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The Doraemons
ザ☆ドラえもんズ
(Za Doraemonzu)
Manga
Written byTanaka Michiaki
Published byShogakukan
DemographicShōnen
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
Original run19911992/2002
Volumes21
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The Doraemons (ザ☆ドラえもんズ, Za Doraemonzu) is a spin-off series of the long-running series Doraemon.

Synopsis[edit]

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 were created. 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 ran the short anime movie series from 1995 to 2002, and included two versions of manga by Michiaki Tanaka (田中 道明, Tanaka Michiaki) and Yukihiro Mitani (三谷 幸広, Mitani Yukihiro).

Plot[edit]

The Doraemons, or Dora Dora Seven DD7, is an old boys' association of the Robot School (ロボット学校, Robotto Gakkō) that Doraemon attended. All of the seven male members are cat-like robots of the same type; they enjoy dorayaki, but usually add their own seasoning. They have rock-hard heads that they can use as a weapon or to break things. Doraemon has an especially hard head, 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 the Friendship Telecard. They can call each other with the card from anywhere when one of them is in need.

Characters[edit]

The Doraemons[edit]

Doraemon (ドラえもん, Doraemon)
Nationality:  Japan
(Voiced by Nobuyo Ōyama or Chisa Yokoyama)
The original protagonist in the main series. While nominally a member of the Doraemons, especially in the earlier chapters of the series, he acts more as their leader due to being the most optimistic and moderate of the seven. In the chapters set when the Doraemons were still in the Robot School, Doraemon had yellow skin, which made him resemble his sister, Dorami (who had not yet been manufactured), even more, as well as ears, which had been eaten by mice by the time Doraemon first visited Nobita. He likes to have plain dorayaki.
Dora-the-Kid (ドラ・ザ・キッド, Dora za Kiddo)
Nationality:  United States
(Voiced by Yoku ShioyaChisa YokoyamaKeiichi 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 a 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. "Kid" enjoys his dorayaki with ketchup and mustard on it. Though in most times he thinks girls are trouble, he is the sweet (or romance) character, when he faces the girls. It is proven when him and Dorami, Doraemon's sister, like each other, however, he also likes Anyi too. In one chapter, he is best known as a samurai. In one of the Doraemons specials, he tries to let Doraemon eat a dorayaki shaped like a mouse but Doraemon declines.
Through chapters of the story, Dora-the-Kid has been described as a symbol of American patriotism.
Wang Dora (王ドラ, Wan Dora) Chinese: 王哆啦
Nationality:  China
(Voiced by Kumiko NishiharaMegumi Hayashibara)
He is the smartest among the Doraemons and is a master of kung fu. He studies medicine in the Qing Dynasty while he works for an assistant of a doctor of Chinese medicine. His only weakness is that he cannot face girls, even though he has a girlfriend, a female robot called Mimiko. Wang Dora's variation of the four-dimensional pocket is his four-dimensional sleeves (四次元そで, yonjigen sode) on his shirt. Enjoys his dorayaki with rāyu. He's the best of friend with El Matadora, but they often clashed and are both rivals so they fight often.
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, but despite being Saudi Arabian, his home is located in Baghdad, Iraq. Needless to say, he cannot 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). He enjoys frozen dorayaki due to his fear of water. Due to his origin when his country is ruled by the Saud family, he is the only member to have a religion (he follows Sunni Islam), making him become the first ever Muslim main character in an anime, though he also enjoys Christmas despite Christmas is banned in Saudi Arabia. The funny thing is in one chapter set during Christmas, he shows a table with a language that uses a Hebrew-like script. However, Dora-med III's place of character had caused a lot of argument, as in one chapter, he appears somewhere in Israel despite he is described as an Arab from Saudi Arabia, the nation which doesn't recognize the Jewish State of Israel.
Dora-nichov (or Dora-nikov) (ドラニコフ, Dora-nikofu) Russian
Дора-ничов/Дора-ников
Nationality:  Russia
(Voiced by Teiyū IchiryūsaiToshiharu Sakurai)
Dora-nichov lives in Siberia, Russia as the silent member of the Doraemons, 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, even he comes back to Boris Yeltsin's era. 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 members in The Doraemons, and his clothes may relate to the Siberian Cossack farmers in the history. In anime, his first love is Momo, a student of his school; but in manga, he has another love, Nina, a poor Russian singer living in Moscow, who later becomes popular thanks for Nichov.
El Matadora (エル・マタドーラ, Eru Matadōra)
Nationality:  Spain
(Voiced by Kazue IkuraKyousei TsukuiRyūsei Nakao)
He is the strongest guy of the team. He likes napping (siesta), even naps in any danger or anywhere when he wants to. He lives in Barcelona, Spain and works for a roast meat restaurant "Carmen" (which is named after the daughter of the chef, 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. He is the only Doraemons member to have ox horns instead of cat ears.
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 has 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. He often has derped eyes and forgets because of his clumsiness. He is named after José Mourinho, Portuguese famous manager who is responsible for major successes in his career.

