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A swivelling chair in a shop in Hanoi, Vietnam, carrying the likeness of the Japanese manga and anime character, Doraemon.
|Written by||Tanaka Michiaki|
|Original run||1991 – 1992/2002|
The series originated from the first and only 3DO game 『Doraemon-Legend of Friendship, The Doraemons』（ドラえもん 友情伝説ザ・ドラえもんズ）, where the six protagonists was created. Then, the original author Fujiko Fujio agrees with the story and adds these settings in the original series, even though the settings wouldn't appear in any of the original manga and anime series. This subseries runs the short anime movie series from 1995 to 2002, and have two version of manga by Michiaki Tanaka (田中 道明 Tanaka Michiaki?) and Yukihiro Mitani (三谷 幸広 Mitani Yukihiro?).
However, after TV Asahi began to run the new Doraemon anime since 2005, none of the episodes taking place in the 22nd century has been doing with The Doraemons to date. The staff haven't explained this contradiction of settings.
The Doraemons, or Dora Dora Seven DD7, is a kind of an old boys' association of the Robot School (ロボット学校 Robotto Gakkō?) which Doraemon attended. All the seven male members are cat-like robots of the same type, enjoy dorayaki, but usually add their own preferred seasoning. They have rock-hard heads they can use as a weapons, or to break out of prison (among other things), but this is even more enhanced in Doraemon, since he has no other special weapons, and has no ears or hat to get in the way when using this mode of attack. The gadget that can connect them is Friendship Telecard. They can call each other with the card everywhere and every time when one or more Members are facing problems.
- Doraemon (ドラえもん Doraemon?)
- Nationality: Japan
- (Voiced by Nobuyo Ōyama or Chisa Yokoyama)
- The original protagonist in the main series. In the series he acts like a leader to lead the Doraemons. Enjoys his dorayaki plain.
- Dora-the-Kid (ドラ・ザ・キッド Dora za Kiddo?)
- Nationality: United States
- (Voiced by Yoku Shioya→ Chisa Yokoyama→ Keiichi Nanba)
- Dora-the-Kid, nicknamed Kid, works for a sheriff's deputy in Texas, USA (in some versions, it's corrected as a Western-style planet), with the old sheriff captain and his granddaughter Anyi. Kid is also is the secret agent of the Time Patrol Police. He is good at quick shooting, same as Nobita, but he has a fear of heights (acrophobia). Kid's weapon of choice is the Air Gun, which appears to be the front muzzle of a giant revolver that is equipped onto Kid's arm (He has no fingers to fire a regular pistol). The Air Gun shoots out a big blast of air that can knock down anyone that gets hit. His variation of Doraemon's four-dimensional Pocket is the four-dimensional hat (四次元ハット yonjigen hatto?) that Kid wears on his head. Enjoys his dorayaki with ketchup and mustard on it. Though in most times he think girls are trouble, he is the sweet (or romance) character, when he faces the girls. In one chapter, he is best known as a samurai.
- Wang Dora (王ドラ Wan Dora?) Chinese: 王哆啦
- Nationality: China
- (Voiced by Kumiko Nishihara→ Megumi Hayashibara)
- He is the smartest among the Doraemons and is a master of kung fu. He studies medicine in the Qing Dynasty, China while he works for an assistant of a doctor of Chinese medicine. His only weakness is that he cannot face girls. Wang Dora's variation of the four-dimensional pocket are his four-dimensional sleeves (四次元そで yonjigen sode?) on his shirt. Enjoys his dorayaki with rāyu. He's best of friend with El Matadora, but they often clashed.
- Dora-med III (ドラメッドⅢ世 Dora-meddo Sansei?) Arabic: ثالثا درة ميد; Hebrew: דורה-ים-תיכוני השלישי
- Nationality: Saudi Arabia
- (Voiced by Masaharu Satō)
- He wears Arabian clothes and forecasts from the tarot. He chose to be a royal consultant in Saudi Arabia on Middle East. Needless to say, he can't swim. He is also quite proficient in magic and the black arts. His dream is to open a "Water Land" theme park for children who live in desert regions. When he gets angry, he grows several times his size (proportional to how angry he is,) becoming a giant. Dora-Med III's variation of the four-dimensional pocket is his four-dimensional magic lamp (四次元ランプ yonjigen ranpu?). Enjoys frozen dorayaki. He is the only member to has religion (he follows Sunni Islam), and he also loves Christmas (maybe he has spent times in Lebanon), unlike another Arabic people. The funny is in one chapter during the Christmas, he shows a table with a language may relate to Hebrew language, Israel.
- Dora-nichov (or Dora-nikov) (ドラニコフ Dora-nikofu?) Russian: Дора-ничов/Дора-ников
- Nationality: Russia
- (Voiced by Teiyū Ichiryūsai→ Toshiharu Sakurai)
- Dora-nichov lives in Siberia, Russia, but often works in Hollywood as a popular movie actor of Werewolf series in the 22nd century, or even travels to the past when Russia is ruled by Tsar Nicholas II. He is taciturn (and can only communicate with growls, etc.) and is extremely sensitive to the cold. He transforms himself into a wolf if he looks at something that looks like the moon; in this form he can attack enemies by biting or simply wreaking havoc, etc. He is able to blow fire out of his mouth by taking something hot like Tabasco. Dora-nichov uses the four-dimensional scarf (四次元マフラー yonjigen mafurā?) covering his face as an alternative to the four dimensional pocket. He usually doesn't eat dorayaki in front of others, because the round snack would let him transform, wreaking havoc, so he likes it with dog food. He is one of the poorest member in The Doraemons, and his clothes may relate to the Siberian Cossack farmers in the history.
