Doraemon (2005 anime)

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Doraemon
Logo Doraemon new version.jpg
Doraemon logo
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 789
Release
Original network TV Asahi
Disney XD (US)
Boomerang (UK)
Disney Channel (IND)
Hungama TV (IND)
RCTI (Indonesia)
Boing (Italy)
HTV3 (VN)
Cartoon Network (Portugal)
Spacetoon (Arab world)
NTV7 (Malaysia)
Mediacorp Channel 8 (Singapore)
TVB Jade (Hong Kong)
Original release April 15, 2005 (2005-04-15) – present
Season chronology
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List of Doraemon episodes (2005 anime) (seasons 10–12)

Doraemon (ドラえもん, Doraemon) is the most recent anime series based on Fujiko Fujio's manga of the same name. Produced by Shin-Ei Animation and Asatsu-DK, it began airing on TV Asahi on April 15, 2005.

This Doraemon anime series is sometimes referred to in Asia as the Mizuta Edition (水田版), after Wasabi Mizuta, the voice actress who voiced Doraemon in this series.[1]

An edited English dub produced by Bang Zoom! Entertainment has been airing on Disney XD in the United States since July 7, 2014 and has been given a TV-Y7 rating.[2][3] A second season of the English dub premiered on Disney XD on June 15, 2015[4] and ended on September 1. Nine episodes of the English dub later aired on Disney XD (Canada) in August 2015 and was eventually removed from the network.

Production[edit]

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.[5]

All mini corners, partners, and next episodes previews in all episodes are cut to fit for the 30-minute block in international versions except in Hong Kong, which are cut to fit for the 15-minute block in its time-slot. Since May 1, 2009 the series airs in high definition.

US English dub[edit]

An US English dub of the 2005 series produced by Fujiko Fujio Productions, TV Asahi, Bang Zoom! Entertainment, and distributed by Viz Media has been airing on Disney XD since July 7, 2014. It 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 Japanese episode order, nudity being heavily censored by adding steam, cloud effects, or clothing,[6][7] and some episodes having several minutes of footage cut. However, certain uniquely 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.[3]

At least one character's personality was also partially rewritten. Shizuka is portrayed as more tomboyish and athletic than the Japanese version, although her sweet nature and kind personality were not changed. 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.

It was announced that the Americanized version would be re-imported to Japan and aired on Disney Channel Japan starting on February 1, 2016. The network also provides an alternative re-recorded Japanese dub of the Americanized version as a secondary audio feed.[8]

UK[edit]

The series began broadcast in the United Kingdom on August 17, 2015 on Boomerang.[9]

Plot[edit]

Doraemon is a cat-like robot who appears in the present to steer Nobita/Noby, a dumb, naive and clumsy boy, on the right path in order to secure his future. Nobita's love interest is Shizuka Minamoto/Sue and his frenemies are Takeshi Goda/Big G and Suneo/Sneech, and Hidetoshi Dekisugi/Ace Goody.

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 32 April 15, 2005 (2005-04-15) December 31, 2005 (2005-12-31)
2 42 January 13, 2006 (2006-01-13) December 31, 2006 (2006-12-31)
3 36 January 12, 2007 (2007-01-12) December 31, 2007 (2007-12-31)
4 44 January 11, 2008 (2008-01-11) December 31, 2008 (2008-12-31)
5 42 January 9, 2009 (2009-01-09) December 31, 2009 (2009-12-31)
6 38 January 8, 2010 (2010-01-08) December 17, 2010 (2010-12-17)
7 43 January 3, 2011 (2011-01-03) December 16, 2011 (2011-12-16)
8 40 January 6, 2012 (2012-01-06) December 31, 2012 (2012-12-31)
9 35 January 11, 2013 (2013-01-11) December 30, 2013 (2013-12-30)
10 35 January 17, 2014 (2014-01-17) December 30, 2014 (2014-12-30)
11 39 January 9, 2015 (2015-01-09) December 31, 2015 (2015-12-31)
12 40 January 15, 2016 (2016-01-15) December 31, 2016 (2016-12-31)

Cast[edit]

Japanese cast[edit]

US English cast[edit]

UK English cast[edit]

  • Sarah Hauser - Doraemon
  • Muriel Hofmann - Noby (Nobita), Little G (Jaiko Goda)
  • Catherine Fu - Sue (Shizuka), Tammy Nobi (Tamako)
  • Dave Bridges - Takeshi "Big G" (Gian aka Takeshi Goda)
  • Russell Wait - Toby Nobi
  • Ben Margalith - Sneech (Suneo)

Crew[edit]

US English dub[edit]

UK English dub[edit]

  • Russell Wait - Voice Director

Music[edit]

Opening themes[edit]

The series features new opening themes, except for the first one. Most of the international versions of the series only use the third opening theme and their own endings.

The American dub uses its own unique opening sequence that compiles footage from the Japanese version. To explain the premise of the story, a narration by Doraemon about "why he came from the future" is utilized rather than an actual opening theme.[3] The ending theme is an instrumental played over scenes from the third Japanese opening theme.

