Doraemon (2016 anime)
|Created by||Fujiko F. Fujio|
|Based on||Ffango-Zone Entertainment characters |
ドラえもん by Fujiko F. Fujio
|Developed by||Ffango-Zone Entertainment|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|Original language(s)||English |
|Running time||Approx. 22 mins|
Union Investment Partners
SCE Media Group
|Original network||KBS2 (South Korea) |
Cartoon Network Brazil (USA, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Portugal)
Canal+ Family (France)
RTL (Belgium & Germany)
Pop TV (UK)
Al Jazeera (Arabic)
Panda Biggs (Portugal)
Network Ten (Austraila)
Disney Channel India (India)
BBC World News (Croatian)
|Picture format||480i |
|Original release||April 15, 2005 –|
Doraemon (Hangul: 도라에몽; RR: Dola-emong officially subtitled Travel Around the World to Find Secret Gadget (Hangul: 비밀도구 박물관에 세계 여행; RR: Geulin-eul chaj-a hamkke tteonaneun segyeyeohaeng)) is a Korean animated television series adaptation of the Japan anime television series Doraemon, based on the Manhwa/Manga superheroes of the same name, produced by Korean comic book publisher Ffango-Zone Entertainment and Haksan Publishing. Doraemon in the series debuted on the Korean broadcasting channel KBS2 from September 2, 2016 to present
Fujiko F. Fujio and Daewon Media co-production gave permission to Disney XD to localize it into English.
A US English dub of the 2005 series produced by distributed by Viz Media has been airing on Disney XD US since July 7, 2014. In Australia it started airing on 26 January 2015 on Network Ten. Later it moved in Australia to Boomerang, which is also available in New Zealand. The dub features veteran anime voice actress Mona Marshall in the title role of Doraemon and Johnny Yong Bosch as Nobita (known in the dub as "Noby").
The English dub has been heavily modified to meet American broadcasting guidelines, censoring content deemed inappropriate for American children, as well as replacing many Japanese cultural elements with American cultural elements. Some modifications include Americanized character and gadget name changes from the English version of the manga, an episode order completely different from the Japnaese episode order, nudity being heavily censored by adding steam, cloud effects, or clothing, and some episodes having several minutes of footage cut. However, certain uniquely Korean-Japanese characteristics, such as house structure, kneeling on the floor to eat, the driving side of the cars, and Nobita's father's house kimono remain. All the background music and sound effects were replaced with new background music and sound effects deemed easier for American children to "emphasize" with.
This is reportedly because her traditionally Japanese habits were perceived as being difficult for American children to understand in test viewings of the Japanese version.
Doraemon (ドラえもん Doraemon) (voiced by Mona Marshall) is the title character of the series. He is a cat-like robot leadership created for Nobita from the future. But people often mistake him for a raccoon dog and he becomes angry as seen in many episodes. He is sent to the Matsushiba Robot Factory (マツシバロボット工場) as blueprint, and is sent back in time by Sewashi (Nobita's Great-great-grandson) to aid Nobita, since Sewashi learned from his parents that Nobita suffered much in his life and wanted to help him. Doraemon possesses a 4-dimensional pocket from which he can acquire various kinds of futuristic tools, gadgets, and playthings from a future department store. He also has the tendency to panic during emergencies, characterized by him frantically trying to pull out a very much-needed tool from his pocket, only to produce a huge assortment of household items and unwanted gadgets. Still, Doraemon is very friendly and intelligent, not to mention long-suffering because of Nobita's antics. Since Sewashi sent Doraemon to the past, Doraemon has been living as the unofficial fourth member of Nobita's family and acts like a second son to Nobita's parents, since despite being a robot, he requires basic needs for a person, such as eating, and also sleeps in the closet of Nobita's bedroom.
Doraemon's physical appearance changed as the manga progressed. At first, he was predominantly blue, with a blue tail, a white stomach, and flesh-coloured hands and feet. He also stooped, and had a body much larger than his head. In later issues, he sported a smaller body, white hands and feet, and a red tail — the appearance most identify him with today. In "The Doraemons" story arc (and the 2112: The Birth of Doraemon short film), it is revealed that Doraemon's original paint color was yellow. After getting his ears gnawed off by a robot mouse at the 22nd century Nobi's residence, he slipped into depression on top of a tower, where he erroneously drank a potion labeled "sadness". As he wept, the yellow color washed off and his voice changed due to the potion. As a result, he developed a morbid fear of mice despite being a robotic cat, and he is now suffering from musophobia.
