The story of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju will begin again soon as the next season is in production, and its title has been revealed on the show’s official website as Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen (Sukeroku Anew Arc). This news was paired with the above visual of Kikuhiko, now known as Yakumo, beside his new apprentice Yotaro, marking the new season’s step forward into the modern era.
Though we’ve been gripped by the tragic history of Kikuhiko and Sukeroku (whose beloved rakugo traditions and transformations we explored for ourselves), their story is now indeed over. But it seems we will be seeing them both again, as Akira Ishida and Koichi Yamadera have both been confirmed as reprising their respective roles. Otherwise, no more details are known yet, but on April 25th the staff will be hosting a special event for the anime, including performances by professional rakugo storytellers. If not before, we’d imagine this event will bring some more news on the series to light.