Kōji Kumeta would be hard pressed to be less explicit with his Tweeted news that a new part of Joshiraku ,"eh... or something" is planned for summer. This lead fans to speculate on whether there may be a follow-up to the manga, written by Kumeta and illustrated by Toradora!'s Yasu between 2009 and 2013, or its Tsutomu Mizushima and J.C.Staff anime adaptation, which ran in Summer 2013 with a 2014 OVA follow-up.
This week, the curtains closes on Joshiraku, the manga from Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei's Kouji Kumeta and Toradora! illustrator Yasu looking at the behind scenes banter of a group of young women employed as traditional rakugo performers. Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine's October issue, on sale in Japan September 9th, ends the 2009 series, which helped launch the Weekly Shōnen Magazine spin-off. More after the jump.
This past weekend, visitors with otaku proclivities travelling to tourist spots in Akihabara and Asakusa were able to partake in rickshaw rides thematically modeled after the women of Joshiraku - the manga turned anime with Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei's Kouji Kumeta and Toradora! illustrator Yasu's look at the behind scends banter of a group of traditional performers. Get a look after the jump.
Momoiro Clover Z's (under the name Momokuro-tei Ichimon) infectious "Nippon Egao Hyakkei \(Famous Views on Japan's Smiles)" from Joshiraku is a strong contender for the cult anime theme of the season. To promote the song's September 5th release, the pop girl group appeared in traditional rakugo garb at the appropriately venerable Suzumoto Theater for a performance. Watch after the jump.
Since it's a linguistic humor and cultural reference filled comedy about the back stage banter of traditional performers, it's not exactly surprising that the Joshiraku anime hasn't been licensed. Since its by Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei's Kouji Kumeta with art by Toradora! illustrator Yasu, it's not exactly surprisingly that it's found an audience never the less. See its performers in love action after the jump.