- El Matadora (エル・マタドーラ Eru Matadōra?)
- Nationality: Spain
- (Voiced by Kazue Ikura→ Kyousei Tsukui→ Ryūsei Nakao)
- He is the strongest guy of the team. He likes napping (siesta), even naps in any danger or anywhere. He lives in Barcelona, Spain and works for a roast meat restaurant "Carmen" (which is named after the daughter of the chefm, and also El's love interest, Carmen), but also masking himself to save the poor, as an alter-ego Keikai-Dora, a parody of Zorro (Though this form isn't much different from his original appearance, except with his Magic Cloak pulled over the top of his head). His dream is to be a matador. El Matadora is the only other Doraemon (other than Doraemon himself) to use the four-dimensional pocket. He likes dorayaki with spaghetti sauce. His Magic Cloak which can blow enemies away or deflect bullets, etc. Totally different from Wang Dora, he is a playboy among girls.
- Dora-rinho (ドラリーニョ Dora Rīnyo?)
- Nationality: Brazil
- (Voiced by Mie Suzuki)
- He is very quick, can run very fast and has many powerful soccer skills, but forgetful. He lives in Brazil. He spends days in playing Association Football with the Mini-Doras (ミニドラ軍団 Mini-Dora Gundan?, lit. Mini-Dora Army), and also be a coach of a Brazilian boy, Nobinho (ノビーニョ Nobīnyo?). The Mini-Doras each have a miniature version of Doraemon's four-dimensional pocket that Dora-rinho could take gadgets from, though the gadgets are equally as small as the Mini-Doras. He can attack enemies by kicking soccer balls at them. He enjoys dorayaki with Tabasco_Sauce. His soccer-shaped bell turns into a bell of an ordinary looking when he is angry. His character is similar to Mario Balotelli: crazy, prank anyone stay close with him, so sometimes he is called Balotelli of The Doraemons.
- Principal Teraodai (寺尾台校長 Teraodai-kōchō?)
- (Voiced by Ichirō Nagai)
- The principal of the Robot School in the 22nd century, the inventor of the cat robots, and also the greatgrandchild of Hiroshi Teraodai (寺尾台ヒロシ Teraodai Hiroshi?), the principal of Public Tsukimidai Elementary School (which appears in the main series.) He grew up with four similar brothers.
- He's both a mischievous and treacherous person, but he trusts in The Doraemons despite many of their bad scores in school. He often gives tasks to The Doraemons.
- Noramyako (ノラミャー子 Noramyako?)
- (Voiced by Yūko Minaguchi→ Ai Nonaka)
- One of Doraemon's friend in the Robot School. She was originally a character from Fujiko's story, who is a girlfriend of Doraemon, but broke up with Doraemon because she continuously laughed at his lack of ears. In the newer anime version, she reconciles with Doraemon and works as a dancer in the 22nd century.
- The Mysterious Thief Dorapin (ドラパン Dorapan?)
- Nationality: France
- (Voiced by Akira Kamiya)
- He is a mysterious cat-like robot thief from France, clearly modelled after Arsène Lupin. He has a wand with a jewel on it used to change the material of one object into another (e.g. paper -> water, rock -> china, etc.). He fears the dark and dogs. He likes eating dorayaki with cheese. Though often misunderstood for a "villain", he always steals for a reason, especially to help the poor.
- Jaidora (ジェドーラ Jedōra?)
- Nationality: Italy
- (Voiced by Kōichi Yamadera)
- One of Doraemon's friend in the Robot School. A fantastic cook from Italy. Strangely for his hobby, he wears glasses and can't see without them. His emotions change quite rarely, and he runs in circles frantically when in panic.
- Dr. Achimoff (アチモフ Achimofu?) Russian: Ачимов
- (Voiced by Banjō Ginga)
- He is the German-Russian professor, and also is the major enemy of the Doraemons. He is the evil doctor, and tries all ways to conquer the world. On one chapter, he wants to steal the Doraemons friendship cards, but fail.
- He was once the major enemy of the original manga series. If the Doraemons have any actions, Jerry would intervene them and not let them to successfully end the mission. He was eventually defeated by the Doraemons along with Dora Crybaby, Dora Eater and Dradra Dora.
The Doraemons has 2 versions of volumes in this manga:
- The Doraemons (main): The main series of The Doraemons, created by Michiaki Tanaka (田中 道明 Tanaka Michiaki?), who was also the original designer of the game story and characters. The series keep on the life and adventures of the Doraemons, and some of the chapters include the anime movie stories.
- The Doraemons' Special (12 volumes): Created by Yukihiro Mitani (三谷 幸広 Mitani Yukihiro?). Another journey of The Doraemons. This series have a very major difference with Nobita's frequent participation in most of the Doraemons' adventures, instead of the only focus on the Doraemons. However, other recurring characters from the main series (Shizuka, etc.) and human partners of other DD7 members don't have too much focus as same as Nobita. The adventures mostly appear in many different eras rather than 22nd century, and some of the character settings have slight differences from the original version by Tanaka.
- The Doraemons' Special: Robot School Memories (3 volumes): The Doraemons' past journeys in the Robot School, created by Mitani.
Main article: List of Doraemon media § The Doraemons Films
Main article: List of Doraemon media § Dorami-chan and Doraemons Films
The Doraemons characters made their anime debut in the 1995 short film 2112: The Birth of Doraemon. There are several short animated films of The Doraemons, released alongside Doraemon's theatrical movies.
- Doraemon Characters (Japanese)