Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. This list is made by my personal opinion and If there’s a particular anime that you feel deserves to be on this list, leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list. Also, keep in mind the list is in no particular order. Enjoy!

10 Anime Like Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

10. Aoi Bungaku Series
9. Yuri!!! on Ice
8. Chihayafuru
7. Joshiraku
6. Hyouge Mono
5. Sennen Joyuu
4. 3-gatsu no Lion
3. Sakamichi no Apollon
2. Fune wo Amu
1. Saraiya Goyou

 

10. Aoi Bungaku Series

Anime like Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Synopsis – The series consists of adaptations of six modern classics of Japanese literature: Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku) & Run, Melos! (Hashire, Melos!), Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro, Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s Hell Screen (Jigoku Hen) & The Spider’s Thread (Kumo no Ito), and Ango Sakaguchi’s In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom (Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita).

Similarity – The first story from Aoi Bungaku Series (the first four series) has a lot in common with Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. It’s the same historical period of Japan, shown in both anime, the same idea of double suicide, which is a ground for both stories. Even the main characters have some similarities – they both are connected with the art. Their specializations are different, and the Rakugo’s main character has much stronger personality, but both of them are also basically tragic.

 

9. Yuri!!! on Ice

Anime like Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Synopsis – Reeling from his crushing defeat at the Grand Prix Finale, Yuuri Katsuki, once Japan’s most promising figure skater, returns to his family home to assess his options for the future. At age 23, Yuuri’s window for success in skating is closing rapidly, and his love of pork cutlets and aptitude for gaining weight are not helping either.

However, Yuuri finds himself in the spotlight when a video of him performing a routine previously executed by a five-time world champion, Victor Nikiforov, suddenly goes viral. In fact, Victor himself abruptly appears at Yuuri’s house and offers to be his mentor. As one of his biggest fans, Yuuri eagerly accepts, kicking off his journey to make it back onto the world stage. But the competition is fierce, as the rising star from Russia, Yuri Plisetsky, is relentlessly determined to defeat Yuuri and win back Victor’s tutelage.

Similarity – Both revolve around artistic professional hobbies that are passionately depicted by the shows’ creators. Those hobbies are used to emphasize the characters’ emotions and stories. Also, both focus on the relationships between two very different adult men from the point-of-view of the more uptight one, and their relationships are built upon the inspiration that they give each other in their shared field.

 

8. Chihayafuru

Anime like Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Synopsis- Chihaya Ayase, a strong-willed and tomboyish girl, grows up under the shadow of her older sister. With no dreams of her own, she is contented with her share in life till she meets Arata Wataya. The quiet transfer student in her elementary class introduces her to competitive karuta, a physically and mentally demanding card game inspired by the classic Japanese anthology of Hundred Poets.

Now in high school, Chihaya has grown into a karuta freak. She aims to establish the Municipal Mizusawa High Competitive Karuta Club, setting her sights on the national championship at Omi Jingu. Reunited with the now indifferent Taichi, Chihaya’s dream of establishing a karuta team is only one step away from becoming true: she must bring together members with a passion for the game that matches her own.

Similarity – Chihayafuru and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu are similar in genre, both are josei and drama. Chihayafuru takes place in modern day school/life Japan, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu mainly takes place in the past, 30+ years ago and tells a story of upcoming success. Both shows have similar scenarios and face a lot of the same tropes.

 

7. Joshiraku

Anime like Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Synopsis – Joshiraku is a dramatic anime based on the adaptation of a manga written by the author of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei about a group of girls who discuss random things and usually reach an unusual or humorous conclusion that’s far from the initial discussion topic.

Similarity – Both series focus on rakugo performers, although Joshiraku is more about comedy/modern Japanese society commentary, and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is more about drama

 

6. Hyouge Mono

Anime like Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Synopsis – The story is set during Japan’s Sengoku Jidai (Era of the Warring States) and centers on Furuta Sasuke, a vassal of the great warlord Oda Nobunaga and a man obsessed with tea ceremony and material desires in his pursuit of a fortuitous life. Having learned from Oda and the legendary tea master Sen no Soueki, Furuta walks the way of the Hyouge Mono.

Similarity – Both are heavily character- and dialogue-driven historical period dramas about a passion for traditional Japanese art forms in a drastically changing society. While the time period and chosen subject matter are different (Tea ceremony and wabisabi philosophy during the late Sengoku period in Hyouge Mono, rakugo during the mid-Shouwa period in Rakugo Shinjuu), the style and contents are very similar. A fan of either is likely to appreciate the other.

 

5. Sennen Joyuu

Anime like Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Synopsis – At the turn of the millennium, Ginei Studio’s dilapidated buildings are set to be demolished. Ex-employee and filmmaker Genya Tachibana decides to honor this occasion with a commemorative documentary about the company’s star actress: Chiyoko Fujiwara.

