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The second anime adaptation of Osomatsu-kun was produced by Studio Pierrot, airing from February 13, 1988 to December 30, 1989 on Fuji TV.
It was the first Akatsuka work to be adapted by Pierrot, and was produced as joint venture between the company, Fuji TV, and Yomiko Advertising.
The late 1980s became the site of an "Akatsuka boom" in adaptations, in part due to Fujio Pro collaborating with Fuji TV and Yomiko in a media-mix venture: While a revival manga would be launched for each series, a corresponding anime adaptation would air on television.
Osomatsu-kun would be the first of the works to receive this treatment, although Akatsuka was not involved in overseeing its production, stating that it would be the staff's job to tell their story while he would tell his with the manga. A pilot film was produced by Pierrot, loosely adapting the first chapter of the manga ("Burglars Startled by Sextuplets!") along with including previews of other material. This can be seen in early promotional images and merchandise for the show, although as the actual series was produced, the choice was made for Iyami and Chibita to be prioritized, as they had been in the manga since the middle of the Shonen Sunday run.
Writers specializing in surreal comedy were hired for the adaptation, including Yoshio Urasawa. A number of these writers had their experience with gag anime via Tatsunoko Productions works such as The Genie Family and the Time Bokan franchise.
In addition to the other changes made for this adaptation, pop-culture references of the 1980s were included:
- Choromatsu references the comedy duo Somenosuke Sometaro in episode 14, while sticking out his teeth to mimic them.
- Hikaru Genji is referenced in episode 23 as a boy band that Totoko and Iyami both love, while the sextuplets attempt to emulate their roller-skating in episode 41.
- Totoko can be heard to use the idol Noriko Sakai's "Nori-P" style slang in her dialogue. She also sings Seiko Matsuda's "Sweet Memories" in episode 41.
- TV show personality Tetsuko Kuroyanagi and her show "The Best Ten" are parodied in the Greetings from the Watermelon Planet movie and episode 69. The hentai Cream Lemon is also referenced via an in-joke in the same episode, with the protagonist Ami Nonomura's name being seen as an idol on the latest singles list.
- Iyami briefly runs into the stand-up duo Ucchan Nancchan in episode 80.
Relationships with other Akatsuka works
The first 19 episodes of the anime feature the "Police Officer with the Connected Eyes" and Uncle Rerere from Genius Bakabon as side characters, before they were retired from usage likely due to plans to adapt that series later on. Nyarome, Kemunpas, and Beshi from Extraordinary Ataro were also used in bit roles, often providing exposition. A later policeman character, identifying himself once as Katsumi Yatsugashira but named in scripts as "Kaoru-chan", was visually based upon an exact character named Kaoru-chan from some of Akatsuka's works (though here it was his doll that received the "Kaoru-chan" name, and his sexuality was toned down).
After this anime wrapped its production and broadcast, Pierrot's Heisei Genius Bakabon would start airing the week after. Many production staff members had transferred to that series, along with it sharing some of the voice cast. There would be occasional cameos of characters from Osomatsu-kun in the series, most notably Chibita popping up in non-speaking cameos and Totoko being briefly seen as part of Bakabon's class.
