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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

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju – 4

If the past two episodes were about building the bonds and demonstrating the importance of Kikuhiko’s makeshift rakugo family, then this one is about showing how those bonds could one day unravel.... Continue Reading

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju – 1-3 (Early Impressions)

When Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju premiered three weeks ago, it was greeted with high praises from just about every reviewer, lauded as one of the best first episodes of the winter season. I was singing... Continue Reading

Chaos;Head [01-06]

Basic premise: Chaos Head tells the tale of Nishijou Takumi, a teenager who is a “hikimori, Otaku” and is schitezophrenic to boot. Things go horribly wrong to Takumi when he starts getting me... Continue Reading