Aoi Bungaku Series, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu Recommendations
Both have a historic elements to them
Both are about Japanese storytelling
Two of the stories in Aoi Bungaku deal with very similar themes to Rakugo (both based on literary works by Osamu Dazai)- one about an artist working in theatre and his relationship with a friend who is his foil, and one about an artist's struggle forming relationships with other people
The first story from Aoi Bungaku Series (the first four series) has a lot of common with Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. It's the same historical period of Japan, shown in both anime, the same idea of double suicide, which is a ground for both stories. Even the main characters have some similarities - they both are connected with the art. Their specializations are different, and the Rakugo's main character has much more stronger personality, but both of them are also basically tragic. Aoi Bungaku Series is much more darker anime, in any sense; the main difference, although, is in a vision - positive in Rakugo
Both have a historical feel to them, but Aoi Bungaku is more episodic in nature telling classing stories from Japanese literature.