Allies[edit]

Principal Teraodai (寺尾台校長, Teraodai-kōchō)
Nationality:  Japan
(Voiced by Ichirō Nagai)
The principal of the Robot School in the 22nd century, the inventor of the cat robots, and also the great-grandson of Hiroshi Teraodai (寺尾台ヒロシ, Teraodai Hiroshi), the principal of Public Tsukimidai Elementary School (the elementary school that Nobita attends in the main series). He grew up with four similar brothers.
He is 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.
Dorami (ドラミ)
Nationality:  Japan
(Voiced by Keiko Yokozawa)
Doraemon's younger sister who likes him also first appeared in the main series. She appears prominently in one story where Dorami's graduation ceremony in the Robot School that the Doraemons plan to attend goes awry when a disposed school guardian wakes up and brainwashes all robots. She and Dora-the-Kid are the only ones who manage to escape and after freeing the school from the guardian, develop a stronger relationship.
Noramyako (ノラミャー子, Noramyako)
Nationality:  Japan
(Voiced by Yūko MinaguchiAi 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.
  • Talia
Nationality:  France
(voiced by Sia)
She is a guinea pig with the power of Weather control, and doesn't have a French accent. When talking, the chat will become singing. Talia commonly fights against Jaidora because Miru is her master. She fears the Number 666 and Jesus.
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.
Ed (エド, Edo-goe)
Nationality:  United States
(Voiced by Issei Futamata)
A robot horse of Dora-the-Kid. He serves as a horse for Kid and prior to that, is for the Sheriff of Texas. Because he is a robot horse, he has the wing to fly. He often gets annoyed with Kid, but is also very loyal to him.

Enemies[edit]

Dr. Achimoff (アチモフ, Achimofu) Russian
Ачимов
Nationality:  Germany  Russia
(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. In one chapter, he wants to steal the Doraemons friendship cards, but fails.
Jerry
He was once the major enemy of the original manga series. He is a mouse who hides his appearance under a hat and a scarf. 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.
Jafar
Nationality:  Saudi Arabia
The Grand Vizier and senior advisor of the King of Saudi Arabia, he is a quackery person and same to Ali, his love interest is Jasmine. He dislikes Ali and he has attempted to eliminate Ali anytime he wants. Eventually all these plans soon breaks down thanks for Dora-med III and the other members of The Doraemons.
Black Shark
Nationality:  United States
He is a time criminal with expensive and modern technological advantage. He desires to take over from Pinocchio's reactive alloy, an invention of Mr. Geppetto, to manufacture weaponry for himself.

Supporting characters[edit]

Throughout whole anime and manga parts of The Doraemons, there has a significant number of characters that play as supportive role for The Doraemons. Several characters includes significant real and famous figures. Throughout both original and Special manga series, cultural connection and historical legitimacy are highly noticed.

