Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen (JP)
Genre: Drama
Season: Winter 2017
Premiere Date: January 7, 2017


Haruko Kumota began her Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū manga in Kodansha’s ITAN magazine in 2010. The manga has won multiple awards, including Best Manga at the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2013 and Best General Manga at the 38th Kodansha Manga Awards in 2015. The manga inspired an original video anime (OVA) adaptation in 2015 as well as a TV anime in January 2016. Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju serves as the second season of the anime, and takes place in the 1980’s.


Fleeting, but beloved. That is rakugo. That is life.

Unable to forget the “grim reaper” he witnessed during master of rakugo Yakumo’s performance when he came to visit prison, Yotaro went to the entertainment theater immediately after being released from his chains. After persuading the master to become his apprentice, Yotaro went on to refine his craft and become a star, inheriting the name of Sukeroku III. What kind of rakugo will Yotaro discover within himself for the sake of his master Yakumo, for the sake of Konatsu, and for the sake of changing the image of Sukeroku within them both?


Sukeroku III (Yotaro)
Voice: Tomokazu Seki


A former criminal. After finding himself touched by Yakumo VIII’s rakugo while imprisoned, he requested to become his apprentice after he was set free. He’s quite a simple man, and thanks to his occasional general stupidity and lack of knowledge about the world, he was given the name Yotaro by Yakumo. After much training and becoming a star, he inherited the name of Sukeroku and became the Third Sukeroku.

Yakumo Yurakutei VIII
Voice: Akira Ishida


He may be called “the last master of the Showa era” by others, but Yakumo is a rakugo performer lost in solitude who has spent over half of his life in pain. Because he didn’t take any other apprentices aside from Yotaro, he has no one to succeed his Yakumo name. His name before becoming the Eighth Yakumo was Kikuhiko.

Voice: Yu Kobayashi


Sukeroku’s daughter who, despite having a bit of a temper, is actually a very honest and straightforward person. She loves her late father Sukeroku and the rakugo he used to perform from the bottom of her heart. Not wanting the blood of the Sukeroku to die, she gave birth to a child without ever making the name of the father public.

Voice: Toshihiko Seki


Nicknamed “Sensei,” Higuchi is a best-selling author and a regular patron of Yotaro, who has become the Third Sukeroku.

Voice: Koichi Yamadera


Konatsu’s father and the previous Sukeroku. Along with Yakumo, he was a leading force in the rakugo world after the war. Once called the “Unparalleled Genius,” he became a legend after his death.

Voice: Megumi Hayashibara


Konatsu’s mother and a former geisha. Although she was in love with Yakumo (Kikuhiko) in their youth, he was forced to reject her feelings when he chose the path of rakugo. Out of loneliness, she began life with Sukeroku and bore him a child. However, she met an untimely death due to a series of events.

Voice: Mikako Komatsu

Konatsu’s son. His father’s name has not been disclosed.

Voice: Shigeru Ushiyama

Yakumo’s assistant and driver. With his gentle and relaxed personality, he has all but become a member of the Yurakutei household.

Voice: Koji Yusa

A former rakugo performer who dotes on Yakumo. He now thrives working in television.

Where to Watch

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Original Work: Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū by Haruko Kumota (published in Kodansha’s ITAN)
Director: Mamoru Hatakeyama
Series Composition: Jun Kumagai
Character Design: Mieko Hosoi
Rakugo Supervision: Shinpei Hayashiya
Color Design: Hitomi Sano
Director of Photography: Asahiko Koshiyama
Music: Kana Shibue
Music Production: King Records
Sound Director: Koji Tsujitani
Sound Production: DAX Production
Opening Theme Song: “Imawa no Shinigami” (Reaper of the Final Moment)
Animation Production: Studio DEEN
Production: Rakugo Shinju Committee


Tomokazu Seki as Yotaro/Sukeroku III
Akira Ishida as Yakumo Yurakutei
Yu Kobayashi as Konatsu
Mikako Komatsu as Shinnosuke
Shigeru Ushiyama as Matsuda
Toshihiko Seki as Higuchi
Kappei Yamaguchi as Amakjen
Takaya Hashi as Boss
Masayuki Kato as Yakuza Aniki
Sho Sudo as Ani-san
Koji Yusa as Mangetsu
Koichi Yamadera as Sukeroku
Megumi Hayashibara as Miyokichi

©Haruko Kumota, Kodansha/Rakugo Shinju Committee

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