Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

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Synonyms: Showa and Genroku Era Lover's Suicide Through Rakugo
Japanese: 昭和元禄落語心中
English: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
French: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
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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
Genre: DramaDrama
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, Love PolygonLove Polygon, Performing ArtsPerforming Arts
Demographic: JoseiJosei
Duration: 26 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.561 (scored by 9520495,204 users)
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Ranked: #1072
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Popularity: #843
Members: 293,966
Favorites: 5,846

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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.

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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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Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

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

Episode Videos


Apr 1, 2016
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 ...
Dec 22, 2016
Mixed Feelings
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu has been hyped to me as the best anime of this year. Mature historical drama with amazing voice acting and editing.

First lets tackle the voice acting which is truly spectacular. Especially during Rakugo scenes where voice actors shine at almost mindblowing levels. It really shows how great Japanese voice acting is. I am not japanese speaker so I can't really appreciate or criticize the rakugo perfomances but I can hear how the voice actors can jump between characters during the performance and it's pretty fantastic.

With that also comes the editing which smartly uses cuts and camera angles to enhance the ...
May 20, 2023
I really don't understand why this anime get's such good reviews, it's average at best hence my rating of 5. There are some nice elements that make it watchable, but ultimately the anime is boring.

SOUND: About what you would expect. It's average, good enough, but not good enough to overlook the drastically detracting qualities of this anime.

CHARACTERS: The characters and character development is good. Their back stories and origins are good. It's nothing special, new, or particularly enthralling, but definitely better than your average Shounen character development by a longshot. In fact, this is the best part of the anime. If you like slice of ...

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