Evangelion Creator Hideaki Anno Recommends Akane-Banashi Manga


Rakugo is a form of Japanese Verbal Entertainment. It also is a form of yose, a form of spoken theater that has been around since the 18th century.

To this day, it is still a popular form of entertainment in Japan, and one of the recent Shonen titles from Shueisha has gotten praise for how intriguing the story behind it was. The name of this manga? Its name is Akane-banashi.

Akane-Banashi Weekly Shonen Jump PV

Written by Yuki Suenaga and illustrated by Takamasa Moue, Akane-banashi tells the story of a teenage girl who aims to reach the highest rank in rakugo, partly to avenge her father, who was expelled from the profession six years earlier. Here’s a fun fact for those who don’t know, the rakugo in this series is supervised by professional rakugoka Keiki Hayashiya.

Akane-banashi Volume One Cover- Jump Comics
Image Credit: Shueisha Inc.

The second volume of Akane-Banashi will be going on sale this week, and it will be wrapped around with a sheet of paper promoting it and the recommendation of Hideaki Anno, the acclaimed writer/director of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shin Godzilla, and Shin Ultraman.

It’s not the first time that this title received such praise. In June, when the first volume was released, it was also wrapped with a sheet of paper promoting the new release and the recommendation of Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece.

The Second Volume of Akane-Banashi will go on sale on August 4th in Japan, you can read the series on Viz Media’s Shonen Jump and Shueisha’s Manga Plus. (and it is part of the ‘First Read Free’ Campaign! The Campaign is only available on the mobile app.)

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