Performer Song Title Starting date Ending date
1. 12 Girls Band "Doraemon no Uta" (ドラえもんのうた) April 15, 2005

(episode 1)

October 21, 2005

(episode 24)

2. Rimi Natsukawa "Hagushichao" (ハグしちゃお) October 28, 2005

(episode 25)

April 20, 2007

(episode 86)

3. Mao[11] "Yume wo Kanaete Doraemon" (夢をかなえてドラえもん) May 11, 2007

(episode 87)

August 10, 2014
4. Motohiro Hata "Himawari no Yakusoku" (ひまわりの約束) August 11, 2014 Incumbent

Ending themes[edit]

Since the series incorporates all the credits into the opening theme, an ending theme is primarily absent. However, some episodes use an ending theme.

Song Title Performer Starting date Ending date
1. "Odore Dore Dora Doraemon Ondo 2007" (踊れ・どれ・ドラ ドラえもん音頭2007) Wasabi Mizuta (水田わさび) June 29, 2007 August 10, 2007
2. "Doraemon Ekaki-uta" (ドラえもん・えかきうた") Wasabi Mizuta (水田わさび)
3. "Dorami-chan Ekaki-uta" (ドラミちゃんのえかきうた) Chiaki (千秋)
4. "Dokari-chan Ekaki-uta" (ドカリちゃんのえかきうた) Shizuka Ito (伊藤静)
5. "Doraemon Ekaki-uta" (ドラえもん絵描き歌) Wasabi Mizuta (水田わさび) April 23, 2005 September 17, 2005

DVDs released in Japan[edit]

Part Volume Released Date
1 1, 2, 3 February 10, 2006 (2006-02-10)
4, 5, 6 March 17, 2006 (2006-03-17)
7, 8, 9 October 13, 2006 (2006-10-13)
10 November 10, 2006 (2006-11-10)
11, 12, 13 February 9, 2007 (2007-02-09)
2 14, 15, 16 March 2, 2007 (2007-03-02)
17, 18, 19 October 12, 2007 (2007-10-12)
20 November 9, 2007 (2007-11-09)
21, 22, 23 February 15, 2008 (2008-02-15)
3 24, 25, 26 April 11, 2008 (2008-04-11)
27, 28 October 10, 2008 (2008-10-10)
29 November 7, 2008 (2008-11-07)
30 February 10, 2009 (2009-02-10)
4 31, 32, 33 March 6, 2009 (2009-03-06)
34, 35, 36 April 10, 2009 (2009-04-10)
37, 38 October 2, 2009 (2009-10-02)
39, 40 November 6, 2009 (2009-11-06)
5 41, 42, 43 February 19, 2010 (2010-02-19)
44, 45, 46 April 9, 2010 (2010-04-09)
6 47, 48 November 12, 2010 (2010-11-12)
49, 50 December 10, 2010 (2010-12-10)
51, 52, 53 March 4, 2011 (2011-03-04)
54, 55, 56 April 8, 2011 (2011-04-08)
57, 58 September 9, 2011 (2011-09-09)
59, 60 November 10, 2011 (2011-11-10)
7 61, 62, 63 February 17, 2012 (2012-02-17)
64, 65, 66 March 9, 2012 (2012-03-09)
67, 68 October 12, 2012 (2012-10-12)
69, 70 November 9, 2012 (2012-11-09)
8 71, 72, 73 February 8, 2013 (2013-02-08)
74, 75, 76 March 8, 2013 (2013-03-08)
77, 78 October 11, 2013 (2013-10-11)
79, 80 November 8, 2013 (2013-11-08)
9 81, 82, 83 February 7, 2014 (2014-02-07)
84, 85, 86 March 5, 2014 (2014-03-05)
87, 88 October 2, 2014 (2014-10-02)
10 89, 90 November 5, 2014 (2014-11-05)
91, 92, 93 February 4, 2015 (2015-02-04)
94, 95 March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04)
96, 97, 98 October 7, 2015 (2015-10-07)
11 99, 100 November 12, 2015 (2015-11-12)
101, 102, 103 February 10, 2016 (2016-02-10)
104, 105, 106 March 9, 2016 (2016-03-09)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "舊酒新瓶?濃厚也 (Old Wine In New Bottle? It's Rich)". inmediahk.net. 25 February 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Disney XD to run Doraemon anime in U.S. this summer". Rocket News 24. May 9, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Doraemon Anime's Visual & Script Changes for U.S. TV Detailed". Anime News Network. May 11, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Disney XD to Premiere Doraemon Season 2 on June 15". Anime News Network. June 3, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Doraemon Voices Confirmed". Anime News Network. March 13, 2005. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ Season 1 episode 2A "Transformade"
  7. ^ Season 2 episode 15B "The Horizon Line"
  8. ^ "Disney XD's Doraemon Adaptation to Run in Japan With Bilingual Tracks". Anime News Network. January 30, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20160308192946/http://www.doraemon-world.com/en/NEWS/attention+all+uk+fans,+doraemon+is+coming+to+boomerang
  10. ^ a b c d e "Mona Marshall, Johnny Yong Bosch Lead Doraemon Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ Yume o Kanaete Doraemon. (September 2007) Newtype USA. Volume 6, Number 9, page 126.

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