SMAP's Takuya Kimura Guest-Stars as Crayon Shin-chan's Entire Family
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42-year-old SMAP band member Takuya Kimura will voice his first guest roles in the long-running family television anime Crayon Shin-chan. The collaboration is a crossover with I'm Home, the revived live-action television series starring the actor who is often nicknamed "Kimutaku."
In the story, the faces of Crayon Shin-chan's entire family have morphed into Kimura for some reason. During the bizarre transformation, Kimura will voice all five characters — the kindergartner Shinnosuke Nohara himself, his mother Misae, his father Hiroshi, his little sister Himawari, and even his dog Shiro.
Kimura commented on seeing the entire transformed family, "As you might have figured, it was unnerving. I don't look that manly." Regarding the dialogue recording, he added, "The hurdles are higher than even in a live-action show!" Nevertheless, he introduced himself in the spirit of Shin-chan, "Yo, I'm Taku Nohara, and I'm 5. Call me Nohataku." He even uttered Shin-chan's signature "Buriburi–" phrase.
Kimura has enjoyed over two decades of entertainment success as a member of the boy band SMAP. He also voiced Howl in Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Howl's Moving Castle film and JP in Takeshi Koike and Madhouse's Redline film. He then starred in the live-action film of the space opera anime classic Space Battleship Yamato (adapted as Star Blazers in English).
Source: Nikkan Sports
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