Japanese manga magazine ITAN (under publisher Kodansha) announced earlier this week via its official Twitter post the confirmation that the live-action TV-drama adaptation of “Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju” will commence airing via Japanese broadcaster NHK in a 10-parter late-night series, starting 12 October 2018.
Casts for the main and major characters for the live action adaptation was also revealed in the same Twitter post:
Yakumo – played by Masaki Okada (pictured)
Yotaro – played by Ryo Ryusei
Konatsu – played by Riko Narumi
Miyokichi – played by Aya Ohmasa
Sukeroku – played by Ikusaburo Yamazaki
Mangaka Haruko Kumota also expressed her elation at the series’ live-action dramatization via her own Twitter post.
The series was based on the manga originally written and illustrated by Haruko Kumota. It serialised in the comic magazine ITAN (targeting matured female readers) from 2010 to 2016; and received an anime series adaptation that was split into two seasons – the first which aired from January – April 2016 and the second in the following year from January to late-March 2017.
Set in Tokyo in the years during and after WWII; then subsequently trickling into modern times, the story revolves around the lives and tales of traditional Japanese storytellers – known as ‘rakugoka’ – and spans three generations of its two main characters and all those related and dear to them, as they struggled to keep the traditional art of rakugo storytelling alive in a rapidly-modernising Japan.
Readers who are interested to find out more about “Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju” may like to check out details here.