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.
Ahhh, the anime sequel we have been waiting for. All of those dumb fangirls in episode 1... Those are us, and we are proud.
Since the anime doesn't have a "storyline" (it's just short after short, it's almost like nothing is cannon anyway, well that's how it is with gag anime) I think what I'll be saying will apply for all of the episodes, including episodes aired after the 9th one.
1- It's obvious that Avex Pictures decided to splurge a lot of money on this. The opening and ending are well-made and the animation is much better than the first season's.
Osomatsu-san is appreciated by the
Japanese audience and that's all we need for Japan to spend money on this anime.
2- On the first episode, they made a reference to the first season's start which gave all the "feels".
3- The comedy value is still top-notch (well I love Japanese humour but that's a completely different point)
4- We learned a new side of Matsuzou! 4th episode was super emotional and cute :)
5- THE SEVENTH EPISODE WAS SOOOOO GOOD!!! Todomatsu & Osomatsu was an awesome duo for a goukon episode <3
6- I love that they have been trying new art styles this season!
7- I don't know what to comment on anymore... The first part of the 9th episode was SO GOOD.......... I am so content with what the anime is presenting us with :')
Congratulations Osomatsu-san fans! The new season is finally out :,)
(We are 9 episodes into the series when I have updated this review)
--I'll try updating this review everytime a new episode is released.--
(Mostly spoiler free review - names of episodes/skits are mentioned even though the content isn't discussed. This review was written at the conclusion of cour 1 and only accounts for the first 13 episodes.)
TL;DR Review: If you're a fan of season one, you'll probably like it. It's like season one cour 2 but a bit more dull and toothless.
This review largely focuses on the flaws with the show's structure, characterization and comedic style, so let me get a few of the other considerations out of the way: The art is extremely polished compared to most of season one. It has the same great ska and
jazz influenced soundtrack of season one with a charming, catchy OP and ED.
Season two starts off strong with a meta episode that reflects the now banned original first episode of season one. It's approximately 12 minutes of relentlessly reaming its own fanbase followed by approximately 12 minutes of a funny, well-executed mashup skit.
Despite the strong start, from that point onward, episodes are largely hit or miss. This is not to suggest that there aren't sketches that are 'misses' in season one, only that there is a very distinct sense that there are more in season two. In my mind, the reasons are threefold:
First, gags that are actually kind of funny in their own right are spoiled by being dragged out far too long. Ideas that would be better served as 2-3 minute sketches are given as much as an entire half episode and quickly become repetitive, stale and even annoying. "Totoko's Challenge", "Sangokushi-san", "Synthesis", "Arcade Iyami", "New Employee Totoko" and "Give Them Back" being among the worst offenders. When will Matsubara and co realize that literally nobody wants more Dekapan/Dayon skits, especially ones with little to no dialog?
Second, characters are, for the most part, absolutely glued to their respective roles and almost flanderized by their own show. It's not so much that we're already familiar with them after season one, but it's that the characters rarely seem to step outside of their 2-3 assigned personality traits and surprise us. Jyushimatsu says 'boeh' a lot and harps on about baseball even though his whole stick is that he's meant to be incomprehensible and unpredictable - even his "trademark" slapstick humor is mysteriously absent most of the time. Choromatsu and Todomatsu are there to be tsukkomi and deliver retorts and call other characters stupid. Osomatsu is there to be an oaf and a shithead. Karamatsu is there to be 'painful' and raise Ichimatsu's ire, although he's much more assertive and funny compared to season one (but also has significantly less screen-time: the least of any Matsu in S2). Ichimatsu is there to say something pessimistic and occasionally be surprisingly moe, though he seems to have more going for him than just "cats" this season.
Finally, the shameless recycling of season one jokes, one of the show's greatest sins in my view. Lightning doesn't strike twice. "Fappymatsu" was a funny and appropriate nickname in the episode it came from. It was funny when the brothers brought it back once or twice to tease him and reference continuity. It's not funny the hundredth time. Todomatsu's straining face from "Todomatsu and the Five Demons" (Tottyface) was hilarious in its original context, now it makes an appearance in almost every other episode (and countless official art and merchandise). Between this and the problem of gags wearing on too long, it's almost as if half of the show's comedic philosophy is "if it's funny the first time, surely it's just as funny the twentieth time, right?" (the other half being heavy reliance on the boke/tsukkomi routine, though I realize this is just a purely subjective criticism of Japanese-style humor as a whole).
This season lost any kind of momentum it had from the last one. After getting to know all the characters and their quirks, the comedy aspect is dead. This anime relies completely on the characters who now, to me, have become dull. Maybe if more characters were introduced then would still be funny, but that would get old sooner or later. It may still be considered stellar in Japan, but since I don't see it from a nostalgic point of view I just see how it is in comparison to season one. This sequel just didn't make the cut, and if it gets a third
season it will definitely only stay in Japan in terms of popularity.