Osomatsu-san (おそ松さん) is the 2015-2018 re-imagining of Osomatsu-kun, in time for Fujio Akatsuka's 80th birthday, by Studio Pierrot and the Osomatsu-san Production Committee. It is distinguished from its predecessors with its honorific -san instead of -kun (the former is a general honorific whereas the latter is normally used for young boys).
Crunchyroll picked the series up for online streaming worldwide except for Asia, streaming it under the English localized title of Mr. Osomatsu. It began broadcast on TV Tokyo on October 5, 2015 and completed its first season on March 29, 2016.
On April 6, 2017, a sequel series was announced at a theatrical screening event for selected skits of the show, and started broadcast October 2, 2017, wrapping up March 26, 2018. Both seasons are 25 episodes long, although controversies with the first season's first episode resulted in it being banned.
The anime has spawned a large media-mix directive; a parallel work manga, several collaborations, merchandise, and specific tie-ins such as drama CDs and light novels.
Early proposals for the Osomatsu revival had the sextuplets in their thirties and as salarymen, though the initial request by Fujio Pro was a remake of -kun in the first place. These proposals were thrown out over development, and a third "-kun" itself was seen as impossible due to TV Tokyo lacking available family slots.
A modified premise eventually found backing and was approved, although elements of the characters changed as production went on; the sextuplets initially all appeared identical as they had when younger, but were given distinguishing features and expressions to tell them apart (along with their modified personalities).
The series engages in a lot of meta-comedy and breaking of the fourth wall, having the characters know that they're fictional and acknowledging it on occasions. Much like the manga and previous incarnations, there are no permanent settings other than the brothers having to remain NEETs and virgins and to fail at their attempts at breaking out. Characters are often killed only to appear alive later, as with Akatsuka's original works.
The humor in the series is considerably more adult than the original -kun incarnation, and the sextuplets are back to being the protagonists while characters such as Iyami and Chibita are relegated to being the supporting cast.
The series was to be 12 episodes in its earlier stages of development, but an extension to a second cour (13-25) was quickly decided with anticipation of the series' popularity. This second cour was withheld from being announced until a few episodes into the series' run, as assurance that the series would have more for the fans to look forward to. This pattern repeated with the second season as well.
On November 5, 2015, a month after the series' debut, the Osomatsu-san Production Committee announced that the first episode "Resurrection! Osomatsu-kun" would be taken off streaming sites and withheld from release in the home video version, only citing "various circumstances". The episode is now considered a sealed work, a term for content that has been banned and taken out of circulation.
It is figured that the various parodies and crude content in the first episode may have caused the threat of legal action from other rightsholders, as there are strict policies about copyrights where parodies are technically not protected. Reruns and the home video releases now start at episode 2 instead.
This type of incident would repeat with the third episode, due to the parody of Anpanman in "Dekapanman" which prompted an official apology from TV Tokyo for the "shameful act" against the series. The skit was edited for reruns on satellite TV, and it was then decided to remove it from further broadcasts and streaming.
The home video version of the episode entirely lacks the "Dekapanman" skit, and instead has a post-episode live-action sequence titled "Real Matsu" that features a group of men going around Tokyo wearing masks of the sextuplets' faces.
The deletion of "Resurrection! Osomatsu-kun" and this other incident quickly caused the order of the series to be rethought, resulting in the re-arrangement of some skits and the creation of the recap episode. Two skits that were withheld from broadcast were later included on the first home video release and reruns as an "Episode 3.5", with a disclaimer beforehand telling viewers to mentally place it between episodes 4 and 5.
Characters that appear in Osomatsu-san:
- The Sextuplets
Other characters appear where needed in guest roles, and some other minor roles are covered by the primary cast members' actors. See List of minor characters in Osomatsu-san and episode articles for more information.
