Run: 22 Episodes
Studio: Studio Pierrot
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The second season of Osomatsu-san. The sextuplets are back and ready to embark in ever crazier adventures.
How can you describe the awesomeness that is Osomatsu-san? The delight in watching something that goes beyond the typical anime episode to bring you a commentary on themes like fame and tropes?
Like the first episode of the Spring 2016 season, the sextuplets went full meta for this one. The two connected stories find the brothers watch in horror a possible future where their 20-year-old selves let fame and wealth govern their lives and live only for money, sex, food, and their unique individual pleasures (which are so in character). On one hand, this can be seen as a parody on the success of the first season. It can also been seen as a commentary on the culture of modern fame in general.
The second part finds the brothers in horror as they vow to not let that future come to be. They decide to do things properly, and that exactly they do. I am still singing the robot/sentai theme song as the brothers become proper anime genres full of the right tropes.
Both futures, however, are not received well by the public, and we find the brothers becoming the 6 NEETs we love. In other words, Osomatsu-san is back with its meta commentary on anime, fandom, and society in general. Could we have asked for anything else?
The sextuplets are back! After the first series was such an unexpected hit, the expectations for the second are extremely high.
In a throwback to the cold opening of Season 1, the episode starts with the black-and-white boys of Osomatsu-kun. Taking a peek into the future of the sextuplets via the television, the first half of the episode dives headfirst into meta territory. We see a world where the first season of the anime was a huge hit, bringing the boys riches and fame. Not only were the depictions of the future boys hilarious (you especially need to hear Karamatsu’s singing!), the depiction of the Osomatsu-san fangirls was disturbingly close to home.
Shocked and disturbed by what they saw, the Osomatsu-kun boys decide to work hard to live a ‘proper’ life. From a salaryman Osomatsu with a loving family, we get to see the rest of the boys as ‘proper’ adults. I won’t give any spoilers here, but Jushimatsu’s ‘proper’ future self not only had me in stitches, but the depiction of Todomatsu that followed actually brought tears to my eyes.
Although there isn’t as much obvious parody of other shows as in the first season opening (which was famously taken out of the online streaming and home releases), the self-parody right from the get-go made me realise ‘Ahh, Osomatsu-san is back’. And I couldn’t be more excited.
We’re here! Karamatsu girls!