Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū Anime’s 2nd Season Premieres on January 6
The official website for the television anime adaptation of Haruko Kumota‘s Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū manga series revealed on Friday that the show’s second season, titled Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen (Sukeroku Anew Arc), will premiere on January 6.
The anime will air on the Animeism programming block, and will premiere first on TBS at 26:25 (effectively January 7 at 2:25 a.m.) before airing on MBS and on BS-TBS. The anime will also stream in Japan on 14 different services, including Amazon, Niconico, d Anime Store, Bandai Channel, and more.
The anime’s first story revolves around a mature prisoner who was released on good behavior during Japan’s Showa Genroku era (1960s to early 1970s). He is called Yotarō by others, a term that means an “anti-hero” or a “dim-witted man.” When he returns to society, he starts a new life in rakugo (comic storytelling). Touched by Yakumo’s role as the “grim reaper,” he asks the master to take him in as an apprentice. Most of the first season had delved into Yakumo’s own past during World War II and the years afterward.
The second season’s stage will move forward to the modern era, with the story of Kikuhiko and Sukeroku’s past now over.
The anime’s first season premiered in January. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it airs in Japan.