The majority of the Matsuno household is comprised of six identical siblings: self-centered leader Osomatsu, manly Karamatsu, voice of reason Choromatsu, cynical Ichimatsu, hyperactive Juushimatsu, and lovable Todomatsu. Despite each one of them being over the age of 20, they are incredibly lazy and have absolutely no motivation to get a job, choosing to live as NEETs instead. In the rare occurrence that they try to look for employment and are somehow able to land an interview, their unique personalities generally lead to their swift rejection.
From trying to pick up girlfriends to finding the perfect job, the daily activities of the Matsuno brothers are never dull as they go on all sorts of crazy, and often downright bizarre, adventures. Though they desperately search for a way to improve their social standing, it won't be possible if they can't survive the various challenges that come with being sextuplets!
Osomatsu-san was made to commemorate the 80th birthday of the series' late original creator, Fujio Akatsuka.
A parody of Anpanman, a popular kids anime, in the third episode was reanimated following complaints to the network, while the first episode, due to the fact that it contained multiple parodies, has been pulled entirely from streaming sites and the Japanese Blu-Ray release.
#1: "SIX SAME FACES ~Konya wa Saikou!!!!!!~ (SIX SAME FACES ～今夜は最高!!!!!!～)" by VOICE by Iyami feat. Osomatsu x Karamatsu x Choromatsu x Ichimatsu x Juushimatsu x Todomatsu #1: cont. (Kenichi Suzumura, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuuichi Nakamura, Hiroshi Kamiya, Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Ono, Miyu Irino) (eps. 1-11) #2: "SIX SHAME FACES ~Konya mo Saikou!!!!!!~ (SIX SHAME FACES ～今夜も最高!!!!!!～)" by VOICE by Totoko feat. Osomatsu x Karamatsu x Choromatsu x Ichimatsu x Juushimatsu x Todomatsu #2: cont. (Aya Endo, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuuichi Nakamura, Hiroshi Kamiya, Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Ono, Miyu Irino) (eps. 13-24) #3: "SIX SAME FACES ~Konya mo Saikou!!!!!!~ Type Final (SIX SAME FACES ～今夜も最高!!!!!!～ type FINAL)" by VOICE by Iyami & Totoko feat. Osomatsu-san All Stars (ep 25)
Osomatsu-san is to anime what South Park is to American animation, and what Deadpool is to superhero movies. A glimpse at the synopsis and simplistic art style may create the impression that Osomatsu-san is a family-friendly show for 'the kids', but do not be misled. It is packed with dirty humour and cursing, aimed primarily at older teenagers and twenty-somethings (and old men who watched the original series!) who have grown tired of how dull and artificial most comedy anime have become. If, like me, you happen to be a young adult who no longer cares for the twenty or thirty rom-coms airing each season,
and who don't take themselves or the medium too seriously-- Osomatsu-san is an absolute joy to watch, and joy enough that I watched the entire twenty-five episodes in a single day. It may just be the funniest anime I've seen.
For some, Osomatsu-san's crudeness may be going a step too far. There are frequent jokes about things like enemas, phimosis and masturbation, and the characters will stab each other in the butt or attempt to... yeah, defecate on a table, and on more than one occasion. Those looking for something more mature or refined in their comedy are probably not going to find what they are looking for in Osomatsu-san. It is far more crude than something like Gintama, but not quite as offensive as something like South Park (and without all its racism and antisemitism). Whether or not you will enjoy Osomatsu-san's irreverent humour is entirely dependent on your tolerance for the above-mentioned things. If enemas and table-pooping don't immediately scare you off, you're in for a very fun time with Osomatsu-san.
Iyami, the dumbass, self-proclaimed "Frenchman" (I put quotation marks here as what nation or planet he actually comes from is a mystery), armed with buckteeth and a bowl cut, is probably the highlight of the entire show. An episode will, for example, open with him watching a newscast about brushing your teeth "at least 45 minutes a day", and he will stare at some grotesque object (the likes of which I can only imagine came from a person's digestive system) with his misshapen pal Daiyon, screaming and fidgeting into some bad Austin Powers pose as though he is having some sort of aneurysm or seizure. In one of the later episodes, Iyami engages in a martial arts competition with the aforementioned "Sheeei!" pose, and the sextuplets make him unleash his Inner Sheeei by shredding his bank statements and insurance cards from the stands to piss him the hell off. These are just a few examples of how much of a goof, and unbelievably stupid character Iyami is. I am not sure how someone could not laugh their butts off watching him. If he truly was the protagonist of the 1988 series, I can easily understand why.
