This multi-generational epic dives deep into rakugo, a rich form of Japanese storytelling theater. Small-time crook Yotaro has never forgotten the rakugo tale "The God of Death," which the master Yurakutei Yakumo performed for Yotaro during his time in prison. After his release, he goes to Yakumo's theater and pleads to be made his apprentice. Yakumo reluctantly accepts, but Yotaro quickly finds the world of rakugo is complex and grapples with a growing bond with Yakumo's ward, Konatsu. Meanwhile, the two young people bring reminders of Yakumo’s own inescapable past.
Descending Stories received an anime adaption by Studio DEEN that streamed on Crunchyroll in winter 2016. A surprise fan and critical favorite, it has been renewed for a second season airing in January 2017. The manga ran in Kodansha’s ITAN magazine from 2010-2016 and completed at 10 volumes in June. Localization of Descending Stories is supervised by the Rakugo Kyokai Association, the official guardian of the classic art form.
By Haruko Kumota
Update April 11: Kodansha Comics announced today it is continuing to expand its growing list of well-received digital-first manga titles with the series debuts of GTO Paradise Lost, Toru Fujisawa’s sequel to his beloved manga classic Great Teacher Onizuka, and Domestic Girlfriend (Japanese title Domestic na kanojo), Kei Sasuga’s love-triangle romancer that’s a top requested […]
The Winter 2017 anime season is reaching its exciting conclusion this month! Find out where to watch the anime versions of your favorite Kodansha Comics below and catch up on those series—or jump ahead—by reading the manga that inspired 'em all! With this week's Anime Season Finale Sale putting some digital manga volumes up to 50% off, you can't go wrong. […]
Winter 2017 anime season just kicked off with some exciting new shows! Do you have a favorite series yet? To showcase the Kodansha manga that was adapted into an anime, we're having a Manga to Anime Sale! Look for volumes from these recently anime-ated series to be marked up to 50% off at our digital retail partners—BookWalker, comiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale ends January 24th! (Read […]
Kodansha Comics is proud to announce the debut of Yoshitoki Oima’s newest manga serial, the spiritual fantasy To Your Eternity. You can read the entirety of Chapter 1 for free, below! The first 10 chapters of To Your Eternity are available on January 24th as digital editions on comiXology and Kindle. January 24th is the same day Chapter 10 […]
Winter 2017 Anime Guide The year in anime has gotten off to an exciting start—and this season features anime adaptations of some of your favorite Kodansha Comics manga! Here’s your cheat sheet for what and where to watch this season. We also invite you to watch anime with us! This season’s Kodansha Comics Anime Club title is […]
Coming in Spring 2017! Kodansha Comics is excited to announce the two new titles for the Spring 2017 catalog! OTOMO: A Tribute to the Mind Behind Akira OTOMO was originally published in France as a limited-edition book given at the prestigious Angoulême International Comics Festival, where Otomo was recipient of the Grand Prize in 2015. […]