Characters that appear in the 1988 anime
- The Sextuplets
- The Police Officer with the Connected Eyes**
- Rerere no Oji-san**
- Dog of Night
- Unagi-Inu (cameos)**
- Osomatsu - Yō Inoue
- Iyami- Kaneta Kimotsuki
- Chibita- Mayumi Tanaka
- Hatabō, Karamatsu- Mari Mashiba
- Mother, Ichimatsu*- Mari Yokoo
- Totoko, Jyushimatsu- Naoko Matsui
- Choromatsu- Rica Matsumoto
- Todomatsu- Megumi Hayashibara
- Father, Beshi- Tetsuo Mizutori
- Dekapan- Toru Ohira
- Dayōn, Kemunpas- Takuzo Kamiyama, Kenichi Ogata (episodes 80-83)
- Police Officers, Nyarome, Rerere- Shigeru Chiba
- Original manga- Fujio Akatsuka
- Manga published in- Comic Bombom, TV Magazine, Fun Kindergarten, Otomodachi (Kodansha)
- Planning - Kazuo Shimamura (Yomiko)
- Series composition- Hiroyuki Hoshiyama (uncredited)
- Character design - Yoshiyuki Kishi
- Producers- Yuji Nunokawa (Studio Pierrot), Kenji Shimizu (Fuji TV), Kyotaro Kimura (Yomiko)
- Assistant Producer- Masahiro Suzuki
- Director- Akira Shigino
- Screenplay- Hiroyuki Hoshiyama, Yoshio Urasawa, Sukehiro Tomita, Keiji Terui, Miho Maruo, Isao Shizutani, Kazuhisa Sakaguchi, Kazuhito Hisashima, Yutaka Hiroota
- Music- Yusuke Honma
- Animation Production- Studio Pierrot
- Opening and Ending Animation Director- Tsutomu Shibayama
- Art Director- Shichiro Kobayashi (1-35), Setsuko Ishizu (36-86)
- Director of Photography- Hirofumi Takahashi
- Production - Fuji TV, Yomiko, Studio Pierrot
- Broadcaster- Fuji TV
- Morinaga (Candy)
- TOMY (Toys)
- Marumiya (Curry)
- Marushin Foods (Sausages)
- Kodansha (Manga)
- Acecook (Ramen)
- SEGA (Video Games)
|No.||Title||Screenplay||Animation Director||Air Date|
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Hiroshi Kawabata||February 13, 1988|
|2||"I've Had Enough of Fortune Tellers!"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Masami Abe||February 20, 1988|
|3||"The Genius Iyami's Morphing Drug!"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Yoshiyuki Kishi||February 27, 1988|
|4||"Sheeh!! I'm a Ballerina"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Katsuhiko Yamazaki||March 5, 1988|
|5||"Chibita's Love Withers like a Flower"
|Sukehiro Tomita||Hiroshi Kawabata||March 12, 1988|
|6||"Earning Money by Faking Your Death"
|Keiji Terui||Yoshiaki Matsuda||March 19, 1988|
|7||"Chibita Became a Mother"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Masami Abe||March 26, 1988|
|8||"Transformation! Chibita's Curious Hat"
|Miho Maruo||Yoshiyuki Kishi||April 2, 1988|
|9||"Volunteering as a Used Item Store"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Takenori Mihara||April 9, 1988|
|10||"The Shinigami Salesman of Hell"
|Keiji Terui||Hiroshi Kawabata||April 23, 1988|
|11||"Iyami Who Never Stops, Even in Jail"
|Miho Maruo||Yoshiaki Matsuda||April 30, 1988|
|12||"The Best Selling Novelist, Iyami-sensei"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Masami Abe||May 7, 1988|
|13||"The Castle Has Moved Next Door!"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Takashi Saijo||May 14, 1988|
|14||"Defeat the Aliens!"
|Keiji Terui||Yoshiyuki Kishi||May 21, 1988|
|15||"The Gratitude of Saving a Life is Expensive"
|Miho Maruo||Motosuke Takahashi||May 28, 1988|
|16||"Saving? Energy Saving? Mini Sextuplets!"
「節約? 省エネ? ミニ六つ子!」
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Yoshiaki Matsuda||June 4, 1988|
|17||"Hatabō, Take Courage"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Hiroshi Kawabata||June 11, 1988|
|18||"Chibita the Safe-Cracker"
|Sukehiro Tomita||Akira Watanabe||June 25, 1988|
|19||"The Contents of the Head Have Been Replaced"
|Keiji Terui||Yoshiyuki Kishi||July 2, 1988|
|20||"Iyami's Dangerous Clock Shop"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Masami Abe||July 9, 1988|
|21||"Friendship! Chibita and the Thief Cat"
|Miho Maruo||Hiroshi Kawabata||July 23, 1988|
|22||"Chibita the Wandering Gunman"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Motosuke Takahashi||July 30, 1988|
|23||"Great Detective! Hatabō"
|Miho Maruo||Akira Watanabe||August 6, 1988|
|24||"Iyami's Body is Full of Germs"
|Sukehiro Tomita||Yoshiyuki Kishi||August 13, 1988|
|25||"The Grudge of Oden is Scary!"
|Keiji Terui||Masami Abe||August 27, 1988|
|26||"Dad, Quit Smoking"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Hiroshi Kawabata||September 3, 1988|
|27||"The Fairytale of the Acromphalus Island"
|Miho Maruo||Motosuke Takahashi||September 10, 1988|
|28||"Watch Out for the Wild Iyami!"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Akira Watanabe||September 17, 1988|
|29||"The Insurance Salesman Risks His Life!"
