The staff for the Mr. Osomatsu anime franchise debuted the full trailer and main visual for Osomatsu-san ~Hipipo-Zoku to Kagayaku Kajitsu~ (Mr. Osomatsu: The Hipipo Tribe and the Glistening Fruit), the first of two new anime films, on Thursday. The trailer introduces the film’s story and also previews AŌP‘s theme song
AŌP is returning with a new “Reiwa version” of the television anime’s first opening theme song, “Hanamaru Pippi wa Yoiko Dake.” The new version rearranges the song for an “adventurous” theme to fit the film. Character designer Eiji Abiko drew the main visual above.
In the franchise‘s first “epic adventure,” the Matsuno sextuplets embark on a grand journey to seek the legendary fruit that will grant any wish if eaten. They make their way to a mysterious island, where they find themselves pursued by the equally mysterious Hipipo tribe.
The returning cast includes:
- Takahiro Sakurai as Osomatsu
- Yūichi Nakamura as Karamatsu
- Hiroshi Kamiya as Choromatsu
- Jun Fukuyama as Ichimatsu
- Daisuke Ono as Juushimatsu
- Miyu Irino as Todomatsu
- Aya Endo as Totoko
- Kenichi Suzumura as Iyami
- Sachi Kokuryu as Chibita
- Yōji Ueda as Dekapan
- Nobuo Tobita as Dayon
- Momoko Saito as Hatabou
The staff, most of whom are returning from the television anime (except where noted below), includes:
- Original Work: Osomatsu-kun (Fujio Akatsuka)
- Director: Yoshinori Odaka (Mr. Osomatsu episode director, B-Daman CrossFire, BEM)
- Screenplay: Shū Matsubara
- Character Design: Eiji Abiko
- Art Director: Seiki Tamura
- Color Key Artist: Yukiko Kakita
- Compositing Directors of Photography: Toru Fukushi, Youichirou Satou (Fairy Tail x Rave, Princess Lover!, Gilgamesh)
- Editing: Kumiko Sakamoto
- Music: Yukari Hashimoto
- Music Production: Avex Pictures
- Sound Director: Hiromi Kikuta
- Animation Production: Pierrot
- Distribution: Avex Pictures
Starting on July 8, the film will have a limited screening run throughout Japan to commemorate the anime’s sixth anniversary. The film’s second batch of MoviTicke Cards will go on sale at participating theaters on Friday with a bonus set of medical bandages on a “kira kira” (sparkling) display card featuring the new main visual:
Another film will follow in 2023.
The Mr. Osomatsu television anime is inspired by Fujio Akatsuka‘s original Osomatsu-kun manga and “high tension comedy” TV anime, which centers 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 first season as it aired in Japan. The second Mr. Osomatsu anime season premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo and TV Aichi in October 2017. The Eiga no Osomatsu-san film opened in Japan in March 2019.
The third season premiered in October 2020. Crunchyroll streamed the season as it aired in Japan. The anime’s second cours (quarter of the year) premiered on January 4, 2021.
The series has also inspired various videos. The franchise inspired a three-episode Valentine’s-themed short series titled Chocomatsu-san Valentine’s Day-hen and another three-episode short series titled Chocomatsu-san White Day-hen in February 2021 and March 2021, respectively.
A live-action film starring the members of Johnny & Associates’ popular idol group Snow Man opened on March 25.
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 is releasing the anime with an English dub.
Source: Comic Natalie