Things are moving ahead for the TV anime adaptation of Show Genroku Rakugo Shinju from Haruko Kumota. The teaser site has gone live and they’ve added the first visual for it. The series comes from the manga that began in 2010 and has six volumes released so far from Kodansha’s Itan magazine. While the anime series itself is not yet dated, there will be a two episode OVA release coming with the seventh and eight volumes this year in March and August, which gives the potential of a fall 2015 debut for the TV series.
The show will star Tomkazu Seki as Yotaro and Akira Ishida as Yakumo.
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.