The TradeWaiters 94: “Descending Stories” Vol. 1&2 by Haruko Kumota

Are you ready for a tale of tragedy and unrequited love (probably)? Come, sit down, and gather round as we read Descending Stories by Haruko Kumota. This series is “manga on hard-mode,” and is our first introduction to the Japanese art of rakugo, or “falling stories.” Join us as we struggle to grasp the key ideas of an art form none of us have any prior connection to, untangle some (possible) triangles, and discuss the life and death of art forms generally.

Also mentioned in this episode:
You in the Window, Nobara, My Darling Kitten Hair, and The Great Passage also by Haruko Kumota
Your Lie in April by Naoshi Arakawa
Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa
Spinning by Tillie Walden
Failure to Launch
When Light Novel Titles Started to Get So Long by Red Bard
Rakugo in English – Zoo by Kimie Oshima
Star Wars Kabuki
Dark Side of Comedy
Northwest Comedy Fest
Just for Laughs
The Artist directed by Michel Hazanavicius
Reign of Fire directed by Rob Bowman
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
and Blow at High Dough by The Tragically Hip

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Music by Sleuth

On our next episode we will be joined by Nina Matsumoto to read Mad Love by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm.

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