Friday, Sep 30, 2022

Review: Shin Chan: Me and The Professor on Summer Vacation - The Endless 7-Day Journey – An Irresistible Adventure

Captured on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Undocked). If Kureshin x Bokunatsu, a) makes sense to you and b) appeals to you, and c) you haven’t bought this ..


Captured on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Undocked).

If "Kureshin x Bokunatsu", a) makes sense to you and b) appeals to you, and c) you haven’t bought this game within the last year, then this review can be kept tight. Buy this game! Let's see if we can move you to the bottom of the Venn diagram for those who don't live in the small nub.

Let's get to the "making sense" part. Crayon Shinchan is a Japanese manga series that focuses on Shinnossuke (Shinchan), the impish five-year old. "Kureshin" can be shortened to Japanese for Crayon Shinchan. The show has been in production since 1990. It features a distinct art style that is far more interesting than the strobing parallax and wet-eyed hairstyles of some imported anime. Shin-chan is a irritant to his parents. He causes arguments, jumps into wild make-believe and then repents and makes up.

Boku no Natsuyasumi, which is short for Bokunatsu - My Summer Vacation, is a series of games that was launched on PlayStation in 2000. It's about a boy who spends a month exploring the Japanese countryside and fishing. He also enjoys taking a bath and letting his imagination discover adventure in a place where there's not much to do. The ever-expandingly titled Shin chan - Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation – The Endless Seven-Day Adventure - isn't a Bokunatsu-related game. It was developed by Millenium Kitchen who also created the original.

Captured on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Undocked).

This is what's happening in Kumamoto: Shin-chan and the rest of his crazy world have exploded onto a small farming village. Shinnosuke runs errands for pocket money, and has no time to wander the streets and banks of the river while the cicada songs whizz by him.

The Nohara family arrives at Kumamoto station as a stranger. Shinnosuke is accosted by a professor who hands them a camera. Shinnosuke keeps a scrapbook of their stay with the camera. The camera is not controlled by the player. However, all of your key discoveries and adventures, including any new fish or insects, are captured and automatically added to the journal. This journal is the foundation of Shin-chan’s holiday story. He shows each day his most recent entries to a newspaper editor who reviews them for publication. The main goal of the game is to deliver the content for these articles. Shin-chan, five years old, will be able to win a date with Yoshiko (a Shin-chan-trademark romantic aspiration).

Captured on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Undocked).

You will be running your little one around stunning hand-painted scenes. These include intimate family rooms, busy railway tracks, and breathtaking vistas. All connected by inviting paths that lead to imaginary wonders around every corner. You can use simple button presses to gather vegetables, herbs, and water crops for your restaurant. There are a few minor niggles, but the overall feel is good. From the camera's viewpoint, it can be difficult to tell, for example, if an insect is behind Shin-chan or in front. This results in a lot more useless swishing of net. It would be maddening if this were a time attack. But since it was a relaxed holiday for a preschooler we did some more swishes, and it was okay.

Another issue is the inability to switch between fixed camera angles while moving between scenes. This can cause you to run in the wrong direction. It's the same problem Resident Evil had back then. To solve this problem, the Endless Seven-Day Vacation has "tank" controls on D-pad and allows for free analog movement on the left stick. We found that both were useful, even though it doesn't feel like an ideal solution.

Shinnosuke's playability is sacrificed for atmosphere. Shinnosuke can be reduced to an ant-sized dot when viewed high up in the sky. The village lights make beautiful constellations, and the interwoven roads, tracks, bridges, rivers and bridges, which dissolve into the night, are home to the sounds of water lapping and insects chirping. It can be a little difficult to navigate the area and locate plants, insects, and fish is not an easy task. We aren't under any pressure so we can enjoy the tranquility of rural life.

Captured on Nintendo Switch.

We haven't mentioned, however, that The Endless Seven-Day Journey has a surprise in store. The game is a perfect, no-frills fantasy holiday. Crayon Shinchan is a wacky professor, so "bizarre", as the game calls it, is certainly on the table. The Boku no Natsuyasumi's normal-core escapism becomes the setting for a wild kiddy fantasy. We have rediscovered the peaceful pace and low-pressure gameplay, but with a more focused plot.

This is a smart move by the Bokunatsu idea and Millenium Kitchen. The Bokunatsu model of doing nothing for a month and your life being forever changed is quite different from the sitcom rules that allow you to go as wild as possible, as long as everything returns to normal. Although you could argue that this ending is a bit too sloppy to make it square, it works. There are no worries, the days are calm, the sun sets and rises beautifully, and the world is peaceful. But there's also a mad scientist out to overthrow the Earth. It shouldn't be possible but it is.

The Endless Seven-Day Journey's presentation is outstanding. The backdrops are stunning, but it is not enough to mention the 3D cel-shaded models. Shin-chan's artwork is difficult to create 3D. However, Shin-chan has been able to do it by using multiple characters and flipping between them when the position changes relative the camera. It looks like another little miracle. The music and sound design are both of high quality. Some of the music tends to lean more towards anime wackiness, while others are more reminiscent of rural chill. However, this can be covered by nature sounds. It sounds exactly like the cartoon's voice acting. Although it's not voiced throughout the entire episode, there are quite a few - all in Japanese. If you want to continue reading, however, this version does not have a Japanese text option.


Shin chan: A Seven-Day Endless Journey is a unique combination of two Japanese IPs. The simple, undirected adventures of a child on a rural holiday are interrupted by a very bizarre plot. The drive and purpose of a game that could have been just a simple meander-em up quickly turns into wacky sitcom energy. There is the peaceful magic of endlessly running around fields, just to see what catches your imagination, but there's also the heavy steer to tell a story, converting the never-ending summer into an exciting and energetic 15-20 hour marathon. This game can be recommended if you know what Kureshin is and Bokunatsu is.

Combines chill, wholesome gameplay with a wacky storyLooks absolutely beautifulFor Shin-chan fans, it's irresistibleExcellent introduction to the Boku no Natsuyasumi conceptSome minor control nigglesBe aware that the gameplay is very simplisticSome of Shin-chan's charm is hard to translate! Great810 Neos provides Scoring Policy Review copy