Not going to lie that I’m a little nervous to talk about Akane Banashi manga on my blog.
Is it because people are going to flag me for talking about a manga that contains adult content on my blog?
Nope, it’s not that. I can assure you that the story in Akane Banashi is as clean as you can get.
Rather, it has more to do with me recommending the manga only to find out that the manga ends prematurely after that.
If you’ve been reading Shonen Jump manga on MANGA Plus, you know that the fear is real.
No matter how much you enjoy reading the manga, it will get axed if it doesn’t do well in the reader survey.
So, it makes sense why I’ll be this anxious whenever I talk about the ongoing Shonen Jump manga on my blog.
You just don’t know when the axe will hit the manga even if you thought that the manga is doing well.
It’s hard to shake this feeling away despite knowing how much people love the manga.
While that holds true for most Shonen Jump manga, that doesn’t seem to be the case for Akane Banashi manga, though.
For one, people love this manga judging from the comments that they left on each chapter of this manga.
Another thing that makes the manga here to stay? It’s the fact that the manga already has 30 chapters as I write this.
And the story is getting more interesting as the story is progressing too.
Let’s just hope that the manga is still going strong for the years to come.
It’s frustrating to see when the manga that seems promising at first sprints toward the end only because it’ll get axed in a few weeks or so.
What Akane Banashi manga is all about
Here’s the description that I got from MANGA Plus.
Rakugo–the ultimate form of storytelling, where everything in a story is expressed with just your body and words. Shinta and his daughter Akane have been seduced by this wonderful form of classical entertainment. Having observed her father strive to pass the shin’uchi rakugo test, Akane will take her own steps into this unique world!
What got me to read the manga
Just like everyone else who reads manga on MANGA Plus, I read the manga because it was right there on MANGA Plus.
And it was a brand new manga at that time too. So, my curiosity gets the better of me.
What makes Akane Banashi manga worth reading
For many of us, the manga Descending Stories comes to mind when it comes to the story that revolves around rakugo.
In case you’re wondering, that’s Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu for those who are more familiar with the Japanese title.
While the story in Descending Stories is mostly about life as a rakugoka from one generation to another, Akane Banashi, on the other hand, takes a different approach when it comes to portraying life as a rakugoka.
Sure, the manga is still about Akane working her way to becoming a rakugoka since that’s the bread and butter of this manga.
But what makes it different from Descending Stories is that the manga goes deeper into the technical aspect of rakugo.
Things like the hierarchy in rakugo that Akane has to go through before she’s qualified enough to become a full-fledged rakugoka.
And how people get started in rakugo.
Of course, you can always wake up one day and say that you want to do rakugo for a living.
But there’s a formal way of becoming one. And this manga shows you how you can do that through Akane’s lens.
Unlike in Descending Stories where you don’t see much about Yotaro progressing from one level to another, you’ll get to see Akane starting from below the rank, refining her performance as she works to the highest rank in rakugo instead.
If you enjoy Descending Stories and you want to see another side of the rakugo that doesn’t get highlighted in the manga, then Akane Banashi is your best bet.
What I didn’t expect when I read the manga
Here’s the strange part when I read this manga. For some reason, I can’t help but feel that this manga somehow reminds me a lot about Act-Age, vibe-wise.
Okay, what’s so strange about it having a similar vibe to Act-Age? Isn’t that supposed to be a good thing?
Well, you’re right that I should take it as a good sign since Act-Age is indeed an amazing manga nonetheless.
But the thing is I’ve never read the manga before, not even the first chapter. The fact that this manga reminds me of Act-Age is something that I find strange since I’ve never read the manga before.
Yes, I get that Akane Banashi isn’t the same as Act-Age.
As some of you are already aware, Act-Age is about acting whereas Akane Banashi is about rakugo.
But hey, I can’t help but notice the parallel between Akane Banashi and Act-Age, vibe-wise.
Who should read the manga
If you enjoy a story that revolves around rakugo like the one in Descending Stories, then you’re certainly going to enjoy reading this manga.
But what if you’ve never read Descending Stories before or if you find the story in Descending Stories not up to your liking?
Should you give this manga a try as well?
Well, I will say that you should since the story in Akane Banashi isn’t as character-driven as the one in Descending Stories.
Yes, the story will still be about Akane wanting to be a rakugoka. That part will never change.
But the fact that the manga will give you an in-depth view of the world of rakugo makes Akane Banashi a far more interesting read than Descending Stories.
Where to buy Akane Banashi manga
The good news is you can read the manga for free on MANGA Plus. The manga is still ongoing as I write this, in case you’re wondering.
If you’re interested in reading the manga, then you should start reading the manga right now.
Once the manga is already completed, the chapters in between are no longer viewable on the app. The only chapters that you can read after that are the first and the final three chapters.
If the manga seems like it’s up to your alley, you can take a look at the manga right here on MANGA Plus:
Want to buy the manga in print and digital? The English version of the manga isn’t licensed for digital and print release yet as I write this.
But if you can read Japanese and want to buy the manga in print, you can buy the manga right here at CDJapan:
Over to you
What do you think about the Akane Banashi manga? Are you interested in reading the manga after reading about it on my blog?
Let me know in the comment below.
P.S If you’re in the mood to read something darker instead and you love reading an original light novel, then you may want to take a look at my psychological suspense light novel, The Diary of Modern Cinderella.
What makes the main character in The Diary of Modern Cinderella, Risa Akagi, similar to Akane is that both of them are pursuing art as a form of expression.
Does it sound interesting to you? You can take a look at the light novel right here on my Payhip store:
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Just to let you know that this book is also available in print and on other retailers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Apple Books. But you can only get a discount when you buy the book on my Payhip store, though.
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