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Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Season 2 – 12

Since last week saw the end of our central story, this week is by nature a more subdued epilogue, a comedown from the peak we hit before. While it didn’t have quite the emotional punch of recent... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Season 2 – 11

So here we are at the end of Yakumo’s….no, at the end of Bon’s story, or at least the end of this volume. I’ve hesitated to talk about religion or philosophy with Rakugo Shinju... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Season 2 – 10

Every week I think Rakugo Shinju can’t possibly get any better, and every week Rakugo Shinju shouts “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!” and proves me wrong. After last episode’s harrowing c... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Season 2 – 9

Not content to simply kick me in the feelings every week, Rakugo Shinju decides to ratchet up the tension and stress me out as well. Right from the opening theme, which sees the return of Sukeroku̵... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Season 2 – 8

Through its echoes of the past and its glimpses of the future, Rakugo Shinju has always fluctuated between grief and hope, melancholy and elation, as its characters and rakugo itself struggle to balanc... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Season 2 – 7

So, uh… how’s everyone doing out there? Still thinking about That Scene? If you’re anything like me, you haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. You may have had trouble sle... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Season 2 – 6

There’s a kind of magic to an old building, an imprint left by those who lived and worked and played there. The more people, the stronger the feelings, the older the tradition, the deeper the im... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Season 2 – 5

Things had been looking up for our rakugo family as of late, but that may have just been the long slope to the top of a very steep drop. The final performance this week was so magnificently staged and s... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Season 2 – 4

Usually by the time I write these commentaries I’ve poured all my flailing fangirl energy into tweets and can focus on that High Quality Analysis you crave, but this week…yeah, this week req... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Season 2 – 3

I’ve been unofficially calling this episode “The Declaration of Independence,” as it’s very much about the present looking the past in the eye and insisting it won’t be ch... Continue Reading