King Records is handling the home video release for the winter 2016 anime series Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju and they’ve now laid out the plans for the show. The thirteen episode series is getting a seven volume release that begins on February 24th, 2016. The Blu-ray is getting limited editions priced at 8,300 yen for the first volume and 7,800 yen for the remainder. They also have regular edition Blu-ray releases priced at 4,200 yen and 3,700 yen respectively. The DVD limited editions are done at the same price point as the Blu-ray limited editions.
The premiere date for the series is set for a January 8th, 2016 bow in Japan. The TV series is going to cover the second to fifth volumes of the manga series as the OADs cover the main arc from the first and second volume.
The adaptation will be the same production team as the OAD releases as it will be directed by Mamoru Hatakeyama based on the series composition and scripts by Jun Kumagai. Character designs are being handled by Mieko Hosoi with the series being animated at Studio Deen. We learned in October that the opening song, which has not yet been titled, will be performed by Megumi Hayashibara.
Plot concept: 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.
|1||02/24/16||Drama CD, Commentary|
|2||03/23/16||Drama CD, Commentary|
|3||04/27/16||Drama CD, Commentary|
|4||05/25/16||Drama CD, Commentary|
|5||06/22/16||Drama CD, Commentary|
|6||07/27/16||Drama CD, Commentary|
|7||08/24/16||Drama CD, Commentary|
[Source: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu]