Discotek Posts Osomatsu-kun Anime's 1st Episode With English Subtitles

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
1988 series follows Matsuno sextuplets as children

Discotek Media began streaming the first English-subtitled episode of the 1988 Osomatsu-kun television anime series on Saturday.

Fujio Akatsuka's original 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 series follows the family when the sons are 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.

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. Akatsuka passed away in 2008 at age 72.

The franchise inspired two new television anime series titled Mr. Osomatsu (Osomatsu-san) with the sextuplets as adults in 2015 and 2017. The second television anime is continuing with its second cour this month.

Thanks to Rukiia for the news tip.

[Via WTK]

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