I cried like a 10 year old last night.
I remember Doraemon way back when I was in fourth grade, It was aired over our local channel dubbed in my dialect. I followed his adventure ever since.
As a kid, like Nobita, I was not the brightest boy in school. I also got zero test scores. I get lazy and also a bit coward, clumsy and a wimp. Having a Doraemon at your side is like the greatest thing that could happen. Time Travel, Awesome futuristic gadgets that could get me through school. I often imagine my future self helping me do my homework.
For me Doraemon is my childhood friend, who entertained me during those tough chilhood moments, bullying, teacher terrors, missed deadlines and even bieng scolded for little accidents. Nobita goes through with this. I can also handle this mishaps.
80 Years of Inspiration
I was part of the 90's generation of kids that was influenced by Fujiko-sans work and it feels like a personal thing to me. On the back of my mind, Nobita and Doraemon will always be there.
Last night was a different story.
It was so nostalgic to see Nobita and the gang in this new movie. At first, I'm all skeptical because of the "3D Techonology Translation" they incorporated on the film. I thought, It'll loose its value because it wasn't made to adapt for 3D CG Animation. 2D is fine just the way I knew it.
However, I was wrong.
There is a new life, they seemed so real. The animation style was preserved. The genuine Nobita expressions. the menacing Damulag (Giant) look and the Suneo smirk. All was encaptured while giving a breath of fresh air in this classic children show.
I also love the fact that some of the iconic gadgets Doraemon has in the future is also showcased.
I feel old yet young again.
Then as the story progress, My heart started to sink as I slowly realize that this may be the end. The time that Doraemon finally bids goodbye to Nobita.
Nobita is not clueless, He knew from the start Doraemon's mission, but somehow there is hope in him, like me that this friendship is forever and Doraemon will always be in his side no matter what.
And I cried with Nobita.
I cried because I never thought that this time would come.
I cried because like Nobita. Doraemon is my friend.
I cried so hard because sometimes people we love sometimes will leave us and even if we beg and cry so hard for them to stay, We knew that when the time comes. We just need to accept...
and I cried like a 10 year old when Nobita said that he needs to stand up for himself, even though it really difficult, clearly he has no match for it, even he got beat up and down. He needs to stand and do it alone so Doraemon can leave with a peace of mind and should not worry about him.
I lost it at that point. I cried so hard that when my girlfriend called me, She thought my dog died.
You will always be part of me Doraemon. Thank you for an amazing childhood.