Doraemon World 2012

January 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Musical scores for a cartoon show are as unique as the cartoon characters themselves. All it takes is just the opening line to for people to know which cartoon it is from. The same can be said for Doraemon, a famous Japanese anime about a futuristic cat with no ears and a penchant for dorayaki, a bun that is filled with sweet bean paste. Its upbeat and cheery opening verse will certainly bring back many memories for those who grew up watching Doraemon on television.

Doraemon is a futuristic cat that was sent back to the 20th century by its owner, who happens to be Nobita’s grandson. As his grandfather was somewhat of an expert in getting into trouble during his lifetime, Nobita’s grandson did not want to see him suffer and decided to send Doraemon to help him in his times of trouble. This is achieved by the futuristic tools that Doraemon retrieves from his fourth dimensional pocket. Some of the tools that he often uses include Takekoputra, a small propeller that enables its wearer to fly; Dokodemo-doa, a door that opens up to anywhere the person would like to go just by naming that place; and Taimu-mashin, a time machine that sends Nobita and Doraemon to go into the future or past.

Doraemon plush toys that comes in all shapes and sizes are a favourite among many here in Malaysia, including adults

Nobita has a huge crush on Shizuka, the girl that he is set to marry in the future. Unfortunately, Nobita never fails to make Shizuka angry, which further hinders his chance of being with her as she seems to be too good for him. Shizuka is the only female character in this motley bunch, and is the object of adoration by the other guys in the group. Suneo is all round creep who finds delight in making Nobita’s life difficult. He cheats and lies his way through and gains favouritism by buying gifts and presents to all. His best friend is Gian, a bully who takes delight in picking on Nobita.

Each episodes have a similar guideline and often starts with Nobita being bullied by Suneo and Gian. He comes home crying and complains to Doraemon, who takes pity on him and decides to help him by giving him helpful advice. Of course this is never enough for Nobita, who is only interested in a quick and easy way out. Tired of his pleading, Doraemon usually gives in and then produces a futuristic gadget that will help Nobita to either fix his problems or exact his revenge. Unfortunately, Nobita usually gets into deeper trouble when he has these gadgets in his possession as he never fails to heed Doraemon’s warnings. Sometimes these gadgets end up being stolen by Suneo or Gian and they misuse it to their advantage. Like every other cartoon story, there is always a lesson to be taught and learnt at the end of the chapter by all characters involved.

There was even a Doraemon hot air balloon during the Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2011!

So, if you are a big fan of Doraemon and all things related to it, do not miss the Doraemon World 2012 at Genting Highlands, happening from 23rd January till 5th February 2012. This event celebrates the 100 years before the birth of Doraemon. Fans can take this opportunity to say hi to their favourite cartoon characters, shop for some of the best and imported Doraemon premium items, enjoy day long stage activities and play at carnival game booths and activities for all ages. For more information on ticket prices and other information, please log on here.

Photos (c) Wacko Photographer, kwaito

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