Hatabou's episode is another example of the many, many amazing moments in the show, what with all the awful flag puns and Barack Obama appearing out of nowhere, to name a few things. Or how about all the moments when Juushimatsu is just casually sitting in the background, completely unlike his brothers, tongue out and eyes googling around, seeming like he is on the hardest psychedelic drug ever known to humankind. The show is so stupid, and yet hilarious all the same. There will inevitably be a joke every now and then that you find dull or repetitive (I didn't laugh once during the 'fish idol' gags, for example), but the overall win-to-lose ratio with Osomatsu-san's jokes is quite high. It is like the best moments of Gintama, but much cruder and more neatly compressed. Most comedy anime struggle to be even a fraction of what Osomatsu-san is at its worst.
I think having a certain level of experience with anime and Japanese culture also lends to a greater appreciation for what makes Osomatsu-san so unique, especially when compared to how banal most other comedy anime are. I can easily picture new fans, still going through the big boys like Clannad After Story and Steins;Gate, checking out an episode of Osomatsu-san out of curiosity and wondering what the hell they are even watching. While I don't think references should play an important role in any anime, the frequent parodies of less-popular shows like Akagi are a good indication that Osomatsu-san is meant to be watched by an audience already well-acquainted with the medium.
There are, surprisingly, quite a few references to western media as well, like the Saw or Captain Underpants ones in the third episode. I had no idea Japan knew or cared about the crap that my generation was reading in primary school. Captain Underpants! I haven't even thought about that dumb series in a decade.
Osomatsu-san's art is particularly cartoonish and simplistic, but this simplicity lends more freedom to the outrageous acts and facial expressions that the comedy relies on, and which would not be possible, or at least severely limited, under a more elaborate and distinct art style (i.e. your typical KyoAni anime). My only complaint is that the six brothers look almost exactly the same, with the exception of Jyuushimatsu and his trippin' googly eyeballs, and Ichimatsu who looks like he is constantly stoned. For the first half of the series, you will likely find yourself relying more on the voices to tell who is who, and so things can get quite chaotic as you're busy pointing fingers.
If there is one detail that should be criticised, it is that the random bouts of drama can get a bit concerning. These scenes are generally well-executed, but the problem is that they put a damper on what is supposed to be a comedy series. I'm not entirely against the show having a structure more resembling an actual plot, but the reason we're all watching anime like this is to have a nice, fun time, yeah? It does not feel appropriate here.
While I do not have any experience with the original anime, a bit of research reveals how the entire series is something of a cultural phenomenon in Japan, far more mainstream than I had originally guessed it to be. There's even black-and-white pictures from the 1960's of kids enacting Iyami's pose! It's neat to find such a successful revival of a historic series. Nothing in the 2015 anime feels old-fashioned, and it perfectly captures the humour and culture of the current generation of twenty-somethings. As far as I am concerned, Japan has a knack for picking excellent anime for their mainstream, if we consider series like Touch, Aikatsu and Osomatsu-san. The west could take lessons from Japan in that regard.
Sure, Osomatsu-san's brand of humour is not going to be to everyone's taste, and perhaps it will even be a bit disturbing to those of a more conservative palate. I get it. But if any of what is described above sounds even the slightest bit appealing, I would wholeheartedly recommend giving the series a go, beyond the initial, confusing first episode.
And you know what? Even if it doesn't sound appealing--- I never would have thought I'd enjoy something like this, either--- Osomatsu-san serves as a careful, potty-mouthed reminder that great anime can also exist outside of one's comfort zone. Maybe it won't be the 'best' anime of the year, but I have little doubt it will have been the most fun. A little bit of fun is something we all need in our lives. We get stressed and we feel the need to turn on our electronic devices, relax and enjoy the smaller things life has to offer. Table-pooping is OK with me.
I may be the minority opinion here but I pretty much struggled to finish this anime, in fact i was on the verge of stopping from watching it completely . Why? Well it really has nothing to do with the quality of the anime or anything like that, it's just that frankly I could rarely get even a chuckle from it- and it being a comedy anime, made it impossible to skip through any of it as that was what it mainly offered.
I am perfectly aware this was a reboot targeted towards the Japanese demographic, but as someone who tends to have a rather wide-spectrum
of humor, I had a hard time getting behind the comedic aspects at all. Especially with how much the anime forces something funny to happen out of thin air, it becomes a chore to watch. I think this is because everything about this anime is heavily bent on being Japanese on almost every aspect- which is perfectly fine, but it's obvious this wasn't made for anyone outside of Japan to understand.
