YMMV: Doraemon

  • Adaptation Displacement: The anime is way more wide-spread worldwide than the nevertheless very popular manga series.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Nobita Nobi has a hard time getting famous in America, due to his similarities to Fred Figglehorn. That Preschool Anime like Anpanman were a hard sell in the American market these days also play a factor.
  • Archive Panic:
    • And How! The 1973 anime only lasted 26 episodes of 30 minutes each. That's around a paltry 13 hours of nonstop viewing. Then comes the 1979 anime, which ran all the way to 2005. How many episodes are there, you ask? 1787 half hour episodes, which a simple calculation will tell you that it will take around around 37 days and 8 hours of nonstop viewing to complete. Wait, it gets better! 2005 wasn't the year it ended, but the year the show was overhauled! It ran another 622 half hour episodes as of September 10th, 2014, or almost 13 days nonstop. To enjoy all the anime alone, you will need 53 days and 8 hours of nonstop binging. And that's not counting the movies, of which there are roughly 34 of them, one movie annually since 1980. And the kicker is, the episodes are still being made, with new episodes coming out every weekday and new movies annually.
    • Or the manga- even though the collected manga are only 45 volumes long, the rest of the manga that aren't in the collection are also printed across various other magazines since 1969. Plus 5 Doraemon Plus volumes, various color-printed manga volumes, 23 The Doraemons series volumes, and various educational book cartoons.
      • In short, you will not be able to survive this binge without using one of Doraemon's contraptions.
  • Awesome Music: As noted below, the old theme from the 70s is notoriously catchy. But for the "Legend of the Sun King" movie, it was performed by the Vienna Boys' Choir.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: The movie "Nobita's New Great Adventure into the Underworld" (the 2007 remake) is best known for the Panty Shot scenes where Nobita lift Shizuka's skirt with magic.
  • Broken Base:
    • The North American fans are split neatly into two factions: one who thinks the Bowdlerization of Disney XD's broadcast of the anime is well done and justified, while another would rather the show not be culturally localized and the original Japanese settings and names be preserved.
    • The general franchise fanbase is divided with those who prefer the 1979 anime over the 2005 remake, and viceversa (including all the remake movies and their original counterparts), and those who are neutral over them.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Suneo/Sneech seems to be gathering a few fans in the USA, if you take a look at sites such as DeviantArt. This may actually be an interesting case of Values Dissonance. While they still won't deny he's a jerk, said fans on our side of the globe find his arrogance rather entertaining, while Japan sees this as more shameful due to their society's emphasis on humility.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Of the "Not nice, but true" variety. One manga story involves Gian trying to be a nicer person after Doraemon points out that his bullying scares away his friends. Soon after Gian's Heel-Face Turn, all the other kids take revenge by breaking his stuff and picking on him since he won't beat them up now. In the end, it drives him to go back to his old ways. The message we get is Even if you change yourself for the better, people won't just forget the trouble you've caused them in the past, so you shouldn't expect to be Easily Forgiven.
  • Fridge Logic:
    • Long time readers may sometimes be left asking why Doraemon didn't use his other gadgets to get himself/Nobita/others out of their predicament.
    • It has been noted that most if not all of Doraemon's gadgets are second-rate and thus need a lot of repairs. It's just that the repair time "tend" to be during their adventure.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • As mentioned in the Sacred Cow entry below, if you live in the Asia region, Doraemon is everywhere.
    • In Indonesia, it's a Gateway Series to Japanese animation and manga in general. And HOW. Its popularity is close to Japan's, 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 , 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 . The fact that the show has the best Malay dub in said country note  shows how influential it is there.
      • Also, there was 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. No other manga or anime has experienced the popularity Doraemon has, with the possible exception of Dragon Ball, and certainly no other is more popular nowadays.
      • Heck, after being aired in regional channels for over 15 years, the Boing TV station acquired it for nation-wide broadcast. At the beginning, they aired lots of anime (DBZ, brand new episodes of One Piece...) but over the years they cancelled all of them and severed all their times to anime... except Doraemon.
    • It's starting to become popular in the USA as well, since unlike other anime dubbed there, it isn't a Macekre and is actually funny and well-done. There's even a touring costume in the USA!
  • Internet Backdraft: The Cultural Translation and Bowdlerise edits made for the Disney XD US broadcast.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Nobita. He might be a huge jerk who tend to misuse Doraemon's gadgets for his benefit, but in the end he's just a loser that needs a hug.
    • Gian may be a bully, but he's really a sensitive person who wants to be liked.
    • Suneo, sometimes, such as when Gian breaks his toys or beats him up for no reason.
  • Marty Stu: Dekisugi, who doesn't seem to have any negative point ever.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Misblamed: Many people blame Disney for the editing, but it was the Japanese holders/companies of this series (Fuji-Pro) 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.
  • Moe: Any girl in Doraemon, especially Shizuka and Sophia.
  • Retcon: How the Fujiko duo made Doraemon come back in volume 7 of the manga: They revealed, via flashback, Doraemon giving Nobita a "desperation box" that will produce one and only one gadget that he will need at that time before he left. Nobita naturally gets a device that he would inevitably use to bring Doraemon back (albeit by mistake) at the end of the story.
  • Sacred Cow: If your country has an eastern border in the Pacificnote , 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.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The leitmotif of the eponymous "Toy Troops" is one for "Yankee Doodle".
  • Ugly Cute: Some find Jaiko to be this (especially since she is Gian's sister). Gian and Suneo might fall under this as well.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Shizuka's bath scenes and the three titular boys' nudity here and there might be a little shocking if you're not from Japan, which is more lax on nudity and plays these strictly for laughs.
    • In the manga story Chapter 111: "I Loved a Cat" Doraemon is worried about not being good enough for Mii Chan and, while lighting a bundle of dynamite, claims "I'M GONNA BOMB MYSELF!" before Nobita stops him. Suicide isn't something you'd normally put in a kiddie comic in the States or make jokes about.
    • Some might find that Gian's bullying and the kids' constant fear of poundings from him is highly Dude, Not Funny! specifically if you think of cases of Bully Brutality brought to light in recent years, where kids are often injured or killed by violent aggressors like him.
    • Likewise, Gian getting beat up by his mother brings some unfortunate implications about child abuse.
    • Some stories in the manga involve gags that would be considered sexual harassment towards Shizuka and not a silly (or child-friendly) joke to U.S. readers, like Nobita using Doraemon's gadgets to peek under her skirt. note  (However, this is actually a subversion, since in the chapter Nobita has NO intention of doing that, Doraemon is too negative-minded). This type of dissonance is discussed more thoroughly here.
    • In a few of the manga chapters and anime episodes, sometimes the kids' parents lock them out of the house for misbehavior. This seems cruel as well as dangerous to the west, but is pretty standard in the east.