-Both are stories of unlikely friendships built while following a similar passion
-The main characters seem like perfect foils of each other, one reserved and one energetic
-A bit of a love triangle in both
- A similar era, the Shouwa era in Japan, but in a different setting, one in the city and the other in the country
Both are beautifully told, emotional stories, and the setting is what I believe to be the decider. Sakamichi angles in more on the youth wanted to rebel against the stifling authority of this era and express themselves through this foreign music called jazz. Meanwhile, Rakugo Shinju is about artists struggling to hold on to a tradition that is being threatened by a changing world. read more
The character personality frameworks and interactions are nearly the same. Both for older audiences. Both have a very nice, pristine, slice of life style to them whilst being set in the past. If you want to watch something peaceful that evokes emotion (that comes in many forms), these are the shows for you.
Stiff, reserved, cold character meets and shares the same passion as expressive, outgoing character. Though they are opposite, they end up developing a very close, brotherly bond. Characters are all complex in their own right. Similar (kind of, not really) romantic complications.
Both titles are period dramas set in the Shōwa era with a decidedly older (generally female) audience in mind. They both center around a group of artists engaging in a performing art while strengthening their emotional ties to one another. They also have similar aesthetic properties, such as plenty of pastoral Japanese imagery and a focus on body language as the main complement to their expressive animation. Though music serves different purposes in both titles, both titles feature a soundtrack that incorporates a fair share of jazz.
both of these animes primarily take place during japan's reconstruction after world war 2, both follow the stories of polar opposites who share a common love for their art form (Rakugo and Jazz). It is no surprise that with the clash of asian and western culture spawns a fertile ground for many art forms to grow and adapt into modern japan. While one series tries to keep the traditional japanese world alive the other is a story immersed in western culture. Both series have a solid main cast of characters and are well worth the time to watch.
Much like Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, Sakamichi no Apollon is character driven. It focuses on the daily machinations of its characters and the art form they practice. The time period and tone of both shows are extremely similar and they both have that cool, mature feeling.
-Centring around two boys that are complete opposites
-Brash Rowdy Kid and Bookish Quiet Kid become unlikely, begrudging friends
-Bit of a love triangle
-A little heartwarming, but also heartbreaking
-Both shows are based on performance arts Music/ Rakugo
-Set in late past Japan
They are both stories about two youthful guys and their dreams. Arts are involved. While Sakamichi no Apollon deals with music Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu deals with the art of storytelling (rakugo).
Also a bit of romance is involved where the two guys are interested in the same girl.
Afaik they are based on jousei manga because women in Japan seem to like stories about guys? I myself as a guy can say: I liked them both because as I guy I also like stories between guys. It's easy to understand the guys' motivations and behaviour even if it seems irrational sometimes.
They are both character-driven and the romance does not take a big part of the screentime. It's more about the guys and the relationship between them and the hobby/work that connects them. read more
Both stories have similar character archetypes, are packed with drama, and take place in a historical setting. The main character of both series are pretty gloomy and serious and have an outgoing troublemaker as their foil.
The stories are vastly different, as Sakamichi follows high schoolers in a slice of life setting and Rakugo follows a clearly defined story of a man over the course of his life. However, the characters and overall feel of the series are similar. If you enjoyed one, you'll probably enjoy the other.
Both being based off of Josei manga, they a similar feel in that the two protagonists have contrasting personalities; one is conformist, straight-faced and ordered while the other is unruly, wild and unconventional. Both sets of protagonists have a strong bond that intertwines with an accompanying third female character, helping to progress the plot as well as their respective relationships. They both have a similar feel and art style to them, and a creative technique (music vs rakugo) is central to both. If you enjoyed Sakamichi, you'll almost definitely like Shouwa just as much, if not more so.
It is quite rare to find a show that doesn't just focus on either its story, or its characters, especially one that manages to handle both well. If you fell in love with the way the Sentarou and Kaouru interact, then you will no doubt feel right at home here watching Sukeroku and Yakumo argue life out. The way Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu introduces its viewers to the art of Rakugo, is similar to the way Skamichi no Apollon introduces its viewers to the world of Jazz. The way Sakamichi no Apollon makes you fall in love with its music, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu will make you fall in love with the Art of Rakugo. The same way Sakamichi no Apollon makes you cry when it wants to, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu will do, many times. read more
Both shows deal with 2 completely polar opposite characters developing a special relationship over the art they love. There is also a challenging love triangle in each of the shows that serves as the leading cause for the drama
Both are stories about protagonists pursuing success in the only thing they have to fill the void inside while coping with the isolation and loneliness that comes with it. Hurting people close to them and trying to fix the mistakes are dealt with in both anime albeit in different ways. And even though Shouwa Genroku takes a mature tone compared to Sangatsu, both of these stories are character studies and are pretty good ones at that.
