Ex-convict turned Rakugo apprentice Yotarou has finally taken the name of Yurakutei Sukeroku III, and with his master Yakumo’s permission has attained the lofty rank of shin’uchi. He assumes the name at a critical time for Rakugo, with audiences fewer than ever. At the same time he has started acting as a husband to Konatsu, who is now a single mother. Yotarou thus begins the struggle to fill the role of Sukeroku, both as the future of Rakugo and as a part of Yakumo’s and Konatsu’s lives. – My Anime List
Based on 11 review scores:
The Nihon Review
Rakugo Shinjuu is essentially a timeless novel that spans generations, and depicts the lives of those who see rakugo as a form of livelihood. It is a tribute that celebrates the beauty of telling captivating stories to the audience, and the sheer importance of passing down a way of life from master to student. It would be a tragic loss to see rakugo being forgotten; it has touched many lives including even mine, and the show demonstrates this in the most honorable and unforgettable way. This one deserves a standing ovation from me.
OK, it won’t be to everyone’s taste. It’s not anime with catgirls. It’s a serious drama, anime as high art. Attempts to do that fall short more often than not. This one doesn’t. This one is witty and warm and poignant and wise.
Rei – Deviant Art
The craft of rakugo may be slowly dying out, but this anime still manages to convey a story for the ages even in its first season!
Watch this anime if you love anime. Watch it if you love good dramas. Watch it if you love art and culture. This anime is for everyone and is a work of art and I guarantee that you will love it unless you are the type of person who hates dramas and that is fine, don’t worry. Here’s something small you should look out for when watching Descending Stories. The opening changes depending on what happens in the episode it is opening to. These are small changes but they can directly influence your experience as you watch. This is one episode where you should never skip the opening.
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 its old-style of entertainment using anime as a median has the dangers of bastardizing and tarnishing classic stories. So far they’ve done a good job at avoiding that.
Anime News Network
This second season treads a different path than the first, but in many ways its story-telling is even more evocative this time around to create one of the best drama series you’re ever likely to see.
My Anime List
One of masterpieces of modern anime. Studio Deen is just so good at making this one. Surpassing the 1st season and even the Manga. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is a flawless – godtier – topnotch – moving – stellar – ” m a s t e r p i e c e ” on drama genre. “Never” anything came closely to this series from all Anime of 2016 and Anime of Winter 2017
V’s Hidden Room
My gripe with this series is the second half of episode 12 and the entirety of the last episode. First up, the second half of episode 12 contains the long eluded deaths of Konatsu’s parents. But it’s not well handled and it’s over before you can say: “Wait, what?”. It just feels really cheap when compared to the rest of the story.
It’s been years since last time I follow new animes. Busyness is a reason, another reason is the change of age; Besides, works that could tell stories responsibly are lacking, but from my point of view, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is in the way of being classical work.