Princess Honey
She is the Princess of the Kingdom of Okashinana. She used to have a happy life with her parents, the King and Queen of the Kingdom, until they caught up in a heavy quarrel and because of family divisions, she doesn't smile anymore. Wang Dora and El Matadora later assisted Jaidora to make her smile again, with just simply a dorayaki, which she loves eating at youth.
Carmen
Nationality:  Spain
She is the daughter of a restaurant owner in Barcelona, which the restaurant is also named after her. She is the only person to know the real identity of El Matadora as Keikai Dora. She is a very good and kind-hearted, often helps El Matadora and his friends. She is the friend of Jaitonio.
Nobinho
Nationality:  Brazil
He is the Brazilian counterpart of Nobita, but unlike Nobita, he is more athletic. He is the friend of Dora-rinho, whom he first met when Dora-rinho is still a student at the Robot School. Ever since their second meeting, they become true friends and despite Dora-rinho's forgetful situation, he always cares and never abandon Dora-rinho even in the toughest moment.
Mimimi
Nationality:  France
(Voiced by Rei Sakuma)
She is Dorapin's girlfriend. A very kind-hearted and good willing, she is the first to discover Dorapin, injured following his attempt to steal jewelry of the Duke of Monaco who is actually the culprit of an evil project. She is also the first to truly realize the real good nature of Dorapin. She has a robot pet dog, which is designed similar to a German shepherd. She appears in The Puzzling Challenge Letter of the Mysterious Thief Dorapan, as she is imprisoned by Dr. Achimoff. It is her courage that helped Dorapin and The Doraemons to defeat the evil mindset of Achimoff.
Jaitonio
Nationality:  Spain
He is El Matadora's closest friend, and the Spanish version of Jaian. He has a very bad voice of singing, and relatively strong; but unlike Jaian, Jaitonio is a bit cowardice. His love interest is María, the neighboring girl and also friend of Carmen. He later confesses his love to María, having been assisted by The Doraemons to defeat the machine bull. Eventually they become a family and has children.
Rose DeWitt Bukater
Nationality:  United States
She is the girl who appears in Titanic the Ghost Ship, and just like the 1997 movie version, she plans to commit suicide, but interrupted by Dora-the-Kid, who appears as Jack Dawson. She soon falls in love to Kid and together, they discover that the ancient demon, Satan, has taken control of the ship and moving the time into their way. With the help of Kid, she is saved and later breaks the Satan's curse, but the ship also begins to sink and when she plans to escape, she is taken by the Satan and falls into the sea, disheartened Kid. However, in the later part, her granddaughter plays the old violin, and touched on Kid's heart, which finally Kid realizes, Rose has survived and lived till her old age.
Jasmine
Nationality:  Saudi Arabia
A daughter of Saudi King, she is quite depicted to be freer in contrast to heavily tightened Sharia law in Saudi Arabia, and somehow liberal on talking and thinking. She is quite too cautious over Ali, but eventually confesses her feeling to him.
Mimiko
Nationality:  Japan
She is a nurse and girlfriend of Wang Dora. She is a very tough, and determined girl, and also the only person that can scare Wang Dora. Nonetheless, she truly cares for Wang Dora, and hinders that she has feelings for him.
Nina
Nationality:  Russia
She is a poor girl founded in the bridge at the city of Saint Petersburg. Because she is an orphan, she only has a dog to befriend with until gets harassed by a group of gangster. She has one of the best singing voice, and it is Dora-nikov, disguised as St. Petersburg's Mayor son, Nikolai Ivanov, who founded her talents, run up to protect her from the gang and encourages her to become a top-choice singer in a singing contest in the city. Eventually, Nichov and Nina find themselves each other again, and Nichov remains very supportive for Nina regardless of any consequences. It is hinted that Nina has feeling on him. She is based from Alsou and her opening song is also heavily resembled from Winter dream, Alsou's first song in her career.
Ali
Nationality:  Saudi Arabia
He is a rich person and the boss of Dora-med III. In spite of being the boss, Ali treats Dora-med III like a friend instead and has never considered himself like a boss to Dora-med III, even Dora-med III has utmost respects for him. His love interests in Jasmine, the daughter of Saudi King. With the assist of Dora-med III, he overcomes troubles to finally gets the love he deserves.
Robin (ロビン, Robin)
Nationality:  United States
(Voiced by Yuri Shiratori)
