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|Doraemon (1973 anime)|
Doraemon (1973 anime) logo
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||26 (list of episodes)|
|Original run||April 1, 1973– September 30, 1973|
The Nippon TV-Dōga-produced Doraemon anime series was a brief and unsuccessful attempt at adaptating the original manga series into anime. It was launched in 1973 on the Nippon TV network and only lasted 6 months. The show was cancelled because it had very low ratings and that the series was never really popular with neither general viewers or fans of the original manga. After it was cancelled, Doraemon remained exclusively as a manga until 1979 when TV Asahi produced and broadcasted a much more successful anime adaptation, which continued having new episodes aired until 2005.
The character designs in this anime adaptation appear more stylized than the character designs used in the TV Asahi anime adaption, which were more true to the original manga. It also used a different theme tune, which was possibly influenced partly by the theme tune and music to the original Pink Panther cartoons.
The series has been poorly preserved, and never released on any format, nor has it ever been re-aired. Nearly all the footage within the series (except for the opening and closing credits) was destroyed in an accidental fire sometime after the series was cancelled. Surviving reels from the show are occasionally shown at Doraemon fan conventions in Japan. In addition, the audio of several episodes still survives. Very few animation cels from the series still exists.
Opening sequence 
The opening title sequence to the series is one of the few surviving pieces of footage of this series that wasn't destroyed by the fire that destroyed nearly all footage of this show, being uploaded onto YouTube in February 2006.
The opening sequence features Doraemon travelling back in time and coming out through Nobita's desk, then to go around Nobita's town with many stunned citizens and animals staring at him as he goes by. It ends with Doraemon placing Gian, who was chasing Nobita around with a baseball bat, on top of a really tall pillar with a gadget he pulled out of his four-dimensional pocket when he then gets completely distracted after running off, panicking from seeing a mouse (which was on a string that was held up by Suneo), which he then walks up a tall building and clings onto a clock, making the hand on the clock sway around as he holds on, with Doraemon still panicking as the opening sequence ends.
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