Last week, anime lost one its classic voices of large, bully characters with the passing of Kazuya Tatekabe, known for his work as Warusa in Time Boken, Tonzura in Yatterman and especially Takeshi "Gian" Goda in Doraemon. The veteran voice actor died of acute respiratory failure at age 80 on June 18th. More after the jump.
Yuu Kobayashi voiced the dog Peko in Doraemon movie Nobita in the New Haunts of Evil - Peko and Five Explorers. As such, she was invited to draw the classic robot cat from the 22nd century. If you've ever seen Ms. Kobayashi unique artistic stylings, you know that this was asking for trouble, especially for beloved kids character.
The Disney XD cable network has posted a promo and listing for the new season of Doraemon. Season 2 of of the localized version of anime's classic robot cat for the future premieres Monday, June 15th at 1PM.
Maybe having an enormous speaker shaped like Japan's most famous earless cat robot from the future won't help you break out as an amateur DJ, but this piece of novelty audio equipment is kind of cool in a nerdy way. Hit the jump to check it out.
McDonald's Japan is teaming up with Doraemon to celebrate the release of the Doraemon: Nobita's Space Heroes theatrical movie with a line of Happy Meals. Hit the jump to learn more.
Since its release in August 2014, the 3D CG family movie Stand By Me Doraemon has earned more than 10 billion yen in various countries in Asia and elsewhere. Hit the jump to learn more.
The top 10 highest-grossing Japanese films of 2014 has been listed by Eiga.com. Takashi Yamazaki directed the top two films, Eien no Zero (The Eternal Zero) and Stand By Be Doraemon, earning an amazing 17.14 billion yen (about US$145 million) in total. Check the top 10 list after the jump.