Saturday, September 19, 2009

Yoshita Usui missing

(From the wikipedia article)

Yoshita Usui is the manga artist behind the long-running and extremely popular "Crayon Shin-chan" series. He lives in Saitama, a couple of hours north of Tokyo by bullet train, and is near the mountains of Gunma prefecture. He had told relatives that he was going out to the mountains for a hiking day trip on Friday, Sept. 11, (Thursday, US time) and when he did not return that night, relatives contacted the police. Attempts to call his cell phone yielded no response. Police had been combing the hills since then. Today, Yahoo news ran an article saying that a body had been found but had not yet been formally identified. It's thought that Usui had been up on a hiking trail along a cliff and slipped and fell, but that hasn't been confirmed yet.

Usui debuted as a manga artist in 1987 and had several titles printed before starting "Crayon Shin-chan" in 1990 in "Weekly Manga Action" magazine. It started as a TV anime in 1992, and has been running in U.S. on Cartoon Network.


Edit: It's been confirmed by the police. The body found at the base of Tomoiwa Cliff was that of Yoshita Usui, age 51. Apparently he was taking research photos and he slipped near the edge of the cliff. He will be missed.

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