Yumiko Kobayashi Is New Voice Actress for Crayon Shin-chan's Title Role
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for the Crayon Shin-chan anime announced on Friday that voice actress Yumiko Kobayashi (Shakugan no Shana's Matake Ogata, Hozuki's Coolheadedness' Shiro) will be the new voice of the show's protagonist Shinnosuke Nohara, after previous voice actress Akiko Yajima announced her departure from the role.
The last episode featuring Yajima's voice acting will premiere on June 29, and Kobayashi will make her debut on the show in the episode that will air on July 6.
Yajima said that it has become more difficult for her to produce the character's voice naturally. She came to the decision to step down from the role after consulting with the anime's staff.
After the June 29 episode, Yajima will have voiced the character for 26 years and three months.
TV Asahi has been airing the Crayon Shin-chan anime based on Yoshito Usui's manga of the same name since 1992. The show is consistently one of the most watched anime series in Japan. The anime also has a series of 25 films. The latest film, Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Bakumori! Kung-Fu Boys ~Ramen Tairan~ (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Bakumori! Kung-Fu Boys Ramen Rebellion), opened in Japan on April 13. It ranked #2 in the Japanese box office in its opening weekend.
Sources: Crayon Shin-chan's official website, The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web