Sunday, 18 April 2010

The Doraemons

(ザ☆ドラえもんズ, Za Doraemonzu?) is a manga series, a spin-off of long-running series Doraemon. It is published by Shogakukan and authored by Doumei Tanaka (田中 道明, Tanaka Dōmei?).
Plot and characters
The Doraemons is a kind of an old boys' association of the Robot School (ロボット学校, Robotto Gakkō?) which Doraemon attended. Each and every member enjoys dorayaki, but usually add their own preferred seasoning. All of the Doraemons 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 members are:
Doraemon (ドラえもん) Enjoys his dorayaki plain.
Dora-the-Kid (ドラ・ザ・キッド, Dora za Kiddo?) – (Seiyū: Yoku ShioyaChisa YokoyamaKeiichi Nanba) He is good at quick shooting, but he has a fear of heights (acrophobia). Kid was the third smartest in The Doraemons behind Wang Dora and Dora-Nichov. He works for a sheriff's deputy in the 19th-century USA. Dora-the-Kid's weapon of choice is the Air Gun, which appears to be the front muzzle of a giant revolver that is equipped onto Dora-the-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 Dora-the-Kid wears on his head. His girlfriend happens to be Dorami-chan, Doraemon's younger sister. His only rival at shooting is Nobita. Enjoys his dorayaki with ketchup and mustard on it.
Wang Dora (王ドラ, Wan Dora?) – (Seiyū: Kumiko NishiharaMegumi 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. He has a girlfriend, Mimiko (ミミコ?), who is a nurse. In one of The Doraemons' manga shots introducing Wang Dora, he attempted to do Chun-Li's (from Street Fighter) Spinning Bird Kick (a move where the user would spin upside-down with his legs open to kick away his opponent in a fight), only to find it ineffective because Wang Dora's legs are too short. Wang Dora's variation of the four-dimensional pocket are his four-dimensional sleeves (四次元そで, yonjigen sode?) on his shirt. He has one weakness omen. Enjoys his dorayaki with Rāyu, Vinegar and soy sauce.
Dora-med III (ドラメッドⅢ世, Dora-meddo Sansei?) – (Seiyū: Masaharu Satou) He wears Arabian clothes and forecasts from the tarot. He lives in the Middle East, because he has aquaphobia. 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 dry dorayaki—again, due to his aquaphobia.
Dora-nichov (ドラニコフ, Dora-nikofu?) – (Seiyū: Mie SuzukiToshiharu Sakurai) He is taciturn (and can only communicate with growls, etc) and is extremely sensitive to the cold. He was the second smartest in The Doraemons behind Wang Dora. 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. In the short "The Doraemons" anime that introduced Dora-nichov he tried to cover his eyes with his hands to avoid looking at anything round, only to transform, because his hands are also round! He is able to blow fire out of his mouth by taking something hot like Tabasco. He lives in Russia. 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 it is unknown what his favorite kind of seasoning is.
El Matadora (エル・マタドーラ, Eru Matadōra?) – (Seiyū: Kazue IkuraKyousei TsukuiRyuusei Nakao) He is very strong. He likes napping (siesta). He lives in the 17th-century Spain. He disguises himself by working for a dishwasher in a butcher's in the day, but his real job is to save the poor. He can transform into another form—Keikai-Dora. Keikai-Dora, an alter-ego that is 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). Like Zorro, El Matadora in this form either leaves a "D" mark on his opponents' clothes during a sword fight or cuts off bad guys' pants. 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. His current crush is Karumin. His boss daughter.
Dora-rinho (ドラリーニョ, Dora Rīnyo?) – (Seiyū: Teiyū Ichiryūsai) He is very quick, but forgetful. He lives in Brazil. He spends days in playing Association Football with a Brazilian boy, Nobinho (ノビーニョ, Nobīnyo?), and the Mini-Doras (ミニドラ軍団, Mini-Dora Gundan?, lit. Mini-Dora Army). 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 is a friend of Nobininyo, Nobita Brazilian counterpart. He enjoys dorayaki with tabasco.
They are tightly united by a card called Shin'yū Tereka (親友テレカ?, lit. close friend telepathy card). They can call each other with the card everywhere and every time.
Allies Of The Doraemons
Principal Teraodai (寺尾台校長, Teraodai-kōchō?) - (Seiyū: Ichirō Nagai) The principal of the Robot School and the inventor of the cat robots.
The Mysterious Thief Dorapin - (Seiyū: Akira Kamiya) He is a mysterious thief from France, clearly modelled after Arsene Lupin. He has a wand with a jewel on it used to change the material of one object into another (eg. 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, espsecially to help the poor. He was originally an enemy of The Doraemons, but that was because an evil scientist ordered him to be one. The Mysterious Thief Dorapent later banded with The Doraemons to defeat the evil scientist.
Jaidora - (Seiyū: Kōichi Yamadera) He is a fantastic cook. 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.
Dora Leonardo Da Vinci - He can make anything he draws into a real object, which comes in handy. He was sent by the principal of Robot School to protect The Doraemons.
Dora Crybaby - He likes dressing up as a girl, much to the disgust of others. He can also summon roses to attack enemies, and scream loud enough to defeat enemies. (Hence his name). He was originally an enemy of The Doraemons, along with Dora Eater and Dradra Dora, but later banded up with The Doraemons to defeat an enemy.
Dora Eater - He eats anything, including enemies. He's so fat that most attacks simply bounce off him. He was originally an enemy of The Doraemons, along with Dora Crybaby and Dradra Dora, but later banded up with them to defeat an enemy.
Dradra Dora - He can control toy soldiers, tanks and fighting jets to attack enemies. He can also create a big fuss so that whirlwinds form. He was originally an enemy of The Doraemons, along with Dora Crybaby and Dora Eater, but later banded with them to defeat an enemy.
Trade paperbacks
The Doraemons are collected into:
Tanaka (1995 – 2001), 6 vols.
Miyazaki & Mitani (1997 – 2001), special ed., 12 vols.
Mitani (1999 – 2002), the Robot Training School days ed., 3 vols.

