One cultural export that Japan does very well is animation, as evidenced by the fact that the Japanese word anime describes its own special category overseas. But while old reruns of “Astro Boy” are still shown in the West, “Crayon Shin-chan” probably never will be.
Shinnosuke, better known as Shin-chan, is a smart-aleck, scatologically obsessed kindergartner. Potty-mouthed little boys have become international superstars via “South Park,” but Shin-chan’s brand of humor is peculiarly Japanese. And while a lot of Japanese parents would rather not have their kids copy Shin-chan’s antics or speech patterns (which, of course, they do), they usually don’t prohibit them from watching the show.
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