Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju is the kind of anime that makes you proud to be an anime fan. It is a thematically satisfying and well-written story, boasting both sweeping historical drama and funny, engaging characters, excelling in visual direction and voice acting alike. In a few years we’ll be talking about it in the same bracket as classics like Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell, part of the rare selection of anime you can comfortably show someone outside fandom without caveats.
Rakugo also contains a number of feminist-relevant themes, characters and storylines. We’ve touched on it briefly in other Chatty AF episodes, but art like this deserves its own in-depth discussion. As the first volume of the manga came out in paperback last week, it seemed like the perfect time to revisit this beautiful and rewarding series.
Chatty AF 8: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Retrospective
Dee, Vrai, and Caitlin do a deep dive into our favorite anime of the past year, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju!
SPOILERS: for both seasons of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
02:12 What is Rakugo
08:14 What drew you to the show?
11:42 Konatsu and Bon
16:26 Konatsu and Yotaro
18:16 Yotaro’s influence
20:49 Love triangle
26:11 Societal expectations
31:19 Bon’s sexuality
33:46 The sour note
37:37 Bon’s depression
40:18 Character complexity
41:10 Except Yotaro
46:11 Translation issues/cultural context
48:51 Separation from history
52:06 (Dee is attacked by her cat)
Recorded Saturday 29th April 2017
Music: Open Those Bright Eyes by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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