Doraemon TV Anime Marks 40th Anniversary by Remaking the First Episode

TV Asahi’s official website for the current Doraemon television anime has announced that the anime’s first episode will have a remake. The premiere “Yume no Machi, Nobita Land” (Dream Town, Nobita Land) episode aired on April 2, 1979, and the remake celebrates the airing’s 40th anniversary. The remade episode will air on April 5, 2019.

The episode focuses on Doraemon’s “Instant Miniature-Making Camera,” which can create real miniatures from photos of objects. The episode begins when Nobita’s mother scolds Nobita and Doraemon for practicing roller skates inside the house. However, they also cannot practice outside due to dangerous traffic. They decide to play dodge-ball with Shizuka and Suneo in an empty lot, but find that it is now off-limits. When Nobita returns home, he says that he wants his own town and world where he can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, without anyone saying anything about it. Doraemon presents the Camera, and Nobita takes all sorts of pictures for his plan to make his own “Nobita Land.”

The manga creator duo Fujiko Fujio debuted their famous robot cat manga in 1969.

Source: ANN

Fujiko F. Fujio Museum to Debut Doraemon & F Chara All-Stars Anime Short

The official website for the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum has announced that the museum’s F Theater will screen a new anime short titled “Doraemon & F Chara All-Stars: Getsumen Race de Dai-Pinch” (Big Trouble in the Race on the Moon) on March 9, 2019. The short will include characters from Fujiko F. Fujio’s various works, with original cast members from their anime adaptations returning to reprise their roles.

The cast includes:

  • Wasabi Mizuta is Doraemon (Doraemon)
  • Megumi Oohara is Nobita (Doraemon)
  • Yoshito Yasuhara is Birdman (Perman)
  • Nozomu Sasaki is Emon (21 Emon)
  • Kazuko Sugiyama is Monga (21 Emon)
  • Naoki Tatsuta is Gonsuke (21 Emon)
  • Yuji Mitsuya is Bon Namihira (Time Patrol Bon)
  • Junko Hori is Chinpui (Chinpui)
  • Megumi Hayashibara is Eri Kasuga (Chimpui)

Midzuki Tsujimura is writing the script. Yukiyo Teramoto is directing the short.

Source: ANN

Additional Cast Members Announced for the 2019 Doraemon Anime Film

Additional cast members have been announced for the forthcoming Eiga Doraemon no Nobita no Getsumen Tansaki (Doraemon the Movie: Chronicle of the Moon Exploration) anime film:

  • Junko Minagawa is Luka
  • Alice Hirose is Luna
  • Sōichi Nakaoka is Cancer
  • Shigeo Takahashi is Crab
  • Yuuya Yagira is Goddard
  • Kōtarō Yoshida is Diabolo

Shinnosuke Yakuwa is directing the film, which will be his first work directing from an original script. Naoki Prize-winning mystery author Midzuki Tsujimura is writing the script, and she is also writing a novel adaptation. Dai Hirai is performing the theme song “The Gift.”

The film is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters on March 1, 2019.

Source: ANN

Doraemon and Chibi Maruko-chan to Get Christmas Specials

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.

Source: ANN

Four Additional Cast Members Announced for the 2018 Doraemon Anime Film

Four more cast members have been announced for the forthcoming 2018 Doraemon film, Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island:

  • Daiki Yamashita is Flock
  • Fumiko Orikasa is Sarah
  • Ryûzaburô Ôtomo is Gaga
  • Saori Hayami is Vivi

Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters on March 3, 2018.

Source: ANN

Disney XD to Premiere Doraemon Season 2 on June 15, 2015

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.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces New Doraemon Brand Partners

VIZ Media brings aboard tasty new brand partners for Doraemon as it announces delicious new snack products inspired by the beloved titular character’s favorite food, Dorayaki, to be offered by JFC International and Beard Papa’s. VIZ Media is the North and Latin American master merchandise licensee for the celebrated anime property, overseeing the licensing and development of a range of products across a variety of consumer categories.

JFC International, Inc. is a leading global distributor of Asian specialty foods and snack products. The company is featuring an officially branded Doraemon Dorayaki that features an imprinted design of the character, with each package featuring 1 of 20 collectable stickers. Dorayaki is a type of pancake enjoyed widely as a snack in Japan that is filled with sweet red bean paste.

Beard Papa’s is an international chain of cream puff stores that was originally founded in Japan. To celebrate Doraemon, the company is unveiling a special Doraemon Collaboration Cream Puff for its presence at NYC Japan Week 2015, taking place in New York City at Grand Central Station. The confectioner will also showcase and offer samples of the custom cream puff inspired by Doraemon’s favorite food Dorayaki, also known as Yummy Buns on the show, during NYC Japan Week. This cream puff mixes the famous Beard Papa’s custard cream with red bean and chestnuts ($3.25 ea).

For a limited time, orders for customers that purchase of 6 or more Beard Papa’s cream puffs will come packaged in a special Doraemon collaboration take-out box. Select Beard Papa’s Café store locations, including the Upper Westside (NY) store in Manhattan (2167 Broadway, New York, NY 10024), will also carry this flavor after Japan Week concludes (available from February 21-April 17, 2015).

Doraemon is a unique and colorful global ambassador for Japanese pop culture and we are excited to welcome aboard JFC International and Beard Papa’s as licensed partners for the brand and to have the character prominently featured in a variety of delicious new snacks and confections from these companies,” says Daisuke Aoki, VIZ Media Vice President, Licensing.

Doraemon is one of the most beloved character properties worldwide and started as a manga series created by Fujiko F. Fujio in 1970. It later became a popular anime series and product franchise in Japan that continues to be a smash hit worldwide, especially in Asia. The comedy series depicts the adventures of Doraemon, a blue robot cat from the 22nd century, who travels back in time to help a boy named Noby using various secret gadgets procured from his 4th Dimensional Pocket. Episodes often offer lessons for young viewers about honesty, cooperation, courage, and respect.

Doraemon marks its 45th Anniversary in 2015 and continues to be a major worldwide franchise with over $500 million in annual global retail sales and over 600 active licensees. Over 140 million copies of the manga have been published. Doraemon also holds the largest box office attendance record in Japan of any movie franchise, toppling Godzilla, with 34 feature films released to-date and over 100 million tickets sold last year alone. The property’s first 3D feature film, Stand By Me Doraemon, was released in Japan in August 2014. The Doraemon character is also Tokyo’s bid to act as its Special Ambassador for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.