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The fifth installment of the Crayon Shin-chan films. The Noharas get caught between two rival clans when Himawari accidentally eats a small ball that turns out to have mysterious and hidden powers that could bring the end of the world.


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  • All for Nothing: It turns out that the Devil Jack isn't interested in world domination and his powers expired since 12/31/1996, using the last power he had to escape the vessel he was sealed.
  • A-Team Firing: Any time Yone Higashimatsuyama attempts to defend herself with a gun is proven useless. Lampshaded occasionally by both the protagonists and the antagonists
  • Big Brother Instinct: Shinnosuke acts like this in the second half of the movie, notably when he's the last one standing against Hecson during his raid and immediately going to rescue her alongside everyone else when she's kidnapped.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The entire Tamayura Clan and the Nohara family gets a brutal one from Hecson when he goes to kidnap Himawari.
  • Dirty Mind-Reading: Exploited by Hecson, who uses Hiroshi's dirty thoughts of a co-worker to make Misae mad and reveal Hima's spot.
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  • Evil Redeemed in a Can: Devil jack is a malicious and powerful demon dangerous enough to cause the end of the world, being sealed inside a vessel. At the end of the movie, he is released by Shinnosuke and Himawari, and is revealed that not only his powers have expired since 12/31/1996 and wasted all his remaining power to escape the vessel, but he isn't longer interested in destroying the world or helping bad guys who want to rule it like Hecson, quickly joining the heroes side.
  • Good-Guy Bar: The bar owned by the Tamayura brothers.
  • Infant Sibling Jealousy: In the first half of the movie, Shinnosuke is jealous of how much attention his sister is getting. It isn't until Hiroshi helps him grasp the severity of the situation that he begins to understand it better and defend her.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Satake, the son of Nakamura, gets fond of Himawari after being forced to look for her when she's kidnapped, and rebels when he's ordered to hurt her.
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  • Mama Bear: Misae.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Subverted. While Hecson can resist any kind of physical attack, he is still vulnerable to firegun.
  • Old Soldier: The soldiers from the Tamayura Clan.
  • The Paralyzer: Hecson uses a glare to paralyze Misae's body when she attempts to run away from Hecson after everyone else was defeated by him.
  • Papa Wolf: Hiroshi
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Subverted. While Devil Jack may have been a dangerous evil force in the past, he is now uninterested in world domination and has his powers expired.
  • Telepathy: Hecson can read the thoughts of his victims, allowing him to easily avoid their attacks and expose their hidden thoughts.
  • Tickle Torture: Turns out this is one of the few ways to deal with Hecson, alongside attacking while avoiding to think about anything.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In the climax, Shinnosuke is called out for activating the device and almost ending the world.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Rosa, Lavender, and Lima wear effeminate clothes and are fighting to save the world from the evil plans of the Tamayomi clan
  • Would Hurt a Child: Hecson has no qualms in hurting Shinnosuke while defending her sister, neither dropping Himawari off from the top of the building when his plans fail.
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