Note: This review is part of the XII Days of Redemption reviewing event. This is for Day II and contains no spoilers.
Showa Genroku Ragoku Shinjuu (AKA Showa and Genroku Era Lover's Suicide Through Rakugo) is a 13 episode josei anime series about a former criminal and a former dancer taking up rakugo (sit-down comedic storytelling) to renovate their lives and become the next successors of the medium. This doesn't go without their own share of complications, however.
Storyline With the exception of the first and the last episodes of the show, this follows the lives of Yakumo and Sukeroku through their time as rakugo performers as well as outside of it. Thankfully, most of the first episode's problems were resolved in the last episode thanks to the episodes in between them that affected the time frame at hand. The pace is at a breakneck speed, but it ends up being more of a service due to the incredibly huge timeline that had to be covered for the main duo's lives alongside their master and a shady woman that gets involved with both of the main characters. However, there were moments that some viewers may end up feeling lost into the tale, despite the effective drama. The story also shows more than it tells, but it often tells a necessary amount and the end result is very meaningful for those able to catch all of what went on between the main duo.
Characters The main characters at hand ended up being very good on the most part, but Yakumo was far less likable than Sukeroku in terms of personality, however. Sukeroku had his vices and was a careless bum, but he was more fun while Yakumo was uptight and rarely ever loosened up. The child that one of them ends up with happened to be a high neutral person due to a critical event in the past and a lower neutral character alongside her peer in the case of the timeline from episodes 1 and 13. The least favorite was Yurie, but she also was a very interesting character thanks to her interference between the main duo.
Pros and Cons The art style and animation turned out to be very fitting and was also one of Stidio Deen's better shows from their catalogue because of the animation and movement quality contained. The world of rakugo was hard to get at first glance, but it felt more easy to get as the show progressed onward after seeing performances of the main characters and some side characters. The one good theme from the show happened to be the opening theme and some of the background music was fine.
Those that aren't into the concept of history may not like this show due to the many historical events that the concept of rakugo as well as the characters get involved in. The same goes for people that aren't too used to the mentally mature series that josei and seinen tend to contain, just like this one. The rest of the musical score wasn't too good, especially the ending theme, aside of the calming effect in the case of a few of the more shocking episodes.
Final Verdict This gets a 7/10 from me. I'm interested to see what the second season has in store thanks to this season. Those that are into historical themes and drama will like this, but I wouldn't recommend this to any newcomers to anime that aren't used to drama shows.
I didn't think this show was your cup of tea, Menos. Surprised to find someone who watched this show in this community. I did watch this show, but it was hard for me since I don't deal with drama or soap opera or slice of life show.
It's very dialogue heavy and I remember episodes were long. I recommend this anime not only to folks who are into historical and drama but to the older anime fans.
No young folks will watch these type of stuff that deals with Rakugo, something's very old and traditional.
Taka: Damn, I thought I was missing something to mention after finishing this up. D: The episodes must have felt shorter to me than I imagined. Sometimes, I go out of my element to see what a show is like if it does notably well, and this one did pretty well in some areas. I see why it wasn't as followed here since most of our community isn't interested in soap opera-type stuff like this, but I surprisingly enjoyed it after the main duo's rakugo started getting them famous.
Current Situation: I wanted another excuse to use Enterprise as an avatar again.
I eventually got attached to the main duo. I felt the show was weird because I thought the younger guy would be the protagonist. Instead, his master was the protagonist and there was a huge flashback arc.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT