Between all the painting and cleaning, I try to watch some anime via Chromecast. I actually started watching Bloodivores (yes, I’m aware of what it sounds like when saying it out loud), but four episodes in, I gave up on it. It’s just plain bad, not only storywise, but also in terms of animation and characters. It’s like the makers had a good idea, but blew it all in the first episode, after which they decided to not even animate a talking mouth, nor put in any sort of character development at all. Unless you want something to watch when reaaaaaally bored, avoid it like the plague.
So I decided on Handa-kun instead, which I had already started when it was still new, but never finished, because the lil’ one wanted to watch it with me, which he never did. “The other kids from Barakamon are not in it!” he said. Of course not, as Handa-kun takes place in the past, when Handa was still going to school. His best friend back then was Kawafuji. Actually, he is his ONLY friend, or so Handa thinks, as Kawafuji once told him for fun, that everyone hates him. Believing his best friend’s words, he keeps thinking that everyone hates him, and are all out to make fun of him, or even worse.
Truth be told, Handa is the most popular person in his high school, and he even has his own fan-club, which we get to see in the very first episode. That fan-club is more of the main focus in the series than Handa himself, as they set out to not only adore, but also protect him. Granted, he does need protection at times, but more from himself, or the fan-club itself, as they are a pretty stupid bunch of classmates. They have hearts of gold though, and always stand by their idol’s side. Through the twelve episodes, Handa’s fanbase grows, and even includes his biology teacher, and students from other schools.
Handa himself isn’t aware of any of this though, as he constantly tries to isolate himself from everyone other than Kawafuji, who knows very well what is going on. While just living his life, Handa gets into a lot of awkward situations, while not even noticing it himself. Some of these situations end up in him getting more friends, which he is not realizing at all. At one point, he even thinks the boy who saved his ass several times is the one who hates him the most, because he doesn’t know what is going on outside his own bubble.
While this all sounds pretty sad, it’s actually pretty darn fun to watch. The characters are many, but also diverse, and very loveable… or scary. Handa not being able to see what is going on, but still saving the day, and his own skin, is a laugh every time something out of the ordinary happens. And that’s basically what this series is; out of the ordinary. If you liked Barakamon, you will probably also like this series, as it shows how Handa Sei came to be the loving idiot he is, and why he and Kawafuji still keep up with each other in adult life.
Also, the opening is so weird and funny, it sets the mood for the entire show right away. When I heard the screaming at the very beginning, I was in doubt about what this would be about, but the opening animation shows that it’s not to be taken seriously. Granted, the first episode with the fan-club making their own Handa anime weirded me out, but looking back at it, it was a good way to start an awkward series about awkward people. And that’s just the way I like it 🙂