‘Doraemon’ continues to be loved in China.

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It has become a hot topic in both Japan and China that Chinese scholars have given the fossil footprints of a new species of dinosaur found in Sichuan, China, a scientific name derived from “Nobita” in the popular Japanese anime “Doraemon.” ..

The scientific name of the fossil is “Eubrontes Novita.” The scientific name is to be written in Latin grammar and was named “Nobita” by adding the suffix “i” to indicate the person’s name to “Nobita.”

Named a 39-year-old researcher

The name was given by Shin Leader, an associate professor at the China University of Geosciences who discovered the fossil and a member of the fossil research team at the university.

Associate Professor Shin was born in 1982 and is 39 years old. I have loved the Japanese anime “Doraemon” since I was a child, and in the “Movie Doraemon Nobita’s New Dinosaur” released in China in 2020, Nobita gave his name to a new kind of dinosaur. It is said that it led to the naming.

In a message released regarding this naming, Associate Professor Xing said, “Nobita and Doraemon are very big for many Chinese children …. Doraemon is an irreplaceable and enjoyable childhood memory for me. With gratitude, I named this newly discovered fossil “Nobita.” “

Like Associate Professor Xing, “Doraemon” is a massive presence for young people in their 20s and 30s in China, and it is still viral.

Broadcast on Chinese TV from the ’90s

The Japanese animation “Doraemon” began broadcasting on Chinese television in 1991. Thirty years ago, when children born in the early 1980s were elementary school students.

They are initially translated as “equipment cat” (machine cat), then “small sword” (image of the sound of a bell worn by Doraemon on the neck), and “哆啦 A 梦” (close to Japanese). It changed to (pronunciation) and is still called “Doraemon” in Chinese. Chinese people who don’t know this name are so famous that they can hardly find it all over China.

In the 2000s, in China, due to the protection and training of domestic animation, overseas animation such as Japan was stopped on TV. Still, it can be watched on the Internet, and the popularity of “Doraemon” has declined entirely for the past 30 years. There was no.

What is new to my memory is the explosive blockbuster of the movie “STAND BY ME Doraemon” (Chinese title is “Banga Accompaniment”) released in China in 2015.

The movie was released in Japan in 2014 and became a big hit in Japan, but Japan’s final box office revenue was about 8.4 billion yen. On the other hand, the last box office revenue in China was 528 million yuan (about 10.5 billion yen), which significantly exceeded the Japanese record of the head family and recorded the first place in history as a Japanese movie released in China.

It’s been banned on TV for a long time, but it’s proof that long-time fans who watched it online were rushing to see it on screen.

Why is “Doraemon” so popular in China?

When I talked to people in their 20s and 30s in China, many people said, “Doraemon was my heart. It was an irreplaceable existence like my friends, best friends, and brothers. Is the word.

The only child in China under 30

It is well known that the Chinese government has implemented the “one-child policy” from 1980 until 2015.

Associate Professor Xing, who discovered the fossils mentioned above, was born in the 1980s, so he is an only child generation. Although their parents cherished them, many grew up in a family environment where their parents worked together and had no brothers or sisters.

Due to the fierce competition for entrance exams, in China, even if you make friends at school, you rarely have the experience of detouring to the park after school and playing like Japanese elementary school students.

There are no friends who play hard outside, no brothers who fight at home, and in my days of studying, I watched the Japanese animation “Doraemon” on my home TV by myself, and there are few Doraemon friends in my heart. It was.

Many young people sympathize with Doraemon’s companion, Nobita.

When “Doraemon” was being broadcast on Chinese television, there were few unique animations in China. Still, the leading role in the Chinese story is a powerful presence, excellent results, and a special one. It was natural for him to be a talented person.

However, Nobita, who appears as a leading role, and Doraemon, is the exact opposite of such a brilliant existence.

I sympathize with Nobita.

Speaking of Nobita, he is not good at studying, he is not good at sports, and he is weak. He’s a mediocre, unobtrusive boy who never gets to the top no matter what he does. He has a gentle heart and a sense of justice, but he is just an ordinary child who seems to be everywhere. Moreover, like many Chinese, he is an “only child.”

In China, Nobita would fall into the “losing group” category. No matter how you think about it, you are not a “good” person who can play a leading role in anime. However, Nobita becomes almost the leading role in Japanese animation and sometimes makes him sick.

The young people in China sympathized and were impressed that Nobita worked with Doraemon to solve problems and make things like dreams come true. I lived in a harsh Chinese society with weak meat and healthy food, with goals and hoped to overlap with my worthless self.

That is why “Doraemon” is still a “special anime” in China and continues to be loved.

A young man who was interviewed at a factory of a Japanese company in Guangdong province was impressed when he saw the Dora-yaki that the president (Japanese) bought as a souvenir from Japan for the first time. I’ve heard that it was done.

That’s how Doraemon caught the hearts of young Chinese people.

Even so, the day will come when the fossil of a new species of dinosaur discovered in China will be named “Nobita” … The author, Fujiko F. Fujio, will indeed be surprised in heaven.

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