> the protagonists were obliged to choose the way that they travel still very young
> are part of traditional Japanese art and are improving over time
> there are several dramas and suspensions around the protagonists while developing the plot and talking more about their trades
Both series are incredibly introspective series. The main characters are both melancholic but not to the point of being annoying. In fact, they both work quite well with the tone of the series (dealing with doubts and anxiety that come with pursuing a profession at a young age). Also, the supporting cast can be quite uplifting while also dealing with complex issues of their own. Overall, I'd say Rakugo is a little darker in tone as it deals with subjects such as death. However, 3-gatsu is no lightweight either as it deals with subjects such as child abuse but it definitely carries a lighter tone.  read more
Fantastic and entertaining stories with appealing and deep character development. Drama is the strong key on both animes, showing the life and difficulties of a daily day. Both the main male characters grows in personality over the anime.
Great dramas that focus on character development. With both Rei and Yakumo, their main focus in life (shogi and rakugo respectively) are things that bring them pain. To them both, this pain is brought about by losing people close to them.
Rakugo and Fune both have a simple, slow, mature themes.
Both series are also beautifully designed, with stunning animation and sound tracks.
So first off the similarity in the story line, both series are explore old craft professions (Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu - Rakugo a traditional Japanese form of comedic storytelling ) (Fune wo Amu - the process and hardship that comes with making a dictionary) where we get to follow our main characters through their journey, both characters learn under professionals and aspire to accomplish something one day. Also both main characters have the second lead with an opposite personality who helps them in their career and relationships. Rakugo has some quite dark/deep moments, as it deals with affairs and death while Fune has a steady flow to the story with not much drama, however they’re both calming, heartwarming and express realistic situations. read more
Both started of their seasons extremely underrated. Such a shame!
Rakugo and Fune have very simple premises but mature themes. Both have a strong josei vibe and both have very pleasant music. They also seem to be slightly similar in art style. Rakugo appears to have slightly better animation flow, but both very appealing. In contrast, Rakugo is based on an older Japanese time period (for most of season 1) whereas Fune is modern day Japan.
Respectfully I understand either anime isn't for everyone, but they're both just captivating!
They are series about professions: being a rakugo artist, making a dictionary.
Haruko Kumota worked on both, so you're gonna feel a similar atmosphere when you see the quirky but realistic characters and the smooth pacing of the story.
Both are pleasant series, it's nice to watch them with a calm mind; their focus is on making you contemplate the journey of a man learning about his work and slowly growing through life.
- Grounded, well-established characters whose occupations lie in struggling industries; dictionary-making and Rakugo (theatrical storytelling).
- Settings are vernacular and mundane. Some may call them both boring; others would call them ingenious.
- Main duos feature opposing personalities who bring out the best in each other, helping each other in pursuits of romance, friendships, and career.
- General storytelling is very similar: slow but patient.
- Originally written by the same woman. (Her name escapes me.)
The ambiance of both the shows is quite similar. The direction is spectacular in both the shows - more so in the case of Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju than Saraiya Goyou. The pacing, the overall feel of both the shows is quite soothing and comparable.
Both are similar in its atmosphere, the way that the characters interact with each other, and its historical setting is mostly the same. If you liked Showa Genroku and want to look a show with a similar feeling, be sure to check out Saraiya Gorou, and vice versa.
Narrative-wise, these titles share very little in common, however, when it comes to exploring the spaces between character relationships and seeing how well-developed personalities interact with each other; these titles can be seen as companion pieces. The similar meditative atmosphere and traditionalist-like world design also lends itself well to making the experience feel closely connected. Both have a subdued but palatable way of presenting its world and characters. A strong moral fiber that makes the individuals presented to feel realistic in comparison to most works being produced today. Very theatrical in the way stage plays tend to be. Both were worked on by key animator, Mieko Hosoi. If you like one there's a strong possibility you'll like the other.  read more
Both shows deal with historical and mature themes and are similar in exposition. They both introduce an enigmatic character whose character and past are gradually uncovered as the plot unfolds. Both are not presented in the conventional linear manner which makes both shows distinct and interesting. In both shows, the main characters are involved in a particular activity which is an essential element to the story and provides and great setting – in Rakugo Shinju, it’s rakugo while in Saraiya Gouyou, it is kidnap for ransom. The characters on both shows are refreshingly real as they break away from the common character mold. If you are looking for something different, I recommend both.  read more
The stories are centered around the reminiscences of elderly protagonists who are prominent figures in the entertainment industry. As these characters begin to show age, they begin to brood over their inevitable fate. If you'd like a drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then I've got the perfect recommendation for you!
