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Flower’s Top Ten Series of 2017

And yet again we have come to that time where we look over the past year’s offerings and compile a list of what I felt were my favorite series that aired. Perhaps doing so could be the beginning fo... Continue Reading

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Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju – 13 (Season Finale)

Why no, that post title is not a typo! In case you missed the good news, Showa Genroku is getting a second season, something I never thought I’d be writing and am positively giddy to be doing so... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju – 12

Here it is: The moment we all knew was coming. Showa Genroku’s tragedy-coaster reaches its summit and drops us straight down in more ways than one, fulfilling its first-episode promises in d... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju – 11

My goodness, was that a delightful episode. While Showa Genroku makes for a fascinating character study, it’s not what you’d call a “feel-good” series–our protagonist&... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju – 10

In an episode that begins and ends with apprentices, it’s no wonder this week’s Showa Genroku is all about inheritance—the legacy we leave, what we try to pass on, and what ends up getting ... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju – 9

I had a moment after this week’s Showa Genroku where all I could do was stare at the end credits while making little half-articulated “wow” noises. That was a beautiful, haunting, pain... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju – 8

Due to a series of unexpected and slightly ridiculous events, I wound up handwriting this in the back of a car between bouts of motion sickness (#XtremeBlogging!), then quickly typing it up and posting i... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju – 7

Having at last found his voice, Kikuhiko’s star rises swiftly, as his performances earn him accolades from rakugo audiences and masters alike.  But one person’s success can sometimes be an... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju – 6

Seeing as how it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d begin this post by saying something I’ve neglected to mention throughout these many words of character analysis and directori... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju – 5

Has there ever been a series with as much unabashed love for performers and performance as this one? From the many rakugo stories to the bursts of shamisen music to this week’s low-budget kabuki p... Continue Reading