Shin Chan

There’s a  lot about Shin Chan that would make people nervous.

To begin with, most people in the west would  assume that a show about a five year-old would be targeted to that age group, which make the show’s surprisingly off color jokes about vibrators, spousal abuse and AIDS all the more shocking. Next, our squeamish attitude towards nudity, especially concerning minors, tend to make frequent appearances by “mister elephant” and Shin’s bare ass embarassing at best and downright disturbing at worst. And, of course, we tend to take a certain quality  in animation style for granted, especially where  anime is concerned. Shin Chan, by contrast, makes Ren and Stimpy  look like fine art.

Admittedly, when I first saw Shin Chan when it premired on Adult Swim a few years back, the grotesque animation put me off. However, after about five minutes of watching, I was laughing too hard to care.

Following the adventures five-year old Shin Nohara, his cute but ever mischevious baby sister Hima, his long-suffering father Hiro, his flat-chested mother Mitzi, and the cast of characters surrounding the Happy-Fun-Time American school he attends, Shin Chan is basically dead baby comedy at its finest. Watch  at your own risk.

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  1. AHHH! Shin Chan is legitimately my FAVORITE show ever!


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