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[[caption-width-right:250:From left to right: [[BitchInSheepsClothing Haroukitei Kigurumi]], [[HeroicComedicSociopath Kuurubiyuutei Gankyou]], [[ButtMonkey Buratei Marii]], [[CreepyCute Anrakutei Kukuru]], [[BornLucky Bouhatei Tetora]] and [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight no one you should pay attention to]].]]
''Joshiraku'' is a {{Shonen}} manga series written by KojiKumeta (of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' fame) and illustrated by Yasu.

''Rakugo'' (落語, literally "fallen words") is a form of traditional Japanese entertainment. The lone storyteller (落語家 ''rakugoka'') sits on the stage, called the Kōza (高座). Using only a paper fan (扇子, ''sensu'') and a small cloth (手拭, ''tenugui'') as props, and without standing up from the ''seiza'' sitting position, [[SeinfeldianConversation the rakugo artist depicts a long and complicated comical story, often based on farce]]. The story always involves the dialogue of two or more characters- differentiated only through pitch, tone and slight movements of the head- and an ample amount of [[HurricaneOfPuns wordplay, puns and tongue-twisters]]. All of this makes rakugo ''very'' difficult to perform correctly, making it a exhibition of verbal dexterity as much as comedy.

The series is about the [[SliceOfLife everyday lives]] of a group of ''rakugoka'' girls as they practice their skills and engage in SeinfeldianConversation with each other.

[[WidgetSeries You can see how this can be interesting.]]

An anime adaptation aired during the Summer2012Anime season.
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!!''Joshiraku'' provides examples of:
* AnimationBump
** When she discusses how there is nothing special to animate, [[{{Irony}} perplexed Kukuru's hands movements suddenly become more fluid than everything else in the episode]].
** Taken UpToEleven in the finale with her entire body gesticulating wildly.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: A giant rabbit in the opening credits. It later appears in episode 4 significantly smaller though.
* BeachEpisode: Episode 11 goes abroad! Sort of.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: the second episode reveals that [[spoiler:Kigurumi]] isn't as nice as she appears to be.
* BitingTheHandHumor: The girls can't even begin to understand how their anime adaptation project got greenlit, especially because there is nothing to animate.
* BlackComedy: several.
** Kukuru's faux-pregnancy.
** Marii's AlienAbduction.
** Marii's demonic possession.
** The hunt for excess electricity.
* BlandNameProduct: The girls shop online at Mitsurin (Japanese for "Jungle") instead of Amazon.
* BornLucky: Tetora. In episode three she pulls "Great Fortune" at Sensou Temple (Asakusa Temple)- known for giving catastrophic fortunes - then proceeds to avoids accidents, building collapses, and commuter hell all while completely oblivious to her special place in the universe. Gan hasn't been amused since childhood. Marii may have started a cult.
** Subverted when the rabbit came.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Oh yes. The anime's opening scene goes all the way to MediumAwareness.
* ButtMonkey: If somebody isn't abusing Mari physically, you can bet they're making fun of her (lack of) breasts or sniffing her ass.
** If not Mari, then it's Kukuru. If not Kukuru, then Gan. If not Gan, then give it a minute and then look again.
* CallBack: Kigu's singing in episode 5 is done in a way one would expect a fan of metal music to do. This is because she was listening to death metal in episode 1.
** Tetora escapes Gan's assault on the other members of the group by having to go to the bathroom at just the right time. It was stated in episode 3 that she manages to avoid all disasters out of sheer chance.
* {{Catch Phrase}}: "Don't ask stupid questions!" for Marii.
* ChildhoodFriends: Gankyou and Tetora.
* CompressedHair
** Mari can somehow manage to fit her rather long hair, which reaches just past her back, under a hat ... somehow.
** Kukuru, whose hair is even longer.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: All 5 of them. Whether this applies to Masky is a mystery for obvious reasons.
* CuteLittleFang: Marii
* DamnedByFaintPraise: "Even you can sit like a girl."
