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Crayon Shin-Chan's Author Missing

+ posted by Loserbait in Manga News on Sep 16, 2009 14:47

The author of popular manga, "Crayon Shin-chan", Yoshito Usui (aged 51), has been missing since the 12th of September. On that day, his family asked for a police search in and around the Saitama prefecture. The search has now been expanded to surrounding prefectures Gunma and Nagano.

According to authorities, on the morning of the 11th of September, Usui-san, a mountain-climbing hobbyist, told his family that he was going mountain climbing in Gunma and that he'd be back in the evening. After having not returned that evening as planned, and with no response from calling his cell, his wife called local authorities to initiate a police search.

Usui-san's family told police that the author often went climbing in the mountains. Saitama police have now sought assistance from Gunma and Nagano prefectural police.

Crayon Shin-chan follows the adventures of five-year-old Shinnosuke Nohara and is set in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, where Usui-san grew up.

We'll be sure to keep you posted on any updates...

In other news, Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen)'s author, Keiji Nakazawa (70), has formally announced his retirement. His right eye has been afflicted with cataracts, and his left is suffering from damage to the retina (retinopathy). Among other activities, Nakazawa-san says he will be oil painting in his time off.

Hadashi no Gen ran between 1973-1974 in the Weekly Shounen Jump and sold in excess of 10 million copies worldwide. The manga has been translated and published in dozens of countries and spawned two anime films (released in the States by Geneon) as well as a TV drama in 2007.

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#1. by ran0001 (Registered User)
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
I loved this during my childhood. made me laugh countless times. Hope he's fine...
#2. by Oxwivi (Registered User)
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
A post full of sad news... :-(
#3. by Amit (Proofreaders)
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
Same here, I watched it as a kid too. Hope the man's safe.
#4. by bax (MH Senpai)
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
Gunma.. ain't that where njt used to live?

Maybe njt has something to do with it? >.>
#5. by redcometfm (Registered User)
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
I hope Usui's alright. :/
#6. by niiica (Translator)
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
I was quite shocked when I read this on ANN last night. I'm hoping for the best. Most of us have seen (and loved) Shin-chan during our childhood, and it would be a big loss if Usui and Shin-chan disappear for good.
#7. by shadowfoxes_21 (Registered User)
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
i hope things turn out alright.
#8. by njt (Last Boss ♪~( ̄。 ̄))
Posted on Sep 16, 2009

Just because I came from there doesn't mean I have any thing to do with it :p
#9. by soDeq05 (Scanlator)
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
Hope he's alright
#10. by Xadyu (Registered User)
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
I'm only 30 episodes behind on the anime which is currently still ongoing, and I'm buying the manga bit by bit, sad to hear this, Crayon Shin Chan is one of my favorite shows/manga's.

But Mountain Climbing + Missing + Working Phone, but doesn't answer equals.. DEATH? D:

Hope not.. but still .. ;-;
#11. by chison (Registered User)
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
Mountain Climbing + Missing + Working Phone droped
cound be just small injured
#12. by Raichu (Registered User)
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
I hope nothing happens to the old guy,hope he`s okay...The manga`s really funny although I don`t like Shin-Chan much(too much troublemaking!),but the comedy is good!
#13. by fairy (Proofreaders)
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
No wonder Gunma sounds familiar, Tay lives near there :P Sounds suspicious to me. Better go report it to the authorities, Baxy :P

I hope the guy gets found soon. His poor family.

I know Princess is pretty sad over it.
#14. by Jade Dragon (Registered User)
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
I hope hes ok, shin-chan is an awesome manga/anime.
#15. by waterbaby12us (Registered User)
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
Wow, I can't believe this! Crayon Shin-Chan is something I read when I was young, it was always entertaining and funny to read. I hope the author is alright >_______<
#16. by R4n (Registered User)
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
The next time we'll hear about this again will be either about:
1) his death
2) his safe return
I am hoping for the latter...
#17. by Hiruma Disciple (Registered User)
Posted on Sep 18, 2009
I hope he just need time in the mountains to finish his upcoming manga. The guy is a genius!
#18. by joshua019 (Registered User)
Posted on Sep 19, 2009
She went to psyren

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