Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
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Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

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English: Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
Japanese: 昭和元禄落語心中


Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 31
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 25, 2010 to Jun 7, 2016
Genre: Drama Drama
Demographic: Josei Josei
Serialization: ITAN
Authors: Kumota, Haruko (Story & Art)


Score: 8.221 (scored by 811811 users)
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Ranked: #3592
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Popularity: #2546
Members: 5,751
Favorites: 105

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Descending Stories
Volume 1


Young Yotarou has just left prison after serving a short term for a crime he does not know anything about, but without family, he has nowhere to go. Instead, he is going straight to the unrivaled master of rakugo—a form of comedic Japanese storytelling—Yakumo Yuurakutei himself. Due to a series of events, Yotarou becomes enamored with rakugo, bent on becoming a shunichi. Yakumo, who never takes apprentices, almost immediately agrees to pass his trade on to Yotarou. Together with Konatsu, a young lady living in the household, they start struggling toward becoming the new hope for rakugo, which seems to be slowly withering away alongside the Shouwa era.

However, as Yotarou gets to know his new mentor and "big sis," he notices hints of a dark past in both of them. The environment of the household becomes strained and, at times, scary. Naturally, no hardships matter to the young Yotarou, as his gaze is set upon their mutual future—the future where he becomes the master of rakugo.

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Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu won the Excellence Award in manga category at the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival, as well as the the 38th Kodansha Manga Award for best general manga. It was also nominated for the 17th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and placed fourth in the 5th Manga Taisho award, second on the 2012 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! rankings for the female division, and seventh in the 2013 Comic Natalie's Grand Prize.

The series has been published in English as Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju by Kodansha Comics USA; digitally since January 17, 2017, and physically since May 23, 2017.

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May 20, 2021
Silentfan6 (All reviews)
Descending Stories is a niche story that not many would enjoy, but if you do enjoy it, the manga will stay with you forever.

As its name suggests, this story takes place over multiple generations. From WWII to the present day, it chronicles one family as their fate intertwines with the Rakugo world. This manga asks some big questions about art and the survival of it. With modern technology and a faster society is Rokugo, the artform of oral storytelling, still relevant?

This story is shocking. Especially if you're not prepared for the numerous time skips it goes through and you see characters grow old and have read more

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