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Poll: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu Episode 3 Discussion

Jan 23, 2016 8:12 AM

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I just love it how they started the series with the present and then they went to the past, in order to get to know the main character better and what is it that it happened that, in a way, spoiled a great friendship they had. I'm loving it more and more each episode.
Jan 23, 2016 10:10 AM

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This episode was fantastic, i got a bit misty eyed when they reunited. This is easily my aots and is shaping up to be one of my favorite SOL if the show stays so good.

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tokiyashiro said:

Jizzy as you would call yourself because youre a dick The most butthurt award goes to you And clearly you havent watched that many shows thats why you cant determine if a show is unique or not Or maybe you're just a child who likes common stuffs where hero saves the day and guys gets all the girls. Sad taste you have there kid you came up to me in the first place making you look more like a kid who got slapped without me even knowing it and start crying about it to me

Jan 23, 2016 10:18 AM

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man I almost started to tear up in the final third when Kikuhiko and the mistress were separated from Yakumo and Shin during the war. that was some powerful storytelling.

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Jan 23, 2016 10:43 AM

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I'm not ashamed to report that I shed manly tears during the reunion scene..

I'm just waiting for Kikuhiko to say, "Zura ja nai, Kikuhiko da!" :)
Jan 23, 2016 10:50 AM

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My god, the show finally started giving me a story about the characters and not 15 minutes of their sets. If this episode was as dull as the last two I would've had to drop it, thankfully it finally moved on to the human story of these people and provided a very top-notch episode. It even provided wall-print worthy backdrop material!

If they continue on with the format of this episode, I will be much more pleased with this show and it could be one of my favourites of the season. Though I don't think I could ever rewatch it, Rakugo as an art itself isn't that interesting to me.
Jan 23, 2016 11:03 AM
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Another great episode, but I’m sensing a love triangle between Yakumo - Miyokichi - Shin. I hope I'm wrong...
Jan 23, 2016 11:26 AM

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This is my favorite this season. Really neat storytelling an unexpected wonderful job from Studio DEEN
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Please god help me quit this website.

Such great community that doesn't even know how demographics work, AND gives """detailed"""" reviews after first episodes.

Jan 23, 2016 12:29 PM
Acid flashback

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Harrymanhunter said:
Easily the best Anime this season. Great character interactions, characterisation and atmosphere.

Agree totally with this. A fantastic watch.

And at the end things just got even better with the character voiced by Megumi Hayashibara herself. A femme fatale if I've ever seen/heard one.
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Jan 23, 2016 2:11 PM

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Japanese drama set in the early Showa Era always appeal to me in a meaningful way.
Gem of this season. At least as good as ERASED, if not better.
Jan 23, 2016 4:05 PM

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If the show continues like this, it will be the clear AOTS for me.
Jan 23, 2016 4:07 PM

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This anime is beautiful, that's all I can talk <3
Jan 23, 2016 4:17 PM

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Good episode as usual this is probably the most underrated anime this season.
I really like Shin and Kiku especially together they are great.
Kikus progress is really nice to see how he opens up and became closer to Shin.
Also loved how he helped that girl with the guitar play hope to see her again.
Btw, do girls like her actually exist in RL or are they just fantasies like unicorn ?
Jan 23, 2016 4:22 PM

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Teared up from Kiku reunited with Shin and Master T_____T
Jan 23, 2016 5:51 PM

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And the show just keeps getting better and better.

Also what an great opening, easily my favorite one of the season.
Jan 23, 2016 5:52 PM

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bekeru said:
This is my favorite this season. Really neat storytelling an unexpected wonderful job from Studio DEEN
its expected from deen to make good historical anime

idk where ppl are pulling this deen hate from
Jan 23, 2016 6:11 PM

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Another great episode, I do kinda wonder though if all this anime will be flashbacks now.
Jan 23, 2016 6:38 PM

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You know an anime is a masterpiece when it just easily pulls you into the story and made you immerse yourself in the character. Watching this episode made me feel I actually lived during that era and that's not something any ordinary anime can do.

