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Doraemon: Nobita In The Wan-Nyan Space Time Odyssey is the 25th film installment in the Doraemon franchise, as well as the last one to feature the original voice cast. The film was released in Japan on March 7, 2004.

One day, during the usual softball shenanigans, Nobita saves a stray dog from drowning. He named the dog Ichi and started taking care of him, as well as taking in several other stray dogs and cats. When it proves to be too much to take care in his home, Nobita uses Doraemon’s spare pocket and the time machine to send back the cats and dogs to the Earth in 300 million years ago, and utilizes the Ray Of Evolution to make them evolve. When the gang pays a visit to Ichi and the others’ home later, the time tunnel goes haywire, and ends up sending them to 1000 years after their original time destination, where they discover a city with sentient cats and dogs in it. Things are a lot more complicated than it seems…

This movie provides examples of:

  • Actionized Adaptation: During Neko Jara's last-ditch attempt to exact revenge on the heroes, in the manga he only manages to grab Nobita and Ichi before they use the kendama to defeat him with the help of Doraemon's Big Light. The scene is more elaborate in the movie, with Neko Jara also grabbing Gian and Suneo, Doraemon having to hold onto a severed rope to stop Nobita's statue from falling off the truck, and Ichi asking Shizuka to take over the wheel.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While he is by no means a full-blown Jerkass, in the manga, Hachi acts more hostile to Nobita and the gang and even scolds Duc for nearly revealing their secret by pulling his tail, and only acknowledges Nobita as his friend after the drill incident. In the movie adaptation, he befriends Nobita after the chase scene, and even going as far to wish him luck in his quest to find Ichi right in that moment. He does retain his distrust at the gang at first regarding their secret in the movie though— however, the scene of him pulling Duc’s tail was cut from the movie.
  • Adaptation Expansion: It's based from a short story in the 22nd volume of the manga where Nobita collects stray animals to a prehistoric era so the stray animals can live in peace and then with the help of Doraemon making them sustain food and evolve on their own.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: The Jarland Theme Park. It certainly looks like a normal cutesy theme park, but deep within its depths, is the base where the time machine intended to be used to enslave humanity is stationed.
  • Animorphism: Downplayed. The Cat and Dog Ears gives its wearer a tail, but not feline or dog-like behavior.
  • Answer Cut: When Neko-Jara's minions managed to hijack the rest of the Energy Seeds in his plans to ditch the rest of the Wan-Nyan country to their doom, a dog politician exclaims who could do such a thing:
    Dog Politician: Who, who would do such an unspeakable act?
    [cut to a shot of Neko-Jara's Evil Gloating]
  • Apocalypse How: Class 0. This is the ultimate fate of the Wan-Nyan country at the end of the movie, as it is destroyed in the ensuing asteroid shower. However, the cats and dogs' civilization survive, and they travel through space to find a place to live start a new life.
  • Becoming the Mask: Shami, who is actually Jara’s underling. She was sent to spy on the citizens to negate any potential harm to their plan, by masquerading as an Idol Singer.
  • Breather Episode: After the bittersweet and borderline tearjerker that is Doraemon: Nobita and the Windmasters, this one is relatively Lighter and Softer in comparison, with a far more optimistic ending instead of a bittersweet one and the villain being a Fat Cat instead of a civilization-destroying eldritch monster.
  • Cats Are Mean: Most of the villains are cats, including the Big Bad himself. You can guess that this trope is on full effect.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The movie has a lot of examples here.
    • Remember that winding mouse toy Suneo plays at the beginning? He later utilizes it to distract the guards and enable Hachi to free them from the prison. And to recall it again, the guards are cats.
    • The Ray Of Evolution, except that it is used by the enemy. Zubu, Jara’s ancestor, uses it to evolve and develop the Wan-Nyan country along with Ichi, and was intended to be the weapon he uses to enslave humanity.
    • One of the park rides also function as this, as Hachi and Nobita used it to crash inside Jara’s time machine. Another villainous example is that Jara uses one of the rides to chase the group as they are heading to the spaceships.
    • The kendama toy that Nobita gave to Ichi. It helps Hachi’s memories to return, and becomes useful when the group faces off against Jara in the final half of the movie— coupled by the help of Doraemon’s Big Light.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: When Nobita and the others tried to visit Ichi and his fellows back in the 300 million years ago, they found out that Ichi was not there at all. Later, when Hachi is revealed to be Ichi all along, his knowledge of the spare Noradium he stores, as well as him stopping the rebuilt time machine (also doubles as a Foreshadowing), helps the rest of the gang to escape from the asteroids, as well as Jara’s clutches.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Jara, who is the owner of the Jarland Theme Park and richest resident in the country. He is also someone who sheds no care about anything but his goals of enslaving humanity, even when his country is… You know, threatened to be destroyed by the asteroids.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Basically any fight between Doraemon and the Jara’s underlings whenever he fights with his Sword Round Lightning… Right until its battery runs out.
    • This does not stop him from dishing another one in his last fight against Jara though, despite the fact that he was fighting with a depowered weapon. It is all thanks to his Unstoppable Rage.
  • Damsel in Distress: Jara threatens to run over Shami with a roller coaster, leading Doraemon to give in to his orders and fix the Ray Of Evolution. It is subverted as it all was an act, perpetrated by Jara as Shami turns out to be his underling.
  • Defeat Means Menial Labor: Jara and his minions in the final scene.
  • Distressed Dude: Doraemon was caught by Jara and his underlings for a good chunk of the movie, and was forced to fix the Ray Of Evolution if he didn’t want them to do any harm to Shami.
  • The Dragon: Meow acts as this to Jara.
