「しまんおんつぁんどん / 島の親父たち」 (Shiman Ontsandon / Shima no Oyajitachi)
Why is this show so good!?
Random Slices of Life
If there’s something that Barakamon does right, it’s how it handles the slice-of-life side of things. Mixing your typical day-to-day activities with the hassles that come with living in a rural village, it can take something as simple as stray cats and turn it into something awesome or hilarious depending on your perspective. I mean, just where else in the world are you going to see that many well-behaved stray cats in one place?
But this show doesn’t just stop there! With the perfect platform for awesome slice-of-life sequences to occur, you have to love how well they add humor into the mix. Maybe it’s because I’m getting a little older but I wasn’t sure whether I was supposed to laugh or cry after watching Handa’s epic-fail with the rotary phone. The best part of it? I think Handa and I are pretty close in age — which means he has absolutely no reason not to know how to use such an amazing device!
Bonus Trivia: For those of you who had no idea who Takahashi was, don’t worry because I didn’t either! A quick search reveals that his claim to fame was his ability to fire 16 shots per second and applying it to video games for the NES.
You’ll Never Know till You Try
Continuing the pattern of opening our hearts with some slice-of-life and then unleashing a wave of feels right after, this episode’s lesson once again perfectly resonated with me. How often have you been tasked with doing something that you just can’t screw up on? Be it a presentation at work, an important playoff game, or maybe something as simple as writing a boat’s name on its hull — there’s always some kind of pressure that’s looming over you before the big moment. But just like Naru showed us, you have to eventually start somewhere and before you know it that sense of pressure disappears and you’re caught up in the joy of doing what you enjoy. Sure it won’t always be as simple as slapping handprints onto a boat but as long as you’ve put in the work and prepared you’ll find your way.
With its seamless integration of story and life lessons that are all held together with a glue called “slice-of-life”, this show is definitely on a roll. Always taking the time to remind us about Handa’s real life problems while giving opportunities for him to grow as both a calligrapher and a person, I don’t think there’s anything this show could do better. Well, I wouldn’t complain for more Naru c: