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Doraemon in North America refers to the English adaptation of the Doraemon series in North America (USA and Canada only).

Manga[]

See also: List of Doraemon manga (Kindle version) chapters
See also: List of Doraemon manga (Shogakukan Asia version) chapters
Doraemon USA manga

Cover of the first volume of the printed manga

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Cover of the first volume of the English Kindle

In July 2013, Fujiko Fujio Productions announced that they along with Voyager Japan and Alt Japan Co., Ltd would release an English version of the manga digitally in color on the Amazon Kindle e-book service in North America. The volumes were translated by AltJapan. The first volume was released by Shogakukan on November 23, 2013. A total of 200 volumes have been released. On December 27, 2017 the first 17 volumes of Doraemon's Long Tales were officially released in the Kindle Store.

The same translation has been published in English in print by Shogakukan Asia and it's released in Singapore. There are also bilingual releases (Japanese and English) of the manga.

Changes[]

Please note that these changes ONLY apply to the Amazon Kindle version, not the printed English version

  • The manga is in full-color, unlike other international versions.
  • Dorayaki are referred to as "Fudgey Pudgy Pies", but they were later changed back to "dorayaki" with revisions to the books. This was an early change evidenced by a Moleskine Doraemon notebook and by an article written by Crunchyroll. There is also anecdotal evidence of this by readers who bought the first volume a few weeks after it came out and saw "Fudgey Pudgy Pies". It is likely that when the name of the sweet later reverted back to "dorayaki", the early volumes were revised to have the "dorayaki" name instead.

Character name changes[]

  • With space constraints to consider, Doraemon is given a nickname and is referred to as “D” in some scenes.[1]
  • Nobita - Noby
  • Shizuka - With space constraints to consider, Shizuka was also referred to as Shizu at some points. Her full name is still Shizuka. She is the only main character who's name wasn't Americanized. This would change come the time the anime was dubbed, where she is called "Sue", this change never transitioned into the English manga, however.
  • Suneo - Sneech
  • Gian - Big G
  • Jaiko - Little G
  • Tamako - Tammy
  • Sewashi - Soby
  • Dekisugi - Ace
  • Tame - Tommy

Video games[]

For many years, very few Doraemon video games have made it into the United States, but Doraemon: Meikyū Daisakusen, which released for PC Engine (TurboGrafx-16), was heavily localized and edited for Western audiences as Cratermaze, which restored the game to its original "Booby Kids / Kid no Hore Hore Daisakusen" form[2], because the Doraemon series did not make it into North America until 2013. While the series was successful in Europe, video games released there were not in English and the ROM was cannot be found online. Multiple mobile games for phones have also been translated into English, which are also available in English-speaking countries that include Malaysia, Singapore, etc.

Fan English translation patches (hacks) for the video games have been made and released on the Internet. When it was made in 1998, it's unknown how the creators of the English patches for the games know Doraemon and it still remains a mystery.

4 years after the Bang! Zoom English dub of Doraemon ended, Doraemon: Story of Seasons was announced to be released in North America, South East Asia, Australia, and Europe in (Autumn) 2019. This is the first (technically second) Doraemon console game to be localized for western audiences. A sequel, Doraemon: Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom, is scheduled for release on November 2nd, 2022.

1979 anime[]

Although Doraemon hasn't been aired in North America at all, there were four unsuccessful attempts made to release an English version.

The first attempt was In 1985. Atlanta-based media mogul Ted Turner, who founded such cable TV networks as TBS, CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, and Turner Classic Movies, acquired the US rights to the 1979 anime and planned to air the first 50 episodes on TBS (known during the time as SuperStation WTBS) under the name The Adventures of Albert and Sydney. This dub was produced by Canada recordings studio, CINAR Studio Inc (Now known as Cookie Jar Entertainment and then DHX Media and then WildBrain). Each episode has 3 segments each. But, for unknown reasons, the plans to air it in TBS got cancelled before any episodes could air and the license was eventually dropped. Many people attribute the cancellation to the levels of censorship that would be applied to make it acceptable by FCC standards. However, it's also rumored that the TV producers disliked Nobita's dependence on Doraemon. This dub did air on a local Barbados TV station and most likely in Canada.

According for some people in Canada, it did airing in the Canada back in the 1990s, when he saw several fire hydrant were painted Into the Doraemon and Nobita character, most notably in the New Carlisle, Quebec, Canada. It unconfirmed that this show was likely in Canada.

