「おけがまくっちした / 大怪我しそうになった」 (Ookega Makucchi Shita / Ookega Shisou ni Natta)
“Almost Got Badly Hurt”
After its one week hiatus, Barakamon returns this week with an emotionally charged episode. Like it or not, change is coming.
It’s been said that inspiration comes to us when we least expect it but in my opinion there are definitely things you can take into consideration if you’re trying to have frequent, serendipitous moments of brilliance. In Handa’s case, he has so many different ways to spur his creative genius it’s almost ridiculous. From playing around with the amazingly genki Naru to stepping out of his shell and joining the other villagers in their crazy events, even without the guarantee that anything will come from it; it makes sense surrounding yourself with certain things increases the chances of something good happening RIGHT!? Which is why it drives me crazy to see Handa still completely miss just what it is that helps him create masterful works of calligraphy. Sure he’ll partially realize that losing himself in the moment helps him discover something new about himself but I’m still waiting for the moment when he has that huge realization.
The Village Kids
Something I wanted to touch on was just how cool all the younger village kids besides Naru and Hina are. Instead of being relegated into background fodder I’ve constantly been impressed by how unique they all are. And even though they aren’t anything crazy special to the point where I can remember their names without thinking, they do a great job at making their existence known. (You know, it makes me feel pretty bad that I can’t remember the two kids who hang out with Kentarou all the time.)
That and I love how they manage to bring out the kid in all the older characters. Because if there’s anything better than seeing snotty brats get what they deserve, it’s when smug “adults” do whatever they want under the guise of being older.
Change Can’t be Stopped and Looking Ahead
After seeing this look of regret flash across Handa’s face, I knew something was up. After having my fears confirmed by the omake at the end of the episode, it seems that next week’s episode is going to be a lot more somber. While it remains to be seen why Handa suddenly needs to return home, the way he phrased his words didn’t sound like he was leaving forever. But honestly, who knows? It wouldn’t be a bad time for the show to toss a curve ball at us!
‘Till Next Week!