Each 25 minute episode has numerous segments, at first i thought it was actually fun at first but it gradually became annoying and in my opinion very detaching. I ended up skipping some segments as I simply did not enjoy the plot, which was something that also heavily influenced my criticism for this anime. A good portion of the story of each segment felt very stretched out at times or even repetitive as segments beforehand shared a very similar basis/outcome.Once again, I get it- it's supposed to be funny and random, but it always bothered me how the amount of scenarios the sextuplets were in that it was sort of like they had amnesia of the person they were interacting with. It didn't feel progressive, or like as if what you were watching was actually accumulative aside from at most reoccurring characters that just end up being thrown in to quite literally fill in the background or maybe show up for a line at most - there just no development that felt like watching it in order was pointless.
Regardless of the massive amount of inconsistency and flawed humor for me, I can't ignore the obvious dedication and love the people who made this anime put in, you can tell they really wanted to please their fans by tipping their hat towards the classic series and generally enhance for not only the old fans but the newcomers of the series as well. The visuals are simplistic yet very well done (especially with how colorful it is), the sound is excellent, and i really enjoyed the characters, especially the sextuplets.
Now, if there is something that i felt this anime shined in it was actually the serious ,dramatic episodes - there's about 3 that's revolved around the main 6 (well from what I remembered) and they were actually the most memorable episodes to me. I know that praising a comedy anime for content that isn't it's main focus is kind of unjust but I really felt the need to acknowledge their ability to really tug your heart strings as it depicted moments that had alot of depth to them despite the majority of the anime was a never ending joke in comparison.
If you've watched a clip that shows what the anime is like and you get a laugh out of it, then watch it, because that's exactly the content you'll be seeing for the majority of the time. If you could barely laugh about it at all and found it sort of obnoxious like I did, I would skip it.
Osomatsu-san: 94% ridiculous hilarity, 5% why am I suddenly sad, and 1% what is this I'm scared.
It actually took me a while to get around to watching this show. The art was too Muppet-ish for my tastes, and I didn't see anything appealing about a gag anime where the main characters all looked the same. I'd never heard of Osomatsu-kun either, so there was really nothing drawing me in. The only reason I started watching was because I heard that the first episode was filled with anime parodies and you could only watch it illegally because the creators didn't want to get sued. It took
me a good few months, but by the end of that first episode, I was hooked.
The best part of the Osomatsu-san story is that there kind of isn't a story. There are no story arcs, no rising or falling action. They just kind of throw some ridiculous short plot at your face for a few minutes and then move on to something else. This can be a really tricky kind of show to pull off, but the staff managed it so that viewers can be pissing in laughter one minute and ready to cry about a cat wearing glasses the next. (Writing goals.)
The comedy is a wildly out there kind of toilet humor where you don't really understand what's going on but you're laughing out loud regardless. It's the kind of comedy that western shows like Family Guy and South Park strive for, but can't pull off as well or as consistently as Osomatsu-san. This show's like adultswim's wet dream, seriously.
As I mentioned earlier, Osomatsu-san has a weird Muppet-esque type of art. They look like Garfield and Kermit the frog had a litter of cartoon babies. However, this perfectly suits the show's overall tone, and when it doesn't, they aren't afraid to change it up. They'll throw in some clean Studio Pierrot animation (with character designs that clearly reference UtaPri), stylistic facial references, and even replace everything with just words. It's odd, but it really works somehow.
The background music didn't really stand out to me. I'd notice it on occasion, and when I did it would fit the scene, but I never thought, "wow that's some real good jammin' in the background."
The openings and endings, on the other hand, were great. Both openings had a quirky sort of denpa-meets-folk vibe, while the endings seemed to have disco-pop influences. They're all incredibly catchy, and stupidly hard to get out of your head (which can be a great thing and a wildly annoying thing).
Ah, the shining beacon of light that made this show the work of art it is. The brothers, who at first glance look like the same person in different shirts, are soon apparent to be clearly cut individuals. After watching a few episodes, you get to the point where you can easily tell them apart at first glance, just by their postures, expressions, and the occasional oh-so-subtle differences in hair.
Characters who seem to just be an embodiment of comedy are delved into and developed to the point where the viewer becomes so emotionally attached that they go to bed thinking, "I hope Ichimatsu gets enough sleep; he always seems so tired..." You think that background character is just gonna be comedic relief? Sorry buddy, you're about to get wrecked over a bald boy with Naruto whiskers.
No character is simply what they seem to be in this show; everyone has 3d personalities, everyone has different sides to themselves. The character that you thought was a lazy freeloader turns out to have deeply rooted psychological issues, and the one who you thought was just the classic Minnie Mouse style sweetheart will beat you with a fish while insulting your genitals. They're realistic characters in an incredibly non-realistic world, which is a weird but wonderful contrast that really gets you thinking.
