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Doraemon

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Doraemon started out as a manga series created by Fujiko F. Fujio. In 1973, Nippon Television produced an anime based on the manga; however, this anime didn't last long, because it didn't catch on with the Japanese audience. Six years later, TV Asahi began producing another anime version of Doraemon. This new anime program became very popular, and ended up running until March 25, 2005; at the end of its run, 1,049 episodes had been produced. The celebrate Doraemon's anniversary, a new series began airing on April 15, 2005; this new series featured new voice actors and staff, as well as updated character designs.

The series is about a robotic cat named Doraemon. He travels back in time to from the 22nd century to help a fourth grade schoolboy named Nobita Nobi. Doraemon is sent back in time by Sewashi, who is Nobita's great-great grandson. Before sending Doraemon back, Nobita's failures left his family line with financial problems. So, Sewashi sends Doraemon in the hopes that he can help improves Nobita's chances, so his descendants can enjoy a better future. When Doraemon is with Nobita, he can produce a futuristic gadget out of his pocket to help Nobita fix whatever problem he is dealing with. Unfortunately, Nobita tends to go too far, and ultimately gets into more trouble than before. Sometimes, Nobita's friends steal the gadgets and end up misusing them.

Besides Doraemon and Nobita, other characters include: Shizuka (the smart and pretty girl that Nobita has a crush on), Takeshi (the neighborhood bully that is known by his nickname of "Gian," which is taken from the English word, "giant"), Suneo (a rich kid that likes to flaunt his wealth, and is also Gian's lackey), and Dorami (Doraemon's younger sister that lives in the 22nd century with Sewashi; sometimes, she visits Nobita with a time machine when Doraemon is "off duty").

Many episodes of Doraemon are comedies that include a moral lesson, such as honesty, perseverance, and courage. Other topics that have been covered include homeless animals, endangered species, deforestation, pollution, dinosaurs, Gulliver's Travels, and the history of Japan.

In 1980, Toho began releasing a yearly feature-length animated Doraemon film. Doraemon has also been the star of several videos games in Japan over the years. In 2008, there was even a musical produced in Japan based on the 1990 film, Nobita and the Animal Planet.

Doraemon is considered a cultural icon in Japan. On April 22, 2002, he was voted one of the 22 Asian Heroes by Time Asia magazine. He has also been appointed as the first "anime ambassador" for Japan.



Title
Episodes
Release Year(s)
Director
Studio
N.A. Licensor
Doraemon261973?Tokyo Movie ShinshaN/A
Doraemon17871979-2005Tsutomu ShibayamaAsatsu DK/Shin'ei DogaN/A
Doraemon: Nobita's DinosaurN/A1980Hiroshi FukutomiShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Doraemon: Nobita no Uchu KaitakushiN/A1981Hideo NishimakiShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: What Am I for MomotaroN/A1981Takeyuki KandaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita's Great DemonN/A1982Hideo NishimakiShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita's Monstrous Underwater CastleN/A1983Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita's Great Adventure in the World of MagicN/A1984Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita's Little "Star Wars"N/A1985Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Doraemon: Nobita and the Platoon of Iron MenN/A1986Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Doraemon: Nobita and the Dragon RiderN/A1987Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita's Version of SaiyukiN/A1988Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Doraemon: Nobita at the Birth of JapanN/A1989Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Dorami-chan: Mini Dora SOSN/A1989Makoto MoriwakiShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita's Animal PlanetN/A1990Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita in Dorabian NightsN/A1991Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Dorami-chan: Wow, the Kid Gang of BanditsN/A1991Keiichi HaraShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita to Kumo no OkokuN/A1992Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita's Tin-Plate LabyrinthN/A1993Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Dorami-chan: Hello, Dynosis Kids!!N/A1993Keiichi HaraShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita's Fantastical Three MusketeersN/A1994Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Dorami-chan: A Blue Straw HatN/A1994Toshihiko AndoShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
2112: The Birth of DoraemonN/A1995Ryouchi MaiyaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita's Genesis DiaryN/A1995Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita's Galactic ExpressN/A1996Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Dorami & Doraemons: Robot School's Seven MysteriesN/A1996Ryouchi MaiyaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita's Adventure in Clockwork CityN/A1997Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
The Doraemons: The Mysterious Thief Dorapan The Mysterious CartelN/A1997Ryouchi MaiyaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Doraemon Comes BackN/A1998Susumu WatanabeShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Doraemon: Nobita's South Sea AdventureN/A1998Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei AnimationN/A
The Doraemons: The Great Operation of Springing InsectsN/A1998?Shin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita Gets Lost in SpaceN/A1999Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Doraemon: Nobita's the Night Before a WeddingN/A1999Susumu WatanabeShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
The Doraemons: Strange, Sweets, Strange?N/A1999Ryouchi MaiyaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita and the Legend of the Sun KingN/A2000Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Doraemon: Obachan no OmoideN/A2000Susumu WatanabeShin-Ei AnimationN/A
The Doraemons: Doki Doki Wildcat EngineN/A2000Hiroshi NishikioriShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Ganbare! Gian!!N/A2001Susumu WatanabeShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Doraemon: Nobita's Winged HeroesN/A2001Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Dorami & Doraemons: Space Land's Critical EventN/A2001Hiroshi NishikioriShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Boku no Umareta HiN/A2002Susumu WatanabeShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Doraemon: Nobita & Robot KingdomN/A2002Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei AnimationN/A
The Doraemons: Goal! Goal! Goal!N/A2002Tetsuo YasumiShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita and the Strange Wind RiderN/A2003Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Doraemon: Nobita's Wannyan Space-Time LegendN/A2004Tsutomu ShibayamaShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Doraemon3122005-ongoingKozo KusubaShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Doraemon: Nobita no KyoryuN/A2006Kozo KusubaShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Makai Daiboken Shichinin no MahotsukaiN/A2007Kozo KusubaShin-Ei/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita to Midori no Kyojin DenN/A2008Kozo KusubaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Uchu KaitakushiN/A2009Kozo KusubaAsatsu DK/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita no Ningyo DaikaisenN/A2010Kozo KuzuhaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Shin Nobita to Tetsujin Heidan Habatake Tenshi-tachiN/A2011Yukiyo TeramotoShin-Ei AnimationN/A
Doraemon: Nobita to Kiseki no Shima ~Animal Adventure~N/A2012Kozo KuzuhaShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dogu MuseumN/A2013Yukiyo TeramotoShin-Ei Animation/Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.N/A
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