Monday, September 21, 2009
A sad breaking news from Mainichi:
A body found at the bottom of a cliff on a mountain in Gunma Prefecture has been identified as that of Yoshito Usui, author of the popular manga "Crayon Shin-chan." A climber found the body on Saturday morning, and a Gunma Prefectural Police helicopter lifted it out of the area on Sunday afternoon. An autopsy conducted at Shimonita Police Station concluded that Usui likely died around Sept 11, after his lungs were crushed from the impact of the fall.A regular member, Usui had left his home on the morning of Sept 11, saying he was taking a trip to Mount Arafune. His wife filed a search request with the police the following day, when he failed to return.
In 1990, "Crayon Shin-Chan" started as series in Futubasha's 'Shukan Manga Action' magazine. The stories about five-year-old Shinosuke "Shin" Nohara and his parents, neighbors, and friends, and is set in Kasukae, Saitama Prefecture. This adventure of kindergartener who loves beautiful girls became a hit, and in 1992 an animated television version was launched . Since 2000, Crayon Shin-chan has been carried in the monthly "Manga Town" publication. Futaba officials said they had already received the manuscript for the December issue which will go on sale on Nov. 5.
(Picture from here)