Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju (TV)

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Alternative title:
Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen (Japanese)
昭和元禄落語心中 ー助六再び篇ー (Japanese)
Genres: drama
Themes: historical, rakugo
Objectionable content: Significant
Plot Summary: Ex-convict turned Rakugo apprentice Yotaro has finally taken the name of Yurakutei Sukeroku III, and with his master Yakumo's permission has attained the lofty rank of shin'uchi. He assumes the name at a critical time for Rakugo, with audiences fewer than ever. At the same time he has started acting as a husband to Konatsu, who is now a single mother. Yotaro thus begins the struggle to fill the role of Sukeroku, both as the future of Rakugo and as a part of Yakumo's and Konatsu's lives.
User Ratings: 125 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 41 votes (sub:38, raw:1, others:2
1 Spanish subtitled
1 French subtitled
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 Excellent: 45 votes (sub:39, dub:3, raw:1, others:2
1 Arabic subtitled
1 Polish subtitled
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 Very good: 24 votes (sub:24)
 Good: 10 votes (sub:10)
 Decent: 4 votes (sub:4)
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Seen in part or in whole by 175 users, rank: #3252 (of 7104)
Median rating: Excellent
Arithmetic mean: 8.840 (Excellent), std. dev.: 1.1412, rank: #58 (of 7116)
Weighted mean: 8.850 (Excellent), rank: #57 (of 7116) (seen all: 8.88 / seen some: 9.00 / won't finish: 4.00)
Bayesian estimate: 8.725 (Excellent−), rank: #26 (of 5369)
Running time: half hour per episode
Number of episodes: 12
Episode titles: We have 12
Vintage: 2017-01-06
Opening Theme:
"Imawa no Shinigami" (今際の死神) by Megumi Hayashibara
Ending Theme:
"Hikobayuru" (ひこばゆる) by Kana Shibue
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Mamoru Hatakeyama
Series Composition: Jun Kumagai
Screenplay:
Jun Kumagai (eps 1, 4-5, 12)
Touko Machida (eps 3, 7, 10)
Yasuhiro Nakanishi (eps 2, 6, 9)
Yuuko Kakihara (eps 8, 11)
Storyboard:
Chikayo Nakamura (ep 9)
Hiroshi Watanabe (ep 6)
Mamoru Hatakeyama (8 episodes
eps 1-5, 7-8, 12
)

Nobukage Kimura (ep 11)
Yukihiro Matsushita (ep 10)
Episode Director:
Bob Shirohata (ep 3)
Eiichi Kuboyama (ep 8)
Hiroshi Watanabe (ep 6)
Kazunobu Shimizu (ep 4)
Mamoru Hatakeyama (ep 5)
Masashi Abe (ep 10)
Nobukage Kimura (ep 11)
Takashi Andō (eps 2, 7)
Taro Kubo (eps 1, 12)
Yujiro Abe (ep 9)
Music: Kana Shibue
Original creator: Haruko Kumota
Character Design: Mieko Hosoi
Chief Animation Director:
Atsuko Nakajima (7 episodes
eps 1-11 odd, 12
)

Tomomi Kimura (eps 2-12 even)
Animation Director:
Akiko Kawazoe (eps 6, 11)
Atsushi Usui (ep 12)
Haruka Iida (ep 7)
Haruo Ogawara (ep 8)
Hirofumi Morimoto (7 episodes
eps 1-2, 5, 7, 10-12
)

Hiroshi Itō (ep 6)
Katsuhiro Shimizu (eps 10, 12)
Keishi Sakai (ep 4)
Mai. (eps 5, 11)
Masato Okada (ep 7)
Mayuko Kato (ep 2)
Mayumi Oda (eps 10, 12)
Megumi Tokumaru (eps 7, 9)
Miyuki Honda (eps 3, 7)
Munehisa Sakai (ep 4)
Rieko Noguchi (ep 12)
Rumi Miyata (ep 4)
Saori Hosoda (eps 9, 11)
Shosuke Shimizu (ep 10)
Tomoko Ito (eps 3, 6, 10)
Tomomi Kimura (eps 1, 4, 12)
Toru Yoshida (ep 8)
Yae Ootsuka (ep 11)
Yoshiko Nakajima (eps 3, 6, 12)
Yukako Tsuzuki (ep 8)
Yukari Saka (ep 8)
Yumi Nakayama (eps 2, 9, 11)
Yumi Sudarehata (eps 9-11)
Zenjirou Ukulele (ep 1)
Sound Director: Kouji Tsujitani
Director of Photography: Asahiko Koshiyama

