「かえってきてうりしか」 (Kaette Kite Urishika)
“Glad You’re Back”
I’ve tried writing this intro sentence about a hundred times now and I can’t seem to find the right combination of words to create a accurate enough sentence describe my feelings about this final episode. All I can say for sure though, is that this finale was absolutely fantastic.
True Parental Guidance
While Naru will always be best girl in my heart, it’s hard to deny that Handa’s mom is just as awesome. Her love for Handa knows no bounds and I don’t think I’ve ever seen an anime mom break from the mold in such an incredible way. She’ll beat the crap out of anyone, guilt trip you into agreeing with her, and when push comes to shove she’ll go as far as making cutesy a 😡 face to really make you feel bad. But among all the silliness, there’s no denying that Handa’s mom truly cares about her son. There’s no reason for her to act so brash if she really wasn’t concerned with his well being and when you think about just how much love it takes to get a mom to break so far from the mold, you’re entering a scale that’s immeasurable.
But let’s not forget the other person who was in-charge of bringing up Handa! While he may be just as awkward as the son he brought up, Handa’s dad in collaboration with the Village Elder and Museum Director managed to open Handa’s eyes to the world around him. Putting him in just enough danger to mature without risking his life or profession, I can’t help but be in awe when I think about just how consideration Handa’s dad put in to helping him mature.
So yeah, the true stars of this final episode ended up being the two characters we’ve seen the least of. Go figure!
An Ending for the Ages
I think I’ve come to realize that Barakamon isn’t a show that’s trying to depress us. It hints at the sadness that could lie in the shadows of a small village on an island but never risks getting within 15 feet of it — and I’m totally okay with this. But for the show to take my emotions and lead me to believe that we’re in for a sad ending only to give me such a heartwarming one is totally unfair! I don’t know about you but I couldn’t help but start tearing up when we finally got a chance to see what Handa wrote last week. A literal embodiment of what makes the village such a happy place for him, the tears just kept falling as the camera zoomed closer and closer. Because if there’s anything we’ve learned together with Handa, it’s that the people around you who make each and every day a little more fun are some of the most important in the world.
It’s been an absolute pleasure blogging this show. With each episode taking the time to show us how important having a little fun is while hiding little life lessons among it all, Barakamon has turned into one of my favorite shows. Sure it may not have the crazy action scenes or cutesy romances but who needs stuff like that when you have a crazy cast of characters like Naru, Handa, and the rest of the gang primed and ready to have some legit fun (Naru for Best Girl 2014!)?
Besides that, I don’t really have too much to say. I’ve blabbed a lot on most of the posts where I felt a real personal connection with Handa and the lessons he’s learned so you can go through the archives to read that. But if I had to say something about the show, I have to give it props for the almost chilling way it lets anyone who watches it find their own meaning from the story it’s trying to tell.
Anyways, thanks so much for keeping up with the posts! I’ve loved reading all the comments (and thank you so much for the positive ones when I was feeling down) and discovering all the different ways you can view the show. While this show may not make it as AOTY (Anime of the Year), I wouldn’t hesitate recommending this show to anyone. Because no matter who you are, there are times in life where you’ll lose your way and sometimes the only way to really realize what you’re missing is to have the Naru in your life take you on an adventure. ‘Till next time!