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.
藤原啓治です。病気療養で休業させて頂くにあたって多くの方達にお世話になりました。心から感謝しています。休業して気づいたのは世の中は思っていたより色彩に溢れ美しい事、そしてざわつく気持ちを抑えるだけの気力に満ちている自分がいる事。またTweetしますね。ホントにホントにありがと!— AIR [email protected]ほし×こえ大阪公演 (@AIR_AGENCY) August 26, 2016
"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.