Doraemon: Nobita's Great Battle of the Mermaid King

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Nobita's Great Battle of the Mermaid King
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Theatrical Release Poster
Japaneseドラえもん のび太の人魚大海戦
HepburnDoraemon Nobita no Ningyo Daikaisen
LiterallyDoraemon The Movie: Nobita's Great Battle of the Mermaid King
Directed byKozo Kusuba
Produced byKumi Ogura
Maiko Sumida
Shunsuke Okura
Takumi Fujimori
Tateshi Yamazaki
Written byYuichi Shinbo
Starring
Music byKan Sawada
CinematographyKatsuyoshi Kishi
Edited byHideaki Murai
Keiki Mimura
Riko Fujimoto
Toshihiko Kojima
Yumiko Nakaba
Production
company
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • March 6, 2010 (2010-03-06)
Running time
99 Minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Budget9.000€
Box office¥3.16 billion[1]

Doraemon The Movie: Nobita's Great Battle of the Mermaid King[a], also known as 2010 DORAEMON THE LEGEND and 30th DORAEMON THE MOVIE, is a 2010 Japanese anime feature film based on the manga of the same name. The film was released in Japan on March 6, 2010. It's the 30th Doraemon film.

Plot[edit]

The film opens with a sunken ship, in which a shark is swimming; an octopus lands on its head next to a mermaid. The Merman tribe destroys another planet while looking for the Mermaid tribe.

Nobita's mother tells him to go shopping, but he plays with Gian instead. His mother asks Doraemon and her husband, but they decline. Doraemon does the shopping; on the list he sees Dorayaki, a snack which is his favourite food. Suneo shows his diving photos in Palau to Gian and Shizuka. Nobita wants to go to Suneo's house to see more pictures, but he is unwelcome and Doraemon comforts him. When Nobita wants to dive, Doraemon uses an underwater pump simulator (架空水面シミュレーター・ポンプ) to pump the water out of Tokyo, causing the city to submerge. That night, Doraemon and Nobita use a diving mask simulator to dive underwater.

Nobita sees a fish tail, and tells Doraemon he saw a mermaid. They take pictures, and hear a scream. The shadows of a mermaid and a shark appear. Nobita's father tells police he saw a shark swim past the cigarette store. Nobita and Doraemon ask how he could see it without his goggles, and see that the fish are still there but the water is gone. A boy, Dekisugi, looks through his telescope and sees a mermaid and a shark. Nobita looks for the shark, who is behind him. Doraemon throws a frog into the shark's mouth. The shark and other fish return to the ocean, and the mermaid falls onto a tree branch.

Nobita notices a fish tail beneath the leaves, and Doraemon finds a girl. In Nobita's room, she drinks juice and begins speaking in an unknown language; Doraemon serves his translation jelly. After thinking Doraemon is a puffer fish, she introduces herself as Sophia. Suneo says he saw a shark, and Gian explains that sharks live in the ocean. Nobita arrives with Doraemon and Sophia, and Gian and Suneo find her attractive. A car nearly hits Sophia, but Doraemon grabs her. She starts to fly high in the sky, but the sun makes her faint and dry. Doraemon puts out his anywhere door, and they go to Shizuka's bathroom. Sophia takes a bath, and Shizuka sees a tiara. Sophia allows her to put it on, after explaining that it is the royal mermaid symbol. Nobita asks Doraemon if mermaids exist, explaining that when he met Sophia she had a mermaid tail instead of legs.

Doraemon's sister, Dorami, comes through a circle and asks Nobita to draw a mermaid; his drawing makes everyone laugh. Dorami explains apparitions, legends and animals mistaken for mermaids. Shizuka tells Sophia she will wash her clothes, but Sophia tells her not to. In Dorami's bedroom, a scream is heard. When they get to the bathroom, Shizuka is a mermaid and Sophia is underwater. Doraemon copies Sophia's clothes and uses his familiar light to help them breathe underwater (where they become mermaids), using his watertight rope to keep water away. Sophia says that Doraemon has powers like the goddess Manatia, and they ask if the mermaid sword exists.

Doraemon uses his mystery ink and scroll, which says that five stars will form a pentagon. The next day, they dive to Sophia's palace. Nobita is tired, and sinks. A giant eel appears behind them; they hide in a cave until they are rescued by a puffer fish and Sophia's soldiers, who accuse Doraemon, Nobita, Gian and Suneo of kidnapping Sophia. They arrive at the home of the mermaid tribe and are put in a fish tank, expecting to be eaten by a Megaladon. Sophia tells the puffer fish to stop the punishment. They are released, and a soldier told Sophia she has been summoned by Queen Undine (queen of the mermaid tribe and Sophia's grandmother). When they arrive at the palace, Queen Undine tells Sophia that she will be queen.