  • End-of-Series Awareness: Being the last movie based on Doraemon's Long Tales before the series rebooted itself the following year (2005, with no movies released in the same year), it ends with a clip of Doraemon and friends waving goodbye, one at a time, to each other and at the audience as the camera pans over one character after another before zooming out.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The main gang and Hachi's group as a whole. They started off hostile to each other due to an incident in Shami's idol show, but they form a pretty strong bond after the drill incident. Less so in the movie adaptation where they are much quicker to trust each other than they did in the manga.
  • Fountain of Youth: What happens to Ichi after his ordeal in the unstable time loop, leading to him re-growing up as another identity known as Hachi. Also happens to Gian and Suneo when the time tunnel goes wrong, although it was brief. The movie has all of the gang (except Doraemon) affected by it as well.
  • Happily Adopted: Seemingly subverted at first, because Hachi’s parents have to work for the government and leads to him forming his gang to find the secrets of the Wan-Nyan country. It turns out that it is played straight all along, as his (foster) parents found a regressed Ichi in the wreckage of his time machine, and raised him proper as another identity called Hachi.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Shami pulls one after meeting Doraemon, cemented by her refusing to operate the time machine.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Jara goes from being a high-class authority into being a mere janitor along with his underlings in the end, after all of his schemes are revealed and foiled.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Jara’s main motive of going to the present time with the intention of enslaving humanity. He is intending to do this as sort of a payback for the humans who have abused and abandoned his kind.
  • Identity Amnesia: Hachi is actually the long-lost Ichi, the elderly dog shown at the beginning of the movie, and the first stray dog which Nobita took care of, sent to the past and evolved with the Ray Of Evolution, as well as the ex-president of the Wan-Nyan country who fails to travel in time when he tries to find his ex-owner. He crash-landed in an advanced state of Wan-Nyan country about 1000 years later and got regressed back to an infant thanks to the instability in the time loop, losing his memories as Ichi in the process. He gets better after being trapped in the capsized rebuilt time machine, evantually remembering his times as Ichi.
  • Idol Singer: Shami. Turns out that it was a cover in her mission as a spy.
  • It Runs in the Family: Zubu, Jara's ancestor, is the stray cat that we saw in the beginning, holding a huge resentment towards humans for abusing and abandoning his kind. This resentment carries down to his descendants until 1000 years later, with Jara attempting to stage a peak of this hatred by traveling in time and getting to enact revenge.
  • Kids Driving Cars: In the movie, Ichi asks Shizuka to take over the truck's steering wheel while he saves Nobita from Neko Jara's giant mech. She's visibly terrified by this during and after the fact, but she does avoid getting them into any traffic accidents.
  • La Résistance: Hachi's group as a whole, formed to find out about the secrets that Jara hides from the public.
  • Love at First Sight: Doraemon’s first impression of Shami, big time.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Nobita snaps at Ichi for trying to prevent him from stopping to take in more stray dogs and cats to his house. After Ichi left, he is ridden with this.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Nobita finds stray dogs and cats and wants them to have a home. The gang time travels them back 300 million years and provides them with evolution and a food-making machine. When they visit them again, they encounter a time disturbance causing them to be stranded in a different year in that era with advanced sentient dogs and cats, thus starting the movie.
  • Parental Abandonment: Hachi and his friends’ parents are forced to abandon their children when they were dragged to work for the government. It turns out that things are a lot more complicated than it seems…
  • Perpetual Smiler: Jara's expression for most of the time. Downplayed as he drops that smile whenever something goes wrong.
  • Physical God: Non-lethal variant. Nobita is praised as one by Hachi's gang and Shami after they remembered that it was him who caused the cats and dogs' civilization to exist in the first place.
  • Rank Scales with Asskicking: Neko Jara, the richest individual in the Wan-Nyan country (as well as the Big Bad of the movie), is pretty much capable of combat himself. He overpowers Hachi in a swordfight, and later Doraemon when the Sword Round Lightning runs out of battery.
  • Secret Pet Plot: Nobita becomes the owner of a stray puppy which he named Ichi, and his repeated attempts to hide Ichi from his parents. And then Nobita and Doraemon rescues a second animal, a cat which they named Zubu, caught in a storm, trying to hide Zubu from being found. Which is followed later by Nobita's friends Shizuka, Suneo and Gian discovering an entire pack of several dozen stray cats and dogs living behind their school. It eventually leads to Nobita deciding to use Doraemon's Evolution Light and Time Machine (without Doraemon's permission) to sneak the strays the 300 million years ago, where Nobita accelerates their evolution and the uplifted animals later forms their own kingdom of andromorphic cats and dogs.
  • Shock and Awe: What the Rod Swords of the Wan-Nyan country can do to you when you get hit by it, which ultimately led Doraemon into getting captured by Jara. Jara and his underlings possess them, and Hachi has one under his belt.
  • Taking the Bullet: Shami takes Jara’s attack for Doraemon after her Heel–Face Turn. He does not take this well, which leads to…
  • Unstoppable Rage: Doraemon gets furious and goes all out at Jara after Shami takes the bullet for him when she pulls a Heel–Face Turn, and defeats him in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • We Can Rule Together: Jara’s proposal towards Doraemon in attempts to get him to join his side, due to them being fellow cats. Not that Doraemon is going to take it though.
  • Woken Up at an Ungodly Hour: This show has Nobita's new pet, the stray dog Hachi, who wakes up Nobita in the middle of his first night at Nobita's place because he heard a stray cat stuck on an adjacent house's rooftop, begging his master to save the stray.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Jara mercilessly discards Shami due to her inability to launch the time machine, which angers Doraemon.