Doraemon (1973 TV series)

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Doraemon (1973 TV series)
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Doraemon logo
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes26
Original networkNippon TV
Original releasePilot:
April 1 (1973-04-01) –
September 30, 1973 (1973-09-30)
Series chronology
Next →
1979 anime

Doraemon (ドラえもん, Doraemon) is the first anime TV series based on Fujiko Fujio's manga of the same name. It was produced by Nippon Television Douga (previously known as Japan Broadcast Film, and Tokyo TV Movie). It aired from April 1, 1973 to September 30, 1973. After the anime ended, Doraemon remained exclusively a manga until 1979 when Shin-Ei Animation produced a more successful second anime adaptation, which officially ended in 2005; it was in turn replaced by a third anime adaptation shortly after which continues to air to recent days.


Voice cast[edit]

Cast of the 1973 version

The voice cast was determined in cooperation with Aoni Production and Theatre Echo

Production and Broadcast[edit]

The series was broadcast between May 25 to September 30, 1973 on Nippon Television. 26 episodes, divided into 52 individual segments were produced. A pilot film was produced in 1972 and shown to test audiences in January 1973. Audience included Doraemon creator Fujiko Fujio. They initially approved of the show, but when they were shown the progress, they apparently were angered by the fact that they changed Nobita and Doraemon's personalities.[citation needed] The show was frequently rebroadcast throughout the 1970s. The station, Toyama Television, was the last to air the show, airing from July 3 to July 24, 1981, and briefly again in August of that year. The station aired the show in individual segments. On August 3, the publisher of the Doraemon manga requested the station to cease airing the show, to make sure the reputation of the more famous and longer running 1979 series isn't harmed. The animation crew of the show, Nippon TeleMovie Productions, went bankrupt in 1981. Before they went defunct, they tried covering debt by selling off the masters of the 1973 series, and destroying cels and storyboards in a kerosene fire. In 1995, the Japanese animation studio IMAGICA, discovered episodes 18 and 20 through 26 in their archive, as well as segments 5A, 10B and 12B.

In 2003, the production chief of the show, Hiroshi Shimozaki, now going under the name Masumi Jun or "mcsammy", came forward with several episodes and rush reels (raw footage). He later uploaded low quality versions of the intro and credits to his site on a members only and password protected page, however, a few minutes after the upload, he was told that the intro and credits were uploaded to Japanese anonymous board site 2channel. He immediately removed the video files from his site, but it was already too late. Many images of his episodes were uploaded to GeoCities. In the late 1990s, a person came forward with a VHS recording of the episode "Crazy Stomach Clock", dated from 1978. Audio clips were uploaded, but the site they were hosted on was removed. In 2015, a YouTube user discovered a clip playing on a television set in a Japanese pornographic film from the 1970s.[1] It is what seems like impossible to find info on this version of Doraemon. No episodes exist online, or on home media besides an audio recording of the final episode. The only footage currently available is Jun's uploads of the opening and ending. However, the footage is of very low quality (240p 193kbit/s video, 128kbit/s audio).


