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Crayon Shin-Chan

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Crayon Shin-Chan, which is also known as Shin-Chan in the United States, is an anime based on a manga series written by Yoshito Usui.

Crayon Shin-Chan follows the antics of a five-year-old boy named Shinnosuke "Shin" Nohara. These antics tend to include Shin's parents, neighbors, and friends. The series is set in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. In the Japanese version of the series, many of the jokes come from Shin-chan's occasionally weird, unnatural, and inappropriate use of language. The jokes also come from Shin's inappropriate behavior.

FUNimation Entertainment acquired the license to Crayon Shin-Chan in 2005. When FUNimation produced the American dub of the series, the company took a lot of liberties with the original source material. Since the original Japanese series lacks a sense of continuity, FUNimation has taken advantage of this by producing the episodes out of their original order. However, FUNimation's approach has caused some characters to be introduced earlier in the series than they were in the original Japanese version. The American dub also created new, previously non-existent backstories for the characters. FUNimation has also given very different personalities to some of the characters.

Another thing FUNimation did when they produced the American dub of Crayon Shin-Chan was to make it an adult-oriented series. There is a bit of swearing (from both the children and adults in the series), there are numerous sexual references, and dark humor. There are also references to current popular American culture; for example, a couple of episodes reference the failed Presidential bid of Rudy Giuliani.

Most episodes of Crayon Shin-Chan have received a TV rating of TV-14, although a few have actually received a TV-MA rating. Crayon Shin-Chan is definitely not an anime property being aimed at young children, even if the title character is a five-year-old boy. Personally, I would recommend this series to anime viewers who are 15 or 16 years of age and older that appreciate "gross out" humor, dark humor, swearing, and sexual references.


Title
Episodes
Release Year(s)
Director
Studio
N.A. Licensor
Crayon Shin-chan1126+1992-ongoingMitsuru Hongo/Keiichi Hara/Yuji MotoShin-Ei AnimationFUNimation Entertainment
Crayon Shin-chan: Action Kamen vs Leotard DevilN/A1993Mitsuru HongoShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: The Secret Treasure of Buri Buri KingdomN/A1994Mitsuru HongoShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: Unkokusai's AmbitionN/A1995Mitsuru HongoShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: Adventure in HenderlandN/A1996Mitsuru HongoShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: Pursuit of the Balls of DarknessN/A1997Keiichi HaraShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: Blitzkrieg! Pig's Hoof's Secret MissionN/A1998Keiichi HaraShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: Explosion! The Hot Spring's Feel Good Final Battle/Kureshin Paradise! Made in SaitamaN/A1999Keiichi HaraShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called The JungleN/A2000Keiichi HaraShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Adult Empire Strikes BackN/A2001Keiichi HaraShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Battle of the Warring StatesN/A2002Keiichi HaraShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: Yakiniku Road of HonorN/A2003Tsutomu MizushimaShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Kasukabe Boys of the Evening SunN/A2004Tsutomu MizushimaShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: The Legend Called Buri Buri 3 Minutes ChargeN/A2005Tsutomu MizushimaShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: The Legend Called: Dance! Amigo!N/A2006Yuji MotoShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Singing Buttocks BombN/A2007Yuji MotoShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Hero of KinpokoN/A2008Mitsuru HongoShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: Roar! Kasukabe Animal KingdomN/A2009Akira ShiginoShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: Super-Dimension! The Storm Called My BrideN/A2010Akira ShiginoShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: Operation Golden SpyN/A2011Soichi MasuiShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called!: Me and the Space PrincessN/A2012Soichi MasuiShin-Ei AnimationN/A
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