Hidden in this secluded mountain retreat is a thousand years of history condensed into one lifetime, waiting to be narrated. Chiyoko’s recollections take them on an illusionary journey through Japanese cinematic history that transcends the boundaries of reality; the saga of her acting career intertwines with her filmography, the actors in her life blend seamlessly with the characters on screen and the present melds with the past. Though the actress may have retired at the height of her career 30 years ago, the curtain on her life’s stage has yet to fall.

Similarity – The stories are centered around the reminiscences of elderly protagonists who are prominent figures in the entertainment industry. As these characters begin to show age, they begin to brood over their inevitable fate. If you’d like a drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then I’ve got the perfect recommendation for you.

 

4. 3-gatsu no Lion

Anime like Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Synopsis – Having reached professional status in middle school, Rei Kiriyama is one of the few elites in the world of shogi. Due to this, he faces an enormous amount of pressure, both from the shogi community and his adoptive family. Seeking independence from his tense home life, he moves into an apartment in Tokyo. As a 17-year-old living on his own, Rei tends to take poor care of himself, and his reclusive personality ostracizes him from his peers in school and at the shogi hall.

However, not long after his arrival in Tokyo, Rei meets Akari, Hinata, and Momo Kawamoto, a trio of sisters living with their grandfather who owns a traditional wagashi shop. The Kawamoto sisters, coping with past tragedies, also share with Rei a unique familial bond that he has lacked for most of his life. As he struggles to maintain himself physically and mentally through his shogi career, Rei must learn how to interact with others and understand his own complex emotions.

Similarity – Both are stories about protagonists pursuing success in the only thing they have to fill the void inside while coping with the isolation and loneliness that comes with it. Hurting people close to them and trying to fix the mistakes are dealt with in both anime albeit in different ways. And even though Shouwa Genroku takes a mature tone compared to Sangatsu, both of these stories are character studies and are pretty good ones at that.

 

3. Sakamichi no Apollon

Anime like Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Synopsis – Sakamichi no Apollon is a heartwarming story of friendship, music, and love that follows three unique individuals brought together by their mutual appreciation for jazz. Introverted classical pianist and top student Kaoru Nishimi has just arrived in Kyushu for his first year of high school. Having constantly moved from place to place since his childhood, he abandons all hope of fitting in, preparing himself for another lonely, meaningless year. That is until he encounters the notorious delinquent Sentarou Kawabuchi.

Sentarou’s immeasurable love for jazz music inspires Kaoru to learn more about the genre, and as a result, he slowly starts to break out of his shell, making his very first friend. As he discovers the immense joy of using his musical talents to bring enjoyment to himself and others, Kaoru’s summer might just crescendo into one that he will remember forever.

Similarity – The character personality frameworks and interactions are nearly the same. Both for older audiences. Both have a very nice, pristine, slice of lifestyle to them whilst being set in the past. If you want to watch something peaceful that evokes emotion (that comes in many forms), these are the shows for you.

 

2. Fune wo Amu

Anime like Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Synopsis – Kouhei Araki, a veteran editor of the dictionary editorial division at Genbu Publishing, plans to retire in order to better care for his ailing wife. However, before retiring, he must find a replacement to complete his latest project: a new dictionary called “The Great Passage.” But no matter where he looks, he cannot find anyone suitable, as making a dictionary requires a wealth of patience, time, and dedication.

Mitsuya Majime works in Genbu Publishing’s sales division, yet he has poor social skills and an inability to read the mood in most situations. In spite of this, he excels at having an enthusiasm for words thanks to his love of reading and caring personality. It is these skills that draw Araki to him and prompt him to offer Majime a position in the dictionary editorial department. As Majime accepts his new position, he finds himself unsure of his abilities and questioning whether he will fit in with his new co-workers. Yet amid the vast sea of words, The Great Passage will bring them together.

Similarity – So first off the similarity in the storyline, both series are explore old craft professions (Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu – Rakugo a traditional Japanese form of comedic storytelling ) (Fune wo Amu – the process and hardship that comes with making a dictionary) where we get to follow our main characters through their journey, both characters learn from professionals and aspire to accomplish something one day. Also, both main characters have the second lead with an opposite personality who helps them

1. Saraiya Goyou

Anime like Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Synopsis – Masterless samurai Akitsu Masanosuke is a skilled and loyal swordsman, but his naïve, diffident nature has time and again caused him to be let go by the lords who have employed him. Hungry and desperate, he becomes a bodyguard for Yaichi, the charismatic leader of a gang called “Five Leaves.” Although disturbed by the gang’s sinister activities, Masa begins to suspect that Yaichi’s motivations are not what they seem. And despite his misgivings, the deeper he’s drawn into the world of the Five Leaves, the more he finds himself fascinated by these devious, mysterious outlaws.

Similarity – The ambiance of both the shows is quite similar. The direction is spectacular in both the shows – more so in the case of Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju than Saraiya Goyou. The pacing, the overall feel of both the shows is quite soothing and comparable.

 

Credits – MAL

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