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Crayon Shinchan, Vol. 1 Paperback – April 4, 2005

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From Publishers Weekly

Sometimes called the Bart Simpson of Japan, cartoon character Crayon Shinchan has his own TV show and manga series. Readers shouldn't be fooled by the flat line drawings and the cover's primary colors, or by the innocent-looking little kid, because five-year-old Shinchan relentlessly sasses the adults around him and pulls perverted pranks that would make even Bart blush. One minute he's getting ready for a bath like any other kid his age; the next, he is teasing his mom about the size of her breasts. At school, he torments his principal and tells his kindergarten teacher that for Christmas he wants Britney Spears "right out of the shower." Shinchan's antics are so powerful, almost every episode ends with an adult in tears, their world shattered by embarrassment. Each incident takes place over three pages, which is sometimes long for bathroom humor. Though it's initially hard to see who the character would appeal to besides 10-year-old boys, eventually the pace and rhythm of the silliness takes on a charm of its own. (However, those who don't like this kind of humor will tire quickly of the book's shameless clowning.) The series must lose something in the translation: some of the jokes and dialogue are awkwardly phrased, and Shinchan's love of all-American Oreos and Britney Spears is too forced to be effective. Still, those who want a peek into Japanese popular culture, and who enjoy light, family-based (if not family-oriented) comics, might want to keep this on the bathroom shelf next to Calvin & Hobbes.
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Review

"...anime, and manga produce many odd spawn, but none illicit more cries of 'that's so wrong' than Crayon Shinchan" -- Scott Green, The AICN Anime Report…

"Vulgar, dirty, and loads of fun. No wonder Crayon Shinchan ranks right up there with such Japanese icons as Doraemon." -- Adam Arnold, Animefringe

this graphic novel will have you in stitches...this is the funniest book I've read all year." -- Greg McElhatton ,icomics, Dec 2002
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: ComicsOne; Gph edition (April 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588991946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588991942
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 4.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,290,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Ocasio on November 14, 2006
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The back cover says I quote: "...celebrates the terrible power of destruction and indicency wielded by toddlers everywhere". And it's true and so much FUN!

Each volume of this English translated manga by Comics One contains two stories in color and the rest are in black and white, or with "tones" used in Japan. You get to see what is the life of 5 year old Shinnosuke Nohara,Shinchan being the diminutive of his name in Japanese; he is rude, loud, makes the most innapropiate comments at the worst time, and isn't afraid of exposing his nude body and private parts for all to see. Shinchan is a free spirit in every sense of the word. The stories are very honest, very funny and sincere; and some even typical for the behavior of a 5 year old boy.

The author has included many elements of the typical middle class Japanese family and Japanese culture in his stories, but the translator has cleverly changed some details to appeal American audiences. In the first volumes all names are Japanese then are changed to American names in later issues.

Though Shinchan and his aprents remain eternally young (like the Simpsons) the stories do follow an order and sequence of events in the boy's life, but he is five years old forever, unlike the stories on other anime and manga where there is a beginning, middle and end and the charatcers grow, mature and die or move on, NOT here!

Both the manga and the anime series it inspired are very popular in Japan, and as I recently discovered also in Spain and Argentina. I highly recommend these comics to all who have had to deal with small children or would like to read something funny, cute and semi-obnoxious from Japan.

Shinchan is a real character you'll love him! I know I do!

Personally I cannot wait till the release of the anime in the US.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris on December 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book was hilarious. Follow the life of 5 year old kindergartener Shinchan Nohara as he causes all sorts of trouble for his parents.
If you didn't already know this is a Japanese comic (manga). Although it's not drawn very well, the humor makes up for it.
For a 5 year old Shinchan is smart at times but dumbfound at others. He already knows pickup lines, uses children books to hide porn at the bookstore and outsmarts his mother. Other times he goes home to ask his mother their phone number so that he can tell the grocery lady so she can call his mother and ask how much ground beef she needs.
Although the book suggests it should be okay for 13 year olds and up, I still thought it had some adult themes to it (from an American point of view anyways. They see things differently in Japan). My only complaint is that the book is read from left to right. The original Japanese version would be the opposite, since that's how they read.
Definitely worth picking up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Drago-Rosso on May 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
I love Shin Chan the anime, and the manga is no different (aside from a slight difference in the way Mitzi is drawn). This is my first Shin Chan manga, I skimmed through the comicsone version a while back(the company previous to this one that translated Shin, in a non Shin Chan manner), but I didn't like it too much since they censored some of the original content. I never like when the original is tampered with. But this version, the CMX version (which is the manga division of DC comics) is completely uncensored. And not to worry, this won't change your perception of the characters at all, I had a slight fear of that when I read the explicit content sticker on the front. But it flows completely natural to what you would expect, and to what you have already seen in the anime, with a couple more scenes with Shins pants down, LOL.

I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 for a couple reasons.
1. It only has 119 pages, which I can forgive just because it's Shin Chan.

& 2. You don't get the version that is shown in the picture here on Amazon that has the Japanese characters on the cover. You get the English covered one instead with a big red Parental Advisory sticker on the front.

All in All, if your a fan of the Shin Chan animation and read manga, I wouldn't even think twice, just buy it already ;-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ne0nXSuNsHine on June 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
One day, I was at Borders looking around at the anime (which ive scarcely done since the 5th grade), when I discovered Shinchan...By the next day, I had gotten all 5 volumes! This is seriously the FUNNIEST book I have ever read! Ive read it over a ZILLION times now! Shinchan NEVER fails to raise my spirits! My only complaint is how poorly made the book(s) itself is...Already 5 pages have fallen out! Otherwise, I am VERY pleased with the whole thing! Its the only anime I ever read now! As for him being the Bart Simpson of Japan?!?! Well...I wouldint exactly say that...hes done ALOT more worse things than any Simpson ever has! Also, the author really seems to understand about how kindergardeners think and behave...Shinchan seems so real! As for the artwork...I wouldint say it's BAD (you should see the CARTOON!), but really basic...Overall, I denfinetly reccomend this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on July 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
This manga is great. There are many different situations in this, which I like. There are even a few pages in color, which is uncommon for manga! It has fantastic characters (mostly Shin and Mitzi) but the humor you get from them is some of the best you'll get from any manga. My only complaint is that the books are short. I don't want them to end! If you've seen the show, you'll love this just as much.
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