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Mr. Osomatsu Comedy Anime Casts Kazuhiko Inoue, Kujira

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Inoue, Kujira to play parents of 6 sons in anime

The official Twitter account of the Mr. Osomatsu (Osomatsu-san) television anime announced on Thursday that the anime has cast Kazuhiko Inoue and Kujira as the parents of the six children.

Inoue will play the father, who remains the family's sole breadwinner since his sons are not independent. Though he has not progressed in his career, he must still ingratiate himself to his boss to earn a living. He is still his family's provider, even without his dignity.

Kujira will play the mother. Through hardship, she raised her sons, and doesn't really mind them being unemployed, and lives happily. She calls her sons "NEETs," but she still loves them, and thinks about them more than any other person.

The series premiered on TV Tokyo and TV Osaka on October 5. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan.

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 first 56-episode series aired in Japan in 1966-1967. Akira Shigino (Time Bokan: Royal Revival, Marude Dameo, Crayon Shin-chan: Otakebe! Kasukabe Yasei Ōkoku) directed the series, and Mainichi Broadcasting, Studio Zero, and Children's Corner produced the series. Studio Pierrot animated the second 86-episode series, which aired from 1988-1989. Shigino served as chief director.

The staff are creating the new anime to commemorate what would have been Akatsuka's 80th birthday (Akatsuka passed away in 2008 at age 72).

Akatsuka launched the Osomatsu-kun manga in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in 1962, and the manga ran in the magazine until 1969. The manga then ran in Weekly Shonen King from 1972-1973, and then in Comic BonBon from 1987-1990. The compiled manga volumes have more than 10 million copies in print.

[Via Otasuke]

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