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Mr. Osomatsu Gets 7-Episode Short Series Before Film's Opening

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Episodes about brothers' daily life to debut on March 1-15

Docomo's dTV streaming service announced on Thursday that it will stream a new seven-episode Mr. Osomatsu short series before the March opening of the Eiga no Osomatsu-san anime film. The shorts are collectively titled Eiga no Osomatsu-san - Gekijō Kōkai Kinen Original Tanpen Gekijō (Mr. Osomatsu the Movie - Commemorative Original Short Theater), and they depict side stories about the brothers' daily life.

A new short will debut on dTV on March 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, and 15. An advance screening in Tokyo will show both the movie and the short series on March 7.

In addition, dTV will also start streaming the "Suzumura Kenichi & Irino Miyu no O France ni Iku Zansu!" special, where voice actors Kenichi Suzumura and Miyu Irino attempt to promote the film in France, on Friday. dTV's stream of the special will contain "special footage." The Blu-ray Disc and DVD of the special will ship on March 13, before the film's opening.

The anime film will open in Japan on March 15.

The film centers on the sextuplets at a high school class reunion. There, they see all their former classmates who have become "proper" adults with company jobs. The sextuplets sulk about this and go home and drink until they fall asleep. But when they wake up, a certain scene awaits them.

The film's returning staff members include director Yōichi Fujita, scriptwriter Shū Matsubara, character designer Naoyuki Asano, and Studio Pierrot on animation production. Shochiku is distributing the movie. The film will also include returning cast members.

The Mr. Osomatsu television anime is inspired by Fujio Akatsuka's original Osomatsu-kun manga and "high tension comedy" TV anime, which centered on the Matsuno household with 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 Osomatsu-kun series followed the family when the sons were 10 years old. Mr. Osomatsu re-imagines the original manga and TV anime with the sextuplets as adults.

The first Mr. Osomatsu anime season premiered in October 2015, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. The second Mr. Osomatsu anime season premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo and TV Aichi in October 2017.

The Osomatsu-san Ouma de Kobanashi special aired in Japan in December 2016, and 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). dMatsu-san, the 12-episode short anime spinoff series of the main Mr. Osomatsu anime, premiered on dTV service in January 2018.

Viz Media acquired the digital streaming, electronic sell-through, home video, and merchandise rights for the Mr. Osomatsu anime, including the second season. Viz Media will release the anime with an English dub.

Sources: dTV (link 2), Comic Natalie

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