Doraemon, By Cartoonist Hiroshi Fujimoto's Mystra

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Doraemon written by cartoonist Hiroshi Fujimoto writing under the pen name Fujiko F. Fujio, is a successful Japanese manga series. It is considered as a Japanese cultural icon and is popular around the world, especially in Asia. Doraemon is well known in many ways such as manga, television series, films, video games, or even musical and translated into 9 languages. The first Doraemon in manga version was launched in December 1969. Forty-five volumes of the Doraemon comic series had been published in December 1999. It is one of the best-selling manga in the world, having sold over 100 million copies. Doraemon has also become an international celebrity, particularly in Asia. Doraemon television series are broadcast in many countries such as China, …show more content…
There was a TV channel which had several cartoon series in every Saturday morning. Doraemon was the first one and it was at 7.00 am. I was always excited when Doraemon song came on. I did this routine for 6 years, grade 1 to grade 6. Even though some episodes were the same as I had watched, I still love to watch them again and again. Another reason I watched Doraemon because every kids did. If I did not watch, I would not have a topic to talk to anybody at school in Monday morning. Doraemon appeared in Thailand in 1981 as a Japanese manga. Doraemon was changed the title to Do-Ra-Mon: The Naughty Cat. It was translated in Thai and published a volume per month. Due to its popularity, Doraemon was published three volumes per month and each time, they sold more than 70,000 copies. As a result, all Doraemon volumes which took Fujiko F. Fujio wrote them for 10 years, were released out in 7-8 months in Thailand. Beyond that, Doraemon was published on Thai Rhat, the biggest newspaper at that time, on July 29, 1982. This was the first time that Japanese manga appeared on Thai newspaper. Doraemon was a huge phenomenon. Azona, a Thai record label, conducted a singing competition with 6 different versions of Doraemon song in Thai. Doraemon is still popular among Thai people today, even though it is not that much as in the past. Most all cartoon series in Thailand are from Japan, so Japanese culture normally shown in animation are familiar for Thai kids, especially 90’s kids. Children can learn what Japanese culture is, what the difference between Thai and Japanese. I think those Japanese cartoons, not only Doraemon have influence Thai society since all animations that we could find to in 90’s came from Japan. People view Japan as a cute and cool country, so it is not surprising that Japan is the country Thai travel to the most in 2015. Similar to Doraemon

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