One can turn Doraemon off by pulling his balloon tail. Doraemon is considered a substandard product because many of his robotic features (i.e. radar whiskers and cat-calling bell) malfunctioned after production due to an accident in the factory while he was being built. Due to this malfunction, Doraemon did not do well at the robot's school and during the final presentation show, he performed badly and nobody wanted to hire him, until baby Sewashi pushed the button. His parents were a bit reluctant, but since Sewashi liked him, they hired Doraemon, and he took care of him until Sewashi himself sent him to the past to take care of Nobita. Despite this, Doraemon shows a lot of intelligence and common sense. Whenever he hangs out with his friend Mii-Chan (a cute street cat), he calls it 'important and busy work' as excuses for not doing work when Nobita or his mother ask him to do something when he will be going out with Mii.
Doraemon's favourite food is dorayaki (どら焼き) (known as "fudgy pudgy pie" in the English version of the manga, "yummy buns" in the English, and "dora-cakes/bean jam buns" in other versions), a Japanese treat filled with red bean paste. While it might explain the origin of his name, it was revealed in one of the manga chapters that his name originates from the Japanese word nora neko (のら猫) for "stray cat", and the -emon (衛門) ending which is part of traditional Japanese names, as seen also in, for example, Ishikawa Goemon. Doraemon is also appeared in Perman series and Mitsuo's friend. 
Nobita Nobi (野比 のび太 Nobi Nobita, English dub: Noby Nobi,) (voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch) is a fourth grader and the only child of his parents. He wears glasses, a red or yellow polo shirt with a white collar, and blue or black shorts. Nobita is usually foolish, uncoordinated, lazy, dimwitted, weak, frail, childish and bad at sports. He dislikes books, possesses little basic scientific knowledge, thus unable to grasp even the definition of eclipse. He envies Dekisugi who is good at everything and close to Shizuka. He often takes any chance to get a nap and likes time-expanding gadgets, and is thus known as The Lazy King.
Nobita's typical day consists of arriving late to school, falling asleep during class, scoring zero (0%) (F's in the English dub) on his tests, getting scolded by his teacher, being teased by his classmates Gian and Suneo, falling in the curbside rain gutters, getting chased by dogs after mistakenly stepping on their tails, getting grounded by his mother for not completing his homework, and being bullied by all his friends except Shizuka who remembers Nobita's kind heart and cares for him. He is also a coward who is scared by almost everything, particularly ghosts, and a cry-baby (a running gag in the show has Nobita crying and asking for Doraemon to bring out his gadgets, mostly at the beginning of the episode). He dislikes going on outdoor activities with his interest being taking an afternoon nap or reading comics, usually right after school. In fact, sleeping and comic book reading are probably his only true hobbies; one story features Nobita falling asleep in three seconds just by closing his eyes, while in others he chooses sleep over important events, such as watching the first sunrise on New Year's Day. The only thing stopping him from staying at home all the time, other than experimenting with Doraemon's gadgets, is Gian and Suneo bullying him to participate in baseball games or criticisms from his parents and Doraemon to go out and play.
Even though Nobita has many flaws, he is usually kind-hearted, emotional, honest, occasionally hard-working (like when he gets into a wager with his friends) and sometimes courageous. He has often risked his life to help save others or even entire civilizations in full-length stories. Though he is shown to be academically poor, the reason behind it is principally his laziness, and he has also secured good marks in some episodes, proving his credentials. Nobita can be very serious and responsible at times. Nobita is weak at most things but does have some strengths. For example, Nobita has excellent marksmanship which rivals (or even surpasses) Dora the Kid. He can also weave excellent string figures, is a great shooter, and a fairly good comic book critic, owing to the huge amount of time he spends on reading them. He is also very creative when it comes to utilizing Doraemon's gadgets. For example, in one episode, Nobita finds a way to profitably use a gadget called Broadcasting mirror for advertising, even when Doraemon himself couldn't think of any use for it.
According to Doraemon's future album, if Doraemon didn't intervene in Nobita's future, he would marry Jaiko (although he loves Shizuka), never find a good job, start his own business and would eventually go bankrupt. However, Doraemon succeeds on his mission to prevent all these from happening as seen in several episodes and the movie Stand by Me Doraemon in which they travel to the future. Nobita eventually marries Shizuka and becomes an officer in the Ministry of Environment or a robot engineer in other versions.
