Doraemon: Stand By Me 3-D animated movie to premiere in Japan on August 08.
“I can’t stay here anymore.”
That was the line of one of Japan’s most iconic characters Doraemon to his best friend Nobita as shown in the trailer of the Doraemon franchise’s last installment, the 3-D animated film Doraemon: The Final Movie.
Doraemon‘s 36th movie, and the first one to be produced in 3-D, is set to hit Japanese theaters on August 8 this year. Takashi Yamazaki and Ryuuichi Yagi, who previously collaborated on Japan’s first feature-length 3-D animated film Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki, will be directing Stand by Me. The trailer’s narrator calls the film, “Doraemon’s first—and final—story.”
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Doraemon was originally created by the mangaka pair Fujiko Fujio (composed of Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko) in 1969. Their manga tells the story of a robotic cat named Doraemon who was sent by the grandson of the lead character Nobita from the future to help his woeful grandfather.
The franchise’s running theme is Doraemon’s numerous devices which should supposedly save Nobita from his everyday troubles, but eventually make things worse for the bespectacled boy.
The anime adaptation of Doraemon first aired in Japan in 1973 for only 25 episodes, but was revived in 1979 and is still running today on TV Asahi.
Some of the title’s older episodes are currently airing on GMA Channel 07 on its Astig Authority weekday animation block. The manga is also available with the dialog translated in Filipino, which is published by J-Line Comic Center.