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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Doraemon - The Manga That Never Ends

Doraemon is one of my all time favourite japanese manga of all time. Always has been, ever since I was in Elementary School watching him every Sunday morning. Now, years and years later, this story of a robotic cat from the 22nd century never ends.

Really!

Doraemon has no ending!

The series author, the Fujiko Fujio duo never discussed the official ending for Doraemon, and then the author's death in 1996 had left Doraemon with no ending.

Of course, there are a few versions of Doraemon's finale episode, but they are all fan fictions. The best one of all (also the most touching one) is the one written by Nobuo Sato and the manga version by Tajima T Yasue in 2005. I read the story years ago thru a chainmail in my email inbox. It's quite popular, too.

Below is the final manga of Doraemon according to Sato/Yasue. It's been translated to Bahasa Indonesia, though. You can read the english and japanese version here. Prepare to cry.

(this manga is read from left to right -->)











Few years later . . .




Many Years Have Passed . . .











Apparently, this manga was sold over 13,000 copies before Shogakukan halted its publication. Tajima apologized to Shogakukan in 2007 and paid an undisclosed amount of money for settlement.

The other ending is less optimistic one, for it suggested that Nobita suffer from autism and all of the stories, Doraemon, the adventures, all of that, wasn't real and only existed in Nobita's realm of unconsciousness. This ending was so bad that there were japanese people protesting outside the Headquarters of the publishers of the series before they found out that the ending wasn't true.

Below are several scans for this hateful ending.




The third ending suggests that Nobita fell and hit his head on a rock. He fell into a deep coma, and eventually into a semi-vegetative state. To raise money for an operation to save Nobita, Doraemon sold all the tools and devices in his four-dimensional pocket. However, the operation failed. Doraemon sold all his tools except for one used as a last resort. He used it to enable Nobita to go wherever he wanted, whichever time era he wished to go. In the end, the very place Nobita wanted to go was heaven.

But ending or no ending, Doraemon will always stay in our hearts, because this adorable cat who recently has become Japan's first Anime Ambassador, has stolen a place in our hearts that will never ever be tarnished.




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10 comments:

  1. T___________T sedih bang!!!!

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  2. Doraemon, my favourite cartoon movies which i never leave on wherever i was kids..till now..

    if the ending like this..hemm..don't satisfied..seems like something minus on this stories....That's it right ?!

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  3. Nico:

    T_T wuaaaaaaaaaaaaaah SEDIIIIIHHHH

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  4. Yipee.. I've been looking for Doraemon's ending~ Thanks for the post! ^-^ I copied each page of the first ending.. Ahaha... But never to the second one! The second one suck... Ahahaha...

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  5. In fact, I find this ending inconsistent with the original stories at all.
    In the original, we often see Nobita and his son, his grandson travel between present and future. So, it must be obivious that Nobita still possess the time machine.
    I think that there are 2 posibilities: first, when Nobita grows up, Doraemon comes back to future, but they keep in touch. Second, perhap Doraemon still live in the same time with Nobita, just not with him and his family, but with his parents.

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  6. I've read these stories before.. Whether it's original or not, but the first story's a very saaaaaaaaaaad story!! it still made me cry when I read it. T_T

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  7. IT's very very sad ........

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  8. All that thing is false there no end of Doraemon :)

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  9. the ending with nobita without arms is a joke, i'm spanish, and the comic is in spanish, is very funny, the mother says that his father is gay and doraemon is only a fucking toy, that nobita is uneseless and only dream shit xDDDDD

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