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Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Alternative Titles

English: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
Synonyms: Showa and Genroku Era Lover's Suicide Through Rakugo
Japanese: 昭和元禄落語心中


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 9, 2016 to Apr 2, 2016
Premiered: Winter 2016
Broadcast: Saturdays at 02:25 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Duration: 26 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.601 (scored by 57,906 users)
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Ranked: #732
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Popularity: #600
Members: 173,467
Favorites: 3,945
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Yotarou is a former yakuza member fresh out of prison and fixated on just one thing: rather than return to a life of crime, the young man aspires to take to the stage of Rakugo, a traditional Japanese form of comedic storytelling. Inspired during his incarceration by the performance of distinguished practitioner Yakumo Yuurakutei, he sets his mind on meeting the man who changed his life. After hearing Yotarou's desperate appeal for his mentorship, Yakumo is left with no choice but to accept his very first apprentice.

As he eagerly begins his training, Yotarou meets Konatsu, an abrasive young woman who has been under Yakumo's care ever since her beloved father Sukeroku Yuurakutei, another prolific Rakugo performer, passed away. Through her hidden passion, Yotarou is drawn to Sukeroku's unique style of Rakugo despite learning under contrasting techniques. Upon seeing this, old memories and feelings return to Yakumo who reminisces about a much earlier time when he made a promise with his greatest rival.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is a story set in both the past and present, depicting the art of Rakugo, the relationships it creates, and the lives and hearts of those dedicated to keeping the unique form of storytelling alive.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu covers the first five volumes of the manga. The original voice cast of the OVA reprised their roles for the animated TV series.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Omata, Shinichi
Tsujitani, Kouji
Sound Director
Akagi, Hiroaki
Episode Director
Nakanishi, Yasuhiro

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"Usurahi Shinjuu (薄ら氷心中)" by Megumi Hayashibara (eps 3, 5-8, 10, 13)

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#1: "Usurahi Shinjuu (薄ら氷心中)" by Megumi Hayashibara (ep 1)
#2: "Kawa, Taredoki (かは、たれどき)" by Kana Shibue (eps 2-9, 11, 13)

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Apr 1, 2016
Fleure (All reviews)
Under the dimly-lit canvas of a rustic theatre, surrounded by the sounds of slowly-plucked shamisen, waits an audience for a performance of great tradition. Gradually, a man wrapped in an dignified air approaches the center of the stage, sits elegantly on his knees, takes a slight bow to welcome his gazers, and proceeds. Thus begins a performance commonly known as Rakugo or the Japanese art of oral story-telling. Rakugo involves the storyteller to orate a comical account designated between two or more characters, generally playing all roles, distinguished only by slight nuances in behavior, tone, and gestures.

Rakugo has been a classical trait of read more
Apr 1, 2016
Veronin (All reviews)
Shouwa Rakugo is a story about life. It is a story about the art of Rakugo, of Japan's history during the Shouwa era, of friendship and family, and of sacrificing everything to reach one's potential, but particularly it is a story about life— the lives of two talented, troubled and yet ordinary men.

Shouwa Rakugo may only be thirteen episodes long, but it covers a period of years and decades, a turbulent series of ups and downs, much as life is itself. It depicts the rise, fall and redemption of Yakumo and Sukeroku, and many of those around them. The tearful reunion as Sukeroku returns read more
Apr 1, 2016
ZephSilver (All reviews)
When I sat down to write this review I had a hard time condensing my feelings towards it into written format. This wasn't to say the story was complex; on the contrary, it was rather straightforward on paper. But when I tried to articulate my thoughts to virtual ink, nothing came to fruition. Then after I sat back and let everything that had transpired sink in, it just hit me, a simple word, yet one that was able to properly express the feelings that I had wadded up inside for this title. Simply put, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu was poetic.
From the way it delicately read more
Apr 1, 2016
Nervin (All reviews)
It is truly fascinating of what people are capable of doing to survive in society, especially when you are basically abandoned by your relatives. A young boy who once aspired to be a dancer has no choice but to learn the art of Rakugo, a form of Japanese verbal entertainment in which the storyteller sits on stage while performing a complicated comedical story. Audiences may have had the impression that it solely focuses on the profession, yet this is not the case. At first it seems that it simply served as means of survival, but it becomes apparent that the journey throughout his life was read more


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