Both are based on Josei manga. They have a similar art style, and the characters are somewhat similar. I have a hard time seeing someone enjoy one without enjoying the other.
-Both are stories of unlikely friendships built while following a similar passion
-The main characters seem like perfect foils of each other, one reserved and one energetic
-A bit of a love triangle in both
- A similar era, the Shouwa era in Japan, but in a different setting, one in the city and the other in the country
Both are beautifully told, emotional stories, and the setting is what I believe to be the decider. Sakamichi angles in more on the youth wanted to rebel against the stifling authority of this era and express themselves through this foreign music called jazz. Meanwhile, Rakugo Shinju is
The character personality frameworks and interactions are nearly the same. Both for older audiences. Both have a very nice, pristine, slice of life style to them whilst being set in the past. If you want to watch something peaceful that evokes emotion (that comes in many forms), these are the shows for you.
Stiff, reserved, cold character meets and shares the same passion as expressive, outgoing character. Though they are opposite, they end up developing a very close, brotherly bond. Characters are all complex in their own right. Similar (kind of, not really) romantic complications.
Both titles are period dramas set in the Shōwa era with a decidedly older (generally female) audience in mind. They both center around a group of artists engaging in a performing art while strengthening their emotional ties to one another. They also have similar aesthetic properties, such as plenty of pastoral Japanese imagery and a focus on body language as the main complement to their expressive animation. Though music serves different purposes in both titles, both titles feature a soundtrack that incorporates a fair share of jazz.
(as of episode one of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju) They are both period dramas based on Josei manga focusing on people learning performing arts.
both of these animes primarily take place during japan's reconstruction after world war 2, both follow the stories of polar opposites who share a common love for their art form (Rakugo and Jazz). It is no surprise that with the clash of asian and western culture spawns a fertile ground for many art forms to grow and adapt into modern japan. While one series tries to keep the traditional japanese world alive the other is a story immersed in western culture. Both series have a solid main cast of characters and are well worth the time to watch.
Much like Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, Sakamichi no Apollon is character driven. It focuses on the daily machinations of its characters and the art form they practice. The time period and tone of both shows are extremely similar and they both have that cool, mature feeling.
-Centring around two boys that are complete opposites
-Brash Rowdy Kid and Bookish Quiet Kid become unlikely, begrudging friends
-Bit of a love triangle
-A little heartwarming, but also heartbreaking
-Both shows are based on performance arts Music/ Rakugo
-Set in late past Japan
They are both stories about two youthful guys and their dreams. Arts are involved. While Sakamichi no Apollon deals with music Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu deals with the art of storytelling (rakugo).
Also a bit of romance is involved where the two guys are interested in the same girl.
Afaik they are based on jousei manga because women in Japan seem to like stories about guys? I myself as a guy can say: I liked them both because as I guy I also like stories between guys. It's easy to understand the guys' motivations and behaviour even if it seems irrational sometimes.
They are both character-driven and the
Both stories have similar character archetypes, are packed with drama, and take place in a historical setting. The main character of both series are pretty gloomy and serious and have an outgoing troublemaker as their foil.
The stories are vastly different, as Sakamichi follows high schoolers in a slice of life setting and Rakugo follows a clearly defined story of a man over the course of his life. However, the characters and overall feel of the series are similar. If you enjoyed one, you'll probably enjoy the other.
The love for performing arts becomes evident in both Josei anime. Romantic relationships are complex, the characters memorable and authentic – as if they were real people. It's beautiful.
Both being based off of Josei manga, they a similar feel in that the two protagonists have contrasting personalities; one is conformist, straight-faced and ordered while the other is unruly, wild and unconventional. Both sets of protagonists have a strong bond that intertwines with an accompanying third female character, helping to progress the plot as well as their respective relationships. They both have a similar feel and art style to them, and a creative technique (music vs rakugo) is central to both. If you enjoyed Sakamichi, you'll almost definitely like Shouwa just as much, if not more so.
It is quite rare to find a show that doesn't just focus on either its story, or its characters, especially one that manages to handle both well. If you fell in love with the way the Sentarou and Kaouru interact, then you will no doubt feel right at home here watching Sukeroku and Yakumo argue life out. The way Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu introduces its viewers to the art of Rakugo, is similar to the way Skamichi no Apollon introduces its viewers to the world of Jazz. The way Sakamichi no Apollon makes you fall in love with its music, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu will
Both shows deal with 2 completely polar opposite characters developing a special relationship over the art they love. There is also a challenging love triangle in each of the shows that serves as the leading cause for the drama