A recent episode of beloved children’s show Doraemon has been earning praise from Chinese and the scorn of Japanese due to its inclusion of a rather “anti-Japanese” statement, with the show’s Nobita and Doraemon proudly exclaiming that “Japan will lose the war” and shocking few as to the controversy that has emerged as a result.
The episode (which aired in late July) was actually a remake of “The Uncle and the Elephant” from the 1979 Doraemon series; the controversial scene involves Nobita and Doraemon throwing their hands into the air and stating “Do not worry about the war. It is going to end soon. Japan lost the war!” – after rescuing an elephant from the zoo that was going to be poisoned (which they feared would happen to all animals during the war).
The “anti-Japanese” statements:
Naturally, the episode was soon condemned for being anti-Japanese (as well as needlessly politicized), saying that it is not “appropriate” to be ecstatic about their own country losing a war – Chinese on the other hand praised the unexpected statements.
It seems most commenters are displeased with those who have been offended by this “anti-Japanese” incident:
“It’s from the original work, aren’t you guys overreacting?”
“Those from the People’s Republic of China are pleased, but Japan fought the Republic of China…”
“Weak-headed online right-wingers are so hardcore. I cannot understand how someone can become so foolish.”
“I don’t care either way but I feel that it is different for the Chinese to be pleased”
“The hidden side of the world is operated by online right-wingers! Wow.”
“I think you online right-wingers are way too narrow-minded. You’re like Koreans.”
“These are people confusing manga and reality.”
“Doraemon: Thanks to me, the war is won! I saved the elephant’s life and everyone lived happily ever after!”
“It’s been ages since this was broadcasted. Why are they making a fuss about it now?”