These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Complaining about the Dub of the Show You Don't Watch: The efforts of Doraemon's rights holders and other companies involved to localize the 2005 series to appeal to US kids and fit children's programming standards was met with the requisite complaints by American anime fans far outside the target demographic. Thing is, Doraemon's popularity in the US anime fandom beyond those of Asian descent is middling compared to its popularity in Asia and select European countries. The lack of love for Doraemon stateside is par for the course for most Kodomomuke series outside of Japan...so either a lot of non-Asian closet Doraemon fans are coming out of the woodwork or people just wanted to complain about Bowdlerization on principle.
In Indonesia, being a Gateway Series to Japanese animation and manga in general. And HOW. Its popularity is close to Japan, with local TV channels still regularly showing reruns of the anime and the movies, almost every manga in the series localized and in reprint, and the series is often cited by Indonesians as their first.
The series is also treated with godlike stature among kids in Indonesia's neighbor Malaysia. And the local TV stations that air the show give the same treatment to the series as the Indonesian TV station does, and that's saying a lot: Said TV station, RTM 1, screws other popular cartoons regularly and Doraemon is one of the channel's Long Runner. And when the TV station finally dropped the shownote Probably because it was only screening the 1979-2005 episodes, it was immediately picked up by the other TV station who likes to screw other popular cartoons regularly, NTV 7, and managed to remain to become one of the channel's Long Runner as wellnote This channel airs the 2005 reboot. The fact that the show has the best Malay dub in said country note Most anime(or any animated works in general) in Malaysia get sub-par dubbing and Long-Running ones tend to get screwed regularly due to Executive Meddling and They Just Didn't Care. Animation Age Ghetto is strong in Malaysia unless it is 3D shows how influential it is there.
Also, there is a Doraemon gadgets exhibition going on in the country. And Doraemon's negative-100th birthday (100 years until Doraemon rolls off the assembly lines!) was celebrated with loud fanfare.
It's also quite the hot stuff in Spain, having aired since almost as early as in Japan and still going strong.
Misblamed: Many people blame Disney for the editing, but it was the Japanese holders/companies of this series editing it for the US broadcast, due to their interpretation of stricter US broadcasting standards and the desire to localize it for an their target audience of American children.
Nightmare Fuel: The episode where Doraemon uses this moonbeam flashlight that turns anyone it shines on into a Werewolf. Doraemon scares Nobita after he retreats to his room after watching a scary movie.
More of them in the movies. The villains there are villains in every sense, and bring actual threats to the table.
The Magic World movie has the fuel by the truckloads. The devils are real (albeit as aliens, not in religious sense) and their home planet is nightmarish. The Big Bad is alien Satan, and the kids defeat him by piercing his heart... which is detached from his (apparent) body...
Heck, some of Doraemon's gadgets can be downright scary at times. For instance, the Dictator Switch allows its user to make anyone disappear. And not just out of sight, the person is gone and no one will ever remember that person even existed... yes, even the person's own mother. And in the chapter this gadget debuted in, Nobita wound up making EVERYBODY disappear. Granted, the device is used to punish dictators and the effects are reversible but the fact that this device is sold to the public, it is very chilling.
Then there's the Devil Passport. What does it do? Well, it lets you get away with anything... and I mean anything. Granted, in the story, Nobita felt guilty after for what he had done when he used it but... remember that in the future, the gadgets are sold to the public which includes the Devil Passport... you make the connection.
In one chapter, Nobita bribes Doraemon to do his homework for him by giving him dorayaki. Doraemon accepts but is overwhelmed by the amount of work and enlists five copies of him from the future, each two hours later. The work was done but, as well as being beat up by his clones for obvious reasons, he had to be dragged out of bed to do the homework five times. While this is a comedic premise, his fifth time has him go absolutely insane, in a very disturbing way. Here's the story.
In one episode of the 2005 anime, Nobita is sent to bed early, so Doraemon gives him a gadget that will let him choose a dream. The problem is, his short attention span leads him to keep changing the cartridges mid-dream, and in one of them, after he can't wake himself up, he finds a floating Doraemon with a dissonant smile and blank eyes. He asks him for help, and he responds, with an Electronic Speech Impediment at that, at least in the dub, something to the effect of; "The player is broken, Noby. You broke it. And now you're stuck in this dream forever andever, Noby." After that, things just keep going downhill, with Nobita jumping through all of the dreams he switched between, all with little details being just off enough to be unsettling, until he breaks down crying in an endless void. It turned out that he wasn't actually waking up and changing dreams. It was a Secret Test of Character from the first dream he chose — an educational dream that was trying to teach him a lesson in following a goal from start to finish.
