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Fujiko F. Fujio (Hiroshi Fujimoto), Corocorobunko Deluxe Doraemon Selection 5, Shogakukan

Doraemon! Everyone knows Doraemon, robot cat from the future who lives with a Japanese family and gets up to wacky antics; he’s Alf, but funny (peculiar, if not ha-ha). The comic ran for twenty years and has spawned movies, TV series, and endless soft toys. I picked up this handsome small hardback collection because it’s such a fine example of a particular manga style: extremely cartoony and simple in its line, yet with a distinctive look that couldn’t be from anywhere else.

Because it’s a hardback I was even able to scan some pages without wrecking the spine:

Doraemon page 230

Let’s turn on our propellerheads and fly, little robot girl who isn’t actually Doraemon! (Why did I scan a page that doesn’t show him, again?)

11.5×15.5 cm, 2000, ¥619.

11 July 2006

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