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Anime Spotlight - Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju (Showa and Genroku era lover's suicide through Rakugo)

by Anthony Foronda,
Broadcast Begins January 8, 2016 (JST)

Key Staff

Director: Mamoru Hatakeyama
(Rozen Maiden – Zurückspulen)
Series Composition: Jun Kumagai
Character Design: Mieko Hosoi
(Aiura, Psychic School Wars (movie))


Based on the world of Rakugo storytelling in the Showa era, the much talked about serious Rakugo manga that draws out the storytellers' loving true guise and work is finally turning into a TV anime series.


Unable to forget the grand master Yakumo's "Reaper" that he witnessed during the Rakugo visitation performance in prison, Yotaro headed immediately to the storyteller's theater after being released. Yotaro manages to become a live-in apprentice to Yakumo after much begging, but a woman named Konatsu was living under Yakumo's care. Yakumo and Konatsu apparently have some grudge that others cannot easily dabble into... Created by Haruko Kumota, who is acclaimed for detailed character portrayal, this much anticipated series is based on the Rakugo industry in the Showa era and draws out the storytellers' loving true guise and work.


VA:Tomokazu Seki

Former thug. Touched by the Rakugo performed by Yakumo the 8th while he was serving his prison sentence, he immediately heads to see Yakumo after being released from prison and begged to become an apprentice. A naïve person with a side of him that doesn't know the world and is idiotic, Yakumo names him "Yotaro".

Yurakutei Yakumo / Kikuhiko
VA:Akira Ishida

Called "the last master of Showa", a Rakugo storyteller who has led a half-life full of suffering and now keeps to himself. Inherited the name Yurakutei Yakumo and is the eighth man to wield the name. Had not taken any apprentices until now, but accepts Yotaro who suddenly appeared before him. He went by the name Kikuhiko back during the opening act and secondary days.

VA:Kōichi Yamadera

Konatsu's father. Led the post-WW2 Edo Rakugo industry together with Yakumo, and was a Rakugo storyteller dubbed "the extraordinary genius". His passion for Rakugo was stronger than anyone else, and was a hearty fellow in stark comparison to Yakumo. But, due to a certain incident, he passes away at a young age.

VA:Yū Kobayashi

A woman who is under Yakumo's roof due to a certain incident. Sukeroku's daughter. Strong-willed and short-tempered, but actually is very honest and straightforward. Loves her late father Sukeroku and his Rakugo from the bottom of her heart. Seems to have some sort of grudge against Yakumo..?

VA:Megumi Hayashibara

A mysterious woman who suddenly appeared before Yakumo and Sukeroku in their youth. Previously a geisha.

VA:Shigeru Ushiyama

Attendant serving Yakumo from the 7th wielder of the name. Gentle and mild-mannered, he is kind even to Yotaro who jumped into the world of Rakugo with no knowledge or experience.


Tomokazu Seki
Yurakutei Yakumo/Kikuhiko
Akira Ishida
Kōichi Yamadera
Megumi Hayashibara
Shigeru Ushiyama
Mafia guy
Yasuyuki Kase
Master Nekosuke
Shinpei Hayashiya
Yū Kobayashi
Yurakutei Yakumo the 7th
Hiroshi Ienaka
Kappei Yamaguchi
Big Bro
Sho Sudo
Koji Yusa
And others


Original Story
Haruko Kumota "Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū" (serialized in "ITAN", Kodansha)
Mamoru Hatakeyama
Series Composition
Jun Kumagai
Character Design
Mieko Hosoi
Rakugo Supervision
Shinpei Hayashiya
Color Coordination
Hitomi Sano
Director of Photography
Shigemitsu Hamao
Kana Shibue
Music Production
Starchild Record
Sound Director
Koji Tsujitani
Sound Production
Dax Production
Animation Production
Studio DEEN
Pruduced by
Rakugo Shinju Committee

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