She is the grand daughter of a train designer and cleaner, and it is her grandpa who inspired her to become a train driver. She appears in anime movie Doki Doki Wildcat Engine, and holds the real capsule when Dr. Achimoff attempts to take the capsule that has the viral electricity that can manage to functions and lightens everything that has been destroyed by Achimoff. She later becomes Kid's love interest, and she shows deep grateful for Kid because of his action to defend her.
Dora Leonardo da Vinci
Nationality:  Italy
He is an old artist whose named after Leonardo da Vinci. He follows the instructor of Principle Teraodai when The Doraemons is taking a holiday trip, and when they are kidnapped by an UFO, Da Vinci shows up and rescues them. He has a magical pen which can help him paint everything to real.
Cleopatra
Nationality:  Egypt
She is a character from Ancient Egypt. Her love interest is Mark Antony, an ancient Greek warrior who is later caught injured by The Doraemons themselves. In exchange, Nobita is forced to act as Antony in order to prevent an ongoing war between Egypt and Roman Empire, but they [The Doraemons] soon discover that Cleopatria in fact, is an alien woman who sought refuge in Egypt, and Egyptian coffins are in fact, a machine bed that can guarantee them to stay long like a death one. Nonetheless, Cleopatra always loves Antony, which Nobita has finally helped achieving it.
Spica
She is the Empress of the Mirage Kingdom, a mysterious Uyghur Kingdom that has disappeared thousand years ago in Taklamakan Desert. Depicted as an Empress, she first believes on what a mysterious "Authority" to sacrifice Nobita, until Nobita is rescued. Upon what happened, The Doraemons discover a dark secret that the Mirage Kingdom has, in fact, achieved a high level of technological science that cannot be seen anywhere in the ancient world, and the so-called "Authority" in fact was a scientist who created the nuclear reactor (which is called as "Black Magic" by Spica), but was killed following the explosion and effectively disappeared whole Kingdom. After successful disable a lot of problem, Spica is unable to return back to the modern world, because she and the Kingdom have stayed out from the line for thousand years. She decides to stay in the Kingdom. Throughout the story, Dora-med III cares for her the most, and has been deeply shocked by the fact that she cannot return.
Raúl and Riril
Nationality:  Mexico
They are brother and sister from a traditional Aztec family working as guardians protecting the masks in a Mexican pyramid when Dora-nichov is founded to have been affected by the warrior mask. Eventually, Raúl also gets affected but in an even more dangerous due to a mistake from Nobita, and he almost kills all of them until Riril wears the Queen's mask, successfully disables the warrior mask.
Mr. Geppetto
Nationality:  Italy
A inventor and instrumental on the development of robot cat. For all seven members of The Doraemons, he is accredited for manufacturing them. He holds the reactive alloy, one of his specific invention which can be used to make everything longer automatically, if someone is lying. Because of this, Black Shark is determined to take away his invention. He also manufactures Pinocchio, with his son's human brain, while he is trying to cure the cancer for his son which will later end up successful.
Pinocchio
A robot himself, however, he keeps a secret that a time criminal, Black Shark, is seeking, the reactive alloy of Mr. Geppetto, on his nose. Although he is a robot, his brain is belonged to Geppetto's son. He is injured following an attempt to protect The Doraemons, but is later saved.
Carlo Collodi
Nationality:  Italy
He is a boy who lives in 19th century Florence. When The Doraemons first meet him, he is totally not aware, but after The Doraemons' attention to seek Mr. Geppetto and Pinocchio, he is the first to know. In fact, he has kept a secret relations with both of them, until he discovers The Doraemons and Mr. Geppetto have a close relations. He follows both of them later, in the counter against Black Shark, and even visits Pinocchio being hospitalized. Because of this experience, he becomes inspired and will mark his path to become one of Italy's greatest authors in the history, writing The Adventures of Pinocchio, which Wang Dora later discovers out. He later participates in the Italian unification.

Manga[edit]

The Doraemons have 2 versions of volumes in this manga:

Original[edit]

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.

Special[edit]

The Doraemons' Special (12 volumes): Created by Yukihiro Mitani (三谷 幸広, Mitani Yukihiro).

Robot School Memories[edit]

The Doraemons' Special: Robot School Memories (3 volumes): The Doraemons' past journeys in the Robot School, created by Mitani.

Anime[edit]

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.

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