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Mr. Osomatsu TV Anime Gets 2nd Season

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Director Yōichi Fujita, scriptwriter Shū Matsubara return for new season

Avex Pictures began streaming a trailer on Thursday for the Mr. Osomatsu (Osomatsu-san) anime to confirm that a second season of the television anime series has been green-lit.

The official website for the franchise also revealed a new visual.

Yōichi Fujita is returning to direct the series, and Shū Matsubara is returning to handle the series composition. Other main staff members, and the main voice cast for the Matsuno brothers are also returning.

The Rakuten Books retailer had listed last month that the upcoming Osomatsu-san Kobanashi Atsume (Mr. Osomatsu Funny Short Story Collection) Blu-ray Disc and DVD release would include a "Spring Nationwide Top Mr. Osomatsu Episode Screening Festival's 'Season 2 Announcement Episode (Working Title).'"

Screenings of select episodes from the television anime plus an all-new anime "short episode" started on Thursday. The first screenings took place simultaneously in six theaters in six cities in Japan on April 6 at 6:00 p.m. The project will get wider screenings across Japan starting on Friday. All screenings will include the "main episodes" for each of the six Matsuno brothers from the television anime series, the "Osomatsu-san Ouma de Kobanashi" special, and the new short episode.

The Mr. Osomatsu anime series premiered in October 2015, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. Animation director Kanchi Suzuki posted in September that he was interested in working on a hypothetical second season for the show.

The Osomatsu-san Ouma de Kobanashi special aired in Japan on December 12, and ended with the text "See You Again Someday!!" Crunchyroll streamed the anime under the title "Mr. Osomatsu JRA Special 2016." The 24-minute special is part of the "Hashire! Oumatsu-san" collaboration between Mr. Osomatsu and the Japan Racing Association. The collaboration also includes a series of six new anime shorts titled "Mutsugo to Ouma no Monogatari" (The Story of the Sextuplets and a Horse).

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 new show re-imagines the original manga and TV anime with the sextuplets as adults.

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.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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