|Keiji Terui||Yoshiyuki Kishi||October 1, 1988|
|30||"The Ninja Chibita is Here!"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Masami Abe||October 8, 1988|
|31||"I'm Sick of These Flower Fairies!"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Akira Watanabe||October 15, 1988|
|32||"Totoko is the #1 Idol"
|Miho Maruo||Hiroshi Kawabata||October 22, 1988|
|33||"A Man's Friendship is Hot"
|Keiji Terui||Motosuke Takahashi||October 29, 1988|
|34||"Your Dad Is, Your Dad Is-!"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Yoshiyuki Kishi||November 5, 1988|
|35||"The Tomboy Princess of Dekapan Castle!"
|Sukehiro Tomita||Masami Abe||November 12, 1988|
|36||"The Ally of Justice is Painful"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Hiroshi Kawabata||November 19, 1988|
|37||'"Chibita's Treasure Island"
|Akira Shigino||Tetsuya Yamamoto||November 26, 1988|
|38||"Take Care of the Elderly!"
|Keiji Terui||Akira Watanabe||December 3, 1988|
|39||"Beware the Raid"
|Kazuhito Hisashima||Motosuke Takahashi||December 10, 1988|
|40||"Babysitting is a Hard Job"
|Keiji Terui||Hiroshi Kawabata||December 17, 1988|
|41||"A White Christmas Among Skyscrapers"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Tetsuya Yamamoto||December 24, 1988|
|42||"Iyami's Phantom Business Deal"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Masami Abe||January 14, 1989|
|43||"A Race is Won by Cheating"
|Isao Shizutani||Saburo Masutani||January 21, 1989|
|44||"Iyami's Documentary About Japan"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Yumiko Suda||January 28, 1989|
|45||"A Dangerous Ski Trip"
|Miho Maruo||Takenori Mihara||February 4, 1989|
|46||"Beware! The Detective Chibita"
|Kazuhisa Sakaguchi||Motosuke Takahashi||February 11, 1989|
|47||"I've Gotten Rich from the Lottery!"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Masami Abe||February 18, 1989|
|48||"The Sextuplets Train to be Good Kids at the Zen Temple"
|Miho Maruo||Saburo Masutani||February 25, 1989|
|49||"A Policeman to Brag About!"
|Keiji Terui||Yoshiyuki Kishi||March 4, 1989|
|50||"A Dinosaur Egg Omelette!"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Masami Abe||March 11, 1989|
|51||"The Journey of Shame!"
|Miho Maruo||Saburo Masutani||March 18, 1989|
|52||"The Honest Iyami is Offensive"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Yumiko Suda||March 25, 1989|
|53||"A Brawling Game of Golf"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Motosuke Takahashi||April 1, 1989|
|54||"It's Iyami's Wedding"
|Keiji Terui||Yoshiyuki Kishi||April 8, 1989|
|55||"A Drive in a New Car"
|Miho Maruo||Seiichi Nodate||April 15, 1989|
|56||"The Millionaire Chibita!"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Hiroshi Kawabata||April 22, 1989|
|Keiji Terui||Saburo Masutani||April 29, 1989|
|58||"Sheeh! An Everyday Allowance (Mom) of 50,000 Yen!"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Yoshiyuki Kishi, Hiroshi Kawabata||May 6, 1989|
|59||"Hatabō is an Ally of Justice"
|Kazuhisa Sakaguchi||Tsuneo Ninomiya||May 13, 1989|
|60||"Chibita's Aerial Vengeance"
|Keiji Terui||Seiichi Nodate||May 20, 1989|
|61||"Either Oden or First Love is More Important"
|Miho Maruo||Motosuke Takahashi||May 27, 1989|
|62||"Where Did Papa's Bonus Go?"
|Yutaka Hirooka||Saburo Masutani||June 3, 1989|
|63||"The Sextuplets Have Become a Dozen!"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Hiroshi Kawabata||June 17, 1989|
|64||"The Little Monkey Chibita's Great Adventure!"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Yoshiyuki Kishi||June 24, 1989|
|65||"Totoko the Selfish Goddess"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Hiroshi Kawabata||July 1, 1989|
|66||"Iyami's Troubling Teaching Story!?"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Masami Abe||July 15, 1989|
|67||"It's Hard to be Prince Chibita"
|Miho Maruo||Motosuke Takahashi||July 22, 1989|
|68||"Iyami's Bogus Beach House"
|Yutaka Hiroota||Saburo Masutani||July 29, 1989|
|69||"Rejuvenated with Magic"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Masami Shimoda||August 19, 1989|
|70||"Boxing is Painful!"
