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Anime / Doraemon: Nobita and the Haunts of Evil

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Poster for the 1982 adaptation

The one with the hidden kingdom of talking dog-men. Also when Nobita finally gets a new pet.

Doraemon: Nobita and the Haunts of Evil is a 1982 animated film, based on the entry of Doraemon's Long Tales of the same name.

Nobita and friends are discussing the possibility of uncovering any unexplored new lands and hidden kingdoms, itching for another adventure and thinking the most likely being in Africa. Along the way, Nobita adopts a stray puppy which follows him home, which his mother Tamako actually allows him to keep after said puppy helps her find her missing handbag. His lifelong wish of having a dog granted, Nobita then names the puppy "Peko" and plays with it, but it turns out there's more to Peko than it seems.

Receives a remake in 2014, Doraemon: New Nobita's Great Demon—Peko and the Exploration Party of Five.


Doraemon: Nobita and the Haunts of Evil contain examples of:

  • Adaptational Modesty: Peko / Prince Kuntakku in the anime gets clothes when arriving in Bauwan. In the manga the prince remains nude all the way until the final scene.
  • And I Must Scream: The fate of Prince Kuntakku in the backstory - after Daburanda assasinated the King of Bauwan, his soldiers, led by Saberu, had the Prince hunted down, stripped of his armour and clothes, and then sealed in a casket dumped into the Zambezi River. Luckily the casket broke and Kuntakku made it to civilization, before he gets picked up by a Japanese sailor and made his way to Tokyo and eventually becoming Nobita's new pet.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The adventure ends with Nobita and friends returning safely to Japan, and then going back in time, this time with an array of gadgets and weapons, in order to reinforce their past selves.
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  • Artistic License – Biology: In the original film, the pride of lions that attack the group consists of mostly males and a few lionesses, despite prides being essentially harems with one or two males surrounded by females. This is fixed in the remake, where the pride has only one male.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: When Prince Kuntakku finally, finally earns his crown and his title as the true King of Bauwan in the ending.
  • Big Bad: Lord Daburanda, who usurps the throne, murdered the King, and have Prince Kuntakku thrown into the Zambezi River before taking over the kingdom.
  • But Now I Must Go: Prince Kuntakku must bid Nobita and all his friends from the human world goodbye at the end of the adventure, for his duty lies with his people. It's far more emotional and touching in the remake than the originals.
    Nobita: Should you ever come and visit, [tearing up] I promise, I'll get you all the sausages you ever want..."
  • Canine Companion: Much of the story's first half revolves around Nobita getting a new dog, a friendly stray which Nobita names "Peko", until it's revealed Peko is actually Prince Kuntakku of Bauwan, a hidden kingdom of sentient dog-men.
  • Chased by Angry Natives: After Doraemon and gang gets rescued by a friendly native tribe, they're warned by the tribe's leader to "stay out of Bauwan, no matter what". Gian insists that they continue their journey, for they "do not fear any challenges"... this unintentionally pisses off the superstitious natives, who believe anyone who disrespects the legend of Bauwan will curse the village and are NOT welcomed. Cue Doraemon and gang fleeing in panic.
  • Co-Dragons: Daburanda, the Big Bad have two dragons, the Evil Genius Professor Kos and Saberu, leader of his personal army, forming a Terrible Trio rulling Bauwan with an iron fist.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The final battle flips this around repeatedly. When future!Doraemon and friends arrive to help their past selves, future!Nobita and gang, armed with various gadget and weapons, easily rips their way through Daburanda's forces. And then, Daburanda unveils his war machines, turning the battle around. But later Doraemon and gang, including future!Doraemon, managed to activate the statue's heart, reviving the statue of King Bauwan I who then effortlessly destroys the war machines.
  • Delayed Reaction: In the heroes' initial adventure, Tamako asks Nobita where he's going, with Nobita saying "Africa" in response. By the time she catches on what he just said, Nobita has already left.