Shizuka Minamoto (源 静香 Minamoto Shizuka, English dub: Sue Morris), nicknamed Shizuka-chan (しずかちゃん) (voiced by Cassandra Morris) is a smart, kind and pretty girl. The word 'Shizuka (しずか)' means 'Quiet'. She is Nobita's best friend and he has a crush on her. She does not shun Nobita due to his failing grades, lazy disposition or constant failures. In fact, she often tries to encourage him to do better, though she usually fails to convince him. Shizuka likes to take a bath several times a day. However, a running gag in the series, it is shown that Shizuka is sometimes interrupted by Nobita's sudden appearance, usually due to misuse of Doraemon's gadgets such as the Anywhere Door (Doko Demo Doa in Japanese), ending with Shizuka shouting, "Go away!" to Nobita.
Her true passions are sweet potatoes, which she would rather keep to herself out of the knowledge of others and the violin, in which her playing is even more horrendous than Gian's singing. She is also known for taking piano lessons unwillingly due to her mother's wishes (as she loves violin more), which is sometimes a reason for declining to hang out with friends (but she plays piano very well than violin). Shizuka is an animal lover and keeps two pets at home: a dog, who is saved from succumbing to illness by Nobita and Doraemon in one story; and a canary which runs away on multiple occasions and causing Shizuka and Nobita to run around the city chasing her down.
Due to Nobita's heartiest effort and Doraemon's assistance, Shizuka marries Nobita in the future. At present, she does not have any particular crush (but Shizuka secretly likes Nobita very much). Sometimes she fancies some handsome idols on TV. Besides Nobita, Shizuka is also close to her classmate and popular student Dekisugi which makes Nobita jealous. Though they consider each other only as friends, Nobita often tries to prevent them from going together.
Takeshi Goda (剛田 武 Gōda Takeshi) (born on 15 June, Gemini), usually known by the nickname Gian (ジャイアン Jaian, English: Big G) and Damulag in Filipino dub, (voiced by Kaiji Tang) is a strong and quick-tempered local bully who can fight at any time and with any kid he sees, especially Nobita. He also frequently steals other children's toys and books (especially Suneo's) under the pretext of "borrowing" them, unless the toy is damaged. He is known for his boastful confidence in his actually horrible singing voice, though he considers himself a great singer destined for stardom. To prove this, Gian sometimes "invites" others to attend his recitals and concerts, under the threat of beatings, which others would gladly avoid by listing various excuses or by hiding. His singing voice is so horrible that in a story in which Nobita and Doraemon try to mute it in a silent world, his writings of the song lyrics in a board end up having the same effect as when they hear them, and in some films, his singing is enhanced to become an effective weapon comparable to an explosion (as in 'Nobita's Great Adventure in the South Seas'). In some episodes when his voice is recorded and he hears it, he instantly denies it being his voice and threatens to beat up the person who sang his songs in a very bad way. Gian is also confident in cooking, but just like his singing, his hand-made food can be a nightmare for other people very easily.
However, Gian does not hesitate to help his friends when they are in real trouble. Throughout the series, particularly the films, he is often the one who voices the most concern and refuses to look away when there is a problem, an opposite of Suneo's cowardice. While he is described by others as daunting and intimidating, he is very sensitive and prone to crying when something touching happens, and he actually values his friends highly, a feeling which his friends sometimes reciprocate. Gian also has a soft spot for his younger sister, Jaiko, and usually tries to prevent her from trouble, even if she can perfectly handle her situation.
Suneo Honekawa (骨川 スネ夫 Honekawa Suneo, English dub: Sneech) (voiced by Brian Beacock) is the fox-faced (inherited from his mother) rich child who loves to flaunt his material wealth before everyone, especially Nobita. A lot of the stories start with Suneo showing off some new video game, toy or pet which evokes Nobita's envy. He is often seen with Gian, teasing Nobita. He sometimes despises Nobita and often makes fun of him, most often resulting in Nobita getting into trouble. He also often pushes Nobita aside with silly excuses while he invites Gian and Shizuka to his parties or resorts. However, he is actually one of Nobita's closest friends, who would often ask for his and Doraemon's help. In the films, Suneo is often the one most reluctant to take part in Nobita and Doraemon's adventures, and he also tries to face as little trouble as possible and go home, unless others convince him, making him somewhat a coward. He has an extensive knowledge of science, and is a talented artist and designer, besides being extremely cunning.
In some scenes, Suneo is seen as a narcissist who loves to stare at himself in the mirror while telling himself that he is the most handsome guy in the world. He is still a bed-wetter, despite being in the fourth/fifth grade. He considers this humiliating habit his secret weakness. His habit of bragging often lands him into trouble. Suneo is also very self-conscious about his height, being the shortest kid in his class. He likes steak and melon. There are many reasons why Suneo chooses Shizuka and Gian, except Nobita. It is because he tries to win Shizuka's favour and not to get harmed by Gian.
