Two new guest cast members were announced this Wednesday for the upcoming Stand By Me Doraemon 2 CG film. They are:
Comedian Bakarhythm, (real name Hidetomo Masuno) who will voice Nakameguro, a salesman for the Future Department Store that sends Doraemon gadgets from the future.
Television announcer Shin’ichi Hatori will voice the Substitution Rope, a device from the aforementioned department store.
The movie features an all-returning cast, including Satoshi Tsumabuki as adult Nobita and Nobuka Miyamoto as his grandmother. Long-time franchise regulars Wasabi Mizuta, Megumi Ohara, Yumi Kakazu, Subaru Kimura, and Tomokazu Seki return as Doraemon, young Nobita, Shizuka, Gian, and Suneo, respectively.
The Stand By Me 2 film is largely a reboot of the 2000 film Doraemon: Obaachan no Omoide (Doraemon: A Grandmother’s Recollections). The new film, however, will be adding in new elements not seen in the 2000 film, such as the love story between Nobita and Shizuka.
The film is set for a November 20 premiere. The original August 7 release in Japan was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first Stand By Me Doraemon film premiered in 2014.
Doraemon started out as a manga in 1969, created by mangaka duo Fujiko Fujio (pen name of Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko). It was first adapted into a short-lived TV anime series in 1973 by the now-defunct studio Nippon TV Doga. In 1979, Shin-Ei Animation picked up Doraemon for a TV anime adaptation, and the rest is history: this second adaptation proved to be incredibly popular, airing a total of 1,787 episodes before it ended on March 25, 2005. That same year, TV Asahi aired a new Doraemon series featuring new voice actors and staff and has been running in the network ever since.
The story of the robotic cat Doraemon, who came from the 21st century to help out weakling boy Nobita Nobi, has since become a highly lucrative media franchise and is seen as one of the most popular and enduring fictional characters to ever come out of Japan. Doraemon has since received numerous accolades from both local and international entities, such as being named as one of 22 Asian Heroes by Time Magazine in 2002.
Source: Anime News Network
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