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Doraemon 2023 Sky Utopia (2023, Shin-Ei Animation)

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Doraemon 2023 Sky Utopia (2023, Shin-Ei Animation)

映画ドラえもん: のび太と空の理想郷
Eiga Doraemon: Nobita to Sora no Utopia (Risoukyo)

Dekisugi talks about a utopia he read about in a novel where everyone is happy. Thinking this would mean no more tests, school, a place of pure bliss, Nobita decides to go on the hunt for such a place. When he sees a strange object disappear in the sky resembling the utopian island from the novel, he becomes even more determined to seek it out and together with his friends, they begin to time travel to times when sightings were recorded.

It must be fun thinking up how to do the signature scene where Nobita calls out for Doraemon.

A new original movie that later may very well be the first to have its own novel adaptation. The background art by Bamboo Studio feels really bland compared to older movies, very plain no detail such as Nobita's room where all the books are just blocks. Even the rooms in the gadgets I usually look forward to look bland but it might just be to make the utopian rooms shine more. There are the odd nice background and some scrumptious looking food art but that's about it.

On the other hand there are some great shots of the Nobis' home that gives you a good look at their the house's layout.

If you're used to watching Anime you know where the movie's heading although I'm surprised it used that kind of twist in a children's movie. However, as with modern day movies they continue to throw in a fair bit of comedy that the 1980/90s movie didn't really have so it balances out. A Japanese friend told me Sonya's heroic actions scene towards the end is supposedly homage to Tetsuwan Atom (AKA Astro Boy) but since I never watched that show I never really recognised anything unfortunately.

I'm glad it's not another talking animals movie which the early trailers suggested. This is one of the darker movies and there probably hasn't been one since the Underworld (and possibly its remake). Art's not up to par but everything else about it was great including its wrap-up (or maybe I should say wrap-round). The overall dreamy, action adventure full of surprises with a good theme going is what Doraemon movies are best at. This is definitely one of the better titles.

Doraemon 2023 Sky Utopia


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