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Otakon 2017: Viz Media Acquires Mr. Osomatsu Anime


Hopefully, this means Dekapan-man can return in all his glory! Oh, who am I kidding at this point?

Earlier today, Viz Media announced that they acquired the streaming, home video, merchandise, and “electronic sell-through” rights to Mr. Osomatsu (Mr. Osomatsu). According to Viz, the publisher has the rights to the first season, as well as the upcoming second season.

Mr. Osoamtsu returns to Japanese TV in October. TV Tokyo, along with other companies, will carry the show as Viz simulcasts abroad.

Mr. Osomatsu is based on the late Fujio Akatsuka’s manga of the same name. The title received an anime series, which hit Japanese TV on October 5, 2015. Yoichi Fujita directed the project at Studio Pierrot. Naoyuki Asano provided character designs, while Shu Matsubara handled series composition.

The show kicked off on October 5, 2015 as a celebration of what would be Akatsuka’s 80th birthday.

The series ran into a degree of controversy over two episodes that aired early in the season, resulting in the show’s first episode being pulled entirely and episode 3 being heavily altered to avoid specific parodic references.

Mr. Osomatsu‘s second season was officially unveiled in April, when Avex Pictures started streaming a short promo video (below). The news was inadvertently leaked in March, when retailer Rakuten teased a presentation of the announcement for Mr. Osomatsu‘s new season among the on-disc extras for the Mr. Osomatsu JRA Special 2016 Blu-Ray.

Yoichi Fujita (Gintama, ClassicaLoid) will direct the new season, with Shū Matsubara (ClassicaLoid) reprising his role on series composition.

The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Osomatsu: Takahiro Sakurai
  • Jyushimatsu: Daisuke Ono
  • Choromatsu: Hiroshi Kamiya
  • Ichimatsu: Jun Fukuyama
  • Todomatsu: Miyu Irino
  • Karamatsu: Yūichi Nakamura

Source: Twitter (VizMedia)

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