News Crayon Shin-chan Anime's Continuation Moves Forward
posted on 2009-09-29 07:11 EDT
Hiroshi Hayakawa, president of the TV Asahi network, said at a Tuesday press conference that his company is aiming to continue airing the Crayon Shin-chan anime after the death of the series creator, Yoshito Usui. Authorities determined last week that Usui died from injuries sustained from a fall at Arafune mountain on September 11. According to Hayakawa, TV Asahi has been discussing the possibility of future work with the Shinei Animation production company and Usui's family, and has asked for the family's input. Hayakawa cited Doraemon and Sazae-san as examples of anime that have continued after their creators passed away.
Even before Usui's death, the anime series had already been scheduled to go on hiatus until October 16. The Japanese publisher Futabasha plans to publish the last two installments of the original Crayon Shin-chan manga in Manga Town magazine in October and November. CMX Manga has been releasing the original manga in English in North America. Funimation has been adapting the television anime into dubbed English, and America's Adult Swim network used to run episodes every Sunday morning.
Image © Yoshito Usui/Futabasha, Shinei, TV Asahi