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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: 7.991 (scored by 55835,583 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #7852
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #736
Members: 24,284
Favorites: 357

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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 Ousaki 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 has been published digitally as an English simulpub through MANGA Plus. The volumes have been published by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint since August 8, 2023.

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



Mar 6, 2024
Preliminary (5/? eps)
The first three chapters underline the importance of appreciating life's uncertainties and not taking anything for granted. Furthermore, the meticulous depiction of the main characters' holistic development serves as a catalyst, inspiring their transformative journey into becoming rakugoka. The decline in the art of rakugo by the main character's father becomes a poignant turning point, intensifying the protagonist's aspirations. Instead of deterring her, the father's setback fuels her determination, making her yearn even more to excel in rakugo, aspiring to earn her father's pride through her own success in the art form.

Akane can be considered as an impeccably fitting character, fearlessly venturing into uncharted territories ...
Feb 22, 2024
Preliminary (98/? eps)
Undoubtedly(for me) the best manga running in all of shonen jump right now, it is great (9/10) because it is still running so it better not derail its train. This is such a refreshing and different take on battle manga, it being rakugo and rising through the ranks, it's fun and the art is just chef's kiss, the facial expressions are the definition of expressive. It's a slow burn in a field I know nothing about and it made me seek out some new form of entertainment. I might never be fully into rakugo but through Akane's experience, I know enough and for that I ...
Mar 18, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (60/? eps)
on the good side: creative set up, and a structurally a well written and planned story. the designs are cute and there's a good deal of realism. akane is your typical shounen protagonist: energetic, passionate, and in a constant state of learning.

on the bad side: initially, it was super cool to learn about rokugo, but after a while it just gets... repetitive. maybe someone who is more familiar and interested in a "sports manga" type of format would be more interested in this series. akane banashi isn't a manga i stopped reading because of some final straw or even bad writing. it just kind ...

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