- Osomatsu - Takahiro Sakurai
- Karamatsu- Yuuichi Nakamura
- Choromatsu- Hiroshi Kamiya
- Ichimatsu- Jun Fukuyama
- Jyushimatsu- Daisuke Ono
- Todomatsu- Miyu Irino
- Iyami- Kenichi Suzumura
- Chibita- Sachi Kokuryu
- Totoko- Aya Endo
- Dekapan- Yōji Ueda
- Dayōn- Nobuo Tobita
- Hatabō- Momoko Saito
- Father- Kazuhiko Inoue
- Mother- Kujira
- Original work (Osomatsu-kun)- Fujio Akatsuka
- Planning- Yuji Nunokawa (Studio Pierrot)
- Series composition- Shu Matsubara
- Character design- Naoyuki Asano, Kumiko Numata (F6 designs)
- Producers- Yoshihiro Tominaga (Studio Pierrot)
- Director- Yoichi Fujita
- Screenplay- Shu Matsubara, Michiko Yokote (some skits, season 1), Yukio Okada (some skits, season 1)
- Music- Yukari Hashimoto
- Music Production- Avex Pictures, TV Tokyo Music
- Music Producer- Nishiko
- Animation Production- Studio Pierrot
- Art Director- Seiki Tamura
- Color Design- Yukiko Kaneda
- Director of Photography- Toru Fukushi
- Editing- Kumiko Sakamoto
- Production - Osomatsu-san Production Committee (TV Tokyo, Studio Pierrot, Avex Pictures, Kadokawa Shoten, Shueisha)
- Broadcaster- TV Tokyo
- Avex Pictures
List of episodes
"A Perfect Score is Only for Good Kids" (はなまるぴっぴはよいこだけ Hanamaru Pippi wa Yoi Ko dake)
Lyrics- Asaki/ Composer- 96/ Singers- AOP
This opening is used for the first cour of season 1, though not immediately played at the start of episode 1.
"A Full-Powered Batankyu" (全力バタンキュー, Zenryoku Batankyu)
Lyrics- Yoshinori Sugimoto/ Composers- Tatsuro Araki, Yoshinori Sugimoto/ Singers- AOP
Used for the second cour from 13 to 25. The "Batankyu" (バタンキュー) in the title was chosen as a callback to the Showa era, as it is a sound effect used for someone collapsing from exhaustion.
"Approaching Cautiously" (君氏危うくも近うよれ Kunshi Ayauku mo Chikau Yore)
Lyrics- Asaki/ Composer- Mafumafu /Singers- AOP
Used for episodes 1 to 13. In episode 13, the ending image is changed to have Todomatsu removed as part of the episode's gag.
"Illusionary Wink" (まぼろしウインク Maboroshi Winku)
Used for episodes 14 to 25.
"SIX SAME FACES ~Tonight's the Best!~" (SIX SAME FACES~今夜は最高!!!!!!~)
Lyrics, Composition- TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN FUND/Singers- Kenichi Suzumura, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuuichi Nakamura, Hiroshi Kamiya, Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Ono, and Miyu Irino
The ending theme used for the first cour. Alternative versions are used depending on the episode, with a"Type A" and "Type B" version used for each brother; the select sextuplet narrates about themselves to the viewer, who is part of a group of sextuplet sisters in the song.
The choral parts are sung by Kenichi Suzumura as Iyami, ranting about the brothers' popularity even though they look the same, and how he is ignored.
"SIX SHAME FACES ~Tonight's also the Best!~" (SIX SHAME FACES~今夜も最高!!!!!!~)
Lyrics, Composition- TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN FUND/Singers- Aya Endo, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuuichi Nakamura, Hiroshi Kamiya, Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Ono, and Miyu Irino
This ending theme features each brother trying to flirt with the viewer, who turns out to be Totoko rejecting them and refusing to get with them as they don't fit her dream of "hot guys". The "Type M" versions have the lyrics of the average Matsunos, while the "Type F" lyrics relate to their F6 fantasy selves who Totoko feels she's unworthy of.
