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Shin Chan – Season 2, Part 2 (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

June 2, 2009 by  



“Outrageous, hilarious and so not politically correct.  ‘SHIN CHAN’ Season 2, Part 2 has been Japan’s ongoing hilarious but troublesome animated series since 1992 but FUNimation Entertainment takes things up a notch by adding mature, adult humor and adding American pop culture references to make this series much more witty and fun!  Strange, crazy, weird… So many things can be said about this animated series but overall, the series is highly addictive and enjoyable!”

 

DVD TITLE: Crayon Shin Chan – Season 2, Part 2

DURATION: 300 minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Dolby Digital, English Stereo

COMPANY: FUNimation Entertainment

RATED: TV MA

Based on the manga and anime series by Yoshito Usui

Executive Producer: Gen Fukunaga (FUNimation)

Featuring the following voice talent:

Laura Bailey as Shin-Chan Nohara

Chuck Huber as Hiro Nohara

Cynthia Cranz as Mitzi Nohara

Colleen Clinkenbeard as Hima Nohara

Brina Palencia as georgie

Carrie Savage as Penny

Chris Cason as Boo

Christopher R. Sabat as Yonro

Colleen Clinkenbeard as Maso

Jennifer Green as Yuu

John Swasey as Gin Nohara

Kevin M. Conolly as Doyle

 

Shin chan is back with a fierce pimp-hand, turning out this stable of 13 uncensored episodes and proving there’s only room for one player in the game.  Shin’s finessing fine cowgirls and sweating sexy joggers.  He’s hustling, ese, and the panties are flying.  He’s getting trained in the ways of Kendo loco.  He’s handling his sword and you will get cut.  Fools can’t compete – Yonro’s no mack, Penn’s triflin’ gold-digger, Hiro can’t get Mitzi to pay up and Whitey’s running for his life.  Still think Shinnin’ ain’t easy?  Just watch the jefe work, holmes.  Simon!

 

In America, we have Bart Simpson.  In Japan, they have Crayon Shin-Chan.

“Crayon Shin-Chan” is a popular manga and anime TV series that has been airing on TV Asahi since April 1992 and has been a ongoing manga series since 1990.

I’ve been a fan of the series as far back as 1993 and have always been in awe of the anime series, merchandise, video games because despite the show focusing on a troublesome child, unlike “The Simpsons”, Crayon Shin-Chan is quite blunt about mature situations, enjoying pulling down his shorts and cracking jokes but being the epitome of a child that goes way overboard and his parents, friends and people in school try to cope.

Also, his parents Hiro and Mitzi are not the average parents.  Having to deal with being a low income family, they are just as cynical as Shin.  And his friends and their parents are just as dysfunctional.

Having been wanting this series to come out in the US (note: it was shown in Hawaii via English subtitles back in the mid-90’s) over a decade ago, I have to admit my surprise during a late Saturday night and discovering the series known as “Shin Chan” on the Cartoon Network.

Since this series has been ongoing since the early 90’s, FUNimation Entertainment decided to change a few things for the American release.  The order of the episodes are not featured in the original Japanese order and the biggest change is that the writing is more adult-themed and focuses on American pop culture with the jokes featured in the series.  So, there will be references to pop culture news and celebrities of the time, so for example, you will hear shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Friends” brought up in the dialogue.  The characters have also been slightly changed in order to give them a more comedic approach.  So, the series is more or less is adapted from the original but changed to adjust to the adult theme of the series.

With the release of the DVD series, “Crayon Shin Chan” has been uncensored and is definitely targeted for mature audiences.  Each episode of the series contain three short episodes that vary in length and are often a continuing of a previous story or a totally different story overall.

“Shin Chan – Season 2, Part 2” continues episodes 40 through 52.  The following episodes are included on two DVD’s.

DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 40 – Shin-Chan: The High School Years – In this episode of “Shin-Chan: The High School Years Episode 2” and takes place ten years later (despite keeping the same look) and giving up boxing because of a girl he likes.   But a rival boxer pulls him back into the sport.
  • EPISODE 41 – Tell the Cops She Looked Eighteen – In the first episode titled “Action Bastard Says, “I’ve Got You, Crabs!” Penny borrows his mothers scarf and pretends to be the damsel in distress while the kids decide who will be Action Bastard or the Crab monster.  The second episode is titled “Whitey Flight” and features Hiro and Shin bringing Whitey in to the vet’s for his shot but Whitey hates needles.  In the third episode titled “Fragile Rock”, the kids have their show and tell but their disagreements of their collection may break up the friendships in their little group.
  • EPISODE 42 – “I Can’t Find Your %*#&ing Legs” – In the first episode titled “Admission Impossible”, the Nomura’s try to give their support to Yonrou in passing his college entrance exam (despite failing five times).  The second episode is titled “Yu Like Me, Yu Really Like Me… Right? (A Play In Two Acts)” features Shin’s actress friend Yu who has a problem during her acting auditions.  The third episode is titled “Yu Like Me, Yu Really Like Me… Right? (Act 2)” features Shin’s actress friend Yu who now decides to listen to Shin in preparing herself for her audition.
  • EPISODE 43 – An Angel Gets Its Period – In the first episode titled “Along Came A Rider”, we learn about Mitzi’s secret crush on the actor who plays “Biker Bastard”.  The second episode is titled “Sleepin’ It Real” and the children has a sleepover at their school but will Shin cause problems?  The third episode is titled “Anything You Kendo, I Kendo Better” and Shin learns Kendo, meanwhile Hiro and Mitzi get into a kendo battle.
  • EPISODE 44 – Unlicensed Therapy – The first episode is titled “A Penny For Your Thoughts and Suicidal Tendencies” and due to a storm, the kids have to stay in school and Penny has the group play “24 Crisis Center”.  The second episode is titled “It’s Raining Shin” and Maso is not too thrilled that Shin is stuck at his home during a rain storm.  The third episode is titled  “Dildor, Sword Receiveth” and Shin meets his kendo teacher and finds out that his teacher is the crazy man from the park who thinks Shin is a child of prophecy.
  • EPISODE 45 – A Total Jack Barnes Move – The first episode is titled “The Kiss of Debt” and Hiro invites Jack Barnes to his home for a Japanese dinner.  The second episode is titled “Shinja Gaiden” and Shin’s teacher tries to teach the kids how to be a ninja.  The third episode is titled “Grandfather Knows Best” and Shin’s grandfather (Mitzi’s father) shows up to their home unannounced.
  • EPISODE 46 – Gonna Need More Fingers – The first episode is titled “In Case You Forgot: Grandfather Knows Best” and Hiro and Mitzi stress about Mitzi’s father coming to visit.  The second episode is titled “Pooter Tutor!” and Yanrou wants to tutor Shin for cash and Mitzi feels that this would give her the opportunity to have time away from Shin.  The third episode is titled “The Dildor Saga: Trials of Falsemother!” and Mitzi wants to watch and see how Shin’s kendo practice is going.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 47 – Sexy-Ass Wild Fartin’ Cowboy – In the first episode “S#!tty Kickers”, the Nohara family goes on a family vacation in the country.  The second episode  “S#!tty Kickers 2: The Legend of Girlie Gold” features a Western story as Shin Chan’s imagination makes him a farting cowboy and becomes smitten with a cowgirl.  The third episode “The Rise and Fall of Georgie Preskott the Third’s Reich” features the Shin and his friends playing a game of “husband and wife” and Georgie wanting to take his corporation to the top if married to his rich friend.
  • EPISODE 48 – Morning Vacuuming – In the first episode “Penny’s Mom Abhors Shin”, Mitzi thinks that Penny’s mom may be pregnant when the truth is that she’s just gained weight.  The second episode “The Dildor Saga – Beezledrop Returns!” features Shin avoiding kendo training and has his French neighbor Robaire fight his kendo teacher.
  • EPISODE 49 – Unfortunately For You, I had Ribs – The first episode is titled “Gotta Gotta Hiccup To Get Down” about Shin having problems with his constant farting problems.  The second episode is titled “Daddy’s Day Scare” about Hiro dreaming about having a great father and son day but the day was not exactly what he was expecting.   The third episode titled “Running to Mate: A Flashback to Our Butthole Apartment Story!” is about Nanako who took up running in order to meet men and Shin suddenly becoming interested in running.
  • EPISODE 50 – Domestic Abuse Isn’t That Funny – The first episode is titled”The Joke Stops Here” about Shin and his friends wondering why Penny is upset.  The second episode titled “Book ‘Em, Shin-o!” features Shin bothering Georgie at the library.  Georgie just wants a day to himself at the library without Shin getting him in trouble.  The third episode is titled “The Dildor Saga: Disciples for the Truthery” and Shin introduces to his friends to his kendo training.
  • EPISODE 51 – Box For Hire? – The first episode is titled “The Loser Can’t Lose It ‘Cause He Lost It So He Loses It” and the otaku adult Yonrou asks Shin to help him with women.  The second episode is titled “Lunch Flake!” and Shin has to stay home alone while his mother goes on an errand and his friends come to visit.  The third episode is titled “Bitey of Evidence” and Mitzi cosplays for her son.
  • EPISODE 52 – The Epicish Battle Commenceth! – This is a full complete episode and its Shin Chan’s first kendo tournament.  Will Shin be victorious?

