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Nobita's Underground Country
2005 anime series
Cartoonist Jaiko
The Substitution Rope Story
Irekae Rōpu Monogatari
General Information
Broadcast by TV Asahi
Anime series 2005
Broadcast date June 3, 2005
Season 1
Episode number 8a
Doraemon The Substitution Rope
Episode Guide

The Substitution Rope Story is an episode from the 2005 series. This episode is called The Switching Rope in the English LUK Internacional (UK) dub.


When she was toddler, Shizuka had admired Jaian and Suneo's ability to climb trees in the mountain. Her mother does not allow her to do so, even if she wanted to. Discussing with Nobita if being someone of the different gender is better, Nobita proposes the idea of switching bodies. Doraemon lends them the Substitution Rope that allows them to do so. Nobita, now in her body, goes out to play. Embarrassed, Shizuka in Nobita's body is reluctant to go out, but Doraemon gives her the push.

Shizuka finally fulfills her wish to climb the tree in the mountain, and is delighted to see the panoramic view of the city, just like what Jaian had said. She later joins Jaian and Suneo for a baseball match, and is able to score for The Giants with her superb performance at the field.

Nobita, on the other hand, gives the impression that Shizuka has became a changed person. He finds it hard to fit with Shizuka's friends, and is tangled while skipping. Returning to Shizuka's room, he is lectured by Shizuka's mother over his etiquette.

Back home, Nobita, missing his old self, asks Shizuka to switch back his own body, but Shizuka, praised by Jaian and Suneo for her performance earlier, refuses to. Upset, he is reluctant to take a shower, but eventually gets the realization that he would be able to see his body from the inside. Meanwhile, Shizuka sees something she is not supposed to see. She almost barges in her own toilet naked, trying to prevent Nobita from taking his clothes off thus finally agreeing to switch back.


Gadgets Used[]


  • While Nobita did not enjoy being Shizuka like he thought he would, Shizuka is the only one enjoying the swap until she removed Nobita's clothes preparing to bathe.


  • In the Arabic and Filipino dub, some parts of the bathroom scene (at the very end of the episode) was cut. Here are the followings:
  1. Shizuka (In Nobita's Body): Taking her shorts off
  2. Nobita (In Shizuka's Body): After he blushes of embarrasement, the scene where he talks to himself was cut. Instead, after he blushes the scene changes to Shizuka trying to stop Nobita from taking Shizuka's clothes off then the episode ends.


[The match begins]
Gian: Watch me now! [throws the baseball to the catcher. The batter from the opponent team strikes the ball, and it flies to where Shizuka in Nobita's body is] Oh no! It's flying to Nobita!
Shizuka in Nobita's body: [begins running to catch the ball] Let me catch this!
[The ball descends to Shizuka in Nobita's body, and "he" successfully catches the ball with his glove. Shizuka in Nobita's body lands on the ground face down, shocking everyone. Suddenly, "he" leaps up, and declares victory]
Gian and Suneo: Nobita has caught the ball!

[Shizuka in Nobita's body strikes the ball and makes a home run]
Gian and Suneo: That's great!
Suneo: What an excellent home run!
Gian: [touched, he clings on to Suneo and pinches his lips] I'm not dreaming, am I? Nobita can make a home run!!
Suneo: [struggling] This isn't a dream! This isn't a dream!
Gian: [lets go of Suneo's lips, and watches as "Nobita" runs happily along the field] Yeah! I feel that Nobita has became a different person altogether today!

Nobita's Underground Country
2005 anime series
Cartoonist Jaiko