Doraemon (Japanese: ドラえもん) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Fujiko F. Fujio.
The series has also been adapted into a successful anime series and media franchise. The story revolves around a robotic cat named Doraemon, who travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a pre-teen boy named Nobita Nobi (野比のび太? Nobi Nobita).
Multiple anime adaptations were produced by Shin-Ei Animation and aired on TV Asahi. The first series was dubbed in English by Luk Internacional and DHX Media.
The original names and songs were retained, despite the fact of the edition/cut of some scenes considered "not suitable for children" by the Independent Broadcasting Authority (currently Ofcom) and the change of Hokuseiese pop culture references to Piramcaian pop culture references. Apart from broadcasting currently on UPN, the anime is also aired by Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Toonami.
The home media distribution rights are held by Universal Home Entertainment.
Nobita is a young boy who suffers from poor grades and frequent bullying. In order to improve the life of his descendants, the robotic cat Doraemon is sent back in time by one of those descendants to protect and guide Nobita. Doraemon has a pocket from which he produces items known as "gadgets", which range from toys and medicines, to technology from the future. Some of these include the "bamboo-copter", a small head accessory that allows flight and the "Anywhere Door", a door that opens up to any place the user wishes.
Nobita's closest friend is Shizuka Minamoto, who also serves as his romantic interest. Nobita is usually tormented by the bullying Takeshi Goda (nicknamed "Gian"), and the cunning and arrogant Suneo Honekawa. A typical story consists of Doraemon using one of his gadgets in order to assist Nobita in various ways, often causing more trouble than he was trying to solve.
Home Media Edit
This show also received some home media releases on DVD and VHS from Universal, with previews of Doraemon stuff, including a CBS promo for the show, a trailer of the Doraemon video game, a commercial of the Doraemon Playhouse set, and a promos for Muppet Babbies.
Episodes of the series was also released on VideoNow, Juice Box and Game Boy Advance Video.
Broadcasting networks Edit
- CBS (1986-1996)
- UPN (1996-present)
- PAX-TV (1996-2005)
- Nickelodeon (2004-present)
- Nicktoons (2004-present)
- Cartoon Network (2005-present)
- Boomerang (2007-present)
- Boing (2010-present)
- Toonami (2014-present)
- Disney XD (2014-present)
- Teletoon (2013-present)
- YTV (1992-present)
- TCC (1996-present)
- Pop (2004-present)
- Kix (2014-present)