Here’s part 2 of ‘The origin of me as a sci-fi fanatic’ (click here for part 1). Thank you for staying with me! This post will continue the discussion about ten classic sci-fi feature found in Doraemon: Nobita and the Robot Army, the anime that lead me into the world of science fiction. Let’s begin with the fifth one!
FIVE: Time travel
Since Doraemon possess a personal time machine. Time traveling, naturally, appears in most of Doraemon’s stories. In the majority of these stories, Time traveling is the key to bring Doraemon and friends to numerous exotic places like the dinosaur era, the ice age, prehistoric Japan or the far future. In this particular movie, going back in time is the mean to correct the mistake of the past and consequently solve the problem of today. It is a chance every person on this planet has hoped for but is never granted.
SIX: A battle to save the world
Like every epic sci-fi stories, the safety of humankind and Earth itself is at stake here. Yes, Doraemon and friends stand up and fight the invading army to protect the Earth from total anihilation. And guess what, this is not their first time! Though using air-pressure guns and glue shooters against the fully armed army is quite rediculous, the anime’s spirit of saving the world has never been stronger.
SEVEN: Artificial intelligence and its soul
Another classic theme explored and re-explored over and over in sci-fi stories since the dawn of time. And on one seems to get tired of it. Lilulu is an android sent to Earth to make preparation for the robot army’s arrival. At first she seems to be obediently following orders but after meeting Shizuka, she starts to have the idea of her own. Towards the end, she regards Shizuka as a ‘friend’ and cries (oh, so she has had tear ducts and glands installed at some point in the past). What’s really special is that the anime never tries to raise a debate whether androids possess hearts and souls but instead deliberately treats androids as fellow human and friends with real souls.
EIGHT: Human vs. android/robot relationship
This one is an extremely common theme in science fictions and probably the most conspicuous topic in Doraemon since, in case you haven’t noticed, Doraemon and Nobita are best friends.
NINE: Racial discrimination and tolerance
In this anime, the androids represent people who are different from the majority of population. The hidden message? Children’s hearts (in this case, Doraemon and friends’) are far wider than adults. They see through fresh, through artificial skin and all the metallic bodies of androids. They embrace difference and diversity with open arms. In the end, what resolves all the problems are the friendship Shizuka gives to androids and Lilulu’s desire to live in harmony with human.
…is not clearly focused in this movie but many other Doraemon movies are so green that even blind people can perceive it. Nevertheless, the scene depicting robot army setting up the base in the forest does make a subtle implication on human’s civilization replacing the green zone of the Earth.
My goodness! I’ve been rambling endlessly about this anime. I can hardly believe that a single movie can contain so many classic themes! I don’t know what other people might say but for me, Doraemon: Nobita and the Robot army is the greatest sci-fi anime ever! This is the anime that started every thing and will always be part of me forever.
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ps. consider this article as a review in itself. The rating is A+ (as if it could be anything else).