It’s time to return to the Showa era, as we reunite with a few old friends.
Earlier today, Crunchyroll announced that they will stream Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju (Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen) as part of their Winter 2017 simulcasts. The series kicked off earlier today for subscribers in the following regions:
- United States
- Central America
- South America
- the Caribbean
- United Kingdom
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- The Netherlands
Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju is a sequel to Winter 2016’s Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju. Mamoru Hatakeyama (Sankarea: Undying Love) will direct the project at Studio Deen, with Mieko Hosoi (Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, Psychic School Wars) providing character designs. Jun Kumagai (Hamatora, Re: Hamatora) is in charge of series composition.
Crunchyroll describes Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju as:
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.