Mr. Osomatsu, a popular comedy franchise, is getting a new spinoff anime series centered around dog-themed characters. The series, titled Matsuinu, will feature the canine counterparts of the six Matsuno brothers and will premiere on TV Tokyo’s Iniminimanimo programming block for young children. The release date is set for October 7, with AT-X also broadcasting the series starting on October 12. International release dates have not been announced yet.
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Produced by Point Pictures, Matsuinu is directed by Tetsuya Endo, known for his work on One Piece and My Neighbor Totoro. The script is by Hitomi Ogawa, with character designs by Yuki Nagashima and music production by Avex Pictures. While the franchise has seen several animated films, live-action adaptations, and anime shorts, this will be the first animated work featuring the Inu tribe.
The Mr. Osomatsu franchise began with a manga from 1962 by Fujio Akatsuka. It follows the lives of six 10-year-old sextuplets who often find themselves in trouble under the questionable leadership of their eldest brother. The franchise gained popularity with the release of the Mr. Osomatsu anime in October 2015, which ran for three seasons and aged up the characters to portray them as young adults. The anime was directed by Yoichi Fujita and featured a script by Michiko Yokote, Shu Matsubara, and Yukio Otada.
The main voice cast includes Takahiro Sakurai, Daisuke Ono, and Hiroshi Kamiya as the brothers Osomatsu, Jushimatsu, and Choromatsu, respectively. Jun Fukuyama, Miyu Irino, and Yuichi Nakamura portray Ichimatsu, Todomatsu, and Karamatsu, while Aya Endo takes on the role of Totoko.
Matsuinu is set to premiere in Japan on October 7. The Mr. Osomatsu anime series is available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Peacock.