Bump of Chicken to sing theme for new ‘Doraemon’ movie

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Rock band Bump of Chicken was recently singled out to sing the opening theme for the latest “Doraemon” animated feature film.

The four-piece group will sing “Tomodachi no Uta” (Song of Friends) for “Doraemon: Shin Nobita to Tetsujin Heidan: Habatake Tenshi-tachi” (Doraemon: Nobita and the New Steel Troops: Fly Away, Angels), which will hit cinemas nationwide March 5.

Doraemon is a blue cat robot sent from the future to help young boy Nobita live a better life.

A Bump of Chicken band member said, “We have loved (the animated series) Doraemon ever since we were kids. Among the charming characters, the one the four of us share special feelings for is, of course, Nobita.”

“We are very excited to be offered the opportunity to sing the theme song for ‘the (new version of) Steel Troops,’ the Doraemon movie that we especially liked in the series,” he added.

Director Yukiyo Teramoto said she was extremely happy with the song.

“I think that it is a wonderful song filled with feelings for the movie,” Teramoto said, adding that the band’s encouraging support made her even more confident about the anime.

The new movie, which is the 31st film installment in the Doraemon series, is a remake of a 1986 film, titled, “Doraemon: Nobita to Tetsujin Heidan.” The production team breathed new life into the original title, which was hailed as one of the most memorable Doraemon movies.

It is the second time that Teramoto takes the production helm for “Doraemon.” She became the first woman director in the franchise for “Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Makai Daibouken: Shichinin no Maho Tsukai” (Doraemon: Nobita and the New Great Adventure into the Underworld: the Seven Wizards).

One highlight of the new “Tetsujin Heidan” is the friendship and adventures that develop between Riruru and Shizuka, the two main female characters.

The new film is targeted at not only young children, but also their parents, who enjoyed the original movie when they were young.

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