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Disney XD to Premiere Doraemon Season 2 on June 15

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Previous 26-episode season premiered last July

American media conglomerate Disney began streaming two videos on Tuesday to announce that its Disney XD channel will premiere a second season of the Doraemon television anime on June 15 at 1:00 p.m.

The manga creator duo Fujiko Fujio (Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko) created Doraemon in 1969. In the story, the robotic cat was sent by a boy in the future to the present day to help the boy's hapless grandfather, Nobita. Doraemon, Nobita, and other children deal with everyday childhood issues, solve (and cause) problems with the gadgets in Doraemon's fourth-dimensional pocket, and embark on escapades through time and space.

Disney previously began airing 26 English-dubbed episodes of Doraemon on the Disney XD channel last July. The three Japanese companies that hold the copyrights — TV Asahi, Fujiko F. Fujio Production, and TV Asahi's anime studio subsidiary Shinei Animation — are producing the English version by contracting it to American studios.

The story and the names of characters and gadgets were partially changed out of consideration for American culture and customs. Doraemon's owner Nobita is now "Noby," the bully Gian is now "Big G," the flying contraption Takecopter is now the "Hopter," and the magical portal "Dokodemo Door" is now the "Anywhere Door." The English edition of the manga also has similar names. The adaptation moved the setting from Japan to a fictional place in America. Other changes have been detailed here.

In addition to the television anime that premiered in Japan in 1973, the Doraemon manga also inspired a string of annual anime films. Last year, Takashi Yamazaki (Returner, Always: Sunset on Third Street, Ballad, Space Battleship Yamato) and Ryûichi Yagi (Pénélope tête en l'air line director, Moyashimon 3D CG director) helmed the first 3D CG film of Doraemon, Stand By Me Doraemon. This year, Hiroshi Fukutomi helmed the 2015 Doraemon film, Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes, which premiered in Japan on March 7.

Thanks to WTK for the news tip

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