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Shin Chan” is featured in standard definition (4:3) and is an anime that has its own distinct style of character design and animation.  Simple colors, line drawings with no major shading.  Because animators have to crank out many episodes of “Shin Chan” daily, there is no time to focus on detail and shading.  So, “Shin Chan” is not exactly a series to look for animation quality.  But picture quality is clear and although not vibrant in colors, what makes Shin chan work is its storyline and the ability to use simplified drawings and color pallet to bring out the humor of the series.

As for the audio, audio is primarily in English and featured in Dolby Digital Stereo.  And I have to give Laura Bailey a thumbs up for capturing Shin’s voice.  Akiko Yajima has created a distinct voice of Shin Chan in Japan and Laura Bailey does a great job in capturing that voice for the FUNimation Entertainment dub.    In fact, I’m quite impressed with every voice talent on the series.

It’s important to note that because “Shin Chan” is a series with a storyline and characters that have been heavily modified for American viewing, there would be no way to include the original Japanese soundtrack since the storyline and characters would be completely different.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Shin Chan Season 2, Part 2” features the following special features:

  • Episode 51 Commentary – Audio commentary by Colleen Clinkenbeard (Hima and Maso), Carrie Savage (Penny), Brina Palencia (Georgie) and Chris Cason (Boo and Whitey the Dog).  A hilarious commentary and how they enjoy the characters in the series.  The voice talent comment on how they watch their scenes, they never watch the full episode until they have done the commentary.
  • From the Bowels of the Booth – (6:36) Alternate takes.  These outtakes are hilarious and adult oriented and have quite a bit of profanity.
  • Original Storyboards – (:50) a storyboard run through from an episode of “Shin Chan”.
  • “Long Grey Winter” Music Video – (2:00) A music video featuring Ben Arntz and friends.  Arntz is a writer for “Shin Chan”.
  • Trailers – FUNimation Entertainment trailers

I have always been quite biased towards “Crayon Shin Chan” and have always wanted the series to get picked up and somehow get broadcast in the US.  Of course, only Hawaii has been fortunate to get episodes with English subtitles shown and for us in the mainland, we had Japanese video rentals as an alternative at that time.  I’ve been a big fan of the series throughout the years that my friends would be shocked about the series and instantly became fans.

I would go on to import the video games, the manga and even had Shin displayed on the back of my old racing car during my college years.  So, suffice to say that when “Shin Chan” was shown on the Cartoon Network, I was amazed and enthusiastic.  Granted, I know that there were changes made to the series and that this would not be an exact translation of the Japanese series but with over 15 years of episodes shown in Japan already, it would be too difficult for any anime company to pick up the series and show any backstory to the characters.

So, what FUNimation Entertainment, the ADR team and the writers had to come up with in making episodes from later “Crayon Shin Chan” episodes and creating a storyline and new storylines for the various characters is quite a challenge but they succeeded.  Of course, the changes to the series makes “Shin Chan” more adult-themed and instead of showing it during the day, it would have to be aired at nights in the US.

I really dig the hilarious writing for “Shin Chan” and seeing that many animation shown at nights on television tend to have that storyline that is written for adults such as “Family Guy”, “American Dad” and “South Park” tend to exhibit some mature themes, it was great to see the writers have the freedom to use current events, especially when it comes to pop culture and incorporate that to the episodes.

But by no means is this series like any of these American animated series and the comparisons to Bart Simpson is like comparing apples and oranges.  The only comparison is that both series are animated, Shin gets himself in a lot of trouble but on “Shin Chan”, everyone including the adults are equally dysfunctional and that’s what makes the series so hilarious.

The bottom line is that “Shin Chan” is an animated series in the US that is targeted for adults.  Trust me, because this series features children, this series can be as equally obscene as “South Park” and you definitely don’t want your curious toddlers near the room.

The humor of “Shin Chan” is quite potty mouth, perverse and the DVD features the uncensored versions that contain profanity.  For those who were wanting the original Japanese storyline with English subtitles are not going to find it on these “Shin Chan” season box set releases.  Again, the American storytelling would probably differ greatly from the Japanese storyline because of the change of dialogue, American pop culture references and the character changes.

It’s also important to note that the Cartoon Network has been inconsistent of showing the series on television and that many episodes on this Season 2, Part 2 have not been aired on television but can be found on this DVD.

Assuming that you have seen the series (or a few episodes) on the Cartoon Network and enjoyed the animated series strange and outrageous but enjoyable storyline, you will definitely want to pick this one up on DVD.

 

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