Crayon Shin-chan (クレヨンしんちゃん), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Usui Yoshito (臼井 儀人). It follows the adventures of the five-year-old Shinnosuke “Shin” Nohara and his parents, baby sister, dog, neighbours, and friends and is set in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture.
An anime adaptation of the series began airing in 1992, and is still continuing. The show has now been dubbed in 22 languages!
Due to the death of author Usui, the manga in its current form ended on September 11, 2009, but a new manga would begin in the summer of 2010 by members of Usui’s team, entitled New Crayon Shin-chan (新クレヨンしんちゃん).
Many of the jokes in the series stem from Shin-chan’s occasionally weird, unnatural and inappropriate use of language, as well as from his mischievous behavior. Consequently, non-Japanese readers and viewers may find it difficult to understand his jokes. In fact, some of them cannot be translated into other languages. In Japanese, certain set phrases almost always accompany certain actions; many of these phrases have standard responses.
During the beginning of the series, the TV show was mostly based on the storyline in the original manga. As the show progressed, more and more episodes became anime-original. The show works under a sliding timescale where the characters have maintained their ages throughout the course of the show. Though time has passed to allow for the rise and fall of several pop culture icons, marriages, pregnancies, and births of various characters, all the characters still maintain their age at the time of their introduction. For example, if the two major births in the series are taken into account (Shinnosuke’s sister and his kindergarten teacher’s child), Shinnosuke would be seven years old and in second grade, but he is not.
Here is a trailer for a movie of the series!
It is a very popular anime in Japan, and it’s pretty safe to safe everyone likes it! It even appears in TV commercials! Watch below the full version of the Febreze (pronounced “Fabreze” in Japanese) commercial!
And how about this “Shin-chan Super Mario Mod”?