Media conglomerate ABS-CBN has announced on Monday that they have acquired the popular comedy anime series Doraemon.
The announcement was made in a trade event organized by Animation International Philippines, which is the master license holder of the popular franchise.
The licensor also revealed during the event that the anime series is set to air on ABS-CBN’s digital terrestrial channel YeY! starting May 27, but details regarding its upcoming premiere, including the timeslot, has not been revealed.
Based on the preview shown at the trade event, the channel may air the franchise’s 2005 television anime series.
— ABS-CBN PR (@ABSCBNpr) March 5, 2019
Doraemon was a Japanese manga series created by Fujiko Fujio, which is the pen name of the mangaka pair Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko, and published in several Shogakukan’s kids magazines from from December 1969 to June 1996.
The popular comedy franchise 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 running theme of the series is Doraemon’s numerous devices, which should supposedly save Nobita from his everyday troubles, but eventually make things worse for the bespectacled boy.
The series has three television anime adaptations, the 26-episode 1973 series, the much-successful 1979 series & the most recent 2005 series, as well as several feature films, video games, a musical and a very popular merchandise line.
GMA Network, the main competitor of ABS-CBN, first aired the 1979 anime adaptation of Doraemon in Filipino dubbing in late-December of 1999. The show was aired on a seasonal basis, with its last run on the network from mid to late-2016.
The broadcaster had also aired several film adaptations of the franchise, starting with the 11th feature film, Doraemon: Nobita and the Animal Planet, in 2012.
The latest film aired on the channel was the 33rd film, Doraemon: Nobita’s Secret Gadget Museum, in 2015, while the last film aired was the 29th film, Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Spaceblazer, in March last year.
ABS-CBN previously aired the franchise’s 3D movie, Stand by Me Doraemon, for the first time in Filipino dubbing in March of 2016.