* DevelopmentHell: Due to the amount of puns, the subbing for episodes came along at a slow pace.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: The opening is done by the voice actors.
* ElegantGothicLolita: Gan wears it during a scene in episode 1.
* ExactWords: Gan "pleasing" her senpai in episode 6.
* ExpressiveHair: Kigu's ahoge ''moves around'' in episode 4 because she's excited. It droops in episode 6 because she's scared.
* FieryRedhead: Marii.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In episode 12, there's some sort of snowy mountaintop battle going on outside the window.
* GRatedDrug: Kukuru's "painkillers" in episode 10.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Not gory, but there was...something that horrified most of the girls in episode 10 that was mostly covered up. Kukuru had a twisted smile after seeing what was going on, but the rest of the girls were sick from just seeing what it was.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Gan
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Marii
* HurricaneOfPuns
* IdiotHair: Marii and Kigurumi
* KnockingOnHeathensDoor: The Evangelists who shows up out of nowhere, during the episode where the girls suspect each others of secretly being wealthy. [[spoiler:Said Evangelists get quite violent.]]
* LampshadeHanging: All over the place...
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: Iritatei Anoingu, who lives up to her PunnyName, complete with her parody theme song: Annoying You For Your Attention.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo
** The characters of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'', ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', and a bunch of other characters from Creator/JCStaff anime, among others, appear at the end of the train skit in episode 4.
** The [[SayonaraZetsubouSensei Itoshiki brothers]] also appear in episode 4. [[KojiKumeta Not surprising considering who Joshiraku's author is]].
** Jack Frost and Pyro Jack from [[ShinMegamiTensei Shin Megami Tensei]] appeared as blurrred images in episode 10.
** The girls very carefully don't talk about [[DisneyThemeParks Tokyo Disney Resort]].
* LimitedWardrobe: Averted. The girls are seen wearing different clothing each time they go out.
* LivingProp: The Masked Girl, who is sometimes there… [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight just because.]]
* {{Meganekko}}: Gankyou. She looks like [[{{Doraemon}} Nobita]] when she puts them off.
** Subverted in every other episode, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLiq1cbWAsI where she has normal eyes without her glasses.]]
** The appeal of this trope is {{discussed}} in episode 4. The girls also tried [[InvokedTrope invoking]] it, to various degree of success.
* MoeStare: Done by all the five girls at the same time during the opening credits.
* TheMountainsOfIllinois: {{Discussed}}. Shirakawa in Tokyo is ''not'' a river.
* MotorMouth: You'd better be ready to press the pause button often if you don't want your brain to overheat.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: 10 minutes into the show, the girls put Marii in her [[ItMakesSenseInContext "casual outfit"]] [[SexSells to get more viewers.]]
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Girl]]: Marii usually fills this role. Usually.
* OrphanedPunchline: Segments showing the girls during their ''Rakugo'' acts only show the end of the routine.
* PlayboyBunny: [[ItMakesSenseInContext All five of the girls dress up as one]] [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext in order to appease a giant rabbit.]]
* PowerLimiter: Gan's glasses.
* PunnyName: All five of the girls. And to add to the "old school" feeling, their names are entirely written in phonetic kanji.
** Buratei Marii ("Bloody Mary") 蕪羅亭 魔梨威.
** Haroukitei Kigurumi ("HelloKitty Stuffed Animal") 波浪浮亭 木胡桃.
** Bouhatei Tetora ("Breakwater Tetrapod") 防波亭 手寅.
** Kuurubiyuutei Gankyou ("Cool Beauty Glasses") 空琉美遊亭 丸京.
** Anrakutei Kukuru ("Dark and Gloomy") 暗落亭 苦来.
* RapunzelHair: Kukuru and Marii
* RealPlaceBackground: The second short of the episodes complete with a little trivia about said spot.
* RubeGoldbergMachine: The "advance" cavity remover. Although it relies on Tetora's extreme luck to actually complete.
