Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Yotarou Hourou-hen

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Japanese: 昭和元禄落語心中 与太郎放浪篇


Type: OVA
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 6, 2015 to Aug 7, 2015
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Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genre: DramaDrama
Demographic: JoseiJosei
Duration: 39 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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Ranked: #13472
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Bundled with the special editions of the manga's 7th and 8th volumes.

When a certain man is released from prison, he knows exactly where he's heading first. After falling in love with a traditional comic storyteller's rendition of the story called "Shinigami," he is determined to become his apprentice. The performer, Yakumo, has never taken an apprentice before, but to everyone's surprise, he accepts the eager ex-prisoner, nicknaming him "Yotaro."

As Yotaro happily begins his new life, he meets others in Yakumo's life, including Yakumo's ward Konatsu. Konatsu was the daughter of a famous storyteller, and Yakumo took her in after her father's tragic death. Konatsu loved her father's storytelling, and would love to become a performer in her own right—but that path is not available for women.

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Sep 5, 2016
mutsurhea (All reviews)
For anyone coming to watch this, having seen the 2016 TV series Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu.

This ova is just the first 2 [and a bit] episodes. And can happily be skipped, If you're seen the show. As it's just an [extended] pilot episode.

There is one difference between the two though, the [hard to find] released DVD version [or, rips of] is only 576p. Compared to the 2016 series which is readily available in 1080p. So this is a worse version of those starting episodes of the series.

And, imo, this first starting arc is the weakest part of the entire 2016 series. And misrepresentation of the read more
Mar 9, 2015
irma_vit (All reviews)
For starters I'll write down my emotional progress during watching:SPOILER!

hmmm... l'd see this a little bit, poster looked great; Hm? sound's real great sets the mood, looks it'll get funny; WoW such art and expressions on characters (main look a bit annoin'); Hey I don't know what Rakugo is lets Google it... hm looks interesting lets continue!! HAHAHAHA what was that last 15 mins_ it was sloppy performance, but laughed quite badly :DDD WTF ghost???
AAAAA I want to see this animated more, perform moreee!!!!

story: very promising! as I see it OVA is only prelude to main story so it's more like introduction of characters, Rakugo read more


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