Crayon Shin-chan no more??

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    One of Japan’s funniest and most recognizable Manga characters, Crayon Shin-chan (クレヨンしんちゃん), might not be smiling right now.

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    His creator Usui Yoshito (臼井儀人) was reported to be missing after telling his family he was going on a hiking trip to Arafune Mountain (荒船山).

    TBS news reported that on the 19th of September 2009, Gunma Police department found a body of a man that appears to have fallen from a steep cliff, facing downwards and has been dead for a few days.

    No official announcement has been made but the clothing and resemblance of the body to the missing Usui Yoshito has made the police to speculate that they might have found him.

    Gunma Police announced that on the 20th of September 2009, 8:00 PM Japanese time, they are going to deploy 20 policemen to investigate the situation pending any conclusion.

    I am sure all Crayon Shin-chan fans are hoping that Usui Yoshito is still out there surviving, but we must be prepared to face the worst.

    Source TBS NEWS: Click Here. The Japan Times also has an article in English.

    Update: Kyodo news confirms that it was Usui’s body.

    Contributor Bio: Anton is a third generation Chinese-Indonesian. He’s a big fan of Crayon Shin-chan and named his first online business, CrayonHost, after his favourite Manga Character.

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