Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 4, 1979 to Mar 18, 2005
10 min. per episode
PG - Children
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SynopsisNobi Nobita is a 4th-grade boy in Tokyo. One day, a round, blue cat-style robot (minus ears) pops up in his desk drawer. Nobita's great-great-grandson (or something) lives in the 22nd Century, but thanks to Nobita's mistakes, the entire family is living in poverty. To rectify this, Nobita's descendent is sent Doraemon back to the past, to help prevent Nobita from making mistakes. Of course this is a difficult task since Nobita is the weakest and least intelligent child in his class. Doraemon does, however, have a 4-dimensional pocket on his front, which contains cool gadgets from the future. With these toys, Doraemon will try to help Nobita. Unfortunately, Nobita also has the bad habit of misusing Doraemon's gadgets and landing himself in yet more trouble?
Related AnimeAdaptation: Doraemon
Side story: Doraemon: Nobita and the Strange Wind Rider, Doraemon: It's New Year!, Doraemon and Itchy the Stray, Doraemon Meets Hattori the Ninja, Doraemon's Time Capsule for 2001, Doraemon: Doraemon Comes Back, Doraemon: Featherplace, Doraemon: It's Autumn!, Doraemon: It's Spring!, Doraemon: It's Summer!, Doraemon: It's Winter!, Doraemon: Summer Holiday, Doraemon: Treasure of the Shinugumi Mountain, Doraemon: What Am I for Momotarou, Doraemon: Nobita's Winged Heroes, Doraemon: Nobita & Robot Kingdom, Doraemon: Nobita's Wannyan Space-Time Legend, Doraemon: Nobita and the Dragon Rider, Doraemon: Nobita no Parallel Saiyuuki, Doraemon: Nobita's Tin-Plate Labyrinth, Doraemon: Nobita and the Kingdom of Clouds, Doraemon: Nobita's Space Story, Doraemon: Nobita's South Sea Adventure, Doraemon: Nobita and the Platoon of Iron Men, Doraemon: Nobita at the Birth of Japan, Doraemon: Nobita's Monstrous Underwater Castle, Doraemon: Nobita Gets Lost in Space, Doraemon: Nobita's Little Star Wars, Doraemon: Nobita in Dorabian Nights, Doraemon: Nobita's Great Demon, Doraemon: Nobita's Great Adventure into the Underworld, Doraemon: Nobita's Genesis Diary, Doraemon: Nobita's Galactic Express, Doraemon: Nobita's Fantastical Three Musketeers, Doraemon: Nobita's Animal Planet, Doraemon: Nobita's Adventure in Clockwork City, Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur, Doraemon: Nobita and the Legend of the Sun King, Doraemon: Nobita to Mirai Noto
Sequel: Doraemon (2005)
Characters & Voice Actors
Clear all of your previous jaundice, because Doraemon is not as clear and transparent as it would seem on the surface; it should not be simply considered as another anime on par with the pace of all of the classics of anime. With its immensely large number of episodes, and the repetitiveness of its plot line in line with flat characters that hardly undergo any change, it is easy to assume that the anime is simply about the numerous different gadgets that Doraemon brought back from the future. To change your perspective, you only need an open mind, then you will see the truth as clear as daylight.
To begin, as much as you wish to believe that Doraemon is about a ne'er do well named Nobita and how his life changed for good from the arrival of Doraemon, the plot of Doraemon actually revolves around the fact that Nobita is a boy suffering from a severe mental disability, and all of the characters, including Doraemon, are the product of his imagination. In real life, Nobita would be a little boy on his deathbed who imagined the entire series in order to keep himself entertained and to ease his pain and depression.
From this perspective, the entire series of Doraemon now becomes a series about the different sensations of human life that the little boy would’ve felt had he not fallen into a mental disability. Every time Nobita becomes depressed in the story because he was bullied by Gian or Suneo, he is probably suffering pain from his mental disease; Gian and Suneo are simply the manifestation of his illness. Every gadget Doraemon pulls out of his pouch in order to save Nobita is a manifestation of something in real life used to relieve him of his pain; or rather, it may be the surgical tools of a doctor, since sometimes the gadgets cause him pain if Nobita goes overboard with them.
The settings also provide concrete evidence to the truth behind the series. The mental capabilities of a child is much greater than that of an adult, yet it is not all powerful; it is not able to create objects that he has never seen. Therefore we see that the neighborhood inside Nobita’s imagination is very small, with a sparse number of houses and even more sparse the types of people that can be met. For example, we can only see Japanese people in the neighborhood, there is hardly any foreigners. Furthermore, when Nobita is walking around, we almost always only see blank walls, side-walks, and telephone poles; when Nobita is flying, we can only see the clouds in the sky and numerous trees and houses, with many of the same structural build-up. There are hardly any miscellaneous people or things walking around, in accordance with the fact that Nobita’s imagination can only support what it considers as important.
