Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen Anime Moves to Modern Day

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

The official website for the Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū anime series revealed a visual for the announcement of the show's second season on Saturday. The website also revealed that the second season's title is Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen (Sukeroku Anew Arc). The staff also revealed that the second season's stage will move forward to the modern era, and that the story of Kikuhiko and Sukeroku's past was over.

The 13th and final episode of the first series aired on Friday night (effectively Saturday morning). The staff will host an event for the anime on April 25 that will include performances by professional rakugo perfromers.

The anime's first story revolves around a mature prisoner who was released on good behavior during Japan's Showa Genroku era (1960s to early 1970s). He is called Yotarō by others, a term that means an "anti-hero" or a "dim-witted man." When he returns to society, he starts a new life in rakugo (comic storytelling). Touched by Yakumo's role as the "grim reaper," he asks the master to take him in as an apprentice. Most of the first season had delved into Yakumo's own past during World War II and the years afterward.

Sources: MoCa News, Anime! Anime!; Katsunori Takahashi

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