It was learned on Friday that Kanjani8 members Murakami Shingo 29 and Okura Tadayoshi 25 are making their voice acting debuts in the new “Crayon Shin-chan” anime movie. They will be the first Johnnys Entertainment artists to lend their voices to that franchise.
Last December, it was revealed that Kanjani8 would be singing the theme songs for both the “Crayon Shin-chan” television series and the upcoming movie. To complete the collaboration, Murakami and Okura were given roles in the movie as assistants of the story’s villain, whom Shin-chan is trying to stop after undergoing spy training.
Their characters, named Jaguar and Mash, were changed to speak in the Osaka dialect after the two Kanjani8 members were cast.
“Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi wo Yobu Ougon no Spy Daisakusen” opens in theaters on April 16.
Police have ruled out suicide in the death of the creator of the Shin-chan series having reviewed the last photos taken by the creator moments before his death. It appears he was trying to take a precarious photo of the cliff from which he fell. They added there was no sign of a suicide note.
It’s a sad time for many manga fans and especially the family of the famed creator of Crayon Shin-Chan, Yoshito Usui.
Prior to his death Usui had submitted art for more installments of the manga, and publication will continue in Manga Town magazine until through the November issue. Futabasha, the publisher of Manga Town, also extended their condolences to Usui’s family. The anime’s fate is currently undecided, but the producers of the show have expressed interest in continuing on with the show.
The title character of Crayon Shin-Chan is Shinnosuke Nohara, a mischievous five-year old who has a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, and generally getting into trouble. Crayon-Shin Chan has been adapted as an animated TV series and 17 feature-length animated films. CMX Manga is currently publishing the Crayon Shin-Chan manga in the U.S., with Volume 10 due out in December 2010.
Yoshito Usui, the comic book writer of “Crayon Shin-chan” disappeared on September 11th, and his family requested the police to start a search for him in Kasukabe in Saitama on the 12th. The police are now looking for him and hope to find him soon.
His comic book, “Crayon Shin-chan” has been serialized in the comic magazine, “Weekly Manga Action.” It has been very popular and became a TV animation that comes on every Friday night after “Doraemon” in Japan. His works have also become movies such as “The Secret Treasure of Buri Buri Kingdom”, “Unkokusai’s Ambition” , and “Otakebe! Kasukabe Animal Kingdom.”
Below is a picture of Yoshito Usui. He is pictured on the right.
Update: Yoshito Usui told his family he would go for a mountain hike in Gunma Prefecture. He hikes often alone, and may be in danger. There is fear of an accident.
9/19/09 — Update: A body has been found at the bottom of a cliff near the mountain area suspected to be where Yoshito Usui went for hiking. The area is hard to reach and a party will go out in the morning to identity the body.
9/20/09 — Update: 35 policemen have left on the search to recover the still unidentified body. We will have more information as it develops.
9/20/09 — Update: Sadly it has been confirmed that the body was in fact, Yoshito Usui.