Ladies and gentlemen, I present you the return of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu where the name Yotarou Yurakutei is no more. Thus, he’s known as the shin’uchi named Sukeroku Yurakutei who inherit it from Konatsu’s deceased father.
As much as he became a shin’uchi, Yotarou or Sukeroku will have to bring rakugo back to its prominence in his own way!
On the other hand, Sukeroku has some fans like Mangetsu Tsuburaya who’s now working in TV production because he tried to become a rakugoka, but Mangetsu didn’t become one due to lack of talent as well as the shrinking popularity of rakugo in recent years.
Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that this second season takes place in the bubble economy era, which means that they’re living in mid 80s and rakugo is facing tough competition such as manzai acts. Still, Mangetsu respects both Sukeroku and the 8th generation Yakumo Yurakutei.
Speaking of Konatsu, she went to see both Sukeroku and Yakumo’s performance just a bit. Too bad that Mangetsu is shocked that Konatsu has a child, poor him…
Despite the fact that she’s a single mother who wanted to raise her child by herself, the 3rd generation Sukeroku insists of protecting both Konatsu and the baby because he cares about them.
One last thing, here’s a new character who believe that Sukeroku can secure a future of rakugo. Named Eisuke Higuchi, this writer has a liking of Sukeroku that Eisuke-sensei told him that he tried to be Yakumo Yurakutei’s apprentice.
Of course, Higuchi felt that had Yakumo took some apprentices before Yotarou, rakugo would have a better future. But still, he believes that rakugo is freer than before and Yotarou has enough time to brink it back by creating something new, all while respecting the classics. Then again, Yakumo Yurakutei wanted to die peacefully together with rakugo as he felt guilt over Shin and Miyokichi’s death.
Still, we’ll have to see about that on the next episode. Even though Shin is long gone, his spirit lives onto Yotarou as he inherits his stage name of Sukeroku!