AOTS for sure and a very strong candidate for AOTY.
Jan 23, 2016 9:08 PM

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Even with the slow feeling of this episode, instead of being bored, I felt immersed into its world. The episode made me feel their sense of time, in that, when the episode was over, I actually believed that I just finished a 48-minute episode again. That's pretty amazing!

This show has been so good. Can't wait for more :)
Jan 24, 2016 1:26 AM

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Solid episode, definitely better than last week's
The way the story is getting told is impressive, It's different and great! Katsura's voice is made for this kind of shit
Maybe they both fall for the new girl introduced in the next ep's preview, waiting to see it!
The whole episode was very realistic, they showed Yakumo's love story very nicely, how they waited for the return, how rakugo's state was before and after, just great
Them two coming back was a nice scene
Overall a good fucking episode! 4/5
And the OP is neat.
Modified by AhoNoGin, Jan 24, 2016 1:33 AM
Jan 24, 2016 4:01 AM

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Tenth said:
Another great episode, I do kinda wonder though if all this anime will be flashbacks now.

Wouldn't be surprised if the anime becomes a whole flashback tbh.
Jan 24, 2016 4:34 AM

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I really doht know whether to drop it or not...
Jan 24, 2016 4:36 AM

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The opening sequence is enjoyably unique. As for the episode itself, how they handled the war was rather impressive. Nothing overly dramatic, just the sorrow of sending acquaintances to far and the joy of their return, spiced with some wartime slice-of-life. I wonder, what sort of a role will that mysterious lady play?
Jan 24, 2016 6:07 AM

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Very heartwarming.
Jan 24, 2016 7:22 AM

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i heard the op before watching the episode two days ago, and it is good. and i still remain in love. definitely one of my faves this season.
Jan 24, 2016 8:05 AM
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This seals the deal for me in this show as my AOTS by a wide margin.

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Jan 24, 2016 10:21 AM

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Ooh, OP is interesting ... sounds familiar but I loved the animation for it XD
Love these episodes on the past and seeing how Bon and Shin grew up (I'm going with those as their names now). Was sad when Bon's first girlfriend had to leave, then Shin and their master too ... dang. That reunion was so touching :') Looks like with the war over and the two in their twenties now, rakugo's gonna get popular again. Now I wonder what's with that lady at the end ... hmm, oh and I guess I was wrong about meeting Shin's wife - maybe that's gonna be next episode instead? XD
Jan 24, 2016 7:55 PM

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This anime is and continues to be great.
Jan 25, 2016 2:19 PM

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That was such an emotional episode. I swear, I nearly cried when Shin and Master came back. I really never expected the Master to come back. I thought that maybe Shin got rally hurt and will wind up in Tokyo someway or something but wow. Great episode!
Jan 25, 2016 4:14 PM

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This is honestly such a good show, definitely AOTS. They are showing so many things happen but somehow it doesn't feel rushed at all; and it isn't boring either. I really like how every scene seems to be important for the story, and nothing feels like it's there just to be and take up some time.
And the more I watch this anime, the more I fall in love with Ishida Akira's voicing Yakumo. It's really nice to see him sounding so different from his role in Dimension W.
Can't wait to see more of the story!
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Jan 26, 2016 2:49 AM
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The reunion scene with the sunset is very powerful I honestly feel happy that they come back safely.