This theme is used from episodes 13 to 24, with episode 25 having a different special ending:
"SIX SAME FACES ~Tonight's the Best!~ (TYPE: FINAL)" (SIX SAME FACES~今夜も最高!!!!!!!!!!!!!!~ -type FINAL-)
Lyrics, Composition- TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN FUND/Singers- The Osomatsu-san All Stars (Takahiro Sakurai, Yuuichi Nakamura, Hiroshi Kamiya, Daisuke Ono, Miyu Irino, Kenichi Suzumura, Aya Endo, Sachi Kokuryu, Momoko Saito, Kujira, Kazuhiko Inoue, Yōji Ueda, Nobuo Tobita)
The ending theme for episode 25. It is mostly the first ending, with some lyrics of the second mashed up into it, and featuring all the voice cast singing and speaking as their characters.
"Let's Go! Mutsugo! ~Six Colors of the Rainbow~" (レッツゴー!ムッツゴー!〜6色の虹〜)
Lyrics- / Composition- / Singers- ROOTS 66 Party with Matsuno Family Sextuplets (Takahiro Sakurai, Yuuichi Nakamura, Hiroshi Kamiya, Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Ono, Miyu Irino)
Used for episodes 1 to 13, with exception of episode 5. There are two versions utilizing different ROOTS 66 singers for the vocals, that were alternated through the cour.
"Iyami Ondo" (イヤミ音頭)
Lyrics- Shu Matsubara/ Composition- Yukari Hashimoto/ Singer- Kenichi Suzumura
A special summer-themed ending for episode 5, loosely referencing the original Osomatsu-kun Ondo.
Lyrics- /Composition- /Singers- The Osomatsu-sans with Matsuno Family Sextuplets (Takahiro Sakurai, Yuuichi Nakamura, Hiroshi Kamiya, Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Ono, Miyu Irino)
Used for episodes 14 to 25. Each version has a different brother's monologue mingled with the lyrics of the song.
Overseas Broadcast and Adaptations
Starting May 28, 2016, a Korean dub was broadcast on the channels AniBox, Anione, and CHAMP TV, under the title of 오소마츠 6쌍둥이 (The Osomatsu Sextuplets). Unlike the dub of the 1988 series, the characters' names are retained.
There is still some editing and censorship in the dub, to conform to Korean TV broadcast standards as well as to remove any content deemed to be too nationalistic. A Korean-subtitled version of the original series was also aired.
The licensor Mighty Media announced its acquisition of the series on December 22, 2016, and started to roll out merchandise for the series in January 2017.
A television broadcast is planned.
Home Video Release
|1||January 29, 2016||Episode 2, 3, 3.5|
|2||February 26, 2016||Episode 4-6|
|3||March 25, 2016||Episode 7-9|
|4||April 29, 2016||Episode 10-12|
|5||May 27, 2016||Episode 13-15|
|6||June 24, 2016||Episode 16-18|
|7||July 29, 2016||Episode 19-21|
|8||August 26, 2016||Episode 22-25|
|1||December 22, 2017||Episode 1-3|
|2||January 26, 2018||Episode 4-6|
|3||February 23, 2018||Episode 7-9|
|4||March 30, 2018||Episode 10-12|
|5||April 27, 2018||Episode 13-15|
|6||May 25, 2018||Episode 16-18|
|7||June 29, 2018||Episode 19-21|
|8||July 27, 2018||Episode 22-25|
Osomatsu-san Short Film series:
As a bonus on each volume, a newly-produced short would be showcased. Rather than Pierrot, these shorts were made by the company 10GAUGE.
Some shorts showcased Flash animation, while others incorporated live action footage.
- Director- Hajime Kurabara (short 2), Hiroyuki Yabe (short 4)
- Screenplay- Kimiko Ueno (shorts 1, 5, and 6)
- Acoustic Director- Hiromi Kikuta
- Music- Yukari Hashimoto
- 3D Design- Hiroyuki Yabe (shorts 4, 6, and 7)
- Puppet Production- Mutsumi Takeda (short 8)
- Animation Production- 10GAUGE
- Production Cooperation- "Osomatsu-san" Production Committee, Seibu Railway (short 6)
|2||OSOMATSU BLASTER||Osomatsu, Jyushimatsu, Iyami|
|3||Kara & Todo Rhythm||Karamatsu, Todomatsu|
|5||A Chat||Karamatsu, Ichimatsu|
|6||The Journey on the Seibu-Shinjuku Line||Todomatsu|
|7||Words and Music||Osomatsu, Choromatsu|
|8||All Sheehs!||Osomatsu, Ichimatsu, Jyushimatsu, Iyami|
Bonus shorts (Season 2 extras):
These shorts are newly-produced for each season 2 DVD and BD. The early volumes contain skits that were screened at the 2017 theatrical event, including the season 2 announcement.