Color design: Hitomi Sano
Supervision: Shinpei Hayashiya (rakugo)
Theme Song Composition: Ringo Sheena (OP)
Theme Song Lyrics: Ringo Sheena (OP)
Theme Song Performance: Megumi Hayashibara
Akira Ishida as Yakumo Yurakutei
Tomokazu Seki as Sukeroku/Yotarō
Yu Kobayashi as Konatsu

Eri Saito as O-Ei
Kappei Yamaguchi as Amaken
Koji Yusa as Mangetsu Tsuburaya
Kouichi Yamadera as Sukeroku
Megumi Hayashibara as Miyokichi
Mikako Komatsu as Shinnosuke
Shigeru Ushiyama as Matsuda
Shou Sudou as Ani-san
Takaya Hashi as Head Boss
Toshihiko Seki as Higuchi
Yasuyuki Kase as Yakuza Boss
Yuuki Ono as Shinnosuke (adult)

Arisa Kanzawa as audience member (ep 12)
Ayaka Asai as Koyuki (ep 12)
Ben Hiura as senpai master (ep 4)
Genki Yoshimoto as neighbor (ep 1)
Gô Shinomiya as
audience member (ep 11)
commentator (ep 2)
inn owner (ep 7)
man in Hawaiian shirt (7 episodes
eps 1-2, 4-5, 7, 11-12
)

master (ep 5)
Hiroshi Iwasaki as theater owner (eps 2, 4, 6, 10)
Ikuji Nose as
audience member (ep 12)
inn clerk (ep 7)
master (ep 2)
zenza (ep 6)
Kaede Yuasa as kindergartener (ep 4)
Kana Mori as
kindergartener (ep 4)
prostitute (ep 11)
Kazusa Aranami as
audience member (eps 7-8, 12)
kindergartener (ep 4)
nurse (ep 6)
prostitute (ep 11)
woman (eps 1-3, 5, 9)
Kenta Sasa as
audience member (ep 6)
master (ep 5)
neighbor (ep 1)
producer (ep 2)
Koharu Tatekawa as Hatsutaro (young Sukeroku; ep 11)
Kōsuke Okamoto as
audience member (ep 12)
neighbor (ep 1)
paramedic (ep 6)
Marie Miyake as
geisha (ep 1)
musician (ep 4)
prostitute (ep 11)
Masaaki Yano as Higuchi (junior high; ep 7)
Nao Oketani as
kindergartener (ep 4)
prostitute (ep 11)
Nozomi Kimura as
audience member (eps 7-9, 12)
kindergartener (ep 4)
woman (eps 1-3, 5-6, 9)
Rieko Kodama as
kindergartener (ep 4)
prostitute (ep 11)
Sanae Kobayashi as Kikuhiko (young; ep 11)
Satoko Hongo as
audience member (eps 7-8, 12)
kindergartener (ep 4)
prostitute (ep 11)
woman (eps 1-3, 5-6, 9)
Takashi Matsuyama as reporter (ep 8)
Tomomi Isomura as woman (ep 1)
Wataru Komada as
audience member (ep 12)
neighbor (ep 1)
zenza (ep 6)
Yūichi Iguchi as
audience member (ep 11)
Kotaro (eps 8-10)
Japanese companies
3d Animation: Aera Laboratory
Animation Production: Studio DEEN
Backgrounds: Studio Jack
Internet Streaming: Amazon Prime Video
Key Animation:
Mito Animation (ep 3)
Studio Create (ep 4)
Photography: Studio DEEN
Production Cooperation:
APPP (ep 8)
Kelmadick (ep 4)
Sound Production: Dax Production
English staff
English companies
(none)
Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll
English cast
(none)

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