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Synonyms: Rakugo Girls
Japanese: じょしらく
English: Joshiraku
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 6, 2012 to Sep 28, 2012
Premiered: Summer 2012
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Maiden Japan
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Manga
Genre: ComedyComedy
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, CGDCTCGDCT, Gag HumorGag Humor, ParodyParody, Performing ArtsPerforming Arts
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.451 (scored by 4843248,432 users)
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Ranked: #20852
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1334
Members: 178,931
Favorites: 762

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Joshiraku follows the conversations of five rakugo storyteller girls relating the odd things that happen to them each day. Their comedic and satirical chatting covers all kinds of topics, from pointless observations of everyday life, to politics, manga, and more. Each girl has something new to add to the discussion, and the discourse never ends in the same place it began.

Each of the rakugo girls has their own unique personality, with the energetic but immature Marii Buratei; the seemingly cute Kigurumi Haroukitei; the inherently lucky and carefree Tetora Bouhatei; the calm and violent Gankyou Kuurubiyuutei; and the pessimistic and unstable Kukuru Anrakutei. These girls—and their mysterious friend in a wrestling mask—give their observations to the audience, either backstage at the rakugo theater or in various famous locations around Tokyo.

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Opening Theme

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"Oato ga Yoroshikutte... yo! (お後がよろしくって…よ!)" by Tetora Bouhatei (Nozomi Yamamoto), Marii Buratei (Ayane Sakura), Gankyou Kuurubiyuutei (Yoshino Nanjo), Kigurumi Haroukitei (Kotori Koiwai), Kukuru Anrakutei (Saori Gotou)

Ending Theme

"Nippon Egao Hyakkei (ニッポン笑顔百景)" by Momokurotei Ichimon (桃黒亭一門)


Nov 19, 2023
Superficially, Joshiraku presents itself as the lesser cousin of Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei, making sure to incorporate many of author Koji Kumeta’s previously established elements into its repertoire: traditional iconography, heavy emphasis on kanji puns and cultural references, and Ionescian dialogue. But while it does includes many aspects already present in Zetsubou-sensei, it also omits plenty of the points that made it especially effective, most critically by replacing its large cast of trait-based characters in favour of the more standard treatment of 5 main characters, all of whom meet the expected archetypes within the standard anime comedy format.

The most notable aspect of Joshiraku is perhaps its formatting, ...
Sep 17, 2023
Mixed Feelings
I watched Joshiraku (including the OVA). Here are my thoughts:

Having somewhat recently completed Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, I thought it would be interesting to watch Joshiraku with the memory of it fresh in my mind. However, I quickly realized that the two shows are completely different. Joshiraku is a comedy and consists of short skits. The main characters are rakugo performers, although rakugo itself is not a major aspect of the anime. The rakugo theater (usually backstage) is only a setting for the various comedic skits (which are usually unrelated to rakugo). So, don't be like me and expect this to be a rakugo-themed show. ...
Mar 18, 2016
Man always strives for a challenge. Climbing Mt. Everest, landing on the Moon, and finishing Joshiraku are some of the arduous accomplishments ever achieved.

The show is mislabeled as a "comedy". If puns and cultural jokes are all you have to lean on; hire a writer. Don't be so proud that you can't dismiss your own faults. The only thing more revolting than the jokes are the dorks that pretend this is funny because they want to be weeb level 1 million. I understood a couple of the puns in Japanese and they weren't good. I pretty much have a PhD in Dad Humor. Timing and ...

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