* RunningGag
** "This anime is full of ordinary dialogue so the viewers can appreciate how cute these girls are."
** Marii's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongolian_spot Mongolian Spot]] getting her exposed roughly once an episode with increasing intensity.
* SchrodingersButterfly: [[spoiler:Episode 9.]] And the butterflies actually appear.
* SeinfeldianConversation
* SeriousBusiness: Some of the things the girls talk about are treated as such.
* {{Shonen}}
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: These girls get comically slapped around on a regular basis.
* SliceOfLife
* StatusQuoIsGod: Constantly.
** The first section of episode two ends with Marii seemingly dead, but she's fine in the very next bit.
** Marii comes back from the moon.
** Kukuru immediately recovers from insanity.
** The world comes back after Marii dreams it away at the end of episode nine.
** Mildly subverted as it takes Gan a full episode to recover from being graduated by the other girls.
* TakeThatAudience: This exchange will make most of us feel guilty for something.
-->'''Tetora''': Well, at least [[BreakingTheFourthWall we'll have more viewers than we do readers]].
-->'''Kukuru''': Though most of them will be watching it for free. A shopper who doesn't buy anything is just a window shopper.
* TakeThatMe: In Episode 4 when discussing how weird it would be for people with glasses outnumbering people without glasses, Kigurumi says how it would be stupid if in a manga all three brothers wore glasses. The example? SayonaraZetsubouSensei.
** A newspaper headline in episode 5 mentions Joshiraku being canceled before completing the season. Apparently this is a very real possibility due to some of the jokes going too far.
* TankGoodness: During the opening credits.
* ThreeShorts
* ToiletHumour: Episode 4 has at least two, of which we can't really give details here without violating TVTropes' guidelines. Sumo apprenticeship can get really personal. Appears in later episodes as well.
* TongueTwister: The ED song sung by Music/MomoiroCloverZ. It's also an EarWorm.
** Used in episode 5. Complete with a VisualPun.
* {{Unusually Uninteresting Sight}}
** In episode 7, the other four girls are so afflicted with tunnel vision that [[spoiler: Kukuru is the only one bothered by a sumo wrestler lying under the floor, the wallpaper covers up bloodstains and [[PaperTalisman [=Ofuda=]]] talismans , the roof is infested with rats, there's a dead man buried in the walls, and that Kigu has been replaced with a robot.]]
** The masked figure who never talks [[spoiler:until episode 9, that is.]]
* VagueAge: All five of the girls look like teenagers, but episode three shows all of them but Kigurumi drinking beer which suggests that they are at least 20 given that minors can't be shown drinking alcohol on Japanese TV.
** She could have been the designated driver, but Episode 6 tells us that Kigu is too young to smoke. The legal age is 20 for both tobacco and alcohol in Japan.
* VisualPun: Occasionally seen between the massive HurricaneOfPuns.
* WardrobeMalfunction: When she tries shaving Gan's head, Gan tosses Mari into a wall, and the clippers happen to cut the bottom of her outfit off. And yes, she was GoingCommando.
* WhosLaughingNow: When Gan gets turned into the ReluctantFanserviceGirl in episode 13, Mari makes sure to revel in someone else suffering it for once.
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs
** The ''very'' first dialogue scene.
** Mentioned again in episode 5.
** And again in the final episode.
* WidgetSeries: ''The'' textbook example. Cute girls doing cute things is a Widget in itself, but the fact that they are ''rakugo'' performers --a classical form of comedy pretty much no one under 40 watches, ''even in Japan''-- takes it to a whole new height.
* WingdingEyes: Zig-Zagged with Gan.
* WordSaladLyrics: The lyrics in the first part of the ending don't really mean anything outside of the puns.
** GeniusBonus: They're actually reciting the full name of Jugemu, the titular character of a famous rakugo story.
* {{Yandere}}: Gan slips into this territory in episode 6.
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