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Crunchyroll to Stop Streaming Mr. Osomatsu Anime Episode 1

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that the first episode of the Mr. Osomatsu (Osomatsu-san) will only be viewable on the service until Sunday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. EST. The service's Twitter account reported later on Wednesday that the streaming will end on Wednesday, November 11 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

The first episode is also scheduled to be removed from various streaming sites in Japan on Thursday, and the entire episode will be reanimated for the home video release.

In a press conference on October 29, Yūichi Takahashi of TV Tokyo apologized for the series' third episode. The episode contained a parody of the Anpanman children's anime character. The first and second episodes of the show also contained parodies of many other series, such as Attack on Titan, Boys Over Flowers, and Sailor Moon.

Japan does not have a parody exception or provision in its copyright law. Therefore, making parodies of copyrighted works may illegally violate a copyright owners' "right to maintain integrity," if performed without the copyright holder's prior consent.

Fujio Akatsuka's original Osomatsu-kun manga and "high tension comedy" TV anime centered on the Matsuno household, which has six naughty and mischievous sons (who are sextuplets). All of the sextuplets, including the eldest Osomatsu, are all in love with the same girl, Totoko. The original series followed the family when the sons were 10 years old.

The series premiered on October 5.

Thanks to Rachel S. for the news tip

Update: Crunchyroll has updated its page to read Wednesday, November 11 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

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