Disney XD to Air Doraemon Anime

Nihon Keizai Shimbun/The Nikkei is reporting that that digital cable and satellite television channel DisneyXD will start airing the Doraemon television anime series in the US in Summer 2014. TV Asahi, which has a dealership in the US, has reached an agreement with Disney to broadcast the English-dubbed version five times a week in the total of 26 episodes. The channel will be using Doraemon as content for elementary school children in the lower grades.

The story and the names of characters and gadgets have been partially changed out of consideration for American culture and customs. Nobita is now “Noby,” Gian is now “Big G,” the flying contraption Takecopter is now to “Hopter,” and the “Dokodemo Door” is now the “Anywhere Door.” The English version of the manga uses similar names.

This version of Doraemon is being produced to run in America with its strict guidelines on violence, depictions of discrimination, and depictions of sexual content.

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