As far as I remembered, Doraemon has been going on forever. I first watched it on tv on a Sunday morning. It was a 30 minutes cartoon show, each episode consisted of 3 different stories. The cartoon and the comic books are still going strong until this very day.
For those of you who are not familiar with Doraemon, Doraemon is a robot cat from the future. He is supposed to be born in the year 2112. The story was created by Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko, this duo was known as Fujiko Fujio. Doraemon (Xiao Dingdang/小叮噹 in Chinese, literally means “Little Jingles”) comes to the past to help a little boy named Nobita (Da Xiong/大雄 or “Mighty Hero). Nobita is a fourth grader who has the world against him; he is stupid, lazy, plain looking, and a coward. Doraemon is stuck in the present time, helping Nobita with various gadgets that he can retrieve from his magic pockets. Aside from both of them there are also other important characters such as Giant (Pang Hu/胖虎 or “Fat Tiger”) the school bully, Suneo (A Fu/阿福 or “Richie”) the richest kid in town, Shizuka (Jing Xiang/靜香 or “Subtle Fragrant) the musically talented girl, and Dorami (Xiao Dingling/小叮鈴or “Little Chimes”) who is Doraemon’s smart younger sister.
Originally the comic books were only published until volume 5 where Doraemon finished his task and returned to the future. But because it was a huge success, they continued the series and became syndicated. Both Fujimoto and Abiko already passed away long time ago, but the production company continues the story and even until now Doraemon still successfully captures new audience. So to celebrate 100 years before his birthday, the syndicate is throwing an expo that goes from Japan to Taiwan. The expo basically is an exhibition hall filled with Doraemon’s life-size action figures. One room literally has 100 Doraemon statues striking different poses. Visitors can take photos with the statues, the thing that Taiwanese really really really love. There are barely any explanations regarding the history of Doraemon’s publication. But who cares, as long as the visitors can strike some cheesy poses next to the Doraemons, everybody’s happy.
a chronicle of how Doraemon was “born”, had his ear eaten by a mouse, got depressed, and decided to travel through time
hall of 100 Doraemons
some of the original sketches & illustrations
I guess the most interesting part of the expo is the exhibition of Doraemon’s figurines modified by Taiwanese artists.