Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu 2nd Season - Winter 2017

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Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu 2nd Season

Drama, Historical

Airing Date:
January 7 2017

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Honey’s Highlights

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Woo, we've finally got a release date for Season 2 of Rakugo! January 2017! Wha- what's wrong, Honey-chan?!
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Bon... Sukeroku... The drama... MY HEART'S NOT READY!
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Oh yeah, this season will be starting back in the present time line, won't it? You'll be fine, just focus on the realistic Rakugo and historical background!
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This is a series that really pulls you in with its characters, but probably isn't one for those who want a lot of action. If you haven't seen the first season yet but like shows like Sakamichi no Apollon, Chihayafuru, and Nana, then it's time to give Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu 2nd Season a try!

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The 2nd Season of Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu.

Unable to forget the rendition of “Shinigami” that the great rakugo master Yakumo performed at his prison, Yotaro headed straight to the rakugo theatre after being released from jail. After begging Yakumo to take him on, Yotaro becomes his live-in apprentice. Now, having polished his skills, he has finally advanced and become a headliner. The professional name handed down to him? Sukeroku the 3rd. Just what kind of rakugo will Yotaro perform for his teacher Yakumo, for Konatsu, for the sake of changing the Sukeroku that lives within them both?

Three Episode Impression

We have been waiting for this moment all year. The moment when Rakugo comes back to entertain us with further storytelling. It opens with Yotarou aka the new Sukeroku, being promoted to shin’uchi and his celebration. Konatsu has had the baby and now she and Yotarou are living together. Yakumo has gone from being the sassy, feminine, very obviously in love with Sukeroku, storyteller, to a bitter old man who likes to complain about everything. He spends every minute of screen time being sour while Konatsu burns with indignation. We are still waiting to see what is going on, by the way, with her father aka Sukeroku and Yakumo. However, Yotarou gets wrapped up in a scandal where people see his back tattoo from previous days. This leads to a fallout in his attendances. He confesses to Konatsu and they begin to live together as husband and wife, but he gets involved with another issue with the former boss of the gang that he used to be in. There is a murky backstory with Konatsu and the boss, and if you put 2 and 2 together, things will make sense fast. Rakugo 2 is as dramatically enrapturing as the first season was, and the dramatic effects increase with each episode. For those who have missed season one and are wondering about it, Rakugo falls in our top-ranked shows this season. Beware though, those who do not have a good sense or respect for Japanese culture may find it a bit hard to get into, however the reward is well worth it.

Characters & Voice Actors List


Voice Actor: Tomokazu Seki

Yotarou used to be a small time gangster. He heard Yakumo’s Rakugo or storytelling while he ws in prison and the instant he was released, he want to his house and begged to be made his disciple. He is a bit naïve however he doesn:t really know how to take care of things. Yotarou is a bit of an idiot as well and that’s why Yakumo gave him the name Yotarou.

Yuurakutei Yakumo (Kikuhiko)

Voice Actor: Akira Ishida

Yakumo is known as the last famous person of the Showa Era. He is a traditional storyteller and currently suffering from a midlife crisis where he is plagued by despair and isolation. He has never taken an apprentice before so it is peculiar that he accepts Yotarou who appears out of the blue. In his past at his opening performance, he was referred to as Kikuhiko.


Voice Actor: Yu Kobayashi

Konatsu is the girl who now lives with Yakumo due to the unfortunate events surrounding her father’s death. Her father was Sukeroku. She has a firey personality but she is actually well-natured and she deeply loves all of the sotries that her father used to perform. Her fate seems to be tied to Yakumo, but in what manner?


Voice Actor: Kouichi Yamadera

Sukeroku was the father of Konatsu. After the war, he and Yakumo joined up to create the world of storytelling in Edo. He was nicknamed “the rare genius.” He is more passionate about storytelling than anyone else. Yakumo pains Sukeroku as someone who was very lively however, due to some unforeseen circumstance, he departed rather quickly form this world.


Voice Actor: Shigeru Ushiyama

Matsuda has been around the world of storytelling and Yakumo since the seventh generation. He is a calm and soft-spoken gentleman who treats Yutarou kindly even though Yutarou has no experience and knows nothing about storytelling.


Voice Actor: Megumi Hayashibara

Miyokichi is a strange, mysterious woman who appeared to Yakumo and Sukeroku a long time ago. She used to be a geisha.

Other TitleShouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi Hen
Theme Songs
  • Opening Song: Imawa no Shinigami by Megumi Han & Ringo Shiina
  • Ending Song: Hikobayuru by Kana Shiube

Main Staff
  • Original Creator: Haruko Kumota
  • Director: Mamoru Hatakeyama
  • Series Composition: Jun Kumagai
  • Character Design: Meiko Hosoi
  • Sound Director: Kouji Tsujitani
  • Music: Kana Shibue

For more information: Official Website

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