The media-mix for Osomatsu-san has resulted in a vast amount of merchandise, collaborations, and tie-in content for the anime. Listed below are the other relevant media that have been produced during the run of the anime and after its end of broadcast.
Main article: Osomatsu-san (YOU manga)
The manga adaptation has been serialized in YOU since January 2016, and is written and drawn by Masako Shitara.
- Volume 1: Released May 25, 2016.
- Volume 2: September 23, 2016.
- Volume 3: February 24, 2017.
- Volume 4: July 25, 2017
- Volume 5: December 25, 2017.
Osomatsu-san the Novel: Beforematsu and Aftermatsu
(小説おそ松さん 前松, 小説おそ松さん 後松)
Two light novels meant to showcase extra adventures of the brothers happening at points before and after the anime run, although with the intentional lack of continuity in such a gag show, both can stand well enough on their own and should not be considered prequels nor sequels. Both are written by the novelist Sora Ishihara, and contain illustrations by Naoyuki Asano.
The first novel focuses more on the older trio (Osomatsu, Karamatsu, and Ichimatsu) while the second focuses more on the younger trio (Ichimatsu, Jyushimatsu, Todomatsu). Each have 10 chapters.
Beforematsu was released by JUMP J BOOKS on July 29, 2016, with Aftermatsu later following on November 29, 2016.
Osomatsu-san Extra Edition
An extra light novel marketed along with Beforematsu and Aftermatsu, and written by Ogura Oshima. It contains four short stories of the brothers' adventures. It was released through Shueisha's Future Paperback on July 22, 2016.
A crossover light novel produced as part of the collaboration for Kochikame's 40th anniversary and final manga serialization. It is written by Sora Ishihara, and features the sextuplets meeting the protagonist Kankichi Ryotsu.
It was released by JUMP J BOOKS on September 17, 2016.
The Calming Detective Osomatsu Returns
A short story by the author Otsu Ichi in the May 2016 issue of The Da Vinci. It is an alternate retelling of the Calming Detective skit, focusing on Totoko recounting the events of Karamatsu's death. The twist ending of the killer is ultimately very different.
The story has not been reprinted since its original publication.
From the House of the Six Matsuno Brothers!
An official fanbook published by PASH in April 30, 2016, to commemorate the series. It features interviews, setting art, and information on the characters and episodes.
Margaret Comics released six individual guides to each brother, chronicling their roles in the anime and including recaps of information and images on them.
These can be seen as scaled-down versions of the PASH fanbook in content.
The Oso-Das: Osomatsu-san Discussion Guide
A book supervised by the Osomatsu-san Production Committee, only crediting the anonymous "Sheeh-eisha Institute" as the editor.
It discusses theories on the series, and purports to give answers to "67 Mysteries" of it, outlining questions raised in episodes and providing analysis and possibilities.
Osomatsu-san Hesokuri Wars: Battle of the NEET
A smartphone app released by Avex Pictures and DLE, for iOS and Android. The player can control various versions of the brothers, who battle against other characters to defend their house.
A puzzle app for smartphones distributed by D-Techno. The player can unlock various super-deformed versions of the brothers through playing the game, and level them up to unlock further bonuses.
Osomatsu-san: Hachamecha Party!
A variety of smartphone games distributed by D-Techno. The player is able to unlock various cards of official art for the series, including newly-drawn illustrations of the characters. The game ceased operations in September 2017.
