Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

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  • 5
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  • 4
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  • 3
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  • 2
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  • 1
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4.9
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  • Pleasantly surprised
    I didn't expect to like this anime as much as I did considering its genre. I was very surprised after I had finally gotten around to watching it, and ended up finishing both seasons within 24 hours. Even if you're not usually interested in this drama, I think you'd like this anime. If you're interested in watching it, I would recommend sticking it out until at least the third episode. If you still ...
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  • Absolutely Stunning Piece of Art
    Raw and beautiful, this story does not fear to depict every aspect of life. It grasps you in the most humanistic way. Even if you're not into the slice of life genre, this story will pull you in and make you emotionally attached. Recommended for an older audience.
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  • An all-time favorite, just an amazing beautiful show
    Didn't come into this show with a knowledge base about Rakugo, and it surely isn't necessary... all you need is a bit of patience as you get introduced into the world being shown here. This is as much dramatic documentary as it is drama as it starts, but before long you'll be feeling sick with worry about the star-crosssed characters, and the Rakugo industry itself. The second season is where this ...
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  • Heartwrenching laughter
    This show is probably one of the best historical fictions to date, great drama, amazing comedy, an amazing plot, and most of all the feels are real. The animation is great, they did a splendid job, the music scores fit flawlessly in as well. The characters have great growth and personalities, just wish i had finished this series sooner, almost felt like someone giving up on rakugo and starting ...
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  • A storytelling masterpiece.
    A true storytelling masterpiece, one of my favorites by far. The first season lays the groundwork for the second beautifully. The fact that they don't leave out the rakugo really makes you develop a deep connection with the art form. It's almost like you're there, in the theater, with the performers. Absolutely stunning.
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  • So human at times, so close to perfect
    I watched this on a recommendation from a friend. First off I think it's beautifully animated. The facial expressions in particular, which is so important to storytelling. It's slow (especially the first season) but you get a depth of story that not a lot of shows go for. The story is complicated and covers so much (changing of the times, coming of age, love, etc) but is very well done.

    The ...
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  • Easily one of my favs
    This show has a ridiculous amount of character depth. It actually reminds me a bit of the book: "The stone angel" (Classic Canadian literature- don't watch the movie).

    The premise is vastly different, but the hardened protagonist has many similarities. You get to uncover his source of emotional "wall building", the sacrifices he took, the reasons why he took them, and how it affected others. ...
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  • Great! a rare treat!
    Anime like this is the reason I've been watching anime and reading manga for 30 years, it has something for everyone, history for the older watchers, action, romance, art and a great story, and of course great characters. Keep up the good work Japanese writers we'll keep watching and reading!
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  • Absolutely Beautiful
    This is such a beautiful work of art. I started reading the manga because of the anime. I literally cried after the last two episodes. Such a beautiful story. Beautiful artwork. Beautiful characters. I can't wait for the DVD to come out. I could watch this again and again.
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Absolutely fantastic.
    I enjoyed this anime from start to finish. All of the characters were unique, and likable in their own ways. It was an incredible emotional rollercoaster ride, and I loved every minute of it. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys character drama, a little mystery, and a semi-historical setting. I would most certainly rewatch it.
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