It seems that the creator of one of Japan’s most beloved manga series, Crayon Shin-chan, was found dead at the bottom of Mount Arafune’s Tomoiwa cliff. Yoshito Usui had been reported missing by his wife some days before, after he didn’t return from one of his usual mountain hikes. The sighting of his body was reported by a male mountain climber at 10:25am on Saturday. The body was airlifted away and police identified him via dental records and his belongings, including his backpack, wallet, mobile phone, and other items, which were either still on his person or nearby.
According to the editorial staff of the manga magazine, Manga Town, in which Crayon Shin-chan is currently being published, they are still recovering from the shock of the tragic news, and the future of the manga has yet to be decided.