    Tamako: Come back before dinnertime! *Beat* Africa?
  • Evil Genius: Professor Kos, the supervisor behind recreating the war machines of Bauwan in order to facilitate Daburanda's invasion, gleefully overseeing the mass production of flying warships, fire-breathing carriages and assorted weaponry.
  • Face Fault: Thrice in the remake, thanks to Shizuka. And it's hilarious.
    • When Gian gathers the gang around for their second trip to Africa, giving them the Rousing Speech that amounts to, "Be a man!"... only for Shizuka nearby to comment she isn't one. Cue Doraemon and the boys (and Peko!) face-faulting.
    • After crossing the plains of lions, the gang are discussing about the kingdom of Bauwan getting closer and closer. Shizuka naively asks if Bauwan has a bathroom, because she's looking forward to taking one - cue another group face-fault.
    • When Doraemon uses the Loaning Phone gadget so everyone can feed themselves and stave off starvation for a day, Shizuka then asks for the gadget... to pre-order a bath for herself. Third face-fault incoming.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • An earlier scene had Gian making a head-count of their excursion into Africa, and an unknown voice reports "five!" even though Gian hadn't counted himself yet (Nobita - "One!" Doraemon - "Two!" Shizuka - "Three!" Suneo - "Four!" Unidentified Voice - "Five!"). That unknown voice was none other than Prince Kuntakku, then assuming his disguised identity as Peko.
    • If you look at one scene, you can see the skyscrapers behind the Dokodemo Door as the heroes first enter Africa. This was a hint that the parallel versions of the heroes will come to fight Daburanda's soldiers.
  • Hard Light: The holographic projection of the giant dog-statue from Kuntakku's ring is solid, and can create firebolts for scary away a pride of lions. It's a single-use only feature, however, after using it to drive away the lions Kuntakku pretty much keeps it aside, probably because as a weapon it consumes too much energy rendering the ring useless.
  • Help Yourself in the Future: In the Darkest Hour of the story, with the heroes cornered by Daburanda's army, they are suddenly reinforced by future selves brought by Shizuka, using Doraemon's Loaning Phone gadget by promising that after defeating the villains and going home, they'd go back in time and return to support themselves.
  • Innocently Insensitive: While Nobita and Doraemon are conversing with Shizuka and Dekisugi about the possibility of going on an adventure, with Peko (pretending to be a normal dog) by Nobita's side, Dekisugi states that "every land that could be explored, has been explored" oblivious to the fact that Peko is the Prince of a hidden kingdom of dog-people. He ends up unintentionally ticking off Peko who then barks at him, much to Dekisugi's confusion. (This scene is Adapted Out in the remake.)
  • Keep the Reward: While making their way to the heart of King Bauwan I's statue, Doraemon and friends stumbles across the treasure vault, a small chamber full of diamonds, gold and precious jewels, which they promptly ignore (except for Suneo, who has to be dragged away by Gian). Late into the end of the story after Prince Kuntakku gets crowned the rightful king of Bauwan, he gratefully offers his treasure to Nobita and all his friends from the outside world, but they turned his offer away (reluctantly, in Suneo's case), saying it's better for him to rebuilt Bauwan and help the suffering citizens after dethroning Daburanda's tyranny.
  • Living Statue: The giant guardian statue of King Bauwanko I turns out to be a living rock mecha, which "after it's heart moves" it will come to life and defend Bauwan in the kingdom's darkest hour, which it did in the finale smashing up Daburanda's war machines. The applicability of the trope varies, though; in the manga the statue has a life of it's own, but in the more recent anime Peko / Prince Kuntakku have to pilot it manually.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: In the manga, at least. When Doraemon and gang are exploring the African wildlife, one of the panels shows a Hoatzin, a bird native to the Americas instead of Africa.
  • Mokele-Mbembe: Nobita's Nightmare Sequence has him and the gang getting attacked by a Mokele-Mbembe, which turns out to be a robot taking them to a theme park.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: One of the hazards Doraemon and gang had to face, crossing a section of the Zambezi river which is infested with hungry crocodiles. Doraemon brought a vessel which they can steer through safely, but thanks to Gian leaving the helm unannounced, they end up crashing and overturning, and nearly devoured if not for the timely arrival of some friendly tribespeople.
