Disney has announced that its Disney X-D channel will premiere a second season of the Doraemon television anime on June 15, 2015 at 1pm.
The manga creator duo Fujiko Fujio (Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko) created Doraemon in 1969. The story focuses on a robotic cat that was sent by a boy in the future to the present day to help the boy’s hapless grandfather, Nobita. Doraemon, Nobita, and other children deal with everyday childhood issues, solve (and cause) problems with the gadgets in Doraemon’s fourth-dimensional pocket, and embark on escapades through time and space.
Disney previously began airing 26 English episodes of Doraemon on the Disney X-D channel in July 2014. The three Japanese companies that hold the copyrights — TV Asahi, Fujiko F. Fujio Production, and TV Asahi’s anime studio subsidiary Shinei Animation — are producing the English version by contracting it to American studios.
The story and the names of characters and gadgets were partially changed out of consideration for American culture and customs. Doraemon’s owner Nobita is now “Noby,” the bully Gian is now “Big G,” the flying contraption Takecopter is now the “Hopter,” and the magical portal “Dokodemo Door” is now the “Anywhere Door.” The English edition of the manga also has similar names. The adaptation moved the setting from Japan to a fictional place in America.