Garfield, Tom, Sylvester and Felix, meet your new competitor, Doraemon.
According to TV Asahi Corp.9409.TO +0.95%, Doraemon, the quintessential Japanese anime cat which first appeared in comic books in 1969, will make its debut in the U.S. this summer on the DisneyDIS -0.72% XD channel.
The animation series has been broadcast in 35 countries, mainly in Asia. Doraemon’s debut in the U.S. is a boost for the Japanese government, which has been promoting export of pop culture under the slogan “Cool Japan.”
A spokeswoman at Walt Disney Japan Ltd. said that the U.S. company is excited about the agreement and honored to air the show.
Doraemon was created by a pair of animators who went by the name Fujiko Fujio. Its episodes regularly feature the robot cat helping the preteen protagonist of the series, Nobita Nobi, using futuristic gadgets that he pulls out his special pocket.
Some changes will be made for the U.S. episodes including the names of the characters and Doraemon’s unique devices.
“Nobita will be renamed as Noby in the U.S. series,” said a spokeswoman at TV Asahi, which airs the anime series in Japan and handled the negotiations with Disney. Takeshi Goda, Nobita’s bullying friend better known as Gian, will be renamed Big G. Suneo Honekawa, another friend of Nobita’s, will be simply referred to as Sneech.
Dokodemo Door, a device used by Doraemon that allows users to travel anywhere in the world instantly, will be renamed Anywhere Door. Doraemon’s favorite dish, dorayaki or bean-jam pancakes, will be referred to as yummy buns, according to the spokeswoman.
Doraemon will air for 26 episodes on the Disney XD channel.
Spring brought more fantasitic animations to us!!! Ready for a big crush?! Here is big Top 5
1. Akuma no Riddle
The story is set at Myoujou Academy, a private girls’ boarding school. The 10th year’s Kurogumi class has 12 assassins with their sights on one target, Haru Ichinose. Tokaku Azuma is a recent transfer student who is also targeting Ichinose, but she gradually develops feelings for Ichinose.
2. Baby Steps
Maruo Eiitirou (E-Chan), a first year honor student, one day decides he’s unhappy with the way things are and lacks exercise. He finds a flyer for the Tennis Club and decides to check it out. He’s instantly captivated by it. With no prior experience and poor physical conditioning, join E-Chan as he embarks on a tennis journey using his smarts, dedication, and work ethic.
3. Black Bullet
A near future, where humans have been defeated by the viral parasites named Gastrea. They have been exiled into a small territory and live in despair, side-by-side in terror.
In this world trapped in darkness—
Rentaro, a boy living near Tokyo and member of the “Civil Security”—an organization specializing in fighting against the Gastrea—is used to accomplishing dangerous tasks. His partner is Enju, a precocious young girl. They fight thanks to their peculiar powers until one day, when they receive a special assignment from the government. This top secret mission is to prevent the destruction of Tokyo…
4. Break Blade
In the continent of Cruzon, an impending war between the Kingdom of Krisna and the nation of Athens is brimming. The people of this land are able to use quartz for whatever purpose they desire. Yet one person, Rygart Arrow, is not. He is an “un-sorcerer,” a person unable to use quartz. But this characteristic will enable him to pilot an ancient Golem, one strong enough to put up a fight against the invading army of Athens.
5. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?
Cocoa arrives at the cafe Rabbit House one day, excited for rabbits. She actually all but lives in that cafe. She meets lots of different girls there, including a tiny and cool girl named Chino, a tough and soldier-esque girl named Lize, a spacey and quintessentially Japanese girl named Chiyo, and the ordinary but dignified Sharo.
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