive pickled daikon...

star 8.34
59 votes
Writers: Masaki Tachibana, Pierre Sugiura

#6 - Annoying

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 12, 2014

A week after coming to the island, Handa is trying to focus on improving his calligraphy. However, he keeps getting interrupted by Naru and her friends, including middle-school girls Miwa and Tama, who want their old base back!

star 8.33
78 votes
Writers: Masatsugu Arakawa, Pierre Sugiura
Mochi Thrown in Celebration

#7 - Mochi Thrown in Celebration

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 19, 2014

Tama hides a deep, dark secret, and meeting Handa may have led her to reveal it. Is it too late for her to save her reputation? Meanwhile, Handa is suffering his own angst after not placing first in a calligraphy competition. Maybe a friendly mochi-picking session with the villagers will cheer him up...

star 8.33
76 votes
Writers: Masaki Tachibana, Pierre Sugiura
Cheerful Child

#8 - Cheerful Child

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 5, 2014

Handsome young master calligrapher Handa Seishuu has been exiled to a far-western island for punching a critic. He plans to focus on his writing in solitude, but rambunctious little Naru won't leave him alone...

star 8.32
90 votes
Writers: Masaki Tachibana, Pierre Sugiura
Almost Got Badly Hurt

#9 - Almost Got Badly Hurt

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 6, 2014

It's only two weeks until the Naruka Exhibition. Handa waits for inspiration as he deals with a broken bath heater and various scuffles with the kids. Unfortunately, not long after inspiration falls, so does Handa...

star 8.28
57 votes
Writers: Pierre Sugiura, Satomi Nakamura, Shigeru Shinno
Guys From Tokyo

#10 - Guys From Tokyo

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 9, 2014

Handa's only friend, Kawafuji, arrives with a kid named Kanzaki Kousuke in tow, but their trip to Handa's house ends up being very roundabout. Why does Kousuke want to meet Handa so badly, and why did Kawafuji agree to bring him?

star 8.27
64 votes
Writers: Kazuhisa Ouno, Pierre Sugiura
Island Dads

#11 - Island Dads

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 26, 2014

After his computer and cell phone break, Handa's only link to the outside world is the phone at the general store. He decides to focus on his entry for the upcoming Naruka Institute competition, but hits a wall. Can a job from Miwa's gangsterish dad help him break through it?

star 8.13
67 votes
Writers: Masatsugu Arakawa, Pierre Sugiura
A High-Grade Fish

#12 - A High-Grade Fish

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 16, 2014

To make up for the turmoil of the previous two days, the village kids and Handa treat his guests to a fun day of fishing before bidding them farewell.

star 8.10
62 votes
Writers: Pierre Sugiura, Shinya Kawasura