Browser Games: Pleasing Totoko-chan/Osomatsu-san's Black Factory/Quiz Battle
Three games available through Yahoo, and produced by DLE. In Pleasing Totoko-chan, the sextuplets must give Totoko the proper gift or risk a severe beating.
Osomatsu-san's Black Factory involves the sextuplets having to construct items at the factory, as they did in "Let's Get a Job". The Quiz Battle game involves the player having to answer trivia questions about the show correctly.
Osomatsu-san's NEET Sugoroku Cross-Trip
AKA "Tabimatsu" (from 旅 tabi, trip/journey). In this app by GOODROID and Avex Pictures, the sextuplets go traveling throughout Japan to collect all the money they can in hopes of achieving specific goals (which wind up backfiring on them).
The game includes many skits at each location, as well as a feature where the user can buy furniture and items for a room to attract different versions of the sextuplets (who will steal money if left to idle too long).
A selection of mini-games released by Bandai Namco for the Nintendo 3DS on December 22, 2016.
Osomatsu-san THE GAME: Job Hunting Advice, "Dead or Work"
(おそ松さん THE GAME はちゃめちゃ就職アドバイス -デッド オア ワーク-)
A visual novel released by Otomate for the Playstation Vita on March 23, 2017. The player acts as a job advisor for the sextuplets, and must rehabilitate the NEETs to become working men. Of course, this will always be futile, considering the characters involved.
Web Radio: "SHEEH-Wave: Osomatsu Station":
A web radio series hosted by Kenichi Suzumura was broadcast twice a month on Animate.TV, running from October 5, 2015 to April 18, 2016 for 13 episodes in total. Another run happened for season 2.
Each episode contains another voice actor as a guest, with Suzumura interviewing them and them answering questions on their role and the show.
A number of drama CDs have been released for the series.
This first series of CDs feature the sextuplets attempting to roleplay in different occupations. Each drama CD features a different duo, except the final one which features all six brothers interacting.
Like other extra content, the screenplays for these drama CDs were handled by different authors; Volumes 1, 2, 6, and 7 were written by Isana Kakimura, while Kazuyuki Fudeyasu handled volumes 3, 4, and 5.
|1||Osomatsu and Ichimatsu: Fortune-Tellers||Takahiro Sakurai, Jun Fukuyama||February 24, 2016|
|2||Choromatsu and Jyushimatsu: Bar||Hiroshi Kamiya, Daisuke Ono||March 23, 2016|
|3||Osomatsu and Choromatsu: TV Producers||Takahiro Sakurai, Hiroshi Kamiya||April 20, 2016|
|4||Karamatsu and Ichimatsu: Lawyers||Yuuichi Nakamura, Jun Fukuyama||May 25, 2016|
|5||Jyushimatsu and Todomatsu: Police Officers||Daisuke Ono, Miyu Irino||June 22, 2016|
|6||Karamatsu and Todomatsu with Totoko: Host Club||Yuuichi Nakamura, Miyu Irino, Aya Endo||July 27, 2016|
|7||The Sextuplets: Job a la Carte||Takahiro Sakurai, Yuuichi Nakamura, Hiroshi Kamiya, Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Ono, Miyu Irino||August 24, 2016|
"The Matsuno Family's Carefree Feeling" Hidden Episode drama CD series
(おそ松さん かくれエピソードドラマCD 「松野家のなんでもない感じ」)
There are three CDs in total of this collection, released from February to April 2017. They were advertised as "Hidden Episodes" and composed of skit ideas that went unused for the anime series, written by Shu Matsubara.
|1||"I Give Up"/"Massage"/"Squid"/"Bathhouse"||Takahiro Sakurai, Yuuichi Nakamura, Hiroshi Kamiya, Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Ono, Miyu Irino||February 22, 2017|
|2||"Boredom"/"Me"/"Is This For the Best?"/"Choroplex"/"Ichimatsu Hospital"/"Regular Meeting"||Takahiro Sakurai, Yuuichi Nakamura, Hiroshi Kamiya, Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Ono, Miyu Irino||March 29, 2017|
|3||"Totty's Wish"/"Sunday Carpenter"/"Wake Up Candid Camera"/"A Carefree Feeling"||Takahiro Sakurai, Yuuichi Nakamura, Hiroshi Kamiya, Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Ono, Miyu Irino||April 26, 2017|
"Suntory All-Free" collaboration and shorts:
A series of promotional shorts ran in summer 2016 to promote the Suntory All-Free alcohol-free brand of beer. Purchasers of the beer would then be able to download further Flash shorts featuring the characters, with each video focusing on a different pair of sextuplets interacting.
