Keiji Fujiwara Thanks Fans for Support After Crayon Shin-chan Replacement

posted on by Amanda Whalen

Air Agency announced on August 8 that voice actor Keiji Fujiwara, who plays Hiroshi Nohara in Crayon Shin-chan, will be taking a break to recover from an unspecified illness. In response to surprised and concerned fans, Fujiwara posted the following message on the Air Agency Twitter page.

"This is Keiji Fujiwara. I am thankful for the support of those who have allowed me to take leave for medical reasons. From the bottom of my heart, I am thankful. I am filled with energy from the beautiful thoughts overflowing with color from people across the world who became aware that I was on leave and from the feeling of having many people talking about it. I will Tweet again. Truly, truly, thank you!"

Fujiwara will be temporarily replaced in Crayon Shin-chan by voice actor Toshiyuki Morikawa beginning with the episode that aired on August 26. Morikawa has previously voiced Sephiroth in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Naraku in Inuyasha, and Kyōsuke Munakata in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Future Arc.

Fans on Twitter commented on the change, saying, "The voice is different," and, "Hasn't the voice changed?" Some also praised Morikawa's voice acting ability, saying things like, "It feels less out of place than I thought it would."

Fujiwara has previously played Hannes in Attack on Titan, Shirō Fujimoto in Blue Exorcist, Leorio in Hunter x Hunter, Maes Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist, Kōichi Kizakura in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Future Arc, and Axel in the Kingdom Hearts franchise, along with many other roles.

Source: Yahoo News Japan via Yaraon

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