Doraemon Episode “Anti-Japanese”

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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:

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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?”

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  • I actually remember reading this episode on the comic book as a child and I was really touched by it. People have been reading too much into this. They were time traveling to 1945 and of course Japan lost WWII. That is just a historical fact… What these episodes were expressing was similar to the content of Grave of the Fireflies, i.e. a wish for peace and aversement to war. It’s just that simple. It’s mostly apolitical. I guess historically all the animals of Tokyo Zoo were indeed killed before the end of the war, and they went back to change that. It’s totally the right and humane thing to do. What’s wrong with that at all?

  • This is like watching old Loony Toons cartoons. Older and hopefully wiser. You come to realize how wrong the jokes and a lot of stories. Yet people were fine with it. As somehow people suddenly cannot take a joke. Cannot seem to understand the concept. They get so offended by something decades or centuries old. Somehow want to erased. All to make them feel better. Better off just capping them in the head and removing them from the record. Yet I do not endorse this. As I am a nobody and killing people is wrong. No, matter how much a dumbass they are. Really…where is the alien invasion? We need one to fucking save us!

  • I actually remember reading this episode on the comic book as a child. People have been reading too much into this. They were time traveling to 1945 and of course Japan lost WWII. That is just a historical fact… What these episodes were expressing was similar to the content of Grave of the Fireflies, i.e. a wish for peace and aversement to war. It’s just that simple. It’s mostly apolitical. I guess historically all the animals of Tokyo Zoo were indeed killed before the end of the war, and they went back to change that. It’s totally the right and humane thing to do. What’s wrong with that at all?

  • I remember this episode. They are both taking this out of context AND overreacting to a decades-old episode. They are not celebrating Japan losing a war: they are happy about the prospect of saving an animal from death.

    Both offended Japanese and empowered Chinese are being stupid about it. And this is weird coming from Japan, who normally do not give 2 shits about political drama. I guess even they let the toxicity of identity politics get the best of them once in a blue moon.

      • I talk to lots of Japanese people and they often talk about the problems in Japanese society, and how attractive the West looks in comparison.

        I personally think Japan has an inferiority complex, probably as a result of losing the war. That’s why they tend to strive for improvement, which is a GOOD thing.

        People who believe they’re already the best never seek to improve. Everybody needs to be humbled once in a while.

        I heard Japanese media keeps blaming foreigners, and likes to paint Japan as the best (eg. biased olympics coverage) but I think most Japanese don’t buy it. They know the mainstream is full of shit.

        • Well, they are not exactly wrong. Japan is a great place compared to the rest of the west nowadays, filled with violence and terrorism because idiots can’t live without their drugs or keep promoting political failures.

    • This is a line from the original manga. In it, they travel to the past, and this is humorous line that involves them carelessly stating a fact they know about the result of WW2, which causes the person hearing it on the other end to get rather upset (understandably so).

      The context is that the zookeeper is worried about his ability to care for the elephant due to the ongoing war (WW2), and they carelessly tell him that the war will end soon in Japan’s defeat in order to reassure him. But this obviously makes the zookeeper visibly upset, since it seems like they are making an anti-patriot statement, since he does not know they are time travelers.