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Doraemon was a 1979 anime created by Fujiko F. Fujio. The series was produced by Shin-Ei Animation, and was more successful than its 1973 predecessor. It ran on TV Asahi from April 2, 1979 to March 25, 2005 for a total of 1,787 episodes and 30 specials. This anime adaption has now been dubbed in several languages, which aired in several countries.

For the first 2 years of the series' run, the episodes (of approximately 6 minutes long) aired every Monday through Saturday from 6:50 to 7:00 PM. Starting October 2, 1981 the series switched to a weekly half-hour format, where it remained until the end of its run.[1] Because of the switch to the half-hour format, the episode length increased to 10 minutes, or sometimes 23 minutes. When the episodes were not 23 minutes, the network paired 2 shorter episodes (a new episode and a rerun) to fill up the half-hour time-slot.



The five main characters in the 1979 anime.
From left to right-Doraemon, Nobita, Shizuka, Gian, Suneo.

Main Characters[]

Other Characters[]


Opening themes[]

The opening theme used for the weekly Doraemon series airing between 1979 and 2005 was Doraemon's Song (ドラえもんのうた, Doraemon no Uta), which was performed by five different performers over the course of its years:

# Performer Starting date Starting episode Ending date Ending episode
1. Kumiko Ōsugi (大杉久美子) April 2, 1979 Episode 1 October 2, 1992 episode 1199
2. Satoko Yamano (山野さと子) October 9, 1992 Episode 1200 September 20, 2002 episode 1681
3. Tokyo Purin (東京プリン) October 4, 2002 episode 1682 April 4, 2003 episode 1704
4. Misato Watanabe (渡辺美里) April 18, 2003 episode 1706 April 23, 2004 episode 1752
5. AJI April 30, 2004 episode 1753 March 18, 2005 episode 1787

Two songs were used for a separate weekday Doraemon series which is a part of Fujiko Fujio Theater (藤子不二雄劇場, Fujiko Fujio Gekijō), the first song being the same as the first song of the weekly series.

# Name Song Title Starting date Starting episode Ending date Ending episode
1. Kumiko Ōsugi (大杉久美子) Doraemon's Song (ドラえもんのうた) April 2, 1979 episode 1 September 29, 1979 episode 156
2. Nobuyo Ōyama, Koorogi'73 (大山のぶ代, こおろぎ'73) Boku Doraemon (ぼくドラえもん) October 1, 1979 episode 157 September 23, 1981 episode 617

Ending themes[]

The ending themes used for the weekly Doraemon series airing between 1979 and 2005 were:

Song Title Performer Starting date Starting episode Ending date Ending episode
1. Aoi Sora wa Poketto sa
Kumiko Ōsugi (大杉久美子) April 2, 1979 episode 1 September 27, 1981 episode 618
2. Maru-gao no Uta
Nobuyo Ōyama (大山のぶ代) October 2, 1981 episode 619 March 30, 1984 episode 757
3. Santa Kurozu wa Doko no Hito
Nobuyo Ōyama (大山のぶ代) November 18, 1983 episode 738 December 30, 1983 episode 744
4. Bokutachi Chikyuujin
Mitsuko Horie (堀江美都子) April 6, 1984 episode 758 April 8, 1988 episode 971
5. Aozoratte Iina
Mitsuko Horie (堀江美都子) April 15, 1988 episode 972 October 2, 1992 episode 1199
6. Ashita mo Tomodachi
Yui Nishiwaki (にしわきゆい) October 9, 1992 episode 1200 April 7, 1995 episode 1346
7. Boku Doraemon 2112
Nobuyo Ōyama, Koorogi '73 (大山のぶ代、こおろぎ'73) April 14, 1995 episode 1347 September 20, 2002 episode 1681
8. Mata Aeru Hi Made
Yuzu (ゆず) October 4, 2002 episode 1682 April 4, 2003 episode 1704
9. Tanpopo no Uta
The Alfee (ジ・アルフィー) April 18, 2003 episode 1706 October 3, 2003 episode 1729
10. YUME Biyori
Hitomi Shimatani (島谷ひとみ) October 10, 2003 episode 1730 May 28, 2004 episode 1757
11. Aa Ii na!
(あぁ いいな!)
W (ダブルユー) June 4, 2004 episode 1758 March 18, 2005 episode 1787

Three songs were used for the separate weekday Doraemon series. The start and end dates are not listed here, nor are the episodes they ran for.

Song Title Performer
1. Doraemon Ekaki-uta (ドラえもん・えかきうた) Nobuyo Ōyama (大山のぶ代)
2. Doraemon Ondo (ドラえもん音頭) Nobuyo Oyama, Koorogi'73 (大山のぶ代、こおろぎ'73)]]
3. Dorami-chan Ekaki-uta (ドラミちゃんのえかきうた) Keiko Yokozawa (横沢啓子)


Main article: List of Doraemon (1979 anime) episodes

Animation cels[]


  • This Doraemon anime series is sometimes referred to in Asia as the Ōyama Edition (大山版), after Nobuyo Ōyama, the voice actress who voiced Doraemon in this series.
  • Some episodes were adapted from manga chapters while the others were original and never made it into the 2005 anime adaption. The chances of certain episodes getting made in the new anime adaption are often very slim.
  • Although it never succeeded in airing in the US or the UK, there were several attempts to license the 1979 version of Doraemon for the U.S market.
  • Several episodes and movies of the 1979 anime were (illegally) dubbed into English in Malaysia and released on VCDs throughout Southeast Asia.
  • The 1979 series had several changes and updates:
    • Ending Quickie, which simulates an episode's plot, was used during early episodes of this anime adaption (and this version of Ending Quickie was different from the manga version) until October 2, 1981, when the series was refreshed. A change similar to this happened to another anime series - Kirby: Right Back at Ya! (only in the Japanese versions of episodes 73-100).
    • In early episodes and early years, Doraemon had a different design look until the series was updated and refreshed. The character received a new design look on October 2, 1981 in BGM and debuted on the series a few years later (approx. starting in 1982/1983). At the same time, Ending Quickie was removed in the subsequent series (as stated above). Also, the episodes were extended from 7 minutes into 11 minutes.
    • The episode duration was extended and there was a 3-episode duration of 8 minutes 57 seconds, 10 minutes 50 seconds, and 12 minutes 43 seconds.
    • Some episodes from the 1979 series also didn't air or were delayed due to the following reasons:
      • On November 14, 1986, there was a report about the eruption of Mount Mihara.
      • On July to August 2001, there was a World Aquatics Championships event held in Japan. Also, the episodes originally aired on July to August 2001 were skipped for unknown reasons.
      • On October 23, 2004, there was a report about the Chūetsu earthquake. It should be noted that an episode of the Pokémon anime was also banned at that time.
    • This series was also refreshed on April 1st, 1994.
    • Beginning on March 3, 2000, the series transitioned from Mono to Stereo.
    • This series shifted from its original traditional hand drawing animation that was used for almost 23 years to digital production and became fully digital animation on October 4, 2002.
    • This anime version is named Classical Doraemon in India.

External links[]


  1. Brubaker, Charles (July 30, 2013). Mini-Anime 1971-1980 - Cartoon Research. Retrieved on June 7, 2016