Blue robot cat from the future espouses friendship & harmony
The China Post news staffToday, the Taipei Songshan Cultural Park kicks off the “100 years before the Birth of Doraemon” Special Exhibition. Doraemon's birthday is listed as Sept. 3, 2112, and as we reach D+100 to the birthday of the robot cat from the future, it is high time to discuss how much the cat's story means to his fans.
December 30, 2012, 12:11 am TWN
Centered on the adventures that began with the arrival of a mysterious visitor from the future who pops out of a drawer with the mission to improve the life of the clumsy and academically deficient elementary school student Nobita Nobi, the series belongs to the lexicon of East Asian popular entertainment. With his friends and bully-tormentors Suneo and Goda (Gian), as well as his love interest Shizuka, Nobi embarks on unforgettable journeys of mirth with Doraemon. With more than 800 short stories and 17 long stories penned by Fujio F. Fujiko, and a continuing franchise after his passing in 1996, the series is timeless not due to its volume but to its inventive spirit and adorability of the robot cat.
Doraemon's characters live in a timeless cycle of frozen time except when the storyline takes them through time travel. Forever in the spring of youth, Nobita and his friends go to school, play baseball after school, and visit each other. Doraemon's presence, though, fuses the '70s Japanese town setting with an exponentially enlarged universe involving time travel.
It is at this intersection between the past and the future, between this and other worlds, that Doraemon's legend really unfolds. The five protagonists — Doraemon, Nobi, Shizuka, Goda and Suneo — fight with each other, have fun, and travel to other worlds to participate in epic adventures against evil overlords in prehistoric kingdoms and alien planets. There is seemingly no limit to the friendships that can be built, from habitants of Atlantis to the canine king of a distant planet.
Doraemon's story infuses the use of his famous gadgets from a four-dimensional pocket with frequent moral inseminations that are as humorous as they are convincing. When a pen that writes perfect answers is stolen by Goda and he uses it to get a 100 on a test, his dad beats him up because the dad knows Goda isn't that studious. Similarly, when Nobi or anyone else abuses a gadget, they invariably get taught a painful lesson.