barakamon is a beloved anime series in the segment of life and comedy genre. We know that the slice of life genre holds a special place in Japanese anime culture. The Barakamon manga series, one of the beloved works of this genre, was written in 2009 by Satsuki Yoshino. The manga series was adapted into an anime by the successful studio in 2014. Kinema Citrus† Kinema Citrus is a really successful studio because it is the creator of famous anime like Made in the abyss and The Rising of The Shield Hero, which aired with Barakamon during the same period. The spin-off series, “Handa-kun”, was also written by Satsuki Yoshino and adapted for TV by Diomedea† Those who have not seen the spin-off series should not miss this extra flavor. However, fans are mainly looking for a second season. The Funimation licensed anime originally aired on Japanese local networks from July 6, 2014 to September 27, 2014. So, even though seven years have passed, the anime would be a second season†
What is the storyline of the anime?
Our story begins with 23-year-old calligraphy artist Handa punching the exhibition manager. Handa can’t bear the heavy criticism of the director of his award-winning job such as ordinary, monotonous and unoriginal, loses himself and beats the director. After this incident, at the insistence of his father, he is hastily sent to Goto Island. On this island, far outside the city, where the means of transport stops once a day, life is spent fishing and doing things related to the sea. Handa wants to work quietly and map out his way in his art here. But the inhabitants of the island, especially their children and young people, show so much interest in him that he knows few moments of solitude. But there are also so many moments when he enjoys life.
Talking about the time Handa spent on the island in general, Barakamon is an anime that doesn’t seem to say anything, but mostly has entertaining scenes. As we are used to in the segment of the life genres, it is a cute and warm anime, a production that you will watch little by little so that it does not end, and you will love each of the characters. The Naru character is the golden ball of the anime. I don’t think it has a scene that doesn’t make the audience laugh. Naru’s admiration for Handa, with his childlike purity, is the kind that will touch people’s hearts. Handa is a classic tsundere character. The message “You have to find your own way”, told through Handa’s career, is the subtext of the series that is not boring and a lot of fun to watch.
Will there be a second season of Barakamon?
The first season of the anime was released in 2014. A spin-off anime has delighted fans after two years, but it is not enough for them. From January 5, 2021at the time of writing, studio Cinema Citrusmanga publisher Square Enix or any related company with the anime yet renewed the series for a second season† Waiting for a new anime season sometimes takes years; sometimes the end of this waiting can be positive and sometimes unanswered. There’s no official announcement for a second season of the anime yet, and we don’t know if we’ll be able to see it anytime soon. However, whether the anime will get a new season can be judged by some key factors. Since there is no official announcement yet, we are going to speculate about the second season of Barakamon. The main factors we mentioned are; suitability of manga source material, disc sales, popularity and other…
Factor 1: Manga Status
As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, the original manga of the series was written and illustrated by Satsuki Yoshino. Square Enix published the series in Gangan Online magazine between February 21, 2009 and December 12, 2018, and Yen Press published it in English in NA. As the Manga series gains popularity, it appears to have surpassed its cumulative print run of 4 million copies. However, what really matters is whether the anime has enough resources for a second season.
The manga series with the same name as the anime consists of a total of 18 parts, and we will not see a new part because the series completed† In the first season of the anime, the first 6 parts were adapted. Each part of the manga has almost an equal number of chapters, so we can call it a 1/3 adaptation rate. There seems to be enough stock material available for two more seasons.
Factor 2: Disc sales
Disc sales are invaluable for a second season of the anime. When anime disc sales average below 4,000 units, we usually don’t see a second season. There are always exceptions, but disc sales are also important data to see the popularity in Japan. Barakamon has sold 7,000 discs after broadcast. Looking at CD sales, a second season is very likely.
Factor 3: The animation studio
Kinema Citrus has had a capital agreement with “KADOKAWA Bushiroad” since 2019 and since “Square Enix” and “KADOKAWA Bushiroad” are rival companies, it may not be possible to produce “Barakamon” published by Square Enix. Even though Kinema Citrus isn’t, another studio could take over a second season of the anime, like in the spin-off series. But this confusion is one of the details that makes the anime less likely to have a second season.
Factor 4: Popularity
Disc sales usually reflect the local popularity of the period in which it was released. Looking at it today, anime is listed as the 271st most popular anime in Myanimelist. Since Barakamon is an old anime that came out in 2014, it is advantageous in Myanimelist popularity list. But we can look at more recent stats, such as Google’s search volume, to see its current popularity. To be fair, we can say that the searches for anime have declined a lot lately, and it’s not as popular as it used to be. Advertising work is no longer going on Twitter, and it has only 24k followers. We see that the animes approved for the new season have much more than that.
2nd season chance at Barakamon
Popularity on Mynanimelist
Popularity on social media
Popularity on Google searches
Perfect ratings (8.39 on MA, 8.2 on IMDb)
Enough manga source material
Success in disc sales
Only one season
No big distributor or extra income
Below average popularity
No extension since 2014
Not a bestselling manga series
When is the second season of Barakamon?
The anime has not yet been renewed for a second season, but we think it could become a new season with a 10% chance as a result of our evaluation. The sale of discs and the adequacy of the manga source material give hope for the second season. However, this chance is quite low because the manga series is out of the running, and it’s been quite some time since the last season of the anime, and it’s not as popular as it used to be. We’ll share it with you when the second season of Barakamon is officially announced, but for now. If a new season is confirmed, the production period will last about a year. There are no rumors in preparation for a new season yet. We hope to see a new season in 2023 – 2024. Until then, we recommend the popular slice of life animes like Gakuen Babysitters and Senryu Girl†