YMMV: Doraemon

  • 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.
      • In short, you will not be able to survive this binge without using one of Doraemon's contraptions.
  • Adaptation Displacement: The anime is way more wide-spread than the nevertheless very popular manga series.
  • Best Known For The Fanservice: The movie Nobita's New Great Adventure into the Underworld (the remake of 2007) is best known for the Panty Shot scenes in which Nobita lift Shizuka's skirt with the 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.
  • Crowning Music Of Awesome: 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.
  • Ear Worm: The opening, Doraemon No Uta.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Sneech seems to be gathering a few fans in the USA, if you take a look at sites such as Deviant Art. 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.
  • 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, 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 , 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 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. 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 TV station Boing 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.
  • 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 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, espcially Shizuka and Sophia.
  • 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 and ever, 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.
    • If you've ever been a bullying victim, Gian can come across as this. Made even worse by the fact that he's not as much picking on Nobita and other kids for fun like most bullies are portrayed in media, he's usually acting out of blind rage when something pisses him off, no matter how big or small a deal. Truth In Television on how some bullies operate, along with the eternal worry you have of setting said bully off.
  • 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".
  • Tear Jerker: Any episode about Nobita's grandma.
    • 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 (the original Nobita and the Steel Troops?). 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?
    • Also in Nobita and the New Steel Troops when Lilulu declares she's going to inform her commander about the gang's trickery, Nobita threatens to shoot her but can't bring himself to do it because of Pippo begging not to shoot her (as well as because of what Nobita and Pippo talked about earlier). This causes Lilulu to shoot Nobita, only for Pippo to suddenly leap in front of Nobita and take the shot himself. Nobita is then left holding an injured and unconscious Pippo in his arms horrified at what just happened, but Lilulu's reaction to this is more heartbreaking.
    • Technically, each movies had good share amount of this and Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming.
    • 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?!
    • There is one manga story where Nobita brings a past version of himself to the present to experience having a younger brother. Then, Nobita's mother sees this and starts to question whether she had another son. After the two Nobitas have an argument and the younger self runs off to his/their mother, she breaks down crying and calls herself a terrible mother, for apparently forgetting the "younger brother." As strict as she can be, it's heartbreaking to see Tamako suffer such anguish over a matter that wasn't even her fault.
  • Ugly Cute: Some find Jaiko to be this. 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.
    • 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 subvertion, 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 mangas, 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.