Now, a little bit about the series itself. At this point, if you continue to believe that Doraemon is about how Nobita's life changed for the better because of the arrival of Doraemon, you will continue to enjoy Doraemon only as a remnant of a great series of memories, and possibly, a great childhood. However, considering the complexities of the plot as analyzed, Doraemon is actually a chilling insight to how the mind will react when driven to extremities of solitude. It is painful to consider how lonely and hopeless it must be for a child on his sickbed without being looked after by a friend, and possibly abandoned by his family for good. With this in mind, the boy now proceeds to indulge in escapism in order to run away from all of the emotional and physical pain that he is experiencing. We laugh at how silly it is, and gaze in wonder at the impressive gadgets that Doraemon can pull out of his pouch, yet behind the facade of happiness and wonder, behind the cover of the moral lessons, behind the desire and personality of an ordinary school boy, there exists a background of such darkness, such that in rereading the series, one cannot help but wonder at how strong a fortitude a child can possess.
Nobita’s friends are also very important in finding just what exactly the series is trying to do. In the beginning, we know that Nobita is very interested in marrying Shizuka, but becomes very agitated when he learns from his great-grandson that he instead marries Jaiko, Jaian’s little sister. Therefore, immediately in the second episode, he tries to change his fate by imagining himself traveling to the future and then… [I will not write a spoiler]
The changes that Nobita makes because of the arrival of Doraemon gives us a clue that Nobita indeed hasn’t given up hope of his recovery, and wishes to live long enough to give birth to the next generation. However, the fact that Nobita never changes the present from his imaginary excursions with Doraemon to the past and the fact that his own manifestation in his imagination reveals that Nobita accepts the fact he cannot change his sickly body, and is not afraid to face his circumstances head on. A line from the original opening of Doraemon:
How wonderful this is,
if only it would come true.
This dream, that dream,
so many of them.
A children's anime at best. I watched Doraemon as a child and as much as I loved it back then, I still love it now. Every thing is just cliche, but the endings are always so funny and classic. There isn't anything else I love more than watching Doraemon. I'm probably insane when my friends ask me what my favorite anme is, and I say Doraemon.
but really, this is a good anime that teaches children lessons, and probably a classic if you enjoy classics. It's a long anime, sure, but worth it. Every episode is completely stand alone, and easy to pick up, easy to put down without being confused because there really is no story in each of them. read more
Both were created by the Fujiko Fujio duo, and they share many of the same themes. A strange character comes to live with a young boy who always gets into trouble and he helps him deal with his problems. With Doraemon you see the inventions, with Hattori-kun you see a lot of his knowledge and ninja training. If you like Doraemon this is right up your alley
Opening Theme#01: "Doraemon no Uta (Weekly Program OP #1, Weekday Program OP #1)" by Kumiko Oosugi, Nobuyo Oyama
#02: "Boku Doraemon (Weekday Program OP #2)" by Nobuyo Oyama, Koorogi '73
#03: "Doraemon no Uta (Weekly Program OP #2)" by Satoko Yamano
#04: "Doraemon no Uta" by Tokyo Purin
#05: "Doraemon no Uta" by Misato Watanabe
#06: "Doraemon no Uta" by AJImore
#07: "Doraemon no Uta (Non-Vocal)" by Twelve Girls Band
#08: "Hug Shichao" by Rimi Natsukawa
#09: "Yume wo Kanaete Doraemon" by mao
Ending Theme#01: "Doraemon Ekaki-uta (Extra ED theme song)" by Nobuyo Oyama
#02: "Aoi Sora wa Pocket sa" by Kumiko Oosugi
#03: "Doraemon Ondo (Extra ED theme song)" by Nobuyo Oyama, Koorogi '73
#04: "Dorami-chan Ekaki-uta (Extra ED theme song)" by Keiko Yokozawa
#05: "Maru-gao no Uta" by Nobuyo Oyama
#06: "Boku-tachi Chikyuu-jin" by Mitsuko Horiemore
#07: "Aozora-tte Iina" by Mitsuko Horie
#08: "Ashita mo Tomodachi" by Yui Nishiwaki
#09: "Boku Doraemon 2112" by Nobuyo Oyama, Koorogi '73
#10: "Mata Aeru Hi made" by YUZU
#11: "Tanpopo no Uta" by THE ALFEE
#12: "YUME-biyori" by Hitomi Shimatani
#13: "Aa Iina!" by W [Double You]
#14: "Odore Dore Dora Doraemon Ondo" by Wasabi Mizuta
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