Do you know what Rakugo is?
Don’t worry, I didn’t know either.
Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, a Winter 2016 anime, wasn’t- at least to my knoweldge- a very popular watch. However, searching around for a new anime to get started on, many people lauded this one as one of the best of the season- so of course, me being me, I started wondering why. It wasn’t very mystical, it didn’t have any huge action scenes, and definitely wasn’t renowned for being exciting: so, why was it good?
Telling the story of people who love to perform the performing, story-telling art of Rakugo, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu honestly surprised me. It did certainly live up to the hype: but, it felt a lot different than any anime I’ve watched before. Unique, touching, and surprisingly simple, this anime was quite the interesting watch: let me explain why.