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New Crayon Shin-chan Manga to Launch on August 5

posted on by Egan Loo
Shin Crayon Shin-chan drawn by the late Yoshito Usui's assistants at "UY Studio"

The Japanese publisher Futabasha is announcing on Friday that Shin Crayon Shin-chan (New Crayon Shin-chan), the new series based on the comedy manga by the late Yoshito Usui, will launch in the September issue of Monthly Manga Town magazine on August 5. Friday is also the day that Crayon Shin-chan Vol. 50 — the last book volume of four-panel manga strips drawn by Usui — will ship in Japan.

The upcoming Shin Crayon Shin-chan series will be officially credited to "Yoshito Usui & UY Studio." UY Studio is the team of assistants who had been creating the manga with Usui for many years, and the team will now inherit the manga title from Usui. The new manga will continue to tell the comedic misadventures of the mischievous kindergartener Shin-chan, his father Hiroshi, his mother Misae, and other familiar characters. The Daily Sports newspaper had already reported last November that preparations were being made for a manga "sequel" to Crayon Shin-chan.

Authorities determined that Usui had died from injuries sustained from a fall at Arafune Mountain on September 11, 2009. Usui had launched the manga in Futabasha's Weekly Manga Action magazine in August 1990, and he had continued to work on the series after moving it to Monthly Manga Town and other Futabasha magazines. Monthly Manga Town continued to publish previously unseen installments of Usui's work until this year's March issue, which shipped on February 5.

The original manga, which happens to be marking its 20th anniversary this summer, has sold 53 million copies in Japan alone. The final volume of the original manga is shipping simultaneously in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The television anime version, which will mark its 20th anniversary next year, will retain the original "Crayon Shin-chan" title. The 20th Crayon Shin-chan anime film will open in Japan in spring of 2012 as the final phase of the "Crayon Shin-chan 20th Anniversary Project."

CMX Manga releasd part of the original manga in English in North America. Similarly, Funimation adapted the television anime into dubbed English, and America's Adult Swim network used to run episodes every Sunday morning.

Sources: Asahi Shimbun, Sankei Shimbun

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