OP song song is nice, the singer remind me of Etsuko Yakushimaru, even though I know it's not her
Jan 26, 2016 6:50 AM

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Episode that I really appreciated, maybe it will be because after having seen the other two before, I entered in tune with the rhythm of the narrative, or is it just to have taken those characteristics that I like, however I enjoyed everything about this episode, not I look forward to the next episode. Nice the opening, ditto the ending.
Jan 26, 2016 4:50 PM
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Damn i love this series. Its like a Stand Up Comedy Japanese version lol
The story is good and the pace is good as well. Looking forward to this anime
Jan 26, 2016 11:49 PM
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That reunion was well-paced. Really enjoyed it. Damn who's the girl in heels at the end. =o
Jan 29, 2016 7:48 PM

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The backstory of Yakumo and Sukeroku is really interesting. It's realistic because the war was real too. It's not some mecha, fantasy, imaginary war. It's a war that truly transpired and changed their lives. The setting and everything reminds me of Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin a lot. Another favorite of mine.

I feel sorry for Yakumo. He's obviously not his master's favorite disciple. He did well standing by the mistress' side and never left her.
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Feb 3, 2016 11:43 AM

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What an excellent episode! Really.

By the way, I was expecting a sad ending of episode, but No, was a really happy ending with the four meeting each other after the war!
Feb 5, 2016 5:46 AM

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Oh wow, it's just keep getting better and better.

So much feel in one episode.
Feb 5, 2016 12:11 PM

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the OP is amazing her voice fits perfect!
The episode was really heartwarming and left me with some teary eyes and a smile =)
Feb 10, 2016 7:46 AM

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I love the OP it's very cool!
Bon meet some nice girls in his life.
Feb 11, 2016 7:42 AM

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So good
Bon and Shin are perfect together. Poor Bon he thought he was abandoned again T-T. I almost shed a tear.
Feb 22, 2016 11:56 AM

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It's interesting how the show makes me feel differently about Kikuhiko when he's an old man (at the start of the show) to how he is as he's growing up. You can kind of see him develop into what he is as a old man. I wonder how the upcoming episodes will portray him.
Feb 27, 2016 11:04 PM
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Looking at the preview I already have a bad feeling about that girl.
Is this going to turn into a love triangle that leads to shinju (double lovers suicide)?
Love can blind even the best of us :(

I love this flashback though. It's cool to see historic Japan and the role that rakugo played then.

Tokoya said:
animefan8800 said:
I can't deny this was/remains a riveting period piece, but I am beginning to wonder if the framing story in the "present" was even needed. If it would have been good enough to start our story with Yakumo's childhood I mean. Well I guess it'll depend on how much longer we're in the past. Really though, top notch story and emotion here. Reminded me of The Wind Rises considering the time frame in which this episode was set.
I think that the series starting the way it did adds more depth to Kiku as a character because this way it makes it more personal seeing how he got from point A to point B as well as to show how different Rakugo was then to how it is in the future in a more comparative way, all the while laying the groundwork for Shin-san and other important persons in his life

The one thing I didn't like about the framing in the present is that it was kind of a spoiler, since now we know Sukeroku is going to die in the semi-near future.
Mar 3, 2016 9:06 PM

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Great episode. Really liking the story telling in this flashback :)

Op is unique but really forgettable.
Mar 11, 2016 2:44 PM

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By all accounts a great episode, well told
Mar 12, 2016 2:05 PM

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I was right, story of this series is written for 45 minutes episodes, gotta always watch two in row now.

And this time it was great, they captured the feeling of that era well. And I finally get used to those new characters. So much happened this time.

I wonder if woman get between them now (possibly Konatsu's mother). Hayashibara Megumi was great choice for this series as she is master of many different roles and voices. But Yamadera Kouichi is great actor too (no surprise the shined in Nihon Animator Mihon'ichi together).
Mar 30, 2016 5:45 PM

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Another very lovely backstory episode! Looking forward to see what's next!
Mar 30, 2016 10:35 PM

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It's so visually stunning!
Apr 2, 2016 6:11 AM

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It's on mofos.
Apr 7, 2016 5:31 AM

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Best episode so far.

Apr 12, 2016 8:30 AM

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This show is just getting better and better! Especially loved how down to earth realistic this show is.
Apr 20, 2016 10:37 PM
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That's just magical! Almost cried in the end!
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