From all genres of anime, comedy is one of the hardest in quality terms. There are very few comedy anime out there that doesn't get old and always come with something new with very effective jokes, then there are those that gets old pretty fast. Osomatsu-San First season were crazy, stupid and very colorful. It had an unique essence on them while being a fun ride from start to finish. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for this second season.
Act 1: You tell a great joke, people laugh, profit
Act 2: You tell the same joke, some people laugh, some people don't, profit
Act 3: You tell
the same joke again, very few laugh, the rest doesn't
Act 4: You still tell the same joke, No one laughs.
There are many comedy anime that destroys itself by overusing jokes, and this second season is no exception.
If you have watched the first season, then you might now what is this about, Sextuplets making comic gags while they suck at life (neets). While most of the comic gags on this second season are new, not all of them are funny, and those that are funny gets old pretty fast because it tends to be overused in the same episode. Story: 4/10
Art and Sound are probably the best things of this show,Their Openings and Endings are pretty colorful and well done. There are some episodes that completely change the setting which leads to the very best episode of this second season: Episode 18. This episode features Iyami as a good for nothing bum who is hated by almost everyone on town, but one day he meets a little blind girl who is selling flowers on the street. This episode is beautiful in many ways, it starts out with a smooth monochrome palette. This feature alone holds a lot of meanings for this story, the soundtrack is a really great addition to the story, as it holds what this episode wants to express. Later on, the color palette comes in with a colorful world with a very emotional soundtrack that might end with a smile on your face as tears starts falling down. This were the point where I thought that this second season wasn't a mistake at all. Art: 7/10 | Sound: 8/10
The cast is almost the same as the first season with the addition of odd fellows that are introduced later on, if the sketch demands it, the characters might not follow their usual behavior, but other than that, the characters end up being the same as how they were in season 1. Characters: 6/10
Enjoyment 6/10: Even if this anime suffers from overusing jokes and unfunny jokes, there are still moments on this season 2 that are memorable (Ep 18 is an example of that).
Osomatsu-san's second season is not offensively bad or even bad at all: I can't say it didn't manage to entertain whenever I sat down to watch it every monday. But with every new episode, it felt like something was lacking, like something from season one was lost.
To start with, the move from two or more "scenarios" per episode to episode-length "scenarios" feels like a misstep. With season one, sketches never became too tedious (outside of fan-least-favorites like F6) because of the fact that they were not the length of the entire episode. When a sketch ended, it felt like it was because the premise has
been exhausted and the show can now move on to something else.
By having entire episodes dedicated to one sketch, some flaws that were in the writing previously become much more evident, and things become a lot more tedious. It wasn't until season 2 that I realized that whenever a joke was made about one Matsuno, a similar joke had to be made about every other brother before the show could move on. If this happened before, it became very obvious now, and if I didn't think a joke was funny once, it certainly wouldn't become funny after hearing it five more times.
Even episodes with more than one sketch had a similar feeling of tediousness, that the joke was simply going on way longer than it needed to go. The sketch involving Choromatsu and Ichimatsu had a promising premise, but at some point the one joke that the sketch, that they are uncomfortable being alone around each other, was just being repeated over and over again by the end. Maybe this aspect of the show has always been here, but if that's the case then it only got worst.
Another complaint I have is that the show at times feels like it is resting on its laurels when it comes to episode scenarios compared to season one. It often relies on interaction between the brothers to be enough for a sketch, when season one offered a lot more than that. Season one utilized the side characters very well, especially Chibita, and in this season, while he still is a great character, side characters were relegated to being vehicles for more inter-Matsuno banter and one-liners. There was no "Iyami's Counterattack" this season, no "The Karamatsu Incident", no "Jyushimatsu Festival".
If there's one thing the show does right, is that it actually manages to provide some good characterization for the sextuplets. For one thing, Karamatsu has actually become more self-assured in terms of not becoming the punching bag for the other five, often being allowed to get in his own insults and comments. But we also see his insecurity towards needing to do everything for his brothers in order to feel validation. Osomatsu is also given some much needed depth in the second to last episode, an aspect of his character that has been hinted at before but never completely explored until then, and the episode right after doesn't immediately erase all of it! These characters are very easy to turn into vapid stereotypes of their actual personalities, and there are instances where that does feel like the case, but more often than not they are consistently written with care, or at least as much care an irreverent sketch comedy show could have.
That's what keeps the show watchable for me: it still cares. Episodes like "Iyami in the Wind" and the two final episodes show that despite how flippant, bitter, and absurd the show is at times, there is something very genuine at the center of it, keeping the tradition of the 1988 series alive (and perhaps the writing of the original manga as well, although I have not read any of it so I cannot say for sure). Maybe the writing quality has been worsening, but I can tell that no one has given up, which gives me hope that if there is a third season, perhaps the writing staff could fix their flaws and create something as good as what I remember season one being.
After watching both seasons every week as they aired, I'm happy to say that I'm happily satisfied with this anime as a whole. The characters are all lovable in their own way and the comedy and culture references are on point. If you enjoy anime like Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Puni Puni Poemy, or any other crazy, random, or hilarious anime you can find.
Based off an original manga and anime by creator Fujio Akatsuka, you will find yourself laughing and squirming in your seat enjoying this show! There is a plot, and even as subtle as it is behind the hilarious and craziness
that is this show. But the fun is enjoying each episode for what it is! (Each episode is usually radically different then the one before.)
Overall the experience was amazing from Season 1 to the end of Season 2 and hope to see some future episodes!
This season of Osomatsu has been, to say the least, really disappointing.
As a fan of the first one, I was really excited to see what the sextuplets had in store for us, but it turns out that the spark of irreverent and acid humor that made the first season so good was completely gone.
Instead, this season relies more on self referential humor, skits that drag for too long and some really poorly executed emotional moments. It feels like, instead of trying to make a funny show like they did before, they already knew no matter what they did, it was going to be
successful because of the die hard fujoshi fanbase, thus relaying to much on pandering to them giving us more of pointless skits to feed the shippers.
I know some people will definitely enjoy that, and that's fine, but it is obvious that the current season hasn't reached the same level of success or audience that its predecessor. It seems that the die hard fanbase was not that big, and that it was a mistake trying to make this for them exclusively.
So, in short. Osomatsu S2 is a unfunny, bland and boring version of the first season. Not really worth watching if you're trying to get more of what Osomasu San.