Who’s childhood always waited for Doraemon to appear on the screen every Sunday morning? Watching Stand by Me Doraemon 2 can be a nostalgic moment. Similar to the first film released in 2014, the manga adaptation of Fujiko F. Fujio has once again moved me.
The three-dimensional animated film made by director Ryuichi Yagi and scriptwriter Takashi Yamazaki has the concept of time traveling or the story of time travel. One day, Nobita wants to go back to the time he was in kindergarten. Because, at that time his grandmother (Nobuko Miyamoto) was still alive.
As usual, with the help of Doraemon’s time machine tool (Wasabi Mizuta), Nobita’s wish to meet his grandmother in the past can be achieved. The soft-hearted grandmother was happy to see the elementary school version of Nobita. Nobita was happy because he could chat with his grandmother. The grandmother made one wish. He wants to see an adult Nobita marry his ideal girl.
Meanwhile, in the future, another problem occurred. Adult Nobita (Satoshi Tsumabuki) suddenly feels scared ahead of his marriage to adult Shizuka (Yumi Kakazu). On her wedding day, adult Nobita suddenly disappears and makes Shizuka worried. Is Nobita serious about marrying her?
Apparently, an adult Nobita goes back to his time when he was a grade V elementary school student with Doraemon’s time machine. An adult Nobita then meets his version of grade V SD. Adult Nobita is afraid of not being able to make Shizuka happy and wants to feel the time of being a child again. Long story short, adult Nobita and Class V SD Nobita exchanged roles. However, the situation worsened because the tools used to switch roles were malfunctioning.
96 minutes long, Stand by Me Doraemon 2 will take us to the three lifetimes of Nobita. Childhood as a kindergarten child, now as a fifth grade elementary school child, and adulthood. Since everything is parallel, the audience may be a little confused. Focus is needed to be able to follow the time traveling story.
Regardless of the concept of time travel, Stand by Me Doraemon 2 still touches the heart like its predecessor film. For example, Nobita and Shizuka’s wedding scene. Anyone who grew up watching cartoons or reading Doraemon comics would be moved to see the two lovebirds finally side by side in the aisle.
Nobita’s speech on her wedding day was a sweet moment. We will see the development of his character from a lazy fifth grade elementary school student to a wise adult man.
Stand by Me Doraemon 2 is actually a development of two Doraemon short films. Namely, A Grandmother’s Recollections (2000) and The Day When I Was Born. The first title tells about Nobita’s desire to meet his late grandmother. The second title tells about Nobita’s wish to return to his birthday.
“I’ve always wanted to include A Grandmother’s Recollections in my work and it took me a long time to develop it. For me, short films from Fujiko-sensei’s works always have a long story behind them, ”said Yamazaki.
Yagi and Yamazaki successfully incorporated elements from the two short films. Here it will be answered how Nobita got his name. Nobita’s father’s explanation touched me again. Make them aware that all parents always want the best for their children.
Nobita’s reunion with his grandmother is also full of emotional content. The moment when Nobita cries happily can make anyone miss their grandmother or relatives. The loving nature of the grandmother made the film even warmer to watch.
Regarding drawings and designs, Yagi explained that the three-dimensional CGI technology used is more developed. “I want to make people feel like flying with bamboo propellers or feel that they are moving from one place to another,” he said.
In the end, the two filmmakers succeeded in maintaining the essence of time traveling. That ordinary days are remembered. That the meeting and togetherness with loved ones will be a special moment. Get ready for your tissue. Because, a number of scenes can make you cry. Especially for those who are easily touched and who grew up with Nobita’s story with the blue cat robot.
Stand by Me Doraemon 2, Beginning and End of Nobita’s Story
Stand by Me Doraemon 2 is a 3D Japanese animated film (anime) and a sequel to “Stand By Me Doraemon” (2014). Like the first film, the sequel focuses again on the two main plays of this legendary anime series, namely Nobi Nobita (Megumi Oohara) and the cat robot Doraemon (Wasabi Mizuta).
One day, Nobita found an old teddy bear given to him by his late grandmother. Nobita then decided to go back in time to meet his grandmother. Nobita, who is 7 years old, meets his grandmother and tries to grant her request. Starting from seeing Nobita at school, to seeing Nobita’s wedding. Not wanting to see their grandmother sad, Nobita and Doraemon try to wander through time and space for the sake of this last request.
However, the two trips did not go smoothly. Nobita and Doraemon have to go through many obstacles, including the presence of the Adult Nobita from the future, who is also facing problems with himself and his life, and trying to escape to his childhood.
Directed and written by Ryuichi Yagi and Takashi Yamazaki, “Stand by Me Doraemon 2” has a storyline based on the films “Doraemon: Obchan no Omoide (Doraemon: A Grandmother’s Recollections)” and “Doraemon: Boku no Umareta Hi (Doraemon: The Day When I Was Born) “which was released 21 years ago.
The film “Doraemon: A Grandmother’s Recollections” itself is based on a chapter of the fourth volume of the Doraemon comic (manga) . The back and forth flow shown in “Stand by Me Doraemon 2” is also a combination of various comic chapters and becomes a continuous story.
“Stand by Me Doraemon 2” itself opens with a view of the future life of Nobita and friends, where they have become adult men and women.