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Winter 2017 First Impressions: Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu – Episode 01 Review

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is back, as Yotaro is excited to tell you: “Of course, I’ve been sitting here with my head down the whole time,” he explains, engaging the viewer in a private fourth wall breaking performance that brings the viewer up to speed in the episode’s opening scene. Ten years have passed since he was first accepted as Yakumo’s apprentice and he is now a Shin’uchi who wants to inherit the Sukeroku name. Konatsu has had her baby, Yakumo is now the head of the Rakugo Association, and popular writer Higuchi Eisuke is here to shake things up by joining forces with Yotaro to create new rakugo to revitalise the dying artform. But how will Yakumo, who wishes to take the art of rakugo to the grave alongside him, feel about this controversial idea?

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