“Barakamon,” a slice-of-life anime series, shined bright with its golden light that was both sympathetic and kind, making it stand out as a rare anime that bears a distinctive “feel-good” vibe.
To the contrary of most anime we’ve seen previously, this one has a completely fresh and great plot and execution that elicits feelings of love, compassion, and a variety of good emotions in its viewers while yet maintaining the theme’s pure and innocent humor.
The gloss of this one-of-a-kind show may not be comparable to any other anime, but I’ll make an effort to track out any that are close enough. That’s why I bring to you – the anime that’s similar to Barakamon.
Let me know whether you’ve seen all of them and whether or not they made you feel something. They are, after all, the closest anime to Barakamon that I could discover.
Barakamon’s Story in a Nutshell:
It is Handa Seishu, a genius-level calligrapher who knows nothing else in the world but calligraphy. So used to being protected, he was completely lost when exiled to an isolated island after hitting a prominent person in an art display out of the blue.
Handa must now fend for himself on the island as he tries to reflect on his life and the things he has done thus far. However, he won’t be the only one involved in this decision.. Neat little girl Naru is there to get to know him and help him get over his challenges, which aren’t that severe at all, on the island.
1. Usagi Drop
On the day Daikichi decided to attend his grandfather’s funeral, he had no idea that it would be the beginning of a new chapter in his lifestory. .’s It was then and there that he and the rest of his family and relatives learned of their grandfather’s illegitimate daughter. Rin is the name of the illegitimate child.
Rin, an illegitimate child, was at risk of being neglected and eventually abandoned because of his status as an outsider. To Daikichi’s dismay, none of her relatives wished to have her arrested. Daikichi reluctantly accepts responsibility for Rin and places her in his care, although his heart is warmly open to her.
From that moment on, he begins his new life with Rin, attempting to strike a balance between his personal goals and those of Rin.
The Similarity: The primary similarity with Usagi Drop and Barakamon is that both of them have tons of emotional messages to impart. A more laid-back and carefree mood is created in the second video, whilst the more dramatic and intense atmosphere in the first creates a stronger emotional response in the audience. If you didn’t recognize the obvious likeness between the character and the persona, it would be strange (as that is the the biggest correspondence of all for both).
2. Gugure! Kokkuri-san
The Story: Kohina, a young girl living alone and subsisting solely on cup noodles, has everything she could ever want. She will one day undertake a rite that will call upon the spirit of Kokkuri-san, a character from her past. Then she achieved her goal! Now that Kokkuri-san is a ghost, he can follow her wherever she goes.
Uncanny Ghost’s “haunting” ended up being a “babysitting task,” as his considerate side screams out to provide Kohina good food and lifestyle, including preventing her from always eating her favorite – cheap and unhealthy- cup noodles.
Again, the character persona resembles this one quite well. This time, it’s a spooked ghost and a strange little girl who are causing havoc.
Guri Kokkuri-san stands out in comparison to Barakamon in its ability to convey its story and characters in a light-hearted yet highly amusing style. Occasionally, there’s a chuckle to be had, but it’s all done in a clean and sparkly manner. It’s no surprise, then, that both films are equally adept at telling an engaging tale that’s free of flaws and blemishes.
3. Non Non Biyori
Hotaru Ichijou, an elementary school girl, and her family relocate from the city to a rural town in an abrupt lifestyle and atmosphere shift. Upon her arrival, Hotaru is greeted by a class of only four (4) pupils ranging from elementary school to middle school.
Hotaru is gradually adapting to her new surroundings, and she and her new friends (classmates) go on new adventures every day in the peaceful scenery, creating new memories and emotional relationships.
There are many similarities between the settings of Barakamon and Non Non Biyori, both of which feature a rural, peaceful location distant from urban regions. One of Non Non Biyori’s redeeming qualities is its ability to evoke strong emotional responses in the viewer. And while it doesn’t have a lot of hysterical comedy or humorous jokes, it makes up for it with heartwarming and uplifting situations that will make you laugh out loud.
4. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun)
Chiyo Sakura has had a crush on Umetarou Nozaki from the beginning of her high school career. In the end, she does reveal her feelings for him, but not in the way she had hoped or with the outcome that she had desired.