Both are surreal historical dramas that follow an entertainer through their life through the lens of the main characters' memories. They both give off a similar dreamy and tragic vibe. In both, the characters are imperfect and interesting. They are both beautiful pieces of art.
I feel that if you enjoy Millennium Actress, you'll enjoy Rakugo and vice versa.
Both shows follow their protagonists' lives from pre-war era up until 2000s, bringing a lot of nostalgia while painting a clear picture of Japan back in the day. While one tells the tale of a rakugo performer, the other is about an actress. Their lives both somehow intertwine with the stories they tell. The 2 animes are also on par with each other in terms of quality, from sound, acting, directing and art. Though similar in story, Sennen Joyuu's style is trippier, while Rakugo animation remains quite traditional.
Chihayafuru and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu are similar in genre, both are josei and drama. Chihayafuru takes place in modern day school/life Japan, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu mainly takes place in the past, 30+ years ago and tells a story of upcoming sucess. Both shows have similar senarios and face a lot of the same tropes.
Drama/Josei anime. The vibe and the suffering are real. Both deal with the arts, if I must say, being Chihayafuru about Karuta, a game that feature the 100 poems of the Hyakunin Isshu, and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu about Rakugo, a form of art that perpetuates in theatres.
Both series revolves around very unusual activities that might not be known to a lot of people. The art is similar and characters are likable (so far).
If you're like me and have completely fallen for this anime so far, I'm sure chihayafuru will be your cup of tea as well. That accounts for the opposite way as well! =]
Both with traditional japanese culture kind of genre and Rakugo from being well written drama to with tragic romance, yet Chihayafuru is different, with a very endearing slice of life genre and a great plot.
Both with good characters, very stellar and good plot and very very good characters.
Both have a historic elements to them
Both are about Japanese storytelling
Two of the stories in Aoi Bungaku deal with very similar themes to Rakugo (both based on literary works by Osamu Dazai)- one about an artist working in theatre and his relationship with a friend who is his foil, and one about an artist's struggle forming relationships with other people
The first story from Aoi Bungaku Series (the first four series) has a lot of common with Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. It's the same historical period of Japan, shown in both anime, the same idea of double suicide, which is a ground for both stories. Even the main characters have some similarities - they both are connected with the art. Their specializations are different, and the Rakugo's main character has much more stronger personality, but both of them are also basically tragic. Aoi Bungaku Series is much more darker anime, in any sense; the main difference, although, is in a vision - positive in Rakugo and negative in Aoi Bungaku Series. read more
- both series focus on performing arts (music/rakugo)
- there's a similar dynamic between main characters (unlikely friends)
- lots of realistic drama/relationships
- both are aimed at similar demographic (josei)
Both anime are about unlikely and very strong friendship of two very different people. Both deal with how this friendship interjects protagonists' other relationships and life of professional performer (musician or rakugoka, respective). Finally, both ask fundamentally the same question about this friendship.
i find both of these shows similar in scope, and mature subject matter. while each have their own stories, i find parallels of fame, relationships, and friendships. nana's driving force is music, and rakugo's being storytelling. so if you dig nana, you might find rakugo enjoyable? or not? but give it a shot.
This movie is a lesser Shouwa Genroku in my eyes, it is also about an artist struggling to deliver his art to people in an era where some are still reluctant to the upcoming modernization in Japan, but Nitaboh can't put up a fight against Rakugo in terms of characterization, thematic richness and directing. Nonetheless, if you liked that show, this is worthy to check out because it will give you the same things you liked about it in a small dosis.
Both are heavily character- and dialogue-driven historical period dramas about a passion for traditional Japanese art forms in a drastically changing society. While the time period and chosen subject matter are different (Tea ceremony and wabisabi philosophy during the late Sengoku period in Hyouge Mono, rakugo during mid-Shouwa period in Rakugo Shinjuu), the style and contents are very similar. A fan of either is likely to appreciate the other.
