Who does not know the popular cartoon Shin-Chan which is aired on Hungama TV in India. The story of 5 year old mischievous Shin-chan and the city of Kasukabe in Japan is liked by children as well as youth. The creator of this character was Yoshito Usui, who himself lived in Kasukabe city.
According to several Japanese reports, the story of Shin-chan is based on a woman named Misai living in Japan, whose 5-year-old son was killed while saving her daughter. Based on this, Yoshito created this character for a manga magazine in 1990, which was first used in TV series and then in films.
This show is shown in 30 languages in 45 countries. Although many countries like India, South Korea, Malaysia, Portugal and Spain have banned this show on the charges of spreading nudity and obscenity, but this ban could not last long. After people’s demand, the ban on Shin-chan was lifted and the adult content was removed from it and it was shown again in all the countries.
When Shin-chan’s creator Yoshito Usui died after falling from a mountain in 2009, Shin-chan was discontinued in 2010. By then, the popularity of the character and the show had increased so much that the team restarted it. From then till 2023, 31 hit films based on the Shin-chan character have been released.
Today, on the death anniversary of Yoshito Usui, know the story of the making of his iconic cartoon, Yoshito Usui was born on April 21, 1958 in Kasukabe city of Japan. After leaving high school, Yoshito enrolled in college to learn designing, but he dropped out. In 1987, he started working in POP Advertisement Company and became a cartoonist.
Manga magazines were quite popular in Japan, in which weekly cartoons were published. After working with the magazine for 3 years, Yoshito created the Crayon Shin-chan cartoon, which began appearing in the magazine in 1990.
According to several Japanese reports, the story of Shin-chan Sho is based on the story of a Japanese child living in Kasukabe city of Japan, who died while saving his sister at the age of 5. A woman named Misai had gone shopping with her children. She had asked her 5-year-old son Shinnosuke Nohara to take care of his younger sister, but he became so busy with toys that he lost his attention. While walking, his younger sister Himawari reached the road, where many vehicles were coming and going.
Shinnosuke went to save his sister, but died in a car accident while saving Himawari. Misai started making sketches of her son in his memory. When Japanese writer Yoshito Usui came to know about the story of this family, he researched it and created the manga character Crayon Shin-chan based on it.
Shin-chan (Sinosuke Shin Nohara) is a 5-year-old boy living in Kasukabe, Japan, who is known for his mischief. He lives with his father Hiroshi Nohara, mother Mitsei Nohara, younger sister Himawari, and pet dog Shiro and attends kindergarten. Shin-chan magazine and shows mostly show his daily life, in which he flirts with girls older than his age and often asks them if they like capsicum, because he does not like capsicum.
The first animated film based on Shin-chan was Shin-chan: Action Mask vs. Leotard Devil, released in 1993. This film had collected Rs 141 crore. From then till today, Shin-chan’s animated film is released every year. Till now 31 films of Shin-chan have been released. Its highest-grossing film was the 2015 film Crayon Shin-chan: My Moving Story, Cactus Attack. The film had earned Rs 232 crore.
Yoshito Usui, the creator of Shin-chan, created the character of Shin-chan not for children but for adults. This was the reason why some adult dialogues were added to it. Shin-chan reached India in 2006, Hungama channel’s market share increased by 60%
India’s Hungama TV channel bought the rights of the Shin-chan show, which started in Japan in 1993. This channel of Walt Disney Company India is famous for Japanese cartoon shows. The show Shin-chan started broadcasting on the channel from June 19, 2006. The Shin-chan show became so popular that the channel’s market share increased by 60% as soon as the show came on air.
Shin-chan, which started in India in 2006, was liked a lot by children and youth, although Indian parents had objections to its characters and dialogues. Many parents complained to the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting about some of the adult jokes and actions taken in the show. After continuous complaints, the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting banned the show in October 2008
The show remained banned for almost a year, however, on the demand of fans, it started being shown again from March 2009. To make it family friendly, many adult scenes and dialogues were removed from its Hindi dubbed show. Apart from India, there was a demand to ban Shin-Chan in Portugal too, however, instead of banning it, the Portuguese Media Regulatory Authority ordered it to be broadcast after 10:30 pm. Complaints against the show were also raised in South Korea, Spain and Malaysia.
On September 12, 2009, Shin-chan creator Yoshita Usui disappeared from the city of Kasukabe. He had gone for trekking, but when he did not return home, a missing complaint was lodged. On September 19, his dead body was found at the foot of Mount Arafun in Gumna. The last picture in his camera was of the top of the mountain, which led to speculation that he might have died after falling from the mountain.
After Yoshito’s death, Futabasha, the company that published Shin-chan, decided to close Shin-chan forever in November 2009. After some time, thanks to another writer of Futabasha, it was published on 5 February 2010. Due to continuous demand from fans, after some time it was re-published under the name New Crayon Shin-chan.
Shin-chan World includes manga magazines, TV shows, and movies as well as video games. Video games have been made on Shin-chan since 1993 and by the year 2022, more than 50 video games have been made on it. The 2021 video game Shin-chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation has sold 4 lakh units worldwide.
Apart from the manga magazine, 148 million or 14 crore units of Shin-chan’s game book, encyclopedia and related materials have been sold worldwide. The food company named Bandai Namco has sold 227 million or 27 crore packets of Chocobi Food Pack under the name of Crayon Shin-chan.