MOSHI MOSHI BOX Tourist Information Center chosen to be Osomatsusan’s Goshuin Distribution Site

23.December.2017 | SPOT

In commemoration of the start-up of the popular animation, “Osomatsu-kun’s”second stage of broadcasting, “Osomatsu-kun,” will initiate a campaign to arbitrarily cheer on Japan’s 47 prefectural and city governments.

 

For the first stage of this campaign, original “local” stickers will be distributed.

 

The content of the stickers is a “goshuin”(a scarlet seal) created as a Chinese character pun between “御朱印” and “御松印.”In addition, a “draft conference” similar to a pro baseball draft conference was held to decide which of the six Osomatsu-kun brothers will cheer on which prefecture/city.

 

“Osomatsusan”draft conference to decide which of the 6 brothers will cheer on which of the 47 prefectual and city governments.

The fouth son, “Ichimatsu”will take charge of cheering on Tokyo and MOSHI MOSHI BOX will be the distribution site for this campaign sticker. Tokyo-original stickers will be handed out during the designated period.

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The campaign period will be between 2017 December 25th and 2018 March 31st. The stickers will be handed out, one sticker per person, on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

So, make a fast track to MOSHI MOSHI BOX!

 

◼︎Information

MOSHI MOSHI BOX

Address: 3-23-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Distribution period :December 25th,2017 to March 31st , 2018

※one sticker per person
Opening time:10:00〜18:00

Holidays:None

Access: 8 minutes on foot from Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line) 5 minutes on foot from Meiji-jingumae Station (Tokyo Metro / Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line)

URL:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/harajuku/3908

Animation official site:osomatsusan.com
Event official site:http://osomatsusan.com/special/47todofuken/

 

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    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/111527

     

    ■Information

    Imado Shrine

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    Website: http://imadojinja1063.crayonsite.net

     

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    Daisuke Ono (who voices Jūshimatsu) is the complete opposite of his character Jūshimatsu! He didn’t break concentration once in the lead up to the recording! But once it started, he changed completely, it was amazing! Even though until then he was reading the script with a serious look on his face, he became Jūshimatsu in an instant as he stood before the mic and made the other cast members burst out laughing with his lines. He showed his soft side too when offering his mic to Momoko Saitō (who voices Hatabō) who was in a pickle because her mic wasn’t picking her up.

     

    Miyu Irino (who voices Todomatsu) was grinning at Jūshimatsu too as always. He gave everyone motivation, saying “That was excellent!” to the cast when they were saying lines for the comical parts of the story. Irino’s angered performance of Todomatsu who will all of a sudden reach boiling point was spectacular. People were looking at him enviously! Not only that, he backed up Kenichi Suzumura (who voices Iyami) too and set off fireworks with Sachi Kokuryu (who voices Chibita) when asking “Which of these mics should I speak into?” I felt his heartfelt consideration as an actor seeing him communicating with everyone for the dubbing.

     

    That’s how the recording went – politely and smoothly. It was a long recording session as one would expect from a movie, but nobody broke concentration, and we got it done. Please see the story unfold for yourself in the complete film which the cast gave their complete devotion to!

     

    The film will be released in Japanese theaters on March 15, 2019

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  • Mr. Osomatsu Anime Film Adaptation Trailer and Visuals Released

    02.November.2018 | ANIME&GAME

    It has been announced that the Mr. Osomatsu movie will hit Japanese theatres on March 15, 2019. A new trailer has been released as have two new visuals that feature the 6 brothers in their school uniforms and grown up respectively.

    The film is an adaptation of Fujio Akatsuka’s famous comedy manga of the same name. The story follows the sextuplets as they go to a high school reunion.

    In the newly-released trailer we see the brothers at the class reunion with their old high school classmates who have matured into real adults. Seeing this, the brothers start to feel down and go home to drink until they fall asleep, but when they wake up they are met with a certain scene. The video features narration by Toshio Furukawa whose voice will be familiar to fans of Mr. Osomatsu.

    The two teaser visuals feature artwork by character designer Naoyuki Asano: one of the brothers today sat in the twilight of a classroom and another of them walking along the beach as high school students. Both illustrations have a melancholic tone to them with the evening light and tagline that reads, “When will we become adults?”

    Advance tickets will be available at Japanese theatres featuring illustrations of the siblings in their school uniforms. Those who buy an advance ticket will receive one of the above six pin badges.

     

    Stay tuned for any more news on the movie in the coming months as we learn more and more about the story.

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