Shin-chan’s creator is missing

19 Sep

Do you know the Japanese cartoon 「クレヨンしんちゃん」 (“Crayon Shin-chan“)?

It was created in 1990 (the year I came to Japan) by 臼井義人 (Yoshito Usui).

It’s about a mischievous kindergarten-age boy named Shinnosuke, nicknamed “Shin-chan”.
Shin-chan and his family and friends live in 埼玉県春日部 (Kasukabe, Saitama, Japan) near Tokyo…which is where 臼井義人 (Yoshito Usui) lives.

Some of the characters in the show are Shin-chan and his friends and classmates in his kindergarten, including the bossy Nene-chan who likes to force the boys to “play house” with her, and the principal of the kindergarten who looks and acts like he used to be a mobster in the Japanese mafia, as well as Shin-chans mother, father, younger sister and their dog.

I found out that 「クレヨンしんちゃん」 (“Crayon Shin-chan“) is shown around the world in many countries, including America…but that it’s usually edited alot due to Shin-chan‘s habit of playfully exposing himself and speaking impolitely.
I heard that many countries even edit out the fact that Shinnosuke often flirts with pretty young women and that his father likes to drink beer.
After all that editing, I wonder what’s left of the cartoon? 😉

I watched the show on TV last night. Did you see it?
It was about the adventure Shin-chan and his father had when they went grocery shopping together and couldn’t find the key to the father’s bicycle when they were ready to go home.
It was pretty funny.

Well, the creator of the 「クレヨンしんちゃん」 (“Crayon Shin-chan“) cartoon, 臼井義人 (Yoshito Usui), told his family that he was going hiking in the mountains in Gunma Prefecture last weekend.
He has been missing since then.
The police have been searching for him since last Monday.
He’s been missing for nearly a week now…but hopefully they can find him safe.

16 Responses to “Shin-chan’s creator is missing”

  1. Jyoti choudhary November 12, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Hi…..i luv shin chan and her sister,actully d whole fmly..they r too gud n m crazy abt this ….thank u al for showing us fab cartoon………nw m speechless……we can’t express it in words….jst 1s again thanx to al group of shin chan cartoon…..u al r doing gr8 job..keep it up…..namaste…


    • tokyo5 November 12, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

      >.i luv shin chan and her (his) sister

      Is “Crayon Shin-chan shown on TV in your country?

      >thank u al for showing us fab cartoon

      Actually, I have nothing to do with it. I just wrote this blog post about it


  2. BRYTON LIM December 5, 2010 at 12:04 am #



  3. Anonymous June 19, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    shinchan was very very good show seen in my life forever please don’t stop meaking this show-Swapnil D. Koche from india

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    • tokyo5 June 19, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

      I believe they intend to continue the manga and TV cartoon series with a new artist.


  4. Suman Barua September 24, 2009 at 2:47 am #

    Its really very sad. We all pray for him.. He is very precious for us..


    • tokyo5 September 25, 2009 at 12:10 am #

      Do you know the “Crayon Shin-chan” cartoon?


  5. Tornadoes28 September 21, 2009 at 7:17 am #

    That’s sad.


    • tokyo5 September 21, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

      It was just announced on the news this morning that the body found has been confirmed to be Yoshito Usui.


  6. tokyo5 September 19, 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    I’m watching the TV news right now.
    They said that a body has been spotted at the bottom of a steep cliff where Mr. Usui went hiking…they’re preparing to retrieve it.
    It’s suspected to be Yoshito Usui’s body.

    It’s not clear yet whether they suspect he jumped or fell off the cliff.

    So, it looks like he’s died.


  7. Tornadoes28 September 19, 2009 at 3:01 pm #

    I know this one. My Japanese wife has several of the comic books from when she was younger. I thought it was older then 1990.

    Yes, he likes to get naked a lot.


    • tokyo5 September 19, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

      Have you read the manga?


      • Tornadoes28 September 20, 2009 at 1:07 am #

        Just looked at the old comic books she has but I can’t read them.


  8. In10Words aka "Galileo" September 19, 2009 at 2:08 pm #

    That’s terrible!

    Sadly, [adult swim] stopped showing it here, as they only signed on for 2 seasons, and showed it at pretty crappy times. The entire underage flirting, beer drinking, and inappropriate dialogue was intact, though.

    If anything, most of the stuff that was changed were puns and cultural jokes that wouldn’t translate well. And if anything, they made some stuff DIRTIER, like changing Action Kamen’s name to Action Bastard. It fit quite well, and they managed to say bastard at least 10 times an episode.


    • tokyo5 September 19, 2009 at 5:40 pm #

      I would like to see an episode of “Crayon Shin-chan” in English…I wonder what it’s like.

      The show has alot of particulars of Japanese life…it must be difficult to translate.


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