Sunday, 7 February 2010


Doraemon was a comic book created in the late 70's in Japan by FujioFujiko (pen-name of two people) which featured the main characters you see above. It's about a bunch of fourth-graders living in a suburban part of Tokyo. The main character, Nobita (hands in the air above), is accompanied by a mechanical cat from the future, Doraemon. No, he's doesn't dance ballet.
If you haven't read this comic, you're missing out! Mickey Mouse and his buddies do not compare to Doraemon! Although intended for elementary-school students, this manga features characters with distinct personalities that anyone can relate to. That's more than could be said about much of the children's material today, and adult material for that matter. Imagination expressed in its themes and entities reaches far beyond that of any other comic or cartoon. While Doraemon is a reflection of Japanese culture in the 70's and 80's, it nonetheless appeals to general human culture, society, and morality.
Fortunately, in recent years they have reprinted Doraemon in 45 volumes, which include some new ones and some old ones. Also reprinted are 17 books of adventures, the first 15 of which were published before. The Hong Kong versions come in better-quality paper and translation (than the original Hong Kong publications), and contain more of the old stories than the Japanese reprints. The adventures are also made into cartoon movies.
I only recently acquired the 45th book of the Doraemon short stories (Hong Kong translation). This one is supposed to have been written only a few years ago. The art is not quite as good as the old ones, but the most dramatic difference is the content. The stories tend to be longer and the plots more confusing. The strong personalities seem to have left the characters, and these new stories seem to lack the universal appeal of classic Doraemon. Perhaps they still appeal to younger children, content-wise, but I have to say, altogether, this latest and last issue is uninteresting at best.
I have gathered some Doraemon pictures from various sites. Some of these pictures are great as wallpaper! If you have others, e-mail them to me, please. My favorite is the one featuring a big, flying Doraemon with others in the bunch riding on him. That's been my desktop wallpaper for 2 years now. Recently a company in Japan has created a 3D Doraemon "screen-mate," which features an excellent 3D modelling of Doraemon walking around on the Windows 95 desktop, performing various cute sequences at your command. It is done very well, and would be great as a screen saver if only it would loosen up on the computer's resources. I am uncertain of its copyright status so I am not keeping it on my server. Go to this page for more information: I have recently added doraemon_hk.ra, which is the original Cantonese theme song used in Hong Kong. It's like sounds from childhood!
The doraeglen.mid in my directory was originally the doraemon.mid that's been floating around. I edited it a little bit to get rid of some things. Surely you'll know what these are. :) Both can be found through the link below.


This is how Doraemon used to look: he was yellow and had ears
Did you know that Doraemon was once yellow and had ears? He looked just like he does in this photograph. The video clip bellow shows Doraemon being interviewed by Tetuko, a very famous Japanese TV host, on her show, Tetuko no heya (Tetuko’s room), which has aired every weekday for the past 30 years. Tetuko interviews very well known people and, although it’s very odd to have a cartoon character as a guest, this time it’s Doraemon’s turn. And Doraemon has revealed what he originally looked like.Doraemon is actually a robot who travels to the future under Sewashi’s (Nobita’s great-great-great-grandson’s) orders, in order to make changes that affect the present. When Doraemon lived in the future, he was yellow and had ears. But, one day, a mouse robot ate his ears and Doraemon cried so hard that the tears rubbed the yellow off. That’s how he turned blue.Doraemon’s story begins in the 22nd Century. He was a defective robot who was auctioned off and sold to a very poor family. The family- Nobita’s descendants- were living in misery due to the huge debts inherited from their great, great, great grandfather. Sewashi decided this could not go on like that. So, he sent Doraemon back to the past in order to help Nobita become a better person. The idea was that this would change the future and so improve the family’s lot in life. Doraemon arrives in the past, popping up in Nobita’s desk drawer. He lives with Nobita from then on and tries to stop him from becoming a failure. Each time Nobita gets into trouble, Doraemon digs into his fourth dimension


In December 1969, the Doraemon manga appeared simultaneously in six different children's monthly magazines. The magazines were titled by the year of children's studies, which included Yoiko (good children), Yōchien (nursery school), and Shogaku Ichinensei (first grade of primary school) to Shogaku Yonnensei (fourth grade of primary school). By 1973, the series began to appear in two more magazines, Shogaku Gonensei (fifth grade of primary school) and Shogaku Rokunensei (sixth grade of primary school). The stories featured in each of the magazines were different, meaning the author was originally creating more than six stories each month. In 1977, CoroCoro Comic was launched as a magazine of Doraemon. Original manga based on the Doraemon movies were also released in CoroCoro Comic. The stories which are preserved under the Tentōmushi brand are the stories found in these magazines.
Since the debut of Doraemon in 1969, the stories have been selectively collected into forty-five books published from 1974 to 1996, which had a circulation of over 80 million in 1992. In addition, Doraemon has appeared in a variety of manga series by Shōgakukan. In 2005, Shōgakukan published a series of five more manga volumes under the title Doraemon+ (Doraemon Plus), which were not found in the forty-five Tentōmushi pipi volumes. Many other series have since been produced, some not from official supplies.