Kodansha’s Itan magazine has announced today that we’ll be saying farewell to Haruko Kumota’s Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju in the magazine’s next issue, to be published on June 7th. Having begun the elegant, dramatic manga in 2010, Kumota’s series was honoured with the Best General Manga prize at the 38th Kodansha Manga Awards, as well as the Excellence Award at the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards. It was also nominated for the 17th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2013, and this year, on January 8th, we settled in to be enraptured by the anime series.
The tenth and final volume will be out this summer, and though the manga series is yet to be licensed for an English publication, with the flash success of the anime we’ll be surprised if we have to wait much longer. Meanwhile, we have the second season of the anime to look forward to. Crunchyroll streamed the first series as it aired in Japan, and they describe the story:
Upon his release from prison, a man seeks out the famous comedic storyteller Yakumo after falling in love with his rendition of a story called “Shinigami.” Yakumo accepts the ex-convict as his apprentice, nicknaming him “Yotaro.” As Yotaro gets acclimated to his new life, he meets Konatsu, a girl in the care of Yakumo who wants to become a performer as well, but is unable to because she is a woman.