The anime itself is about story telling and this anime has one of the best stories I have ever seen!
So this is the second time I have ever really written a review and it doesn't help the fact that I'm a little half awake right now. But I wanted to write this while the series was fresh in my mind.
It is safe to assume that this is by far one of the most under rated anime series of this season. I first read about this anime during the beginning
of the fall seasons. I thought it sounded a bit interesting so I saved it to my "plan to watch folder." with the fall season ending and the winter season about to begin I found myself re-looking through the shows I planed to watch. When I re read the plot of Shouwa genroku rakugo shinjuu I honestly thought it sounded a bit boring. I really thought I would probably end up dropping this anime since it is the complete opposite of what I look in a show. Like most people I came into the winter season excitedly waiting for Erased (which was pretty good but that's a different story.) I saw the first episode of shouwa genroku rakugo shinjuu come up on the site I normally go to watch anime. I thought what the heck it's probably going to be kind of boring but I will watch it since I have nothing better to do.
The first episode is 45 minutes and from the very beginning to the ending of that first episode I found myself completely submerged in to the story. I was actually disappointed when I found out the rest of the episodes were only 23 mins. After watching the first episode I found myself already wanting to write a review for the series just to get the name out there! This show is exactly why you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. In the end this show ended up being one of my favorite anime of all time. Sorry for the super long ass introduction but now to get to the actual review :p.
As I mentioned earlier when reading the synopsis of the series it may not sound that entertaining but don't let it full you! The show itself is about Rakugo.. A very old form of story telling in Japan. I honestly had never heard of Rakugo until watching this show. The story itself revolves around 3 men (Two who were like brothers yet rivals and one who is an ex convict who was captivated by the story telling of Rakugo.) and how Rakugo has impacted their lives. The first series (yes there will be a second season super excited!) dives more into the depth of Yakumo and Sukeroko, and how rakugo became a part of their lives.
Shouwa genroku rakugo shinjuu has the best character development I have honestly really seen in an anime. For me you know a show is good when you see yourself there with the character, either laughing, crying, being angry, etc with them. Watching SGRS I found myself drawn not only to the main characters but the supporting characters as well. Another thing as well is this show has quite a few veteran VAs playing the characters which is amazing! Two of the VAs played in Cowboy Bebop so you knows it's already awesome.
SGRS is one of the most emotional shows I have watched. From episode one you already know what to expect before you are even fully introduced to the story. You know you are about to take a one way trip on the feels train. You think you know your final destination, you think you can emotionally handle it but trust me by the last two episodes you will be up for the feels.
The Rakugo can get a little boring sometimes. Rakugo is a dying business and watching the characters struggle in the world of a dying art and trying to change with the times really gets to you. Rakugo has several different effects on each character, some love it, some hate it but at the end Rakugo changes them to better or worse.
SGRS is also a story about finding yourself. You can at least find one character in the show you can relate to. Each character struggles with trying to find themselves and a lot has to do with either the Era they were born in, the family they were born in or even their own gender.
I also am probably a little bias to SGRS because I do tend to like shows or movies that represent a certain time period and SGRS represents some of my favorite time periods the 40s and the 60s.
The art as well is very good. To others it may seem a bit different and you may even get a bit "annoyed" with the random swirl on one of the character's nose. However where some may not like the character design most can agree the background animation is great.
The music is also great as well. Music to me plays a big part in film and animation. Music itself can easily influence your emotions by the tone of the music. SGRS has some of the best music I have ever heard.
Well I better end this before it turns into a novel and I start typing random stuff on here that makes no sense due to me being half asleep . So as a conclusion please give SGRS a chance I promise you by the first episode you won't regret it. I even forced my boyfriend to watch a few of the episodes and he kept going on about how it sounds boring and terrible and blah blah blah and by the end of the second episode he was asking me to show him more episodes. I guess that isn't a good reason if you don't really know my bf but trust me it means something since the dude can be an anime snob. Anyways take your seat on the one way trip to the feels where you will laugh, be pissed, cry etc. Trust me when I say by the time you finish this show you will love it.... I honestly think I may even like it a little more than erased D:... Well I hope this helped a lot!