Today in the June issue of Square Enix’s Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine, it was confirmed that the manga Handa-kun which serves as a prequel to Barakamon will end in the July issue on June 11th. The series anime adaption will be releasing in July. News regarding the anime can be seen by visiting its website:http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/handaanime/ and Twitter as well:https://twitter.com/handaanime. The manga released October 12th 2013 and is still ongoing, it’s based off Barakamon which began February 21st 2009 and is still continuing, it would later get an anime that began July 6th 2014 and ended September 28th 2014 with 12 episodes. Yen Press released the first three manga volumes for Barakamon in print and the first four digitally, Handa-kun was later released by Yoshino in Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine on October 2013, the fifth compiled volume will be released by Square Enix in Japan on February 12th as well. Below are the newly released character illustrations: A plot summary of the series can be seen below quoted from MAL:
A manga that takes place six years prior to the events of Barakamon, detailing the life of Seishuu Handa as a high school student—and a very interesting life it is.In Handa-kun, Seishuu Handa is admired by his peers as a calligraphy genius and given the utmost respect, but Handa-kun himself is under the mistaken impression that the deference and attention he receives from the other students is actually bullying. Handa just wants to live a quiet life, but hilarity ensues as one character after another challenges his position as the school idol, and somehow comes away as a fan all while Handa is horrified and clueless.