# Title Original airdate
1"Doraemon Came Out!!"
Transcription: "Deta!! Doraemon no Maki" (Japanese: 出た!!ドラえもんの巻)
"The Apology Grasshopper Riot"
Transcription: "Pekopekobatta Ōsōdō no Maki" (Japanese: ペコペコバッタ大騒動の巻)
April 1, 1973 (1973-04-01)
2"Nice Girl on the Roof"
Transcription: "Yane no Ue no Sutekina Ko no Maki" (Japanese: 屋根の上のすてきな子の巻)
"Noby's Ancestor"
Transcription: "Nobita no Gosenzo-san no Maki" (Japanese: のび太のご先祖さんの巻)
April 8, 1973 (1973-04-08)
3"Understand the Weakness"
Transcription: "Yowami wo Nigire no Maki" (Japanese: 弱味をにぎれの巻)
"Operation Cupid Love-Love"
Transcription: "Kyūpiddo de Suki-Suki Sakusen no Maki" (Japanese: キューピッドですきすき作戦の巻)
April 15, 1973 (1973-04-15)
4"There is a Cat Weak on Rats"
Transcription: "Nezumi ni Yowai Neko mo Aru no Maki" (Japanese: ねずみに弱い猫もあるの巻)
"Defeat the Bully"
Transcription: "Gakitaishō wo Yattsukero no Maki" (Japanese: ガキ大将をやっつけろの巻)
April 22, 1973 (1973-04-22)
5"The Flattery Mirror"
Transcription: "Oseji Kagami no Maki" (Japanese: おせじ鏡の巻)
"Papa and Mama's Wedding Anniversary"
Transcription: "Papa to Mama no Kekkon Kinenbi no Maki" (Japanese: パパとママの結婚記念日の巻)
April 29, 1973 (1973-04-29)
6"Cursed Camera"
Transcription: "Noroi Kamera no Maki" (Japanese: のろいカメラの巻)
"Lottery Jackpot Strategy"
Transcription: "Takarakuji Ōatari Sakusen no Maki" (Japanese: 宝くじ大当り作戦の巻)
May 6, 1973 (1973-05-06)
7"Noby vs Big G"
Transcription: "Kettō! Nobita to Jaian no Maki" (Japanese: 決闘!のび太とジャイアンの巻)
"Who am I"
Transcription: "Watashi wa Daredeshō no Maki" (Japanese: わたしは誰でしょうの巻)
May 13, 1973 (1973-05-13)
8"Abekonbe Riot"
Transcription: "Abekonbe Sōdō no Maki" (Japanese: アベコンベ騒動の巻)
"Mystery of the Ghost House"
Transcription: "Obake Yashiki no Nazo no Maki" (Japanese: おばけ屋敷の謎の巻)
May 20, 1973 (1973-05-20)
9"The Quick-Slow Great Strategy"
Transcription: "Kuikku Surō Dai Sakusen no Maki" (Japanese: クイック・スロー大作戦の巻)
"Noby, the Rain Man"
Transcription: "Nobita wa Ame Otoko no Maki" (Japanese: のび太は雨男の巻)
May 27, 1973 (1973-05-27)
10"Ultra Mixer"
Transcription: "Urutora Mikisā no Maki" (Japanese: ウルトラミキサーの巻)
"Wishing Star, Shooting Star"
Transcription: "Negai Boshi Nagare Boshi no Maki" (Japanese: ねがい星流れ星の巻)
June 3, 1973 (1973-06-03)
11"Mysterious Cloth"
Transcription: "Fushigi na Furoshiki no Maki" (Japanese: ふしぎなふろしきの巻)
"Noby's Grandma"
Transcription: "Nobita no Obā-chan no Maki" (Japanese: のび太のおばあちゃんの巻)
June 10, 1973 (1973-06-10)
12"Red Bat of Major League"
Transcription: "Dai Rīgu Aka Batto no Maki" (Japanese: 大リーグの赤バットの巻)
"To Compete with Man's Power"
Transcription: "Otoko wa Chikara de Shōbu suru no Maki" (Japanese: 男は力で勝負するの巻)
June 17, 1973 (1973-06-17)
13"Gashako's Appearance"
Transcription: "Gacha-ko Tōjō no Maki" (Japanese: ガチャ子登場の巻)
"The Talking Lipstick"
Transcription: "Oshaberi Kuchi Be ni no Maki" (Japanese: おしゃべり口べにの巻)
June 24, 1973 (1973-06-24)
14"I Love this Camera"
Transcription: "Sukisuki Kamera no Maki" (Japanese: すきすきカメラの巻)
