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Mr. Osomatsu Anime's 3rd Episode to be Partially Altered for Home Video, Streaming

posted on 2015-11-20 00:45 EST
Episode contained controversial parody of Anpanman children's anime

The official website of the comedy television anime series Mr. Osomatsu (Osomatsu-san) announced on Friday that the first Blu-ray Disc/DVD volume of the series will include a different version of the show's third episode "Kobore Banashi-shū," with some parts of the episode altered from the original terrestrial broadcast version. The first Blu-ray/DVD volume is slated for a January 29 release.

In addition, the staff also announced that the anime's production committee has decided to remove the previous broadcast version of the show's third episode from streaming sites, replacing it with the newly altered version. The following sites will replace the episode on Tuesday, November 24:

  • dTV
  • Ani Tele Theater
  • Rakuten SHOWTIME
  • Video Market
  • U-NEXT
  • Anime Hōdai
  • Bandai Channel
  • J:COM On Demand
  • Video Pass
  • milplus
  • auHikari
  • iTSCOM On Demand
  • TOKAI On Demand
  • Actvilla
  • Hikari TV
  • PlayStation Video
  • TSUTAYA TV
  • DMM.com
  • GYAO!
  • Nico Nico Video
  • d Anime Store

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 episode's satellite broadcast already contained a number of alterations to distance the parody from Anpanman.

The show's first episode was also removed from streaming sites in Japan on November 12, and Crunchyroll removed the episode on November 11. The entire first episode will be reanimated for the home video release.

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. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan.

[Via Yara-On!]


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