|Keiji Terui||Tsuneo Ninomiya||August 26, 1989|
|71||"Mom is a Genius Salesperson!?"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Masami Abe||September 2, 1989|
|72||"Chibita the Bee's Violin"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Yoshiyuki Kishi||September 9, 1989|
|73||"Totoko is the Genius Riddle Girl!"
|Kazuhisa Sakaguchi||Motosuke Takahashi||September 16, 1989|
|74||"Detective Iyami vs. Phantom Thief Dayōn"
|Yutaka Hirooka||Saburo Masutani||September 30, 1989|
|75||"Iyami after 40 Years!"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Hiroshi Kawabata||October 14, 1989|
|76||"Sticking Out a Tongue in Front of a Camera"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Yoshiyuki Kishi||October 21, 1989|
|77||"The Cleaning Robot, Soji-kun"
|Kazuhisa Sakaguchi||Masami Abe||October 28, 1989|
|78||"Please God, Listen to My Wish"
|Keiji Terui||Saburo Masutani||November 4, 1989|
|79||"The Mother of Chibita"
|Miho Maruo||Hiroshi Kawabata||November 11, 1989|
|80||"Iyami's Winter Storm Strategy"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Masami Abe||November 18, 1989|
|81||"A Fake Doctor Makes an Easy Profit"
|Keiji Terui||Saburo Masutani||November 25, 1989|
|82||"I Don't Want to See This Scary Dream!"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Motosuke Takahashi||December 2, 1989|
|83||"Scared of an Angry Lion!"
|Miho Maruo||Hiroshi Kawabata||December 9, 1989|
|84||"It's Mito Komon Hatabō"
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama||Saburo Masutani||December 16, 1989|
|85||"The Aliens Return" (recap)
|Hiroyuki Hoshiyama, Yoshio Urasawa, Keiji Terui, Kasuhisa Sakaguchi||Hiroshi Kawabata, Yoshiyuki Kishi, Saburo Masutani, Yumiko Suda||December 23, 1989|
|86||"Iyami's Election Victory Strategy"
|Yoshio Urasawa||Masami Abe||December 30, 1989|
Episodes announced by Iyami tended to have "zansu" put at the end, while lesser common examples had "dasu" for Dekapan (as with episode 5) or Hatabō's "jo" (with episode 54).
To date, the pilot film by Pierrot has never been screened publicly or released as a home video extra.
"Traditional Osomatsu Song" (正調 おそ松節)
Lyrics- Yasushi Akimoto/Composer- Akira Mitake/Singer- Takashi Hosokawa
The opening theme used for all episodes and most of the outside works related to this adaptation (save for the Bakabon crossover). The lyrics heard in the TV-sized version refer to the plight of a salaryman father, while the later stanzas refer to the mother and the dumb children of the family. The family is inferred to be the Matsunos, although the animation for the opening sequence has Iyami playing out the part of the salaryman.
The song can be heard referenced at points by the characters, with them either singing portions or the sextuplets' father quoting the "Your dad is, your dad is-!?" lyric. The series ends with a parody of this tune in episode 86, with the lyrics tailored to be about living in the United States.
"Osomatsu-kun Ondo" (おそ松くん音頭)
Lyrics- Yukinoji Mori/Composer- Daizaburou Nakayama/Singer- Takashi Hosokawa
The ending theme for all episodes and related works.
The lyrics revolve around how even if some aspects of characters change, such as the sextuplets switching clothes, they still remain the same. An order close to the finalized birth order for the brothers is given in the song, save for Jyushimatsu falling last (instead of Todomatsu).
Other Animated Content
Note: All of these features except the traffic safety short have been re-released on the 2011 Fujio Akatsuka movie and OVA DVD collection.
New Years' Eve Special
Main article: Osomatsu-kun: Go For It! Chibita's Oni War
This special episode aired December 31, 1988 on Fuji TV. It features the cast re-enacting old fairy tales, particularly that of the Momotaro legend. In the plot, Chibita must save Princess Totoko from the oni that have abducted her.
Main article: Osomatsu-kun: Greetings from the Watermelon Planet
A short episode-length feature film titled Osomatsu-kun: Greetings from the Watermelon Planet! was screened at the Toei Manga Movie Festival on March 18, 1989.
