Doraemon is the robotic cat sent back in time by Sewashi to aid Nobita. He possesses a fourth-dimensional pocket from which he can acquire various kinds of futuristic tools, gadgets, and playthings from a future department store. Doraemon originally had ears but they were bitten off by a robotic mouse in the 22nd century. As a result, he developed a morbid fear of mice despite being a robotic cat. He also has the tendency to panic during emergencies, characterized by him frantically trying to pull out a very much-needed tool from his pocket, only to produce a huge assortment of unrelated household items.
Doraemon’s physical appearance changed as the manga progressed. At first, he was predominantly blue, with a blue tail, a white stomach, and flesh-coloured hands and feet. He also stooped, and had a body much larger than his head. In later issues, he sported a smaller body, white hands and feet, and a red tail–the appearance most identify him with today.
In “The Doraemons” story arc, it is revealed that Doraemon’s original paint color was yellow. After getting his ears gnawed off by a robot mouse, he slipped into depression on top of a tower, where he drank a potion labeled “sadness”. As he wept, the yellow color washed off and his voice changed due to the potion.
Doraemon weighs 129.3 kg (285 lbs) and measures at 129.3 cm (4’3″) tall. He is able to run at 129.3 km/h (80.3 mph) when scared and jump 129.3 m (424.2 ft) when threatened. His maximum power is 129.3 bhp. He is manufactured on September 3, 2112 (12/9/3), at the Matsushiba Robot Factory (Matsushiba Robot Factory?). Doraemon is considered a substandard product because many of his robotic features (ie. radar whiskers and cat-calling bell) malfunctioned after production. One can turn off Doraemon by pulling his balloon tail.
Doraemon’s favourite food is dorayaki (dorayaki?), a Japanese treat filled with red bean paste. Speculations led to dorayaki being the origin of his name. However, it was revealed in one of the manga chapters that his name originates from the Japanese word nora neko (???, nora neko?) for “stray cat”, and the -emon ,ending which is part of traditional Japanese names, as seen also in, for example, Ishikawa Goemon.
In the 2007 birthday episode, ‘MS-903’ is used to call Doraemon by the factory owner where Doraemon is produced.
Nobita (Nobita Nobi) is the other major character of the series. He is a fourth grader in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward and an only child. He wears glasses, a red or yellow polo shirt with a white collar, and blue shorts. Nobita’s character flaws are endless: he is lazy, uncoordinated, dim-witted, frail, plain-looking, unlucky, and bad at sports. Nobita’s typical day consists of arriving late to class, scoring zeros on his exam, getting lectured by his teacher, being bullied by classmates Gian and Suneo, falling into curbside rain gutters, being chased by dogs, and getting yelled at by his mom for refusing to do his homework.
Despite his flaws, Nobita possesses some unique talents such as his unrivaled marksmanship and ability to weave intricate string figures. Although Nobita is usually portrayed as being cowardly, he has often risked his life to help save others or even entire civilizations (as seen in full-length stories).
Shizuka (Shizuka Minamoto), usually called Shizu-chan or Shizuka-chan , is the smart, kind, and pretty neighborhood girl who is the object of Nobita’s affections. She takes baths several times a day. Somehow, Nobita always seem to unintentionally walk in on her (via the Dokodemo Door) while she is still in the bathtub. She is also known for taking piano lessons unwillingly, which is sometimes used as an excuse for declining to hang out with Nobita. Her true passions are sweet potatoes and the violin, in which her playing is as atrocious as Gian’s singing. Due to Doraemon’s intervention, Shizuka will become Nobita’s wife in the future timeline.
Takeshi Goda, usually known by the nickname “Gian” (Jaian) from English word “giant”, is the big, strong, and quick-tempered local bully. His nickname may be derived from giant. He is known for his confidence in his terrible singing voice. He regularly subjects the neighborhood children to horrendous singing recitals, which is sometimes combined with his equally bad homemade dinner. Several of the stories revolve around Nobita and his friends’ efforts to avoid Gian’s concerts.
He also frequently steals other children’s toys and books under the pretext of “borrowing” them, unless the toy is damaged. However, he does not hesitate to help Nobita and his friends when they are in real trouble, which often occurs in the movies. Although he bullies the other children (mostly Nobita), he is terrified of his mother, who runs the local grocery store. He founded his own baseball team named after himself. Although Nobita is often blamed for the losses against the baseball team’s rival, the “Tyranos”, Gian and Suneo still force Nobita to play because they do not have enough players. Gian has a younger sister named Jaiko, whom he adores.
Suneo (Suneo Honekawa), is the fox-faced rich kid who loves to flaunt his material wealth before everyone. He is often seen with Gian, serving as Gian’s lackey while they bully Nobita together. Some of the stories start with Suneo showing off some new video game or toy which evokes Nobita’s envy. He has an extensive knowledge of science, and is a talented artist and designer. He also has a younger brother Sunetsugu, who was adopted into his uncle’s family in New York.
In some scenes, Suneo is seen as a narcissist who loves to stare at himself in the mirror while telling himself that he is the most handsome guy in the world. He is still a bed-wetter and needs to wear diapers when he sleeps, despite being in the fourth grade. He considers this humiliating habit his secret weakness. Suneo is also very self-conscious about his height, being the shortest kid in his class.
One of Doraemon’s most commonly used gadgets is the dokodemo door, a door which allows travel to anywhere by simply going through the door. In an early story, the door is able to travel to the end of the universe, but in later chapters, the door is said to only be able to travel a maximum distance of 100,000 light years and cannot access other dimensions. Another limitation of the door is that it can only safely connect two known locations in its mapping computer, which also has a limited range of information based on Time as shown in the movie “Nobita’s Dinosaur.”
One of the main modes of transportation for the various characters is the take-copter, which combines the words taketombo (bamboo dragonfly, the Japanese name for the bamboo-copter), and part of the word herikoput which means helicopter. The take-copter was also called the heri-tombo in early stories. The device is a propeller attached to a tiny suction cup which can be attached to enable flight. Ever since the first few Doraemon stories, the take-copter is seen attached to the head instead of the waist, similar to a propeller beanie, due to a mishap with Nobita’s shorts. The take-copter has also been attached to objects to enable its flight. One of its disadvantage is its short battery life. Have a build in batteries, speed 80km/hour of 8 hours continous operation possible, if fly slower the battery will last longer. Have some sort of anty-grafity mechanism to blog earth’s gravity. How to use: Just imagine the direction and speed and your thought will transmitted to the mechine. it can move / fly freely. In the first appearence it was called “Dragonfly Helicopter” but after that it was called Take Copter.
Fourth-dimensional pocket / 4D PocketThe inside of this pocket connects to the fourth dimension and acts like a wormhole. It is usually shown attached to Doraemon’s abdomen. Doraemon has a spare pocket which connects to the same location. Nobita has used the spare pocket on ocasion, often for mischievous purposes but sometimes for helpful purposes (for example, he used it to save Doraemon on the movie Nobita and Tin-Plate Labyrinth).