Shinchan – The Most Famous Cartoon Character of the Generation

By Onish

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What is the most tedious task in the world? Plausibly, to make someone smile! Valid?  

Inspired by the real-life story of a kid, Shinnosuke Nohara, Shinchan is the most beloved cartoon series. Shinnosuke Nohara, a chilled kid and always up to some mischief sort of child, died in a car accident. Like the other days, one day, the Nohara Family went to the supermarket for usual groceries purchasing, and suddenly Shinnosuke noticed his little sister, Himawari, crossing the trail all by herself, without any assistance. Shinnosuke ran to rescue her but unfortunately faced an accident with a car. Both Shinnosuke and Himawari died a fateful death, a death unexpected, unprecedented. After this occurrence, Misae, mother of Shinnosuke and Himawari, slipped into the swamps of despair and depression. Misae started carving her kids on a scrapbook, the joyful moments that they enjoyed together, the playfulness of Shinnosuke, the fights of both. She used to visualize how her son and her daughter would have been if they were alive. 

Misae’s scrapbook inspired Yoshita Usui, the illustrator of the cartoon series Shinchan. He decided to create an anime by the title “Crayon Shinchan” Yes, all those comic moves of Shinchan and his outlandish replies to various people is the creation of her mother. Of course, with a pinch of ingenuity and creativeness of the illustrator.    

Crayon Shinchan made its first appearance in 1990 through a Japanese weekly magazine called ‘Weekly Manga action’ published by Futabasha. More than 275 million copies of the manga have been sold worldwide in the last 20 years. The series was first aired on TV Asahi in 1992. Until today, the series has been dubbed in 30 dialects and is televised in 45 countries. A total of around 1007 episodes and 26 full-length movies have been produced under the name Crayon Shinchan. In India, it is broadcasted in mainly three varied languages- Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. Apart from these, unofficial episodes in the Punjabi language are also popular.    

However, Yoshito Usui expired on September 11, 2009, after a fall from Mount Arafune. After Yoshito died, Futabasha originally intended to end Crayon Shinchan in November 2009. But after discovering new manuscripts of Crayon Shinchan, Futabasha decided to stretch the series to the March 2010 issue of the magazine, which was shipped on February 5, 2010. Formerly, the series ended on February 5, 2010. However, on December 1, 2009, it was announced that a new manga would begin in the summers of 2010 by the fellow team members of Yoshito under the title, New Crayon Shinchan.   

The series holds popularity among children, teenagers, and even some adults. But the fact is that it justifies this fame because it helps diminish stress, anxiety, strains, anger, and all those glum vibes that had clambered your heads from the beginning of the day. It induces a smile on the face of people and makes them disremember everything that they underwent the entire day. Crayon Shinchan portrays a beautiful family bond where the character Shinchan relishes his own miniature world, and he does not take needless tensions on his head. His family comprises his mom, Misae, his dad, Hiroshi, his sister, Himawari, and their little pet, Shiro. Shinchan has primarily 4 friends named Bo Chan, Nany, Masao, and Kazama. They have a gang, Kasukabe Defense Group, where they strive to shield their city, Kasukabe, from atrocities, but they end up making stupid and ridiculous strategies and ultimately go back to their homes. The show has nothing unusual or strange like Doraemon and other comic series. It is pretty much relatable to our own lives because it exhibits several aspects of life viz., friendships, family affection and bonding, naughtiness and cuteness of children, overcoming anxieties, and again getting into trouble.    

Shinchan has got some super cute and hilarious dialogues, which makes his character more useful for the purpose it is intended for, i.e., to make people smile, to make them chuckle. Whenever he comes back to his home, he says, ‘Welcome back Mom’ instead of ‘I am back home mom’ Whenever someone is scolding him for his acts, he says, Abh main Itna Bhi Kuch khaas nahi, and then again, he is scolded for taking scolding as praise. He is just the perfect character who will not let you down at any time. Moreover, some of its episodes communicate a winning message like never lying to parents, taking care of our siblings, etc. In the series, Character Shinchan is in love with another action hero, Action Kamen, who delivers a lesson that Good eternally triumphs over evil.   

The illustrators have decided not to show the ending of Shinnosuke because they intend to retain Shinchan’s clown image and the happy-go-lucky image preserved in the hearts of its viewers.   

Hence, if you ever feel blue, just turn on the TV and get a readymade smile sponsored by Shinchan!!

By Onish, Bathinda, Punjab

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