The movie Mr. Osomatsu: The Hipipo Tribe and the Glistening Fruit (or Osomatsu-san ~Hipipo-Zoku to Kagayaku Kajitsu~ in the original Japanese) is part of the Mr. Osomatsu anime franchise, and it’s hitting Japanese theaters on July 8. Ahead of this a trailer has been released that lets us hear the theme song being performed by AŌP. You can also see an interesting drawing in the sand and some partial nudity.
“Hanamaru Pippi wa Yoiko Dake” was the original opening theme song for the TV anime, and this theme song is a new version of that.
The movie takes place on a strange island, where the Matsuno sextuplets are chased by a tribe that lives there. It’s being referred to as the first “epic adventure” of the franchise, which started as a manga series.
The film has a returning cast: Takahiro Sakurai plays Osomatsu, Yūichi Nakamura plays Karamatsu, Hiroshi Kamiya plays Choromatsu, Jun Fukuyama plays Ichimatsu, Daisuke Ono plays Juushimatsu, Miyu Irino plays Todomatsu, Aya Endo plays Totoko, Kenichi Suzumura plays Iyami, Sachi Kokuryu plays Chibita, Yōji Ueda plays Dekapan, Nobuo Tobita plays Dayon, and Momoko Saito plays Hatabou.
Looking toward the crew, the director is Yoshinori Odaka, the screenplay was written by Shū Matsubara, the character design is being done by Eiji Abiko, the art director is Seiki Tamura, the color key artist is Yukiko Kakita, the editor is Kumiko Sakamoto, the music is composed by Yukari Hashimoto, the music is produced by Avex Pictures, and the sound director is Hiromi Kikuta. This is the majority of the same people who worked these jobs for the TV anime. The animation is being produced by Pierrot and it’s being distributed by Avex Pictures.
Mr. Osomatsu: The Hipipo Tribe and the Glistening Fruit will receive a sequel Mr. Osomatsu movie in 2023.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin. She is also the author of its upcoming sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.