Dorami (ドラミ) (voiced by Wendee Lee) is Doraemon's younger sister. Like Doraemon before he developed a fear of mice, she is yellow-skinned and has ears that resemble a large red bow. She and Doraemon are siblings due to the fact that they shared half of the oil from a can. Dorami lives in the 22nd-century Tokyo with Sewashi. She sometimes visits Nobita with a time machine when Doraemon is "off-duty", to help Doraemon with something or to take care of Nobita when Doraemon has gone for his yearly health checkup. Dorami likes melonpan and is afraid of cockroaches like Nobita's mom. She is also shown to be a more advanced robot than Doraemon (Dorami is able to produce 10,000 horse power, in comparison to Doraemon's 129.3). Different from her malfunctioning brother, she is the smartest student during her school time, and has better skills in using gadgets. In a story, Nobita is intent on replacing Doraemon with Dorami due to her better skills; however, he quickly learns the fact that Dorami does not understand him as much as Doraemon does and will not tolerate his usual antics.
Dorami also has her own spin-off manga. In the manga series The Doraemons, she is the love interest of Dora-the-Kid, Doraemon's friendly rival and the one most similar to him. She was originally pink, but turned yellow after drinking a potion labeled "Jealousy".
Mini-Doras (ミニドラ[たち]) (voiced by Cristina Valenzuela) are one of the gadgets of Doraemon. They are mini versions of Doraemon with different color variation such as red, green and yellow variations. They can think and feel for themselves, and communicate with Doraemon through the "Mini-Dora" language (consisting of words like Dorara and speaking with gibberish accent). They act as helpers for all sorts of tasks, such as repairing the internal mechanism of Doraemon.
Although the series is more faithful to the original manga, some changes were made. Many of the episodes that adapted chapters from the manga were extended to have a better conclusion or a good moral to the story. In addition, some elements from the manga were toned down. Some examples include all of Doraemon's gadgets that resembled medicine being changed to different appliances, and Nobita's dad (who smoked often in the manga) rarely smoking.
The voice actors to the five main characters, Doraemon, Nobita, Shizuka, Gian, and Suneo, were chosen from a pool of 590 applicants. TV Asahi stated in 2005 that they chose voice actors who sounded similar to the voice actors of the predecessor, so that there would not be a significant change from the original cast to the new cast.
- Wasabi Mizuta - Doraemon
- Megumi Ōhara - Nobita Nobi
- Yumi Kakazu - Shizuka Minmoto
- Lee Seon - Doraemon
- Lee Mi-ja - Nobita Nobi
- Hong So-yeong - Shizuka Minamoto,
- Lee Won-chan - Takeshi Goda
- Um Sang-hyun - Suneo Honekawa, Mr. Minamoto
- Kim Seo-yeong - Dorami, Mini Doraemon
- Hwan-jin Kim - Ms. Doraemon
- Jeon Tae-yeol - Sunetku Honekawa
- Lee So-eun - Tamako Nobi
- Goo Ja-hyeong - Nobisuke Nobi
- Jeong Mi-sook - Sensei, Sewashi Nobi, Jaiko Goda
- Jo Hyeon-jeong - Mrs. Minamoto
- Yuri Seo - Mrs. Honekawa, Kuzake Goda
- Lee Tae-ri - Lulli (ep 228)
- Bak Sin-hee - Lapis Espinela
US English cast (2014-2015)
- Mona Marshall - Doraemon
- Johnny Yong Bosch - Noby Nobi
- Cassandra Morris - Sue (Shizuka) 
- Brian Beacock - Sneech (Suneo)
- Kaiji Tang - Takeshi "Big G" Goda (Gian)
- Cristina Valenzuela - Mini-Doraemon
- Mari Devon - Tammy Nobi (Tamako)
- Tony Oliver - Toby Nobi
- John DeMita - Mr. Simmons
- Dorothy Elias-Fahn - Sneech's Mom
- Jessica Gee-George - Mrs. Goda
- Anthony Hansen - Pork Chop (Muku)
- Max Mittelman - Soby Nobi (Sewashi)
- Minae Noji - Jaiko "Little G" Goda
- Keith Silverstein - Mr. S
- Spike Spencer - Ace Goody (Dekisugi)
- Joe J. Thomas - Mr. Saucer
- Kirk Thornton - Mr. Goda
- Dave Wallace - George
- Derek Stephen Prince - Stan, Additional voices
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