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Joshiraku Blu-ray

4.5 star rating out of 5
3 Reviews
SKU: 816726028828

Retail Price: $59.98

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About Joshiraku Blu-ray

Joshiraku contains episodes 1-13 of the anime series directed by Tsutomu Mizushima.

Marii, Kigurumi, Tetora, Gankyo and Kukuru are five young women with completely different interests and personalities, but there's one thing that they all share: performing Rakugo, a unique form of Japanese comic theater in which a single artist sits in front of an audience and tells an entire story, portraying multiple characters solely through changes of voice and minimal movements. It's a challenging art but all five of our heroines are determined to become the best they can… and in the meantime, they find themselves hanging out together, both at the Rakugo theaters and around town. They also have a shared acquaintance, a mysterious stranger who's always wearing a wrestling mask! What's that about? To find out, pull up a seat and watch as our heroines put on the best show in town!

Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation


  • Publisher: MAIDEN JAPAN
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Themes: Slice of Life
  • Age Rating: 14+
  • Run Time: 325
  • Year Created: 2012
  • Release Date: 10/1/2019
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: A

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Ratings & Reviews

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5 star rating out of 5

Who's ready for some rakugo?

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Rakugo: a form of Japanese verbal entertainment. Using small props, and without standing up from the seiza sitting position, the performer depicts a long and complicated comical story. This series may prove difficult for some viewers to follow because rakugo is not only the subject of the anime, but also the means by which the episodes are laid out. If the viewer understands this it will prove to be easier to follow. Each episode teases one of the girls performing an extremely short snippet of a rakugo performance. You might wonder why so little is offered. But again anticipate that is just the precursor of the performance that awaits the observer. No subject is taboo or beyond breaching as they look at life and constantly break the fourth wall sucking the viewer into their world of comedic life. If Japanese culture is of interest to you this will give you a look at this often overlooked style of entertainment seldom seen or understood by those outside of that country.

5 star rating out of 5

If the girls from "Strawberry Marshmallow" married the cast from "Seinfeld"

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I was hesitant at first when picking this up during the end of year sale. I had been out of the anime game for nearly 10 years, and my comedic taste might not be as forgiving as it was back then. But the price was tempting, and I'm glad I did as this is simply hilarious!

If you're familiar with the shows from my headline then you may know where you'd stand if you're interested. Each episode is split into 3 separate sub-stories following the same routine: the girls discussing a trivial life topic/question then constantly segueing into more and more ridiculous ones. Sometimes they visit famous locations in Japan, offering up various trivia along the way. There's tons of pop culture references, both mainstream and obscure (many Japan-specific), drawn from different anime, movies, and real life. It's a show about nothing and everything.

There is some minor potty humor (nothing vulgar) and bits of censored nudity (mainly revolving around 1 girl's birthmark on her butt).

4 star rating out of 5

An anime about nothing

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I won't say much about the "story", there isn't much of one. It's about five rakugo performers. They perform on stage, engage in funny and bizarre conversations/activities, and go out on the town for some sightseeing.

It has a wide range of humor. At times it leans heavily into cultural references, some of which went over my head. Even then, I found it overall to be hilarious. The humor at times reminded me of Gintama, Nichijou, and even Seinfeld.