Nostalgic Manga: Osomatsu-kun becomes Osomatsu-san in an Animated Series
Osomatsu-kun is a manga series created by the manga artist Fujio Akatsuka. The manga series started in 1962 and by 1966 aired as an animated series. This is one of the first of comedy/gag manga with over fifty years of history. And in 2015, it has returned as a TV animated series with Osomatsu-kun grown up to be Osomatsu-san. Osomatsu-san has been getting buzz overseas as well.
Characters from Osomatsu-kun
- The first (eldest) sextuplet: Osomatsu Matsuno （おそ松）
- The second: Karamatsu Matsuno （カラ松）
- The third: Choromatsu Matsuno （チョロ松）
- The fourth: Ichimatsu Matsuno （一松）
- The fifth: Jyushimatsu Matsuno （十四松）
- The sixth (youngest): Todomatsu Matsuno （トド松）[margin_15b]
It’s impossible to differentiate them by their appearance.
As his name Iyami- which in Japanese means sarcastic or unpleasant- suggests, he is an unpleasant guy. He is a famous supporting character, who finishes his sentences with “-zansu”. Back in the day his trademark phrase, “sheeeh” became a popular phrase all over Japan.
He is the rival of the sextuplets. Similar to Iyami, he is a supporting character that can’t be left out. Oden is his favorite food.
*Chibita’s Oden has made a comeback at Circle K Sunkus and has been on sale again since January 5th 2016. (Because there was a high demand for it since it was discontinued in 2014).
4. Dekapan Hakase (Dr. Dekapan)
Commemorating 80 years since the birth of Fujio Akatsuka, the animated series depicts the future of Osomatsu-kun, one of his representative works. Osomatsu-san represents the third animation of the series in 2015.
It was directed by Fujita Yoichi who is well known for directing Gintama, so at various points there are parodies that make the viewer think of Gintama and this aspect is also generating a whole lot of buzz.