"Date in the Milky Way"
Transcription: "Ama no Gawa de Deito Shiyō no Maki" (Japanese: 天の川でデイトしようの巻)
July 1, 1973 (1973-07-01)
15"Weird Robot Car"
Transcription: "Hen'na Robotto Kā no Maki" (Japanese: へんなロボットカーの巻)
"Smiling Soap"
Transcription: "Nikoniko Sekken no Maki" (Japanese: ニコニコせっけんの巻)
July 8, 1973 (1973-07-08)
16"My Chief of the Inner Palace"
Transcription: "Ore Shochō no Dai Ri no Maki" (Japanese: おれ署長のだいりの巻)
"Now is Summer! Let's Try to Ski"
Transcription: "Sā Natsu da! Sukī wo Yarō no Maki" (Japanese: さあ夏だ!スキーをやろうの巻)
July 15, 1973 (1973-07-15)
17"Hate Report Card"
Transcription: "Seiseki Hyō wa Iya da nā no Maki" (Japanese: 成績表はいやだなあの巻)
"Catching My Shadow"
Transcription: "Jibun no kage wo Tsukamaero no Maki" (Japanese: 自分のかげをつかまえろの巻)
July 29, 1973 (1973-07-29)
18"Going to Sea in a Submarine"
Transcription: "Sensuikan de Umi Heikō no Maki" (Japanese: 潜水艦で海へ行こうの巻)
"Crazy Stomach Clock"
Transcription: "Kurutta Hara Tokei no Maki" (Japanese: くるったハラ時計の巻)
August 5, 1973 (1973-08-05)
19"Camp Riot"
Transcription: "Kyanpu Sōdō no Maki" (Japanese: キャンプ騒動の巻)
"Who is Going to Forget"
Transcription: "Wasure na Gusa Te Nani Dake no Maki" (Japanese: 忘れな草って何だっけの巻)
August 12, 1973 (1973-08-12)
20"Cooler Parasol"
Transcription: "Kūrā Parasoru no Maki" (Japanese: クーラーパラソルの巻)
"Always Diary"
Transcription: "Itsudemo Nikki no Maki" (Japanese: いつでも日記の巻)
August 19, 1973 (1973-08-19)
21"The Homework Ghost Came Out"
Transcription: "Shukudai Obake ga Deta no Maki" (Japanese: 宿題おばけが出たの巻)
"Weather Box"
Transcription: "Otenki Bokkusu no Maki" (Japanese: お天気ボックスの巻)
August 26, 1973 (1973-08-26)
22"I Have One Vote of Betrayal"
Transcription: "Boku ni Kiyoki Ichi Pyō wo no Maki" (Japanese: ぼくに清き一票をの巻)
"Manga Artist Training"
Transcription: "Manga Ka Shugyō no Maki" (Japanese: まんが家修行の巻)
September 2, 1973 (1973-09-02)
23"Nice Girlfriend"
Transcription: "Sutekina Gārufurendo no Maki" (Japanese: すてきなガールフレンドの巻)
"Flowery Riot"
Transcription: "Gaippai Sōdō no Maki" (Japanese: 花いっぱい騒動の巻)
September 9, 1973 (1973-09-09)
24"Entirely Crayon"
Transcription: "Sokkuri Kureyon no Maki" (Japanese: そっくりクレヨンの巻)
"Sue's Birthday"
Transcription: "Shizuka no Tanjōbi no Maki" (Japanese: 静香の誕生日の巻)
September 16, 1973 (1973-09-16)
25"Becoming a Space Astronaut"
Transcription: "Uchū Hikōshi ni Naritai no Maki" (Japanese: 宇宙飛行士になりたいの巻)
"Lost and Confused Riot"
Transcription: "Maigo Magomago Ōsōdō no Maki" (Japanese: まいごマゴマゴ大騒動の巻)
September 23, 1973 (1973-09-23)
26"Nendoron Riot"
Transcription: "Nendoron Ōsōdō no Maki" (Japanese: ネンドロン大騒動の巻)
"Goodbye, Doraemon"
Transcription: "Sayōnara Doraemon no Maki" (Japanese: さようならドラえもんの巻)
September 30, 1973 (1973-09-30)


  1. ^ Brubaker, Charles (May 28, 2013). "The Strange Case of the 1973 "Doraemon" Series". Cartoon Research. Retrieved November 15, 2016.

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