Genre Tags: Drama, Josei
Synopsis: Ex-convict turned Rakugo apprentice Yotarou has finally taken the name of Yurakutei Sukeroku III, and with his master Yakumo’s permission has attained the lofty rank of shin’uchi. He assumes the name at a critical time for Rakugo, with audiences fewer than ever. At the same time he has started acting as a husband to Konatsu, who is now a single mother. Yotarou thus begins the struggle to fill the role of Sukeroku, both as the future of Rakugo and as a part of Yakumo’s and Konatsu’s lives.
Plot Rating: 10/10
Character Development Rating: 10/10
Progression Rating: 10/10
Animation Rating: 10/10
Conclusion Rating: 10/10
Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 10/10
*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with
Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 10/10
*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.
Should You Watch: My goodness, please watch this masterpiece!
General Comments: When I watched the first season of this show, I knew we had a gem. After watching the second season, not only do we have a gem, but a masterpiece as well. This is undoubtedly one of the best anime we’ve had in a long time, and definitely the best drama of all time, at least for me. This was perfection personified and this is not an exaggeration whatsoever. The storytelling of this anime about storytelling was sublime and so well done, I’d like to give the team behind it every award that exists. For such a simple plot, this was the most complex story I’ve ever seen, yet it came together beautifully and perfectly, without any loose ends. Everything came full circle from where we began and to how we ended. The entire cast was phenomenal and their VAs accordingly. I’m writing through my tears it was so heartfelt. This story summed up in one sentence is this. Two of the greatest Rakugo masters of all time, inspire generations of those who follow them and their legacy lives on forever through the art that is Rakugo. Please, just do yourself a favor and watch this show. I swear it’ll be the most impacting show you’ll see all year. I pray this will be licensed and sold on disc, because this is one for the collection.
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