You know, if we stop watching now, we can pretend they lived happily ever after…
My goodness, was that a delightful episode. While Showa Genroku makes for a fascinating character study, it’s not what you’d call a “feel-good” series–our protagonist’s dour outlook, our cast’s ongoing struggles, and our knowledge of the eventual conclusion weigh too heavily on the story, infusing it with a quiet sorrow even in its brighter moments. This week, though, for perhaps the first time since the premiere (or at least since Kikuhiko’s first triumphant performance), we had an episode that was positively resplendent with joy. My grin was nearly as wide as Konatsu’s.
2 thoughts on “Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju – Episode 11”
You write beautifully on the exquisite sorrow inherent in the series. Bravo!
Thank you! Glad you’re enjoying the posts!