Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

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Yotarou is a former yakuza member fresh out of prison and fixated on just one thing: rather than return to a life of crime, the young man aspires to take to the stage of Rakugo, a traditional Japanese form of comedic storytelling. Inspired during his incarceration by the performance of distinguished practitioner Yakumo Yuurakutei, he sets his mind on meeting the man who changed his life. After hearing Yotarou's desperate appeal for his mentorship, Yakumo is left with no choice but to accept his very first apprentice. As he eagerly begins his training, Yotarou meets Konatsu, an abrasive young woman who has been under Yakumo's care ever since her beloved father Sukeroku Yuurakutei, another prolific Rakugo performer, passed away. Through her hidden passion, Yotarou is drawn to Sukeroku's unique style of Rakugo despite learning under contrasting techniques. Upon seeing this, old memories and feelings return to Yakumo who reminisces about a much earlier time when he made a promise with his greatest rival. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is a story set in both the past and present, depicting the art of Rakugo, the relationships it creates, and the lives and hearts of those dedicated to keeping the unique form of storytelling alive.

User Rating: 4.73 ( 3 votes)


English: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
Japanese: 昭和元禄落語心中
Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 9, 2016 to Apr 2, 2016
Premiered: Winter 2016
Broadcast: Saturdays at 02:25 (JST)
Producers: Starchild Records, Mainichi Broadcasting System, Kodansha, DAX Production
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genres: Drama, Historical, Josei
Duration: 26 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 720p, 1080p
Type: BD, Eng Sub


Shinichi Omata – Director
Kouji Tsujitani – Sound Director
Hiroaki Akagi – Episode Director
Yasuhiro Nakanishi – Script
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Usurahi Shinjuu (薄ら氷心中)” by Megumi Hayashibara (eps 3, 5-8, 10, 13)
ED1: “Usurahi Shinjuu (薄ら氷心中)” by Megumi Hayashibara (ep 1)
ED2: “Kawa, Taredoki (かは、たれどき)” by Kana Shibue (eps 2-9, 11, 13)

Episode List

01: Episode 1
02: Episode 2
03: Episode 3
04: Episode 4
05: Episode 5
06: Episode 6
07: Episode 7
08: Episode 8
09: Episode 9
10: Episode 10
11: Episode 11
12: Episode 12
13: Episode 13



This show is proof that anime is a medium that can be used for wonderful narrative storytelling. Period drama with some light comedy.


Fantastic historical drama that drips with passion about the time period, and the underappreciated art-form of Rakugo.


Just fucking watch it, ok?


More than just a tribute to its art, it’s a tribute to time itself and our ever changing lives through the ages.


Wow. WOW! I couldn’t have expected something like this from Studio Deen. Atmospheric, captivating, and heartfelt.


Certainly, an amazing drama that simply tells the story of life for what particular man and his dying art.


Beautiful understated anime about time, tradition and identity told through the Japanese art of Rakugo.


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    “When do you think people die? When they are shot through the heart by the bullet of a pistol? No. When they are ravaged by an incurable disease? No. When they drink a soup made from a poisonous mushroom? No! It’s when… they are forgotten.” – Dr Hiruluk, One Piece