Meanwhile, Nobita realizes that they left Shizuka behind. Gian and Suneo go back to try to find her. However, they can not find her and they theorize that she has been captured by the Merman tribe.

Soon, the King of the Merman tribe arrives and demands the mermaid sword in exchange for Shizuka, who was mistaken to be the mermaid princess because she was wearing the royal tiara. Doraemon creates a fake with Nobita's toy inflated sword and gives it to the mermen. They get Shizuka in return. Once the King of the Merman realize that the sword is not genuine, his troops begin to attack the mermaid castle. Sophia prays to the mermaid god, who reveals the location of the mermaid sword. However, the merman king steals the sword and uses it to wreak havoc by creating an underwater tornado. Doraemon lands in the watertight ring that they were using the day before. After he locates everybody else, he uses a surfing board to spray the merman king with a special gas, allowing him to see the simulated water.

Doraemon then lures the merman king onto an island, where it is revealed that the mermaid sword can not control the simulated water and therefore can not damage them. The merman king challenges Sophia to a duel, in which he breaks her sword. Doraemon uses the Sword Round Lightning to defeat the merman king in a duel. Once Sophia gets the mermaid sword, she uses it to purify the ocean, telling Doraemon that is the true power of the mermaid sword.

Afterwards, Doraemon, Nobita, Gian, Suneo and Shizuka return home.

Cast[edit]

Character Japanese version
Nobita Megumi Ōhara
Doraemon Wasabi Mizuta
Shizuka Yumi Kakazu
Gian Subaru Kimura
Suneo Tomokazu Seki
Dorami Chiaki
Nobita's mother Kotono Mitsuishi
Nobita's father Yasunori Matsumoto
Sofia Rie Tanaka
Haribō Mayumi Iizuka
Dr. Mejina Yoichi Nukumizu
Sakkana Kun Sakana
Commander Rosy Grub/Tragis Katsuhisa Houki
Dekisugi Shihoko Hagino
Mii-Chan Maru Tamari
Policeman Hidenari Ugaki
Driver Naomi Kusumi
Soldiers Daisuke Kishio
Takashi Nagasako
Yasuhiro Takato
Ondine Miki Maya

Characters[edit]

  • Sophia (ソフィア, Sofia): Mermaid princess of the kingdom
  • Haribō (ハリ坊):[2] An anthropomorphic puffer fish
  • Dr. Mejina (メジーナ博士, Mejina Hakase): Professor of the kingdom
  • Sakkana (サッカーナ) - Dr. Mejina's assistant
  • Commander Rosy Grub/Tragis (トラギス司令官, Toragisu Shirei Kan): Villain

Theme songs[edit]

DVD[edit]

Two editions of the film were released on DVD on December 1, 2010. The standard edition has the movie; the special edition has the movie, a wall hanger, a mini-tapestry, postcards and a bonus disc with a movie trailer, TV spots, a 30th-anniversary special and a documentary.[4]

Release[edit]

As part of the franchise's 40th anniversary (and the 30th anniversary of the first Doraemon film),[5][6] the film was released in selected Singaporean cinemas on December 9, 2010 in Chinese.[7]

This film was released in India as Doraemon The Movie Nobita Aur Ek Jalpari (which means "Doraemon The Movie Nobita and a Mermaid") on 4 June, 2017 on Disney Channel. In the Indian version, Palau is dubbed as Goa, a state in western coast of India in the starting.

Reception[edit]

It was nominated for "Animation of the Year" award at the 34th Japan Academy Prize.[8] It gross ¥3.16 billion in Japan and was ranked 5th highest grossing Japanese animated movie in 2010.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Doraemon The Movie: Nobita's Great Battle of the Mermaid King (ドラえもん のび太の人魚大海戦, Doraemon Nobita no Ningyo Daikaisen)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Box Office Leaders". Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  2. ^ "ドラえもん". Archived from the original on 2010-07-08.
  3. ^ 「映画ドラえもん のび太の人魚大海戦」公式サイト|ニュース
  4. ^ ~Doraemon the Movie~ Blog: “Nobita’s Great Battle of the Mermaid King” DVD (retrieved on October 25, 2010)
  5. ^ "Doraemon's 30th Film to Open Next March — Anime News Network". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2009-07-17.
  6. ^ "ベガエンタテイメント 放送&制作状況". Retrieved 2009-07-17.
  7. ^ Shaw Online - Movie Information, Released theatrically in Singapore in Chinese.
  8. ^ 第 34 回日本アカデミー賞優秀賞 (in Japanese). Japan Academy Prize. Archived from the original on 2012-04-13. Retrieved 2010-12-17.

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