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  • Why hasn't anyone fansubbed the anime version (besides the first few episodes of the first show and a few movies)? There must be SOMEONE out there who: knows Japanese, has children, and wants them to be able to read a hardcover book in one weekend.
    • Maybe the producers haven't realized how important these stories are to their fans overseas.
  • Just why is Noby/Nobita friends with Gian and Suneo?! Yeah, I understand the whole The Friend Nobody Likes thing where if he tried to get rid of them they'd find it insulting and make him sorry, but aren't they mostly assholes to him either way?
    • A sad truth of childhood is that sometimes, you just want somebody to hang out with, even if you know they're going to bully, belittle, demean, and deride you. Nobita is the kind of friend that's such a loser and such a dork nobody would really want to be friends with him (I know how harsh that sounds, but look at it from a child's perspective), so he hangs out with the only people who'll give him the time of day—even though they're only hanging out with him so they can prey upon him.
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    • Makes sense, I guess. But now that I think about it, why does Suneo put up with Gian? It's been implied several times Suneo is his sidekick only because he's too scared of the guy's wrath to protest. If you're the richest kid in the city, surely you or your parents could use the legal system against a bully who physically damages you repeatedly.
    • Suneo is an ass-kisser.

  • This is something I've been wondering about for years at this point... WHY OH WHY do Gian and Suneo keep bullying Nobita all the damn time if they're just gonna be out-smarted by one of Doraemon's gadgets? Do they WANT to see how the weekly gadget overshadows their accomplishments? That's messed up...

  • Just a little something I'm curious about. You know how Doraemon and his robot pals from the spin-off go to school, hold jobs, and are as sentient as humans? Have any of the mangas or animes dealt with What Measure Is a Non-Human?, Fantastic Racism or Just a Machine ? Say, would a robo-kitty be legally a mere piece of electric equipment to whomever buys him/her, or more like a servant/employee? The Nobi's may treat Doraemon like family, but what if an owner was not so open minded? I know it's a just a kids show, but I've seen a million of these plots in other family shows involving robots.
    • According to one episode where Nobita is judged for overworking Doraemon to the point where he's broken and needs to be repaired, there's a robot's rights law in the future where humans and robots are treated as equal and if someone treats their robot as their slave they can lose the robot's custody and they are forbidden to even see the exploited robot ever again.
  • Just crossed by Fridge Logic, but why hasn't Nobita and co. been searched by the Time Police? They travel a lot and excess of their adventure can be seen in the present or the future (like Doraemon's Dimension Pocket in the Doraemon: Nobita's Great Adventure in the South Seas). Heck, in the manga (not sure if also true in the movies) Shizuka commit genocide on a sentient robot race by altering their past 10.000 years back. Aren't they the same with those Time Criminal they stop then?
    • This answer may be full of guessworks. Most people under Time Police's custody do things for their personal gains (criminals) or things that greatly affects the timeline they visit which may contribute to major changes in history. Poachers and dinosaur hunters in Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaurs can cause early extinction of some species. A scientist in Doraemon: Nobita and the Windmasters awakens a storm spirit that can decimate a continent if not the world. Shizuka's decision to change the past has things to be considered: Had she not done them, Earthlings would've been captured and turned into slaves so she's picking a lesser evil choice of available two. Second, Shizuka goes to Mechatopia which has been established to be in another galaxy or planet so there's a possibility of this matter being out of their jurisdiction. Third, it has been implied that the residents of Mechatopia have been reborn as other types of harmless robots, so Shizuka probably doesn't kill any of those robots at all. Nobita and others are mostly tangled by time-travelling plot in the adventures or do things for others. Then again, the concept of time police is kinda poorly thought in this series.
      • At this point the Time Police have busted so many time criminals via our Ragtag Bunch of Misfits heroes tripping over their plots that it's not unimaginable that they're actually being monitored on purpose. Shutting them down wouldn't get the same results.
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  • How are the majority of Doraemon's gadgets legal? Nobita is living proof of what happens if they are misused. They normally don't have any safety features to prevent people from abusing them.
  • In "A World Without Sound", how come no one uses or even mentions sign language? It seems like it could be more convenient than writing everything down on pencil and paper.

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