Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

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Synonyms: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu 2nd Season, Showa and Genroku Era Lover's Suicide Through Rakugo 2nd Season
Japanese: 昭和元禄落語心中~助六再び篇~
English: Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
French: Le Rakugo ou la Vie 2
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2017 to Mar 25, 2017
Premiered: Winter 2017
Broadcast: Saturdays at 02:25 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genre: DramaDrama
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, HistoricalHistorical, Love PolygonLove Polygon, Performing ArtsPerforming Arts
Demographic: JoseiJosei
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.711 (scored by 6577365,773 users)
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Ranked: #532
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Popularity: #1277
Members: 188,341
Favorites: 3,156

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Even after having risen to the utmost rank of shin'uchi, Yotarou struggles to find his own identity in the world of rakugo. Caught between his master's teachings and the late Sukeroku's unique style, his performance lacks an important ingredient—ego. And while his popularity packs the theaters, he is but one of the few; rakugo is under threat of being eclipsed.

Meanwhile Yakumo, regarded by many as the last bastion of preserving the popularity of rakugo, struggles to cope with his elderly state. Even though his performances are still stellar, he fears that he is nearing his limits. His doubts grow stronger as an old friend creeps ever closer. Konatsu, for her part, attempts to raise her son as a single mother, which Yotarou is heavily opposed to. Instead, he seeks to persuade her to marry him and in turn raise her son as his own.

In Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen, the curtains fall on Yotarou and Yakumo's story, tasked with restoring the near-obsolete art form as well as overcoming their internal conflicts.

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Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen covers volumes 6 through 10 of the manga.

Characters & Voice Actors



Opening Theme

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"Imawa no Shinigami (今際の死神)" by Megumi Hayashibara (eps 2, 4-10)

Ending Theme

1: "Hikobayuru (ひこばゆる)" by Kana Shibue (eps 4-10)
2: "Kawa, Taredoki (かは、たれどき)" by Kana Shibue (eps 12)

Episode Videos


Feb 26, 2024
You are not immune to empathy.

"The art of Rakugo is about creating empathy"

Descending Stories. The hook is the promise of a homage to an obscure artform. The content is a devastating character drama inflicted on all sides, throughout generations.

Rakugo Shinjuu has always been fascinating. There's no clear connotations you can attach it to, no description or definition you can box it into. It's an everchanging, sprawling tale about life and humanity. Encapsulating a fragment of emotional complexity and spiritual dexterity within the decaying art form of Rakugo. It presents a poignant case study of the burden of love—be it for art, family, or friendship.

Yotaru bring ...
Aug 11, 2020
Mixed Feelings
I didn't enjoy the first season that much, it had some good elements but overall boring, unfortunately with my brain capacity, i forget a lot of the season.

This second season however got me interested around the second half, connecting loose ends with season one. they way they showed the end of the characters along with the rakugo, was captivating and emotional.

STORY: Nothing special beside the way they bind everything together at the end.

CHARACTERS: Each character was unique and didn't seem fake, some were more interesting than others.

Apr 16, 2017
Not only is this show not up to par in comparison to it's predecessor, but simply wouldn't be worth your time or consideration without it's lineage.

The first season clearly demonstrated how every character is shaped into who they became by preceding events, and almost every element introduced has a crucial role in the plot; in contrast, the majority of this season's plot elements are introduced, then simply go nowhere.

Take as an example, the desire to keep Rakugo traditional, versus the need to keep Rakugo alive through innovation. The first season heavily foreshadowed that this would be the main struggle of S2, and the ...

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