Nozaki gives her an autograph when she confesses, thinking she’s a fan of his because he misunderstands her behavior. Sakura doesn’t sure what to do in this scenario, so she just goes along with it in the hopes of becoming closer to Nozaki. So it came to pass! When Nozaki confesses that he’s a well-known mangaka (manga artist), Sakura agrees to help him with his shoujo manga, which entails drawing/sketching and looking for strange inspiration in the personas of their strange classmates and pals.
When it comes to Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun and Barakamon, their release in the same anime season isn’t a fluke. As a matter of fact, two anime with about the same level of legendary rarity in them? The best of the best! Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of this comical parallelism.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen anything quite like these two. To put it another way, both are so hilarious that you’ll be chuckling from beginning to end as you watch them unfold. Finally, everything is bathed in an innocent light that gives the sense things don’t need to be over-sexualized and over-acted in order to make you laugh. I could go on and on about how these two things are similar, but I won’t spoil the enjoyment for you by revealing all of them right now. If you haven’t tried it yet, do so now.
5. Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon)
Yugo Hachiken, a city lad, introduces himself! He is determined to live an independent life apart from his family, so he decides to seek a job in agriculture. He enrolls right away in a school that focuses on agriculture since he is convinced that he can breeze through the course with just the right study habits and skills. However, he had no idea that farming would be more difficult than he had anticipated, given his expectations for ease and comfort.
There is only one path forward for Hachiken, and that is onward! He sets out to live a new, self-sufficient existence closer to nature with the support of family, friends, farmers, and other professionals.
Both of the main characters bear a striking similarity to one other. Both of them are going through major and inconvenient changes in their lives. Since both main characters are striving to find a way out of their issues, this prompts them to seek out new acquaintances or companions for support. Even if you don’t care about the characters’ resemblances, the rural surroundings of both stories work together in a truly wholesome and beautiful way.
The Story: Yuki is a reclusive boy who never had any friends due to his grandmother’s job requiring him to constantly change schools. Now, he’s relocating to Enoshima, a picturesque locale rife with supernatural occurrences.
As someone who was born into an ordinary existence, he had no idea that he, an extraterrestrial prince, and a strange man with a duck would soon be protecting the world from the evils of fishing.
This is fishing as you’ve never seen it before — or was it really as simple as it seemed?
What else can I say about the similarities between the two? Tsuritama has been described as a show that is both peaceful and comfortable by those who have seen it, including me. Moreover, this and Barakamon have a lot in common – they’re both incredibly calming and enjoyable to watch! Aside from that, both anime have the potential to elicit smiles and positive feelings in the viewer.
7. Natsume Yuujinchou
Natsume Takashi has had the ability to see and communicate with youkai (demons) since he was a child. Even though he didn’t fully understand his mysterious skill, he kept it all to himself; the weight of the load was on him alone.
It wasn’t until later in his life that he discovered the “Book of Friends,” a book that had belonged to his grandmother, who he didn’t know had the same ability as him. This begins his journey to release spirits and assist people with their problems, which is made possible by having the book at hand.
Another thing they have in common is that they both fall under the slice-of-life genre and deal with themes of self-discovery and adjusting to new surroundings and ways of life. As far as similarities go, Handa for Barakamon and Natsume for Natsume Yuujinchou embody the major characters. There are many character similarities, but there is also a comparable sense of fun and levity in both films thanks to the understated but endearing settings and backgrounds.
8. Amagi Brilliant Park
The Plot: Seiya meets a strange girl with a massive mysterious firearm by coincidence. An essential task is at stake and the girl, named Isuzu, has asked Seiya to assist her in her efforts. He gets an invitation from Amagi Brilliant Park to the world’s most decrepit amusement park!
In reality, Amagi Brilliant Park is a threatened amusement park. And it was for this reason that Seiya had been invited. They then firmly assign Isuzu with the task of saving their park, no matter how difficult it is. However, it wasn’t just any old amusement park. It is, in fact, a home for fairies.
The Relative Likelihood: Becoming adept at adapting to novel situations and encountering unexpected people and happenings while immersed in a brand-new environment — does this sound familiar? If this seems all too familiar, it’s because these are the primary points and conditions that Barakamon and Amagi Brilliant Park’s main protagonists have or are experiencing. As previously said, the common denominator between the two stories is the situation or occurrence from which each tale grows. Slice-of-life anime with a splash of comedy, both of which promote a positive self-image and an atmosphere full of smiles and pleasant vibes, are the categories they fall under.