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UPDATE:TV Asahi said Friday, October 2nd 2009, it will continue airing the animation series of Crayon Shinchan adapted from comic books despite the death of original cartoonist Yoshito Usui. Usui, 51, was found dead last month on Mt Arafune that straddles Gunma and Nagano prefectures.Our program will continue to feature the world view created by Mr Usui in his original stories which was shown in the animation series we have aired hitherto, a public affairs official of the TV station said. TV Asahi said it also aims to release a new Crayon Shinchan movie next spring. Crayon Shinchan depicts the everyday life of a feisty kindergarten boy Shinnosuke Nohara and his family living in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, where Usui resided.http://www.japantoday.com/category/entertainment/view/crayon-shinchan-tv-series-to-go-ahead-despite-cartoonists-deathA body found on a mountain straddling Gunma and Nagano prefectures was confirmed Sunday as that of Yoshihito Usui, cartoonist of the popular Crayon Shinchan series adapted for TV and film. Usuis family confirmed the identity of the body that was found by a climber on Saturday on 1,423-meter Mt Arafune, Gunma prefectural police said. The body was covered in bruises and no suicide notes were found near the body or in his belongings. Police said he may have fallen from a climbing path.Usui, 51, had been missing since Sept 11, after telling his family at his home in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, that he would be hiking on the mountain and would be back by the evening. His family contacted police the following day as he never returned.Near body, police also found a broken digital camera, a backpack containing a mobile phone and a wallet, and shoes.The body was retrieved from around 100 meters below a cliff on a climbing path and airlifted by helicopter to a police station.Usui started drawing Crayon Shinchan, the story of feisty kindergarten boy Shinnosuke Nohara living in Kasukabe with his family, in a comic book published by Futabasha Publishers Ltd in 1990.The city of Kasukabe issued a special residence card for the Nohara family in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the municipality and has also been using Shinchan since April as the citys mascot for its childrearing support campaign.http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/body-found-on-mountain-confirmed-as-crayon-shinchan-cartoonist