Give of a lot of the same feel. Both main characters being students of old Japanese art forms. Hyouge mono with it's Tea ceremony and philosophy about Wabi sabi and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu with it's old comedic art form. Hyouge mono is also highly underrated and I can promise you if you end up liking one of these you'll definitely like the other
Both revolve around artistic professional hobbies that are passionately depicted by the shows' creators. Those hobbies are used to emphasize the characters' emotions and stories. Also, both focus on the relationships between two very different adult men from the point-of-view of the more uptight one, and their relationships are built upon the inspiration that they give each other in their shared field. SGRS is definitely more serious, somber, and stylistic than YoI, but they both actually utilize similar themes and have plots that make heavy use of subtle character details and foreshadowing. A fan of one show may not necessarily like the other (e.g. SGRS isn't portraying a romance between its male leads like YoI, although there are obvious hints and it is written by a mangaka who has done BL before. Meanwhile, YoI may be a bit too zany and dependent on modern technology for people who loved how realistic and historic SGRS was) but I'd still say they are both worth trying out.  read more
What do a goofy romcom and an artistic period piece have in common? More than you might think. Both Yuri and Bon are emotional, complex characters dealing with disappointment, pain, and loss, but they move through those feelings to find motivation, beauty, and purpose. Their mental anguish also makes them highly unreliable narrators, and just when you think you understand someone you will discover something surprising that changes everything.
For me, the most interesting element of these shows is how seemingly repeated performances are augmented by the characters’ mental and emotional states. Bon repeats Rakugo stories several times, and Yuri skates the same routines throughout the show, but each iteration is noticeably different, allowing viewers to appreciate different aspects of the performance. I found myself wanting to rewatch each show to see what I missed the first time around! read more
One, about poems, the other about rakugo. Both heartbreaking in their own way. If you watched Uta Koi and want another story filled up with angst, that feature tragic love stories and very adult and mature characters, then please watch Rakugo Shinjuu (same thing the other way around).
Both are josei period dramas about old and unique forms of Japanese art (rakugo or short poems). Both embed to a significant extent the actual content of those arts into narrative. Both are about how performing the art influences one's everyday life, dealing particularly with romance/friendships part of it. Uta Koi however is slightly postmodern, its episodes vary in tone and include elements of absurd comedy while Rakugo tells a continuous and somber story.
both has similar stand point to express the love and affection in their field .You can understand a talent isnt the every thing .It needs some realization . Both has tremendous love story also.You cant stop your feelings for them i sure about that.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is near defined by its rich story and fully realized characters (at least, setting aside the legendary direction from Hideaki Anno and how freaking insane it is) making it an unforgettable experience for anyone who is willing to take on a series that's a little bit more "deep" than your average show.
In this regard, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is quite similar to NGE, not to mention that they are both true directional masterpieces. While Rakugo will not brutalize your emotions to quite the extent of Evangelion, there are several clever and shocking twists in the plot paired with such exceptional composition that might just leave you breathless.
Furthermore, they both make use quite risky but well-managed artistic license to make a stance on controversial subjects such as religion and the afterlife, which only adds to their appeal. Both series were crafted with a level of care and passion that is so rare in anime and all entertainment as a whole. You can unmistakably feel the creators' love and utter devotion for their subject matter every time Shinji comes running back to that eva even when he is past the brink of psychological turmoil and has lost the few shreds of dignity he had left, or when one of the characters gets a solid five minutes of screentime or more performing a single rakugo story with even the most minute details in facial expression or shuffling of feet are refined and animated /to/ /a/ /tee/ in order to suit the individual context. It doesn't get much better than this, folks.
In conclusion, I am a firm believer that anyone who truly appreciates the depth that Neon Genesis Evangelion presents will almost definitely enjoy what Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu has to offer, as well as the converse. Rakugo can be accessed legally and free of charge on Crunchyroll, and my God is it worth your time. Thank you for being my reader. read more
Both take place in a similar time, both deal about a main character doing something artistic. Both *masters* have a daughter that catches the eye of their students. Both daughters have a very similar character.
Honestly, there's nothing similar between the two series. But! They both do love the art of storytelling and explore it thoroughly. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu follows the traditional way as it also unfolds the history of Rakugo while the Monogatari series take narrative into the future. I think that all four-eyes, literary types and bookworms will be happy to have their minds blown away by both of them.
They share a wonderful history, where visual criticism is left in the background, Since it becomes irrelevant at the time of listen / read the dialogues and focus merely on what they want to tell us. // Comparten una historia maravillosa, donde la crítica visual se deja en segundo plano, volviéndose irrelevante en comparación con los diálogos de ambos animes.
SGRS is, in my a opinion, one of the best stories I have ever known of. I have given it a 10 (you can see it in my profile) and I really think it is a masterpiece we should all give a try to. So, why I am recommending Kabukibu? Well, I hope I can explain myself so you can get my point.
First of all, I want you to know I am wrinting this recommendation after watching just the second episode of Kabukibu. So, I won't compare one to another as I am still watching one of them.
