Repost: Loving Shin Chan for a Different Reason

In 4 Oct 2007, I wrote this post in my previous blog (which back then called Jurnal dari Pinggir London, later renamed to Si Tenggang’s Homecoming after I went back to Malaysia for 6 months before coming to Durham). I’m gonna extend this part, so I feel like sharing it here first. This is copied from the post here, unedited but I sized up the picture. And bear in mind, it’s Japanese comic, so comic strips need to be read from left to right

Note: The extension of this part will be posted in couple of hours:)

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Once Crayon Shin Chan aka Dik Cerdas was popular among people who read Comic House’s comic. Probably as the result of curiosity after looking at the advertisement in Dragon Ball comic. Or some random comic buying. The picture is quite a mess and so different compared to other comics.

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Then, come the era of people who love Shin Chan because of what they see on tv after NTV7 had decided to put it under kids cartoon line-up. These people love Shin Chan for a very different reason than the comics fan. They love Shin Chan because he is cute and naughty. A depiction of a child that we can usually see which seems entertaining to watch on screen, but believe me, you don’t want to have one in your home. They love Shin Chan because he seems like an innocent boy who sometimes blurt out something unexpected. Are you the one of them who loves Shin Chan for this reason?

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‘I like Shin Chan’, sometimes a friend share with me. ‘He is cute and naughty’. Ah, I see. That is not why I like him, I told myself.

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Shin Chan is so different in comic making it hard to like him for the same reason. In the comic book, he is a bad naughty boy who has too many knowledge he is not supposed to have. He is not innocent for having an abnormally crush towards pretty girl. People who loves Shin Chan for this reason usually notice that these are the portrayal of a ‘sick’ young man and Shin Chan characteristic is a parody of Japanese culture.

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For example, when Shin Chan flirts with a woman, saying all those flowery word and we feel like ‘it’s annoying’, it is actually pointing out to those men who flirt the same way.

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The last two paragraph was not that important. Whether you like him because you think he is innocent, or you imaginatively think that it is a form of art that represent a culture, which the second reason is not the reason of watching a cartoon; it’s okay.

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But most of people miss a lot Shin Chan when they just watch the cartoon. And here are some part where I like to see people have it when they say that they love Shin Chan

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The Art of Exaggerating Something The Wrong Way
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My friend Mahadi usually do it to me. It goes like, when I was talking to him through phone and I need to hangup. I said, ‘Okey la wei, aku nak kena call dia plak’. He goes like, ‘oh, takpelah… sejak hang kenal dia, aku mula diabaikan’, which later was burst into a big laugh. We both knew that it is influenced by Shin Chan – the comic!

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The Art of Making Wrong Conclusion

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Like the second picture, Shin Chan regularly makes the wrong interpretation towards one circumstance. And that is the fun part of the practitioner (sorry for make it sound like an ideology).

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I talked to Dani about applying for PhD, and she said, ‘tanya pensyarah dulu. Kalau diorang berminat dengan aku, baru la apply pulak’, something like that. I replied, ‘berminat dengan ko???’, interpreted cheesely as ‘into you?’
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Sometimes, the usage of telling stories in a way of different tone is also applied. It usually go like this. ‘Aku tak tahu kenapa, dia selalu masam dengan aku walaupun aku tak pernah buat apa-apa silap’, talked using a tone of expressing some girls you might probably crush on, instead actually talking about a kakak nasi goreng at kafe **** (USM students, can’t you guess?).
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The Art of Making A Passionless Face

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See the comic strip beside. Most of people are going to express ‘tapi dia membawa risalah jualan murah’ with some attitude – showing that he feels concern about the things he talk. Instead, he make the statement without expression. The same way he does whenever he wanna give some sarcastic comments.
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The Art Of Predicting What Others May Say

This is the fun one. Before the person we talked to say about something, we quickly say first. I usually do it with my mom (bertuah punya anak) and sister. It goes like this:
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‘Mak, tak jumpa pun butang baju’, and quickly say, ‘tu laaa, cari apa.. semua tak jumpa’ coz I know that my mom always ended up saying like that.
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This section can be expanded to one long article, probably I keep that in mind.
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My point is…

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..simple. Read Shin Chan comic (particularly around 7 to 20+) and see the fun part of it. Then we can basically agree that the interesting thing about Shin Chan is not just about ‘naughty and cute’ but also the cultural transformation that it brought. (And I sounded like asking people to read something very important in life).
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[Despite stressing out of my life, I'm so having lot of time writing. I could not help myself]


3 Responses to “Repost: Loving Shin Chan for a Different Reason”

  1. khalidah says:

    hai cik adik yang manis…. (bersama ayah di dalam transit)

    hey kazama apa yang sedang awak buat…ooo awak mengintai saya ye… awak ni… (sambil blushing)

    Love it…:D

  2. WaReMoN says:

    aah, rasanya shin chan yg episode dekat 40 x berapa best. tp yg last yoshito usui buat sblm dia meninggal tu masih best. xtau camna yg baru ni :D

  3. Amri says:

    Ha ah Fariz, aku perasan jugak. Buku last tu memang ada vibe buku-buku awal.

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