ドラえもん (19) (てんとう虫コミックス) コミックス – 1980/6/28
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Note: English Titles of Untranslated episodes are by the author of the review and not the official ones.
1.TESUTO NI ANKIPAN:I CAN'T TAKE TESTS WITHOUT ANKI-PAN
See Doraemon: Gadget Cat from the Future, Vol. 1
2.ROBOKO GA AISHITERU(My Robot Girlfriend Loves Me)
The concept of beautiful android with super-human strength as a girlfriend is one of the popular themes in current "Moe" manga. But when Fujiko wrote the story in early 70s it was still rare. Heroines in comic books were supposed to be rescued and not the other way around. The author of Dr. Slump, Akira Toriyama(Dragon Ball) acknowledged in recent interview that the character setting of Arare-chan beautiful girl android with super-strength might have come from this Doraemon episode. This episode is highly appreciated by younger generation of manga fans who also love warrior-girl heroines such as Naussica in Nausicaa of the Valley of the WindRei Ayanami in Neon Genesis Evangelion - Perfect Collection
Roboko, a robot intended to be the faithful friend of particular person, reminds me of Lum-chan in Urusei Yatsura, TV Series 1 (Episodes 1-4). Just like Lum she tries to be kind friend to her boy friend, Nobita, and tries to rescue him whenever necessary. She is a bit too jealous and overreacting, though.
3.Kaidan Rampu(If A Scary Story Becomes Real...)
A-ball-of-fire device makes your horror story real. Never ever talk about Exorcist or Alien stories using this device, please...
4.Yumefurin(A King of Midnight)...With Yumefurin you can act like the king of children while they are asleep.
5.BOKU NO UMARETA HI: MY BIRTHDAY...See the Gadget Cat Vol.1
6.SHOJIKI-TAROU(The Price of Being Too Honest)...A doll speaks everything you have in mind. A device an adult would never want to have.
7.SHIZUKA-CHAN NO HAGOROMO...Shizuka and A Goddess Robe
Fujiko turns this popular Japanese hagoromo folk legend into modern day setting.
8.USOTSUKI KAGAMI(Mirror of Deception)
As this story shows children are easy victims of the mirror which gives the too-good image of themselves.
9.Taimu Furoshiki...This wrapping cloth can get the thing inside newer or older. One of the oft-used Doraemon tools.
10.Kanarazu Ataru Teso Setto: This device can change your palm lines so that you can bring good luck as the manual says. But Nobita did what the manual advices against.
11.Okami Ikka(Last Surviving Wolves in Japan)
Although wolves in Japan became extinct about 100 years ago, there had been news about the sightings of wolves when the story was written. Doraemon and Nobita tries to find the proof of last surviving wolves in Japan.
12.N.S. Wappen: (Pulling together, or Pulling apart like magnetism.)
Doraemon's device does what you have learned about magnetism in humans.
13.Chikatetsu Wo Tsukucchae(Building the Subway Line of Our Own)
Doraemon and Nobita build a subway line so that Nobita's father can commute without being packed like a sardine.
14.Tatami No Tambo(Growing Rice in Your Room)
Doraemon's indoor-farming device can make your room a rice paddy so that you can eat rice cake from your crops. Really a great device!
15.Kono Kaze Utsushimasu...A sting telephone device turns cold virus to someone else.
16.BENKYOBEYA NO ONADARE: A Heavy Snowslide in Nobita's room. See Gadget Cat Vol.1
17.Kyoryu Hunter: Hunting a Dinosaur. Nobita and Doraemon tries to hunt a Dinosaur and keep it as a pet.
18.Dasanai Tegami No Henji Wo Morauhouhou(How to Receive A Reply for a Mail You Haven't Posted Yet)...It is sort of device to get the virtual reply from the mail you write.
Verdict: Another fine collection of Early Days Doraemon Stories
Rating: 90 out of 100
Japanese Level: Doraemon Stories are intended for Elememtary School Children so not too difficult to understand. All Kanjis are with furigana subtext. Recent print made some correction to change archaic expressions or indecent expressions to modern or politically-correct ones.
Because of Nobita's poor performance in school and bad luck, when he goes into the work force his family becomes poor. Even his great, great...great grand-children are poor because of the huge unpaid debt Nobita left behind. Nobita's great-great grandson from the future, Sewashi, comes up with an idea to deal with the problem. Sewashi sends Doraemon to the past using a time machine. The plan is Doraemon will help Nobita become a responsible and successful adult so that Sewashi's family will not be poor.
Doraemon is a cat-like-robot. He was built by an engineer that wanted to create a robot that would be a friend to children who did not fit in and had no friends. Doraemon gets his name because he loves dorayaki (a Japanese snack that is like a pancake sandwich with red bean paste inside).
Doraemon and Nobita become good friends. Doraemon pulls out different objects out his pocket (that looks like a pouch on his belly) and saves Nobita every time he is in a pinch at school or with the bully. Doraemon's pocket is 4-dimentional, which means anything and everything can fit inside. Each episode of the comic is based on Nobita's pinch with something and Doraemon coming to the rescue with a different tool from the future.
Doraemon occasionally becomes concerned with Nobita's dependence on him. Doraemon's intention is that his tools will help Nobita grow up to be a responsible person, but Nobita often uses Doraemon's tools to shortcut his problems.
Nobita's misfortune, weakness and mistakes despite his honest desire to be a good person is used to touch the reader. Doraemon's friendship to Nobita and support when he is bullied is touching to all readers who have been in unfortunate events. Doraemon's friendship to Nobita is what made this title extremely popular for 30 years and still ongoing. Fujio Fujiko (the author) uses Doraemon as a role model to teach important lessons to children.
Nobita is an only child. The main characters also include his friends Shizuka (the girl Nobita likes), Suneo (a rich boy who's bragging makes Nobita feel left out) and Gian (the bully that picks on Nobita).
This may depend on the publisher, but I know in the original versions that Tentomushi Comics printed the last chapter usually has a very strong moral message behind the episode.
The genre is comedy.
The title was originally for elementary school children, but because of its great success for 30+ years it has become a story for all ages. To give you an idea of the popularity, I think in Japan Doraemon has done more than Mickey Mouse or Charlie Brown and it has definitely done more than the Simpsons has done in North America. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the theme of Doraemon is centered around moral character. On another note, Fujiko Fujio grew up admiring Tezuka Osamu (known for Astro Boy, Black Jack) so many parallels can be seen between Tezuka and Fujiko.
The pen name "Fujiko Fujio" actually belongs to two authors. Well after the name "Fujiko Fujio" became famous, the two authors used "Fujiko F. Fujio" and "Fujiko A Fujio" when they worked on individual projects.
Some aspects of the story and humor may not be understood to someone who does not understand Japanese culture at all.
The story of Doraemon and Nobita is highly recommended by me. Doraemon is definitely one of my favorite titles of all time.