Shinmaru: "Comedy is a tough nut to crack. We often take for granted how much of it is steeped in specific cultures — what may be obvious to us in our own country may fly over a foreigner’s head. It is sometimes difficult for me to truly appreciate Japanese humor, because I know only the most basic, stock phrases of Japanese and whatever cultural references I’ve seen in anime a million times before. Joshiraku is not different from many anime comedies in that much of the humor comes from specific, far-ranging cultural references and puns. However, much like Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (also penned by manga author Kumeta Koji), Joshiraku also trades in smart, weird but broad comedy that can be understood by anyone."