Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju (昭和元禄落語心中, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu) is a Japanese manga by Haruko Kumota. It was adapted into two OVAs then an anime, and was part of the winter 2016 anime season. A second season, titled Sukeroku Futatabi-hen (Sukeroku Again Arc), aired as part of the winter 2017 season.
It is the seventies. As soon as Kyoji gets out of prison, he goes to Yakumo Yurakutei the rakugo master. Yakumo performed a play called "Shinigami" in the past, motivating the former criminal to take up rakugo himself. After being accepted by Yakumo with almost no reluctance (despite there being another lodger, a lady called Konatsu), Kyoji must not only learn about rakugo but also about what came before him if he is to quell the tumultuous feelings between Yakumo and Konatsu.