Crayon Shin Chan actress steps down from role after 26 years!!

Well, Shin Chan fans, it is true. Announced by the official website for Crayon Shin Chan, it is confirmed that voice actress Akiko Yajima will step down from her role as the anime series protagonist Shinnosuke Nahara after 26 years of voicing the character since the series premiered in 1992. The episode of her final portrayal of Shin Chan will air on June 29, leaving the staff to find a new actress who will be revealed in July. Akiko says that is has becoming increasingly difficult to produce the character’s voice naturally and thus it was a mutual decision between her and the staff that she step down from the role.

The Crayon Shin Chan anime is adapted from Yoshito Usui’s manga of the same name and debuted on TV Asahi on April 13, 1992 where is has remained airing consistently. The anime is one of the most watched in Japan and has been featured in 25 films. The latest film, Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Bakumori! Kung-Fu Boys ~Ramen Tairan~ (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Bakumori! Kung-Fu Boys Ramen Rebellion), opened in Japan on April 13, ranking #2 in the Japanese box office in its opening weekend behind the 22nd film in the Detective Conan series, “Zero the Enforcer.”

Source: Anime News Network