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Japanese: あかね噺
English: Akane-banashi
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Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Feb 14, 2022 to ?
Genre: Drama Drama
Theme: Performing Arts Performing Arts
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Moue, Takamasa (Art), Suenaga, Yuuki (Story)


Score: 7.821 (scored by 38363,836 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #11882
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #958
Members: 17,445
Favorites: 206

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Rakugo, a traditional form of storytelling, takes years for any apprentice to master and ascend to the top rank of shinuchi. Ever since she could remember, Akane Osaki has been mesmerized by her father Tooru's rakugo performances. Peeking in behind a sliding door, she would spend hours watching and mimicking his work.

For Tooru, the only thing separating him from that coveted rank is a promotion test in front of an audience and a senior rakugo master, Issho Arakawa. Despite his passionate performance, Tooru finds himself expelled from the rakugo school following the exam. This makes him give up on rakugo entirely and settle for a regular job, breaking his daughter's heart.

Filled with grief and anger, Akane now seeks vengeance on the man who refuses to see the genius behind her father's rakugo style. She begs Tooru's former rakugo master, Shiguma Arakawa, to take her under his wing. But Shiguma feels unworthy of taking on another pupil after what happened to her father six years prior. In order to see if she has what it takes to enter the rakugo world, Shiguma urges Akane to test her resolve by performing in front of an audience.

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Akane-banashi is published digitally as an English simulpub through MANGA Plus service.

The manga won third place in the Print Manga category at the eighth Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards in 2022.


Arakawa, Koguma
Arakawa, Shiguma
Arakawa, Maikeru
Kenpuutei, Unun

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Apr 8, 2022
Preliminary (8/? chp)
I was blown away by the first chapter, I was surprised there was a rakugo manga this good I hadn't heard of. And then I realized the truth- this manga is new. I devoured the available chapters in one sitting and now I've come to preach the gospel of Akane-banashi.

If you like shonen manga at all, many of the story beats will be familiar. A young person enters a profession aiming to be the best and avenge their father. However, the protagonist, Akane, is utterly charming and what could be cliche tropes are used with such lightness and freshness that you can't help to be ...
Nov 2, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (9/? chp)
I don't think Akane-banashi is bad. The reception has been very positive, both in Japan and outside of it, but unfortunately I just can't bring myself to like this manga.

I read the firsts 9 chapters and thought it was incredibly boring. Maybe it's because I just came from reading Show-ha Shouten, an incredibly dull "comedy manga", and I'm bringing vibes from there to here. Akane-banashi feels to me exactly like Show-ha Shouten. The main difference is that instead of being a comedy duo it's a solo comedian. The "comedy" however is terrible. Just like I said in my Show-ha Shouten review, I understand there are ...
Jul 4, 2022
Preliminary (20/? chp)
Akane-banashi was an utter pleasure to read.

While the story set-up is your classical revenge narrative (albeit twisted into contemporary relevance), something we've seen before in many, many Shonen narratives, Akane-banashi stands out with its standout characters, modern yet atypical choice of setting, and finally its sheer storytelling finesse - finely delivering its narrative without bloating or rushing. It's a breath of fresh air that this isn't another manga chasing the whole Demon Slayer/Jujutsu Kaisen trend.

The striking and punchy art and character design pull you in for sure, and the panelling is incredibly dynamic despite its relatively mundane subject matter. But style without substance ...

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