  • No Time to Explain: In the climatic finale, future!Doraemon said this to present! Doraemon word-for-word in regards to making their way to the statue's heart.
  • Obfuscating Disability: While posing as a stray dog in the streets of Tokyo, Kuntakku would pretend to be a normal dog, and communicate with barks. He reveals his ability of speech after Nobita and gang survived the Valley of Hell.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Due to feeling shame for putting his friends in danger, Gian stops being his Hot-Blooded self and becomes cool and calm for the majority of the journey. Shizuka even comments he has become a different person because of it.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: Gian believes he had dreamt the giant statue appearing in his bedroom one night and giving him directions to Bauwan, but after he wakes up he finds the map leading to Bauwan in his hands. Turns out that was Prince Kuntakku (then called Peko and assuming the guise of a common house pet) appearing to convince him into making the trip.
  • Prophecy Twist: The Prophecy of Bauwan states "Ten Heroes of the Outside World would Save Bauwan"... but the heroes cocnsisting of Nobita, Doraemon, Suneo, Gian and Shizuka totals to only five. That's because the other five is their future selves.
  • Punny Name:
    • The name Nobita gave Kuntakku after adopting him as a pet, "Peko" (Japanese for "empty") - because Kuntakku seems to be hungry with an empty stomach all the time.
    • There's also a minor Bauwan dog soldier named Bernard in the 2014 anime. He's a St. Bernard (what'd you think?).
  • Rule of Three: As the tribe leader explains to Doraemon and gang, the journey towards Bauwan will cost three lives (or in layman's terms, contain three obstacles for trespassers)
    • The lion-infested savannah, plains filled with savage beasts that devours anyone that approaches,
    • The Valley of Hell, a spooky abyss which is rumored to be haunted,
    • And the mysterious Land of Bauwan, which no mortal had step foot into.
  • Small, Secluded World: Bauwan, a kingdom populated by sentient, talking dogs neatly tucked in the heart of the African continent. With the Bauwan statue seen as a legend by African natives.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: A non-death example. In the original movie, the gorilla that attacks Gian gets beaten up by Shizuka wearing the Super Gloves. In the remake, Shizuka just grabs the gorilla by the legs, swings it around, and throws it into the air, before catching it and sending it fleeing.
  • Sword Fight: When present!Doraemon and gang are making their way to the statue's heart just as their future selves are busy fending off Daburanda's forces, Nobita as usual starts lagging behind, just as a second platoon of soldiers led by Saberu catches up. Doraemon then tosses the Sword of Denkomaru to Nobita. Cue epic sword battle.
  • Talking Animal: Prince Kuntakku, Lord Daburanda, Princess Spiana, Professor Kos, basically all the inhabitants of Bauwan, are talking dog-people. Which Nobita and gang have no problem understanding even without the Translation Konyakku.
  • The Usurper: Daburanda forcefully took over the throne by killing the King of Bauwan, and had the Prince Kuntakku captured alive before sealing him in a casket and throwing him into the Zambezi River. He then creates a false report of the King and Prince dying in a hunting accident, having their fates covered up and puts himself in ruling position, followed by a Tyrant Takes the Helm as Daburanda's atrocious rule had the denizens of Bauwan suffering and living in fear.
  • Warrior Prince: Kuntakku was the prince of Bauwan until Daburanda took over, and he's a very capable fighter on his own. As soon as he made it back to Bauwan with Nobita and friends, he immediately plots to overthrow the tyrant to liberate his people.
  • You Can Talk?: This is the gang's reaction to Peko being able to speak, and is a humanoid dog to boot.
  • Your Size May Vary: Prince Kuntakku, while assuming the role of an ordinary stray dog in Tokyo, is pretty much the size of a regular dog. But when the adventure reaches Bauwan there are several scenes where he's noticeably taller, even the same height as Nobita and the other human characters (mostly in long-distance shots). His height in a bipedal stance occasionally varies as well.