Watch Megumi Hayashibara Performs “Rakugo Shinju” 2nd Season OP Song in MV

The official website for 49-year-old voice actress Megumi Hayashibara has released a CD jacket image, artist visuals, and a three-minute music video for her next 42nd single “Imawa no Shinigami” (The Death in His Dying Moment). The song is now used as the OP theme for Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, the ongoing second season of the TV anime adaptation based on Haruko Kumota’s rakugo (traditional storytelling performance)-themed manga. She also reprises her role as ex-geisha girl Miyokichi in the second season.


Her previous 41st single “Usura Hi Shinju” (Thin-ice Double Suicide) released in February 2016 was used for the TV anime’s 13-episode first season aired from January to April 2016. As with “Usura,” her 42nd single is written/composed/arranged/produced by popular J-Pop singer-songwriter Sheena Ringo. The CD single will be available on February 22.


Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju is now available to Crunchyroll members in the

following territories Territories: United States, Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean),

United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia.



“Imawa no Shinigami” MV


CD jacket



Artist visuals

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1st season OP “Usura Hi Shinju” MV



Source: Megumi Hayashibara official website