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Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu


Alt Names: alt Showa and Genroku Era Lover's Suicide Through Rakugoalt 昭和元禄落語心中
Author: Kumota Haruko
Artist: Kumota Haruko
Genres: Award Winning Award WinningComedy ComedyDrama DramaJosei JoseiSlice of Life Slice of LifeTragedy Tragedy
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: When a certain man is released from prison, he knows exactly where he's heading first. After falling in love with a traditional comic storyteller's rendition of the story called "Shinigami," he is determined to become his apprentice. The performer, Yakumo, has never taken an apprentice before, but to everyone's surprise, he accepts the eager ex-prisoner, nicknaming him "Yotaro."

As Yotaro happily begins his new life, he meets others in Yakumo's life, including Yakumo's ward Konatsu. Konatsu was the daughter of a famous storyteller, and Yakumo took her in after her father's tragic death. Konatsu loved her father's storytelling, and would love to become a performer in her own right--but that path is not available for women. [tethysdust]
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Because of this, we have dropped the series since it is now getting an official translation.

 

You can read more about the licensing here.

Bummer...

 

but, I'll just have to be patient for the releases.

Thank you Helvetica for all your work !

To anyone wondering where our releases went, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu was just recently licensed by Kodansha Comics. Because of this, we have dropped the series since it is now getting an official translation.

 

You can read more about the licensing here.

Such a quality series. TYVM Helvetica Scans.

I agree with you for the most part. But you're basically agreeing that his rejection of female rakugo players has largely to do with his gender identity and his role/relation to Rakugo, not necessarily his sexual orientation.

I don't see that the distinction is relevant to what's going on.  It has largely to do with whatever about him is proscribed by wider society's mores (and that he therefore feels guilty about).  Sexual orientation would certainly be one of those, and probably the core one.  I don't think circa WW II Japan had a whole bunch of oppression and disapproval reserved specifically for gender identity as opposed to homosexuality. 

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To anyone who's curious as to why chapters have become thin in numbers, it's because we're short on staff.

 

Until we're able to find a cleaner who can help us with our scanned raws, sadly expect the chapters to be a bit sparse. :(

That all seems very reasonable to me.  But you think it has nothing to do with his romantic/sexual preferences?

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I agree with you for the most part. But you're basically agreeing that his rejection of female rakugo players has largely to do with his gender identity and his role/relation to Rakugo, not necessarily his sexual orientation.

Not completely related but if you're interested
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Fuck. I knew it. You can never trust the second male lead. The closer the two of you are, the higher the chances he be fuckin/tryin to fuck your girl after 10 chapters -_-...

I doubt his romantic/sexual preferences has anything to do with Yakumo resisting the idea of a female Rakugo performer.

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That all seems very reasonable to me.  But you think it has nothing to do with his romantic/sexual preferences?

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(Although, it does make it an interestingly, yet realistically, stupid/perverse thing for him to be so "Only men can do rakugo, no transgression on gender roles shall be allowed, harrumph")


I doubt his romantic/sexual preferences has anything to do with Yakumo resisting the idea of a female Rakugo performer.


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Ah.  Well, then.  If that's how it works out, that's how it works out.  I'm kind of disappointed though--this generally seems very innovative and closeted gay is such a hackneyed development.
(Although, it does make it an interestingly, yet realistically, stupid/perverse thing for him to be so "Only men can do rakugo, no transgression on gender roles shall be allowed, harrumph")


does the fact that he's not interested in a particular woman make him gay though?

I'm finding Miyokichi a little more sympathetic in the manga somehow.

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Ah.  Well, then.  If that's how it works out, that's how it works out.  I'm kind of disappointed though--this generally seems very innovative and closeted gay is such a hackneyed development.
(Although, it does make it an interestingly, yet realistically, stupid/perverse thing for him to be so "Only men can do rakugo, no transgression on gender roles shall be allowed, harrumph")

hey guys, did you like the blooper reel and would you like to see more in future releases?

Sigh.  He's proper.  Back then, it was a legit way for people to be.

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Sigh.  He's proper.  Back then, it was a legit way for people to be.

I'm just assuming. Because in chapter 4 (if i'm not mistaken) he said he hope to be born as a woman. I thought it's just because he from geisha? family. But his expression seems more. And... there's triangle love story..

Is yakumo gay?

Sigh.  He's proper.  Back then, it was a legit way for people to be.

Is yakumo gay?

Apologies to anyone if they notice a drop in quality. Our typesetters were both gone this week, so we had to fill in someone else to do their work :(

 

Regardless, enjoy the chapter!

 

 

Edit: The chapter is being updated with fixes :)

Absolutely! I almost feel the sounds in some pages, and the fonts you use ease to enjoy the change of the context. Anyway, the story is touching although quite melancholic at this point. Thanks a lot Helvetica!

 

 

Thanks! Our typesetters are flattered~

 

It's really difficult to find the right font for a lot of situations, but they do a fantastic job.

Hope you all enjoy the chapter this week!

Absolutely!
I almost feel the sounds in some pages, and the fonts you use ease to enjoy the change of the context.
Anyway, the story is touching although quite melancholic at this point.
Thanks a lot Helvetica!

Oooooooookay. Here we frickin' go.

Hope you all enjoy the chapter this week!
 
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I have really been enjoying reading this as a manga. I loved the anime but this is somehow different. I'm so glad it finally got picked up! Thank you Helvetica!

Can someone spoil the infidelity, love triangle/s, and pregnancy tags on MU for me? Not looking for another Nana where the good guy gets shafted.

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Hope you all enjoy chapter 5! This appears as the last chapter of the current arc, so get ready for a real trip.
 
Give Ecchan a round of applause too! Quality may seem a tad different, but I let him quality check this chapter to get his new job rolling.


B... B.. But cover page volume 9.....


I demand you slave drive your group and yourself, push to the limit, I want 10 chapters per day until we reach the current volume

XD

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