The company DLE, which worked on Hesokuri Wars, was commissioned for the animation of the clips.
|2||World is Mine||Karamatsu, Todomatsu|
|3||Festival Stall||Osomatsu, Ichimatsu, Esper Kitty|
|4||At the Place of Whenever, Wherever||Osomatsu, Todomatsu|
|5||Ghost Story||Choromatsu, Ichimatsu|
|6||Into the End of Summer||Karamatsu, Jyushimatsu|
"Matsumoto Kiyoshi x Osomatsu" collaboration and shorts:
|2||In Front of the Mirror||Karamatsu|
Main article: Osomatsu-san on STAGE: SIX MEN'S SHOW TIME
A live-action stage adaptation of the series was produced, running through September 29 to October 23, 2016. The sextuplets were cast with two actors each, one for their normal self and the other actor playing their F6 version.
A second stage show "SIX MEN'S SHOW TIME 2" ran from February 23 to March 1 2018. A third show, "Comedy Osomatsu-san" ran in November 2018.
A spinoff "F6 Live Tour", featuring only the F6 actors, also commenced through August 2018.
"Run! Oumatsu-san" JRA collaboration:
A collaboration between the Japan Racing Association and Osomatsu-san ran from October to December 2016.
It was marked by six Flash web shorts produced by 10GAUGE, as well as three television ads by Pierrot. These all culminated in a TV special that aired December 12, 2016.
"The Story of the Sextuplets and a Horse" shorts
These shorts ran on the Umabi.jp website through October 13 to December 8, 2016, and were also uploaded to the site's YouTube channel.
- Screenplay, Director- Naoto Watanabe, Shin Yuta (for 10GAUGE)
- Production- 10GAUGE, Soda Communications
"Run! Oumatsu-san" TV ads
Each of these commercials lasted 30 seconds, and featured entirely-new animation with the sextuplets and Totoko (as opposed to the Flash and recycled animation assets used by 10GAUGE in the shorts).
- Animation Production- Studio Pierrot
- Animation Director- Naoyuki Asano
TV Special: "An Anecdote with Horses"
Main article: Osomatsu-san: An Anecdote with Horses
After the late-night broadcast on TV Tokyo, the special was uploaded to Umabi.jp for online streaming. Yoichi Fujita and Shu Matsubara reprised their staff roles as director and screenwriter.
There is no opening sequence for the episode, but a special horse-themed version of "SIX SAME FACES" can be heard as the ending theme.
A Flash-animated web series airing on NTT DoComo as tie-in for season 2. It is 12 episodes long. There are six stories for each of the sextuplets interacting with Iyami, while the other portion revolves around them encountering Totoko in the role of a goddess.
|1||Osomatsu and Iyami||January 9, 2018|
|2||Karamatsu and Iyami||January 16, 2018|
Theatrical Screening Event 2017: "Spring Nationwide Invitational Screening Festival"
On April 6, 2017, a nationwide screening event launched at movie theaters. Six rooms were set aside in each for each sextuplet, and would play selected shorts of the anime related to them.
A new "Bathhouse Quiz short" appeared as extra content, being a rejected skit from the Christmas episode, along with a short that announced the sequel. In the short, the Matsunos are called by Osomatsu to the fishing hole for the surprise announcement but are left in suspense. Suddenly, the "spiritually unavailable" (due to absence of the overseas Miyu Irino) Todomatsu temporarily rouses to announce the greenlighting of the sequel, and then goes back to his unconscious state.
An announcement trailer was also broadcast after the event, confirming the next run.