Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

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4.9
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  • 28 out of 30 people found this review helpful:
    Something new, but not for everyone
    This is the type of show that only caters to its intended audience. You'll know immediately if you fall into that category. I'd just like to point out that just because they didn't aim this type of anime at you, it doesn't make it bad.

    It's very well done, the characters are interesting and have depth to them. As far as I know Rakugo has never been the main focus of an anime before. Because of ...
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  • 16 out of 17 people found this review helpful:
    Rakugo is the Hidden Gem of Winter 2016!
    This series is something special that doesn't come around very often at all. From the premise to the characters, to the rich storytelling, this series is very fulling and unique. I'm going to give a little run down/recommendation:

    Art & Sound: The animation isn't incredible or groundbreaking, but it successfully captures the emotion of the characters, making them ...
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  • 7 out of 7 people found this review helpful:
    The perfect story about story telling
    Episode one immediately sent chills down my spine. I watched it without reading the description, thinking "oh, this looks like another historical series", and I couldn't be happier about how wrong I was.

    The art of Rakugo is something I had never heard of before now, and yet after only one episode I feel very familiar with it. Instead of a montage or two where we'd see the main character ...
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  • 6 out of 6 people found this review helpful:
    The art of telling a story
    I find this to be more than just a great anime. This is art. This is captivating in a way many can overlook easily. I think most voice actors, performers and entertiners would agree that this is a truly inspired anime that shows the heart of what it takes to give to an audience, what it's like to stand before one and what can happen off the stage. It touches on the connections to one another and ...
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  • 6 out of 7 people found this review helpful:
    Not for all but excellent if you can get into it
    includes minor spoilers, you have been warned.
    Let's get this out of the way, as others have already mentioned this is not going to appeal to everyone. It's a period piece about Rakugo, which simply put is a traditional Japanese form of stand-up comedy except the performer is sitting down and rather than tell jokes he tells a humorous story by portraying various characters. If this is appealing ...
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  • 5 out of 6 people found this review helpful:
    Riveting story telling!
    I am a long time fan of Rakugo (and I was born in Showa). Every nuance, every gesture is beautifully captured. The story telling is first class. From the start, not a waisted moment in the show. Each scene leads to the next with impeccable flow and timing. I've never seen a show with such an impact from the first episode. The ending theme by Ringo Sheena makes this great show that much more ...
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  • 3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
    The best show airing currently
    Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is currently airing, and we are eight episodes in, with the first episode being 45 minutes long.

    The show is incredible. It is set in multiple time periods, showing the legacy of two Rakugo performers, going from apprentice, to master. Fighting for the same lover, and inevitably ending in tragedy. However, it brilliantly weaves this story in with a cast of younger ...
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  • 3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
    An absolute gem of a series
    Crunchyroll found itself a real gem here. It just might be my favorite of the season.

    I'll give you a tip to enjoy the anime to the fullest, especially the first episode which is a one hour special:

    Forget the fact that you are watching an anime. Forget the fact that you are in your room looking at a screen and expecting to be entertained with fast moving images and loud noises. You're ...
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  • 3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
    after 2 episodes i'm excited to see where this goes
    Unlike the usual trash anime that comes out ever year this show stands above them. It's beautifully animated with characters you will be invested in 20 minutes into the first episode.

    I'm glad the first episode is longer. It gives up time to really sink into the story. It makes episode two and the continuing Plot much more enjoyable.

    Please don't pass on this show. Yes it doesn't have ...
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  • 3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
    a story about story-telling.. I love it!
    This is literally the story about an old-fashioned form of story-telling called Rakugo. I had no expectations for this show, but it turned out to be one of my favorites. I just find myself getting drawn in every episode. I can understand a lot of people wont be able to get into the Rakugo, itself.. but the characters in this show are incredibly real, and the writing and music backing those ...
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