According to historian Fred Patten (1940-2018), Streamline Pictures asked lots of TV producers including Patten to get them the 1979 anime, following the huge success of Pokémon on American TV. However, the TV producers rejected the request and explained that the 1979 anime would not succeed in the United States due to it being "too ethnically Japanese" and having content that would be inappropriate for American children.[3]

The third attempt was during the early 2000s, Unbound Creative, Inc. (known during the time as phuuz entertainment inc.) made a pilot episode for network pitching, but it was never picked up by any network most likely due to lack of interest. The amount of edits done in the pilot, the voice actors plus their roles, and the episode that was dubbed remain unknown.

Telemundo aired the Latin American Spanish dub of the 1979 anime during the 2000s making this the first time the 1979 series could be seen on American airwaves, and marking the first time the series made an appearance in the United States.

The 1979 anime aired on TV Japan in its original Japanese version without subtitles in the United States and Canada from June 2012 until March 2014.[4].

2005 anime[]

Main article: Doraemon: Gadget Cat from the Future

Films[]

Nobita's Dinosaur was given a small-scale screening with English subtitles in Washington D.C. on November 14, 2008.

An English dub of Stand by Me Doraemon was produced by Bang Zoom! Entertainment and premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 24, 2014. It would take seven more years for the dub to have a proper release in the United States, where it debuted on Netflix on December 24, 2021 as an audio track. An English subtitled version of the movie using the Bang Zoom! character names appeared on Delta Airlines' Delta Studio feature.

Aside from the aforementioned Stand By Me Doraemon release, several United States airlines, including United and Delta, have shown various Doraemon films as part of their in-flight entertainment, including Nobita's Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi and Nobita's Chronicle of the Moon Exploration.

After no English audio media of Doraemon being produced in six years, an English dub of Stand by Me Doraemon 2 was available on Netflix in Japan only. The voice cast from the English dub of 2005 anime returned for this dub commissioned by Netflix. When that film became available worldwide on Netflix on December 24, 2021, the dub was available on Netflix, alongside the original movie, as an audio track option. For further information and cast about this dub, refer to this article about the dub from another wiki.

Trivia[]

  • For many years until 2014, some American Doraemon fans had speculated on what prevented the franchise from being exported to the United States. Speculations range from the idea that it was "too old", "too long", and "too Japanese" for the American market.
    • It was also believed that the very high costs of the license would be too much of a financial risk, which would lead it to be unsuccessful due to low viewership.
    • Among anime fans, the biggest concern is the censoring and other changes since accurately translated anime are in higher demand to honor any creator's intended vision, and allowing viewers to properly decide if they love the series and/or properly know if the series is good as American viewers do not need to relate to anything being American as they are allowed to be interested in the stuff that exists in other countries.
  • The September 1983 issue of the now-defunct The Electric Company magazine has featured Doraemon alongside other 11 cartoon characters from other countries as the "Cartoons Around the World" theme, as said in an BlueBuddies article.
  • TV Asahi aired 10 episodes of the English dub of the 2005 anime in Japan from August 1 to August 10, 2014. Disney Channel Japan also aired all of the English adaptation's episodes in 2016 and has re-dubbed the US episodes into Japanese.
  • The typeface used on the official North American Doraemon website is titled "Soup of Justice".
  • There are quite a few errors and inconsistencies on the North American Doraemon website. For example, on Sneech's About section, Noby is referred to as his original name, Nobita Nobi. Another error can be found on the SHFigarts Doraemon figure, which uses the Japanese names of Yummy Buns and the Hopter. The Delta Studio English subtitled version of Stand By Me Doraemon, which uses the Bang Zoom! character names, mistakenly calls Sue her Japanese name throughout the entire movie.
  • In 2021, the North American Doraemon website has been taken down and now redirected to TV Asahi's Japanese page for the series.[5]
  • The Font Used in the first few seconds of an episode where the title is shown is called "Good Girl".

Mentions[]

  • In a Doraemon short chapter "American Dream," which was published only in the Asahi Shinbone newspaper, Nobita has a dream about him and Doraemon using "the super prize" to travel to America along with his family.
  • In the 1979 anime episode The Genius Egg, Nobita has a vision of joining the American baseball race as a professional baseball player while using the gadget.

External Links[]

References[]

  1. http://www.nippon.com/en/nipponblog/m00034/
  2. The game's concept from the arcade game (later ported to Famicom as Booby Kids) was converted for play on the PC Engine, but was changed to make use of a license to use the Doraemon character and released as Doraemon Meikyuu Daisakusen. When the game was localized for play in the United States on the Turbo Grafx-16, the Doraemon character was removed, and the original player sprite was restored, but the game was entitled Cratermaze.
  3. Brubaker, Charles (May 28, 2013). The Strange Case of the 1973 "Doraemon" Series. Cartoon Research. Retrieved on August 11, 2016
  4. https://twitter.com/nappasan/status/1098242166600552448?s=20
  5. https://chinesedora.com/news/26784.htm
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