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Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū Manga Gets Original Anime DVD

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Story of former prisoner who starts a new life was nominated for 17th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize

The wrap-around obi band around the sixth compiled volume of Haruko Kumota's Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū manga is announcing on Thursday that an original anime DVD (OAD) adapting the manga has been green-lit, and will be bundled with a special edition bundle of the seventh compiled volume.

The story revolves around a mature prisoner who was released on good behavior. He is called Yotaro 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.

Kumota began the manga in Kodansha's ITAN magazine in 2010, and the series received the "Best General Manga" prize at the 38th Kodansha Manga Awards, and was also honored with the Excellence Award at the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards. The manga was also nominated for the 17th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize last year.

Update: Story synopsis corrected. Thanks, DavidShallcross

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