It loosely adapts "The Watermelon Planet Appears" from the Shonen Sunday run of the manga, with the Watermelon Aliens attempting a takeover of Earth.
It was screened alongside films of Toei's Saint Seiya and Akko-chan, both which received parodies in the short along with a Kamen Rider reference.
Traffic Safety Film
In 1989, a 15-minute short film titled Boy Traffic Officer Osomatsu-kun (おそ松くんの少年交通お巡りさん) was produced by Studio Pierrot for teaching children about traffic safety.
It has not been released in any home media, likely due to its educational film status.
Main article: Osomatsu-kun: Iyami Alone in the Wind
Nearly a year after the wrap-up of the anime series, an OVA adapting the "Iyami Alone in the Wind" story from the manga was released on VHS on August 25, 1990.
It had originally been planned as an episode of the TV run and would have aired in the 78th slot, but was halted and pushed back with the plans to end the show.
Main article:Bakabon: The 3000 Mile Quest For Osomatsu's Curry
In October 1991, Pierrot would produce a 2-part TV special crossing over both its Osomatsu-kun and Heisei Tensai Bakabon series, "Bakabon: The 3000 Mile Quest for Osomatsu's Curry" (バカボン・おそ松のカレーをたずねて三千里)
The characters meet in a re-enactment of "Journey to the West", with Chibita playing the monkey king Son Goku as he had before in the series.
Overseas Broadcast and Adaptations
See also: List of dubbed names for Osomatsu-kun characters
This version of Osomatsu-kun has been imported overseas and experienced varying levels of success and recognition. The adaptations only apply to the TV series, as the specials fall under separate licenses and were either unable to be acquired or there was a lack of interest in doing so.
A Cantonese-dubbed version, titled 我係西瓜刨 (Wo xi Xī Guā-páo, "I am Sai Gwa-pau"), was broadcast on Asia Television in 1990. The title refers to Iyami, who was renamed Sai Gwa-pau ("Watermelon Slice") in the dub and marketed as the lead character.
He was named such due to his overbite, similarly to the Hong Kong film actor who had such a stage name. The sextuplets are referred to by him as the "six insects" (六虫).
In 1996, JET TV Taiwan broadcast a Mandarin Chinese dub under the title 小松君 (Xiǎo-sōng jūn/"Komatsu-kun").
Main article: Cosas de Locos
The series was licensed in 2005 by Jonu Media, along with Heisei Genius Bakabon and Rerere's Genius Bakabon as a package deal with Pierrot. The three series were combined into one 156-episode program, re-titled "Cosas de Locos" ("Crazy Things") for the Castilian market. A Galician version called "Cousas de Tolos", a Basque version "Zoroak Zoro", and a Valencian version "Coses de Grillats" were produced simultaneously.
The overall humor of the series was often localized to better appeal to Spaniards, with celebrity references being changed to be more recognizable. Some characters also underwent name changes to either make puns off of their design, or to insert Spanish adult innuendo. Other than this, many characters' names stayed intact.
The dub has since been released on four DVD box-sets, with both the Castilian Spanish and Japanese audio tracks available.
A Hindi dub commenced airing on Hungama TV on March 28, 2011.
Main article: The Yuk Family's Sextuplets
A Korean dub, 육가네6쌍둥이("The Yuk Family's Sextuplets") was aired on Cartoon Network Korea starting in June 2012, and has been rerun sporadically since.
All 86 episodes were translated, although due to the historical issues between Japan and Korea and the anime airing on a childrens' network, the adaptation underwent paint edits and censorship to localize it for the network's standards as well as adapt it into a fully Korean format. All of the characters are renamed as well.
Although no English-dubbed version exists, the licensor Discotek Media acquired the 1988 series for streaming service in January 2018 to test the waters for a potential home video release.
The stream of the show contains the life lessons given by Iyami at the end of each episode, and appears to have been based from film used for the recent rebroadcast of the series on Chiba Television through 2016-2017.
- Although Mari Yokoo is credited for Ichimatsu in later episodes where he has notable speaking parts and is considered his standard actress due to such, there are many times in the series in which the character is voiced by other actresses of the sextuplets (save for Inoue). Moreover, there are times when other sextuplets will be covered by the actress of another within the series, due to their usual actress already covering for another role or for other reasons.