This week, on a very special episode of Osomatsu-san…
I think we can say a couple of things for sure after this week’s episode:
- The folks behind Osomatsu-san don’t give a shit about offending anyone
- The folks behind Osomatsu-san are reading what people are saying about Osomatsu-san
This series just keeps upping the ante, doesn’t it? I mean, when the incest sketch is the tame one, you know you’re pushing the envelope pretty hard. There does come a point where I just sit there and gape at the screen, but I laugh while I’m doing it – and I guess that’s the sign that it’s still working.
I did ask for the supporting cast back, and I was happy to have them – though I confess, as insert characters in a “Mad Max” parody was not where I was expecting to find them. That was wild from the very beginning (Iyami as Immortan Joe could hardly be otherwise, thought it’s actually surprisingly on-point). But things didn’t really go off the boil until “F6” showed up.
I mean really, where does one go with that? I think that sketch managed to play to every fetish under the sun, and it was pretty blatant about it too. Given the production schedules of anime I don’t know if it’s possible, but it sure as hell seemed as if this episode was written in the knowledge that Osomatsu-san was an enormous hit with the Ikebukuro set. I ROFL’d especially hard when the boy’s mother nosebled so much that she died on the spot right after Osomatsu promised to protect her.
If anything, the second chapter suggests that theory might be true even more than the first does. Here we see Ichimatsu and Karamatsu (who are apparently especially popular with that segment of the audience) involved in a farcical scenario where Osomatsu walks in on the former trying on the latter’s leather jacket and shades while he naps. Fukuyama Jun mimics Nakmura Yuuichi and vice-versa, and it’s very funny – though one suspects both of them could have done so a lot more accurately if the moment had called for it.
Does Osomatsu know all the time that Ichimatsu isn’t Karamatsu? Oh, hell yeah – he’s the troll of the group as is. But it’s all building towards the ultimate audience pandering conclusion, the moment that will spawn a thousand (more) doujins at the next Comiket. For Osomatsu-san it’s next stop the stars, it seems – this show is a genuine cultural phenomenon know and you better believe it knows that.