Osomatsu-san will ruin you in the best way possible. You'll fall in love with a Muppet and question your life, but you will enjoy it. Feel the pain. Love the pain. Laugh over the pain. And someone please give these boys some hugs and counseling dear mother of christ.
Osomatsu-san…..this is a show that’s kind of what you’d describe as a cult classic. It was originally published as a comedy series by Fujio Akatsuka and ran in the Weekly Shounen Magazine for 7 years from 1962 to 1969. Not only did it bring Akatsuka’s reputation to light to the public, the series itself is what I’d describe as an extraordinary comedy.
The modern version of Osomatsu-san is adapted by studio Pierrot and like the original, focuses on the Matsuno sextuplets. A group of six boys, they are known to cause mischief and the series chronicles their daily misadventures.
A common question that viewers may find
themselves asking is: do I need to watch the original series? From a personal perspective, the answer is no. Every episode is a story in itself divided into segments and there isn’t a complicated story angle that viewers needs to follow to understand it. Really, what’s there to understand about a show filled with gags, parodies, and jokes? Osomatsu-san is the very essence of satirical comedy that knows its intentions. It’s self-aware with the jokes and often pokes fun at every opportunity it gets.
As a show that chronicles misadventures, it’s important to get the characters right. This isn’t easy considering that all six of the main characters looks similar with some rather gimmicky names. (Osomatsu, Karamatsu, Choromatsu, Ichimatsu, Jushimatsu, Todomatsu). While all of them look similar, their personalities are quite different and that in general is a trigger for tension and feuds. The self-proclaimed leader and titular character is Osomatsu who also happens to be the oldest of the siblings. His commanding presence and arrogance often sets off fire that escalates into hilarious drama. And because this series is stockpiled with comedy, the drama often extends to innumerable amount of laughter.
Most of the other siblings are pretty fun to watch as well. Because they each have a different personality, each episode and their segments offers something different. From the womanizing Karamatsu to loner Ichimatsu, the show really knows how to define their character. It’s also through interactions outside their group that makes them easy to notice as the siblings often get into trouble for the wrong reasons.
The show is structured with segments so each episode offers at least two different storytelling angles with little to no correlation with one another. As a fruit for thought, the show often parodies other popular genre whether it’s the horror thriller Saw or the dark fantasy Attack on Titan. The first episode became infamous for this when the artwork style is completely different from what new fans would imagine it to be. Furthermore, the show is self-aware and knows how to sell its comedy. The way it presents its characters is obviously used to make fun of their roles so nothing should be taken seriously. On rare occasions, there are some bittersweet moments that may be surprising. But make no mistake about it, the show isn’t predictable and often messes around with itself. From gender bender to breaking the fourth wall, this series is literally a crazy roller-coaster. That brings a sort of the hit-or-miss situation. The comedy may be so recurring that some viewers will find it forced or unfunny at times. A few of the side characters like Iyami also gets attention for the wrong reasons. It’s hard to describe it but comedy doesn’t always sell. Take it for granted, this show is not one that everyone can appreciate despite its recreational creativity.
Style. That’s a way I’d like to describe the artwork for this show. The simple character designs, vibrant backgrounds, and outlines is what makes this series stand out. The twins are designed to look very similar so it’s very easy to mistake them unless you pay close attention. When the show goes into parody mode, the artwork goes through an evolution and is what most modern fans may be used to. But by presenting work in this fashion and style, it’s what makes the show unique. It delivers the feel of a cult classic.
While soundtrack isn’t hyped like the comedy, it’s still noticeable because of the character voice mannerisms. Each of the sextuplets sound alike that makes them even harder to tell who is who at times. Still, the nail in the coffin is that how their voices work so effectively to make their characters more appealing. It brings their personalities to light each episode and the show really knows how to capture’s the audience’s attention. Plus, the OP and ED theme songs are quite amusing by comedy standards with its unorthodox choreography.
Can’t lie. This isn’t a show that I found myself enjoying at first but it only took about two episodes for me to buy into the comedy. The way it portrays the characters, story segments, and comedy gags is every easy to get attached to. Understandably, each episode also parodies a variety of genres, culture, and popular franchise for amusement. While the artwork is something that is stellar, it’s unique and fitting for this series. This is a show that I’d highly recommend to anyone especially if comedy is something on your checklist. It’s not just about the humor, it’s about the Osomatsu-san.
Some characters are funny because of all the crazy antics they get up to. But others just have the right kind of physiognomy, which make them prone to pulling off some funny anime faces - intentionally or unintentionally.