What a whirlwind of a Journey!
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu 2nd Season has been a real treat from start to finish. Even though it may feel more like the title should be “Shouwa Genroku: The after years”, the story was fantastic and told the real story of Yotarou growing to become the ninth generation. Konatsu, Miyokichi, Sukeroku, & Yakumo’s past, Shinnosuke’s past and future; all of these come to light in this series, and true to a drama, it really does keep you entertained from start to finish.
Honestly, I could sit and watch another three seasons of this show and still not get bored. Most anime this past year have been far from standout and it is nice to see a show about storytelling be able to tell a story, tell it well, and keep my attention the whole series. The role of bitter, old queen, was portrayed excellently by Yakumo who did not crack at all. True too, I was not even surprised that he died, since we knew that Sukeroku was coming for his soul with the Shinigami ever since the big family performance. However we get to see the future of Rakugo live on even though Yakumo wanted to take it to the afterlife with his bitterness. Yotarou revives Rakugo, the school, the theater, and Shinnosuke is studying under his father and learning Yakumo’s work as well. What a fitting and uplifting ending to this dramatic series. Here’s to us getting more!
A Sucker For a Happy Ending
I’ve really enjoyed Fuuka this season. Yes, it took a different route from the manga (it took one accidental glance at the comments for episode one for me to learn about ‘Truck-kun’...) but overall as an original ending, I think this worked really well. Some might say it was cliche or boring, but what can I say, I’m just glad everyone is happy (and, y’know, alive).
In episode twelve, The Fallen Moon continue their dedicated practice as they wait for Fuuka to come to her senses and back to the band. Yuu-kun shows off all that character growth he’s built up over the season by boldly visiting her house every day, hoping to speak to her. Of course it had to happen at the very last second but all’s well that ends well, and Fuuka agrees to sing at the concert (after a quick mutual confession, of course).
For me, the concert was the highlight of this episode. Although I understood the flashbacks to the main plot points of the series during the scene, I actually think it kind of ruined it. I really enjoy the music in Fuuka, and just watching The Fallen Moon play. They just look so happy to be doing what they’re doing, and it’s uplifting and inspiring. Thank you, Fuuka!
Gabriel Drop Out
You know that one moment you meet a furry friend and you instantly click? Then all rationale goes out the window? Yeah, Satania had one of those moments with the little stray dog that constantly steals her melon pan! She wanted to protect her bread at all costs and then, when she thought she was safe, Satania realized that the poor doggy had been taken away by the mean old dog catcher. Poor doggy! Luckily, Satania was there to save the day because she realized how much the stray dog meant to her and saved its butt! Then Satania was seeking out a way for her to keep her new furry friend which meant switching apartments. The mere thought of giving him up to someone else was horrifying! Yet, thanks to Gabriel, Satania’s landlord changed his mind and let her keep this cute furry buddy. Yay!
I totally relate to this moment because I would do anything for a doggy, even if it’s not in my “nature” to do so for others. Yeah, I would do anything for my dog! I love this moment. I relate to it soooo much! You got kids? Don’t you dare look for me. You got dogs? I’m your girl! 😛
Welcome to the world, Bra!
So, have you watched this week’s episode of Dragon Ball Super? Yeah, we get no new fights yet, but there are a few scenes we need to talk about. First of all, I think we can all agree that Bra’s birth —or Eschalot, as Vegeta would have liked to name her— was the most important moment, mostly because of the way she was born: by… magic? The tournament that could decide the faith of our universe is about to start, so we obviously can’t waste any time, and that’s why Whis used his power to make Bulma give birth in a painless but weird, and somewhat cool way. Who needs doctors, anymore?! The thing is, if our universe don’t win the Tournament of Power, little Bra won’t make it to 1 week old… which is pretty sad and depressing, if you think about it. But, aside from that, there is another thing we have to discuss, and it’s not Yamcha’s funny moment; let me be clear: what is this bs of Goku and Gohan sharing an imaginary fight between Krilin and Basil??! Is this foreshadowing? Since when do they have this “power” and why do Toriyama and staff need to show it this way? This gimmick was so out of place…
All in all, this episode would have been 100% filler if not for Bra’s birth. She could grow into a super cool teenager like in Dragon Ball GT, but as GT is not canon and this is kind of a retcon (she was alive in Dragon Ball Z) we don’t know anymore… We want cute yet badass super saiyan girls!
And that is it for this week and this season as well! Thank you for staying with us until the end! We appreciate you reading until the end. What did you think? Did you see any of the moments that are discussed here? Let us know below!!