Too shocking for TV? Well – this is Osomatsu-san, what did they expect?
So this is the legendary unaired episode of Osomatsu-san, the one that was apparently deemed too dangerous to air on television. To be h0nest I’m not entirely sure why – maybe it was the out-loud usage of the English word “fucking”, or the vaguely suggestive item being held by a certain virgin God. But in truth, considering where this batshit-crazy show went in a normal week, I struggle to see much of a difference. The subtleties of Japanese censorship continue to elude me.
As for the episode itself, I wouldn’t rank it as one of the best of the series by any means, but as usual with Osomatsu it has more than its share of good laughs. I’ve not a huge fan of the “F6” idol parody which takes up the A-part of the episode – I find the joke pretty one-note. I also thought the episode suffered from the absence of the superb supporting cast, as episodes where they don’t appear usually do. The reference to Choromatsu as a “Harvard professor” got a good laugh out of me, as did the anti-climactic ending of the “Top Man” bit. But in general this wasn’t the series’ best work.
The B-part was much better, featuring a tokusatsu parody with the brothers (apart from Choro) as “Cherry Boys” – a gang of pissy virgins out to exact revenge against the normies of the world. In this case it’s the gang of college students having a riverside barbecue across from the path where otaku Choromatsu is walking home from Akihabara. This is definitely where the edgier material slots in, but mostly it’s just the normal stupid-smart Osomatsu-san comedy – like the whole “Omega Stone” nonsense. My favorite bit here was when Totty betrayed the others by joining the normies, and then they turned out to be perfectly nice people who invited the cherries to join them too.
Some might consider it a surprise that we’re almost half a year out from the end of Osomatsu-san – which will go down as one of the ten best-selling TV anime of all time – and we’ve still not seen any announcement of a sequel or even an OVA series. Heck, I might consider it a mild surprise myself. I do think Osomatsu-san will return as a TV series sooner or later, because it’s simply too monumental a cross-platform success and there’s too much money to be made. But I could see where putting this show together would be a lot of work – every episode has to be crafted from scratch, and the level of inspired lunacy and outrageousness that viewers have come to expect is astronomical at this point. That’s a lot of pressure – but this is going to happen, most likely. It’s a question of when, not if.