News Crayon Shin-chan Online MMORPG to Launch in Korea
posted on 2009-12-30 12:35 EST by Egan Loo
Not-So-Daily Link of the Day: The Korean game studio WindySoft announced on Monday that it will release Crayon Shin-chan Online, a casual massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) based on the late author Yoshito Usui's four-panel comedy manga. The manga follows the exploits of Shinnosuke Nohara, a mischievous (fictional) kindergartner in Usui's own hometown of Kasukabe.
WindySoft is the Korean publisher of other games such as Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine Online and Katamari Damashi Online. The studio signed an agreement to develop the game with Daewon Media (an Korean entertainment company specializing in animation) and Rainfall Soft.
Authorities determined that Usui died from injuries sustained from a fall at Arafune Mountain on September 11. The Japanese publisher Futabasha has since made plans to print a "sequel" manga drawn by another artist or artists. Hiroshi Hayakawa, president of the TV Asahi network, also already said that his company will continue airing the Crayon Shin-chan anime. The 18th anime film, Crayon Shin-chan: Chō Jikū! Arashi o Yobu Ora no Hanayome, will open on April 17.
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.