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Shin Chan – Season 3, Part 2 (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

October 1, 2011 by  



Outrageous, hilarious and even more offensive! “Shin Chan Season 3, Part Two”, goes even further than any previous volume by far!  If you have an open mind to comedy and are not easily offended, then definitely give “Shin Chan” a try!

DVD TITLE: Crayon Shin Chan – Season 3, Part 2

DURATION: Episodes 66-77 (325 minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Dolby Digital, English Stereo

COMPANY: FUNimation Entertainment

RATED: TV MA

RELEASE DATE: September 27, 2011

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: wholesome entertainment for fans of such important topics as superheroes, hot babe chicks, bunny abuse, boobies, booze, stuff, unusual Hispanic men, dogs, dead pigs, psychic abilities, and several of the most popular bodily functions.

It has been two long years since we last saw Shin Chan, but now he is back and the hilarious “mature-themed” anime series is more outrageous, more risque and more offensive than ever!

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

The similarities, people will complain about the series and its theme but while Shin-Chan of Japan is more troublesome in a Bart Simpson kind of way, the US adaptation of “Shin-Chan” takes it a step further by making it more mature-themed similar to “South Park”. With the storyline somewhat rewritten for Americans, because the series is not being aired on television any longer, the writers can go much further for its mature content.

But make no doubt about it, while children in Japan watch “Crayon Shin Chan”, the American version is definitely not for children!

Whether the storyline features Shin Chan showing off his butt cheeks, the children’s mothers having a sucking contest on a bottle to the teachers at his school always talking and wanting to have sex, to Shin’s father being told by a co-worker to have a three-way between his wife and her sister, suffice to say, “Shin-Chan”, especially with this latest season 3, part 1 is much bolder and possibly offensive to some people. Otherwise, if you enjoy series such as “South Park” and are up to mature humor featuring kids, then this series is definitely for you.

So, what is “Shin-Chan”?

“Crayon Shin-Chan” is a popular manga and anime TV series that has been airing on TV Asahi since April 1992 and due to the untimely death of creator Yoshitsu Usui, the manga series ended in February 2010 but the series still continues in Japan.

With the release of “Shin Chan – Season Three, Part Two”, it is not known if this is the final Shin Chan release as the final episode teases that the US version of “Shin Chan” has been canceled.

But as far as “Crayon Shin Chan” goes…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. The characters have also been slightly changed in order to give them a more comedic approach.

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 (sometimes two) that vary in length and are often a continuing of a previous story or a totally different story overall.

The main characters of Shin Chan are:

Note: These are descriptions for the U.S. version of “Shin Chan”

  • Shin Nohara – The protagonist, a small child who annoys everyone and is constantly thinking about poo, farts and boobs.  And loves to dance showing his butt and show his privates off to his friends.  Also, constantly playing with his privates.
  • Hiro Nohara – The father of Shin who is a salaryman that is overworked, doesn’t make much money and is constantly thinking of sex.
  • Mitsy Nohara – The mother of Shin and is often having to deal with embarrassment of her son.  She is saving up for a boob job but keeps spending money on Shin or something she doesn’t want to spend money on.
  • Hima Nohara – The young sister of Shin who is slowly, starting to show more of her emotions.
  • Georgie – The mature young Republican friend of Shin who is often embarrassed to be around Shin but somehow ends up hanging out with Shin despite trying to avoid him.  One was from a wealthy family until his family recently lost all their money.
  • Penny – Shin’s friend who is always thinking about wanting to shag with guys and like her unstable mother, takes things out on her unstable stuffed rabbit.  It’s thought that perhaps the stuffed rabbit may have an evil soul within it.  She can be abusive if she doesn’t get her way.
  • Boo – A quiet and slow friend of Shin who loves collecting rocks and has snot bubbles coming out of his nose.
  • Maso – Shin’s friend who is gay but doesn’t know he’s gay.  Very feminine.
  • Gin Nohara – Shin’s grandfather who is very perverted and loves sex.
  • Bitsy – Mitsy’s younger sister who is a former hardcore drug addict that is currently recovering and now freeloading at the home of Hiro and Mitsy.
  • Flamer – An unusual guy who thinks he is a fire mutant and teaches the kids at school of how to become “flamers”.
  • Yonro – The Nohara’s former otaku/NEET neighbor.
  • Whitey – The Nohara’s pet dog who desires their attention.

“Shin Chan – Season 3, Part 2” continues episodes 66 through 77. The following episodes are included on two DVD’s.

DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 66 – If You Could Abort Obama, Would You? – In the first episode, Georgie goes to a new chapter for young Republicans but what happens when he drinks down many laxatives.  In the second episode, Shin and his mother go on a studio tour where “Action Bastard” is shot.  In the third episode, flamer teaches the kids how to become flamers.
  • EPISODE 67 – A Blend of Nylon and Panda – In the first episode, Gin comes surprise Hiro and Mitsy but is shocked to find Mitsy. In the second episode, what happens when Shin comes across a young talking panda who wants to mate with a panda at the local zoo.  In episode 3, a continuing episode… Shin, his friends and the school principal tries to help a young panda.
  • EPISODE 68 – Rubber Gutter Bumpers – In the first episode, Mitsy makes Bitsy take Gin out for bowling.  In the second episode, Mitsy remembers the day when a very young Shin met his friends for the first time.  In the third episode, Shin helps flamer recruit Penny into his fire army.
  • EPISODE 69 – Blind, Torture, Make Into Apple Dumplings – In the first episode, Maso tells his friends that he spotted a UFO.  In the second episode, Hiro takes Gin and Shiro to the public bath.
  • EPISODE 70 – Tiny Cock Ring (For Baby Cocks) – In the first episode, a TV show comes to Shin’s school to teach them about the BTA killer.  In the second episode, Shin tries to help Flamer with his fear of stuffed rabbits. Shin and friends come to spend time with the school principal.  In the third episode, Mitsy takes a bath with Shin and Hima.
  • EPISODE 71 – Don’t Mind the Damp Spot – In the first episode, Shin and his friends are involved in a swim meet.  In the second episode, the Nohara’s go to shop at sweat shop and realize that Yonro works there.  In the third episode, Shin and his schoolmates compete in another competition.
  • EPISODE 72 – Nork Humor – In the first episode, the kids revolt after hearing about Flamer’s firing from the school.  In the second episode, how will the kids decide when they find out that it’s either the principal or the flamer that must leave their job?  In the third episode, Mitsy takes the kids to spy on Hiro’s business trip in Toba.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 73 – Tell the Stork to Give me a Fetus – In the first episode, Penny tries to do all she can to make Flamer her lover.  In the second episode, Hiro and Mitsy go on date night.  In the third episode, Hima confronts the evil, gay snowman.
  • EPISODE 74 – Monumental Douchebag – In the first episode, the neighbor keep their eyes out for a rapist.  In the second episode, Shin goes butterfly hunting with Maso.  Mitsy tries to get her sister off her butt to find a job.
  • EPISODE 75  -Hardcore Flirting – In the first episode, Mitsy and Bitsy’s dad comes to visit.  In the second episode, Shin has to take his dog out for a walk but ends up letting his friends watch over him.  In the third episode, Shin comes across with one of his teachers (the sex addict).
  • EPISODE 76 – Meanwhile, On the Planet Niptune… – It’s another school competition…this time it’s finding potatoes. In the second episode, Shin tells his mother he wants to be an astronaut.   In the third episode, one of Shin’s teachers (another sex addict) goes to the department store for a chair massage.
  • EPISODE 77 – Two Corn Dogs at Once – In the first episode, Shin comes across a weird girl that looks and acts like him.  In the second episode, Mitsy tries to get a new job.  In the third episode, could this be the final episode of Shin Chan?  And what happens when Shin meets a Kappa named Parappa?

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 3, Part 2” features trailers for Season 3 Part and Part 2 plus 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 because it’s no longer on television, the writers get a bit more leeway by making more sexual references but also including some other jokes that may be deemed very offensive.

But the series is now along the lines of the humor you would see on “South Park” and there is no doubt that with “Shin Chan – Season 3, Part 2”, it’s much more bolder than the previous episodes.  More offensive jokes, more profanity and the nude scenes of Shin Chan (shown in the Japanese version) now is featured much more in this final episode.

In the latest volume, we see Mitsy’s younger sister Bitsy having a sexual affair with Hiro’s older dad Gin.  We also see Shin’s female teachers sexual appetite at an all time high and even Shin’s penis jokes and playing with himself (which was show in Japan) is featured in this volume much more.  So, you can say that these episodes go even farther in adult humor than ever before.

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 children near the room. Some may mistake this as the same episodes from Japan ala “Crayon Shin Chan” but it’s not. The English dialogue has changed to become much more mature.

While the first two seasons aired on the Cartoon Network, some may wonder if they need to go back and watch the previous volumes and the answer is not really.

In Japan, the series has been going on since 1992 and while the series has stopped airing as of 2010 due to the death of series creator Yoshito Usui. The US adaptation didn’t start from the beginning of the Shin-Chan run (this is when Shin was much younger and didn’t have a sister). If anything, the only reference from the past episode is how Shin accidentally blew up their old home but other than that, you can actually start with season 3 and still understand what is going on in the episodes. If anything, a lot of these episodes are stand-alone and can be watched in a different order.

But otherwise, if you do enjoy “Shin Chan – Season 3, Part 2”, then definitely go back and purchase the previous five volumes on DVD.

But the big question is if this is the conclusion of “Shin Chan”?  The final episode of “Shin Chan – Season 3, Part 2” ends with everyone wondering if they have been canceled.  With the series still airing in Japan, we know only the manga series has been canceled due to last year’s untimely death of “Crayon Shin Chan” creator Yoshio Utsui but the TV is still airing in Japan and is still quite popular.  Also, there are years of footage that FUNimation Entertainment can still use.  But I suppose it all depends on how well the series is doing in the U.S.

Overall, I admit to be biased towards “Crayon Shin Chan” and since I do review “South Park” and other mature-themed animated series, I’m actually quite open to the humor and comedy of “Shin Chan” and for me, its amusing to see how creative the American writers have done with the US adaptation thus far! Especially to see how raunchy and how over-the-top they can get. I will say that there were some moments in this volume, I felt like “Oh crap! I can’t believe they did that…”. But once again, I’m open to it, so I’m not easily offended.

Once again, this is not an animated series for children despite it showcasing children. Nor is it the exact same series of what is aired in Japan. But if you are looking for a hilarious, outrageous and even offensive animated series and are open to that type of comedy, you can’t go wrong with “Shin Chan”.

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