My point is that Showa is about rakugo and Kabukibu is about Kabuki. Both are Japanese ancient arts, very appreciated by old people and almost forgotten by youngsters. In Showa it is shown the hard life of a rakugo performer and how many thing they have to give up in order to perfection their art. On the other hand, Kabukibu is about a highschool boy who loves kabuki theatre and wants to start a club about it at school. Some little hints about life of kabuki performers has been given on these two episodes but I do not know yet whether if they will deepen this topic.
Now, why do I name one after the other? The answer is clear: if you are interested on japanese culture and its arts, then you should take a look to both stories and learn (as I am doing now) a little bit more about history, culture and japanese arts. read more
They might seem different at first - the one is about the art of storytelling (rakugo) the other one is about sports (ping pong/table tennis).
But you should easily recognize they are similar if you watch them both. I'd never recommend any other generic sports anime to Ping Pong. Ping Ping is more than just sports. Also ganbatte anime are different from this.
Ping Pong and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu are both character-driven and about two guys that are connected by ping pong (Ping Pong) and rakugo (Shouwa Renroku Rakugo Shinjuu). While they are friends they also are rivals.
You don't need to know anyting about ping pong/rakugo to enjoy the anime. You don't even need to like that stuff. (I don't even like sports at all and I loved Ping Pong.)
It's about the guys and as a guy myself I like such stories about guys and friendship and conflict that is not overshadowed by action stuff or romance which usually takes the main part in most of other animes. read more
Both share an uncommon narrative structure: the season starts and ends in the current timeline, while most of the season is a long flashback happened in an earlier phase of the character's life.
Character dynamics are similar: duel MCs that act as foil to each other and at the same time share a common passion/core value.
The stories start in the characters' youth and follow them well into their adulthood. The reveal of the past will shed a new light onto the characters' present actions and relationships. The previous timeline ends in tragedies which are partially remedied in the later timeline. The characters have a second chance at making up for past regrets.  read more
These are shows that revolve around theater and really capture moments of what it's like to act. Both protagonists have rivals as well as mentors, and touch on the theme of passing down an art form to live on through forthcoming generations. There's also some unusual romantic elements in both.
Both focused on exposing the inner workings of a Japanese industry.
Both have believable characters (albeit Bakuman is targeted at a younger age)
Both a great shows about growing up and striving to achieve your dream. Whether or not the characters succeed is a different story.
Though Kaze Tachinu is much darker, both take place during pre and post-war eras and feature a coming of age story. Beautiful narratives and heavy focus on details of the time period. One distinct difference is that Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is much easier to swallow.
If you liked the first half of Gungrave you'd probably like this series. I don't know how to put it but the first half of Gungrave and the first season of Rakugo gave me the same type of vibe, maybe because it is looking in the past from an outside perspective at a coming of age-esque story of two good friends or what but they both were very enjoyable in the same sort of ways.
At least give Rakugo 6 episodes if it doesn't hook you right away because in episode 6 there are a few moments in particular that were utterly fantastic, and those few moments alone are worth watching the series for. read more
They're (like) brothers, have very different personalities, and are together in the search for a dream. And "together" does not mean it won't be conflict, angst and envy between them.
Both series will make you learn a lot: In Rakugo Shinjuu, you learn a lot about the rakugo art and japanese history and culture; in Uchuu Kyoudai, you learn about astronautics and space.
The drama is very well presented, even the side character's stories manage to captivate you. You'll end up crying, laughing and struggling together with the characters - they're crafted like real people.
Both are targeted towards older female audiences with a lot of dialogue in each. So it's great if you like a really deep story with excellent character development.
The stories are also similar in the fact that a woman has feelings for two men.
In each story, the main characters begin new work and undergo training to become a master of their respective profession. Though their occupations are different, both characters interpret stories or other people's words and often incorporate their own. Both stories contain a series of smaller stories. Most importantly, they are both dramas striving to induce similar feelings in the viewer.
Despite containing many stories, Rakugo possesses a single, cohesive narrative. Rakugo spends more time is spent developing its characters. Rakugo is covert in concealing the truth of many matters which are uncovered as the story progresses. All secondary characters and their traits differ, as does the setting.
The titles make abundantly clear that both anime are set in the same time period, but while Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu spans over several decades (approx. 1940-1980) focusing primarily on the traditional art of rakugo, Shouwa Monogatari tells the story of one family during a single year (1964).
Although the basic premise is different in both, each share a deep insight into the era, portraying the trials and tribulations of post-war daily life, new discoveries, the effect of changing times, and a myriad of cultural details that really bring the two stories to life.
The characterisation is done well both anime, and they depict the complicated relationships between family (SM) and friends (SGRS) with much depth and realism that resonates with the historical backdrop.
SGRS is perhaps more sombre while SM retains more optimism, but both are excellent historical dramas.  read more