TV Asahi and Fuji TV have announced respectively that the Doraemon and Chibi Maruko-chan shows will get Christmas specials in December 2018.
The Doraemon special is titled “Mirai no Christmas Card” (Christmas Card of the Future), and will air on December 7, 2018. The special’s story focuses on Doraemon’s “Christmas card” device, that allows the writer to experience a world filled with what they write in the card. While Doraemon writes “eating many Christmas cakes,” Gian writes “A holy world overrun with Gian,” creating a dystopian world with “Gian angels” and a “Gian choir.”
The Chibi Maruko-chan special will consist of three episodes collectively titled “Chibi Maruko-chan – Mou Sugu Christmas! Chōnai no Do-jiman Special” (Chibi Maruko-chan – It’s Almost Christmas! The Neighborhood Boasting Special), and will air on December 23, 2018.
The three episodes are titled “Nesshō! Chnai no Do-jiman Taikai” (Sing Loudly! The Neighborhood Boasting Tournament), “Mimatsuya no Nayami” (Mimatsuya’s Worries), and “Sukiyaki Tabetai” (I Want to Eat Sukiyaki). The first episode will focus on a neighborhood boasting tournament that takes place in Maruko’s neighborhood, with guest cast also making an appearance for the special.