The latest addition to Crunchyroll’s winter 2017 simulcast lineup is the return of the Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju anime. The new season begins today, January 6 at 12:45pm PST.
Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju will be available for Crunchyroll members in the following territories: United States, Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia.
Unable to forget a performance of “Shinigami” performed by the rakugo master Yakumo in the prison where he was being held, Yotaro’s first act upon his release was go right to the theater, where he begged, pleaded, and was finally accepted as Yakumo’s live-in apprentice. After years of refining his art, Yotaro was promoted to the rank of Shinuchi and inherited the title of 3rd Generation Sukeroku. For the sake of his master Yakumo, Konatsu, and to change the image of Sukeroku inside them both, what kind of rakugo will Yotaro discover?
This celebrated human drama, based on a story by Haruko Kumota, offers an honest and sympathetic look into the lives and livelihoods of rakugo storytellers in the Showa era.
Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS, every week at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.