Red Stapler: Would you believe that it's because of Doraemon, Dorayaki became extremely popular in Asia and resulted in the confectionery being sold in most Japanese food shops and bakeries in the region?
Sacred Cow: If your country has an eastern border in the Pacificnote Japan, Taiwan, ASEAN countries, etc., then you will find it extremely difficult to find someone, anyone, who doesn't like Doraemon. Even if the modern anime fandom leans toward the dark and the edgy, hating Doraemon is unthinkable. The only other anime that gets this treatment is Sazae-san, and only in Japan.
Squick: In one story, Nobita's father speaks about a time when he was young and working in the fields, and ended up being nearly Driven to Suicide after he collapsed and was unable to finish the day's work. However, a girl "as beautiful as a lily," with long black hair, pale skin, and large eyes, appeared to him, smiled, and gave him a bar of chocolate, which was enough to bring him back from the Despair Event Horizon. Doraemon and Nobita decide to go back in time to see who this girl is. When they see Nobita's dad collapse, they decide to take him aside and have Nobita take his place. Nobita ends up having to shave his hair, and then his clothes get muddy and have to be washed. Doraemon sprinkles powder on him that makes his hair grow, and grabs him clothes from someone's washline. The clothes turn out to be a girl's dress, and the hair growth powder both makes Nobita's skin look pale and his hair look long, as well as the fact that glasses make his eyes look much bigger. Doraemon then realizes that Nobita is actually his dad's dream girl. They naturally decide not to share any photos of this scene when they get back to the present. Think about it - this basically means that Nobita's dad has had a crush on his own son without realizing it.
And the episode where Shizuka adopts a doll and asks Doraemon to make her a sentient one so they can find its owner...
The episode where Nobita accidentally called a Snow Spirit. They started as a friend until the spirit became a Clingy Jealous Girl towards Nobita and forced him to play hours in a snow storm. Nobita caught a very bad fever as the result. Knowing she really liked Nobita and felt bad that Nobita got sick because of her, she sacrificed herself to heal Nobita's fever and in exchange she had to vanished with the winter and spring came early instead.
The movie where a portal to another dimension forms under a floor tile in Nobita's room. Doraemon finds a love interest there, and said portal gets destroyed at the end of the movie, severing Doraemon from ever being able to visit his love interest ever again. The movie's Award Bait tear jerker of a theme song (played as the portal vanishes) brings on the full effect.
And of course, the final chapter of Volume 6 of the manga, as well as the first chapter of Volume 7. Which was adapted into a half-hour long TV special in two parts.
Some of the fan-written endings mentioned above as well. Especially the infamous "happy ending", when the repaired Doraemon wakes up for the first time in 35 years, and Nobita and Shizuka both switch to looking just like they did when he was last awake and glomp the confused cat. There is a reason the fanbase were so convinced it was canon that they were emailing the publisher asking them to verify and/or animate it.
For those that have watched Nobita and the Steel Troops, the remake Nobita and the New Steel Troops ~Angel Wings~ has a major one near the end with a stronger impact than the original film. Lilulu had performed a Heroic Sacrifice by rewriting Amu and Emu's programming after going back in time to 30,000 years ago, thereby rewriting Mechatopia's history. As a result, she and Pippo, being of the present, Disappears into Light due to the changes. Their final lines has them sharing a scene, switching between the two. It's Heartwarming to see how far they've come from hating humans; and heartbreaking, with Shizuka desperately begging for Lilulu to not disappear and Nobita helplessly holding Pippo.
Lilulu: Shizuka... I'm glad- Pippo: -to have met all of you. Lilulu/Pippo: If I am reborn... Lilulu: ...as a robot angel... Nobita: Pippo! Pippo:' *happy laugh* That name... I love it... Lilulu: ...let's be friends, okay?
Doraemon's reaction to losing his ears to mice. The fact that he's permanently blue because he's in BSOD mode makes him even more of a Woobie.
The CGI movie Stand By Me Doraemon, whose tagline was "For anyone whose experienced childhood..." is probably the ultimate tear jerker. So much, in fact, that a poll done after its release revealed that nearly 90% of those who watched it cried. Seeing as it adapts Nobita's first meeting with Doraemon and (theoretical) farewell, why shouldn't it?!