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

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Japanese: 昭和元禄落語心中
English: Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 31
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 25, 2010 to Jun 7, 2016
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama
Themes: Adult Cast Adult Cast, Love Polygon Love Polygon, Performing Arts Performing Arts
Demographic: Josei Josei
Serialization: ITAN
Authors: Kumota, Haruko (Story & Art)


Score: 8.261 (scored by 16891,689 users)
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Ranked: #3482
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Popularity: #2210
Members: 9,241
Favorites: 155

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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 was published digitally in English as Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju by Kodansha Comics USA from January 17, 2017 to December 11, 2018, and in print from May 23, 2017 to December 31, 2018.



Jul 30, 2022
This is a work about Japanese Rakugo, the life of a master, his apprentice, and the master's daughter.

The apprentice who is competent and the apprentice who strives to be competent without being competent. And the daughter who wants her father's approval but struggles with the hurdle of being a woman.

The complex psychological portrayal is carefully depicted in this work, which can be read in one sitting. The pictures are very beautiful. The story is frustrating, fleeting, sad, and passionate.

Rakugo is also described in detail. For those who know nothing about Japanese Rakugo, it may be difficult at first, but you will be drawn in directly.

The ...
Jul 31, 2022
"Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu" is an absolutely wonderful drama series with beautiful art, a wonderful cast, amazingly written plot, and is full to the brim of love for rakugo. It also has a really beautiful and well-made anime adaptation if you liked the manga.

The art is simply gorgeous, and character expressions are excellent. There's also a lot of sensuality in the story, and it really emphasizes all the minutia of the various relationships.

I love the whole cast, though Kikuhiko is my favorite. His relationship with Sukeroku is absolutely wonderful, and the best moments in the story are when they're together. It's dramatic and heart-breaking and ...
May 20, 2021
Mixed Feelings
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 ...

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