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Japan to export Doraemon to U.S.

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We'll take Doraemon, you can have Justin Bieber.

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Great! I enjoy watching this cartoon along with Sasae San. It helps to stay at the innocent level sometimes.

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annime exports will certainly make up for all the manufacturing exports lost to China for sure.

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Doraemon, a great ambassador for Japan.

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My old room mate would sometimes babysit her friends son so I would catch a peek of what the child was watching on TV, and I couldn't stand the cartoons that have been released in the past 20 years or so, both in the US and Japanese imports. People with pyramid heads or eyes the size of softballs, on and on these weird representations of the human figure or voice. I loved the cartoons of old, like Bugs Bunny, Speed Racer, Kimba the White Lion, where the story was more important than the character. I don't watch them anymore, so I've never seen a Doraemon cartoon. My guess, is that the psychologists working for the cartoon industry, much like the fast food industry, said that keeping the kids attention was the most important, and the story doesn't matter as much.

I don't have children so I cant say for sure what the impact of watching those cartoons, good or bad, had/has on young children. Seems to me, it might explain some of the ADD etc. problems if they continued watching them into their teens.

All ears

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I hope it's successful. Doraemon is definitely among the top characters created here.

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Yes ! Dora-chan is coming ! Dora-chan is coming !

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I loved the cartoon of old...where the story was more important than the character.

And the plot is understandable for any kid of any part of the world.

what the impact of watching those cartoons, good or bad, had/has on young children.

You can answer easily by yourself. The result is highly predictable. Sociopaths-"hikikomoris", perverts of all sorts etc.

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Doraemon has been airing in Japan and not-US parts of the world for decades. The only reason why I think it will finally air in the US is because of heavy localization. Then I can be wrong, the US may be ready to embrace foreign cultures in cartoons.

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Japanese soft power at work!

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Doraemon is one of the most family friendly anime/cartoon, similar to sazae-san, Baby and me and many others.

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I can imagine Doraimon on his way to LA in first class.

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I'm glad the TPP negotiations are going so well...

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I can imagine Doraemon bowing as Mickey tries to shake hands and then reversal as Mickey bows Doraemon goes to shake hands. Both just agree to shake hands and bow at the same time, funny stuff.

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I can imagine Doraimon on his way to LA in first class.

Surely he'd use his dokodemodoa? Way better than first class!

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Doraemon may have some appeal to American young viewers in initial phrase, but its last affects are unclear given the US entertaining industry is very competitive, requiring constant innovation and concept refresh. We, Americans, have short attention span, plus iPad's and tablets' every-changing children apps are becoming staples in American households.

Does anyone still remember pokemon “invasion” in early 2000’s of America ? But now ?

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There are many channels in USA that televise cartoons. Majority of televised cartoons are from Japan.

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I have always really disliked that cartoon for the narrative. Nobita is always a dick and relies on Doraemon to cover up his dickish behavior; teaches kids to be a dick without consequences.

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I like Doraemon but Nobita always seems like such a wimp! Always crying out for help so Jaia and these other guys will not beat him up. Maybe we all need a Doraemon once in a while?? Good luck Doraemon in the USA!!

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How is this news?, Doraemon was being aired in LatinAmerica for ages, dubbed to Spanish, U.S. Channels have access to anime too, Is this just a way to boost Doraemon because they made an alliance with Disney?, I like Disney a lot, but somehow I get the feeling that they are going to ruin it...

Oh well, I just like the original work, even I got used to Japanese voices

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@JoiceRojo: Respectfully, this is news because it is being debuted in US, not the Americas. USA does indeed have anime, but with a few exceptions most of it is not for children, or it is advertised/marketed for teenagers. (Things like Dragon Ball, for example)

There are so many junk-cartoons pumped out for children in the states that it is really hard for a foreign cartoon to break into the US market so, especially with Disney's seal of approval, it is kind-of-a-big-deal.

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Simply the best!

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@kaynide

There are so many junk-cartoons pumped out for children in the states that it is really hard for a foreign cartoon to break into the US market so, especially with Disney's seal of approval, it is kind-of-a-big-deal.

I don't think so, Why it needs to be "approved" by Disney? I don't get it. It may be because in Latin America from Mexico to southern Argentina and Chile, we grew up watching anime, not only Doraemon, but also Candy Candy, Remi, Marco, Lady Oscar, Match 5, Mazinger Z all dubbed in Spanish. I do think that it is good that they can penetrate the U.S. Market, but I don't think it is such a big deal, especially if they are going to "Americanize it" same as with Power Rangers and Super Sentai or Kamen Rider (knight) it looses the spirit.

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I think Doraemon will be an excellent ambassador and culture bridge to America. I think the writers are very clever to present the various characters, especially Nobita, as flawed. When Doraemon gives a wonderful gizmo to Nobita to help him with a problem but Nobita mis-uses it, we get a cautionary morality play about the limits of technological advancement for improving society. When Gian is a bully and Tsuneo is mean and selfish, but the kids can play together anyway, we get a lesson in the value of striving for harmony.

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