Doraemon birthday marked by new Fujio museum, DVDs

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

Doraemon’s birthday is Sept. 3, and to mark the robotic cat character’s special day this year, a museum dedicated to its creator, Fujiko F. Fujio, is set to open the same day in Kawasaki.

The Fujiko F. Fujio Museum will be devoted to the late manga artist, creator of “Doraemon,” “Perman,” “21 Emon” and many other beloved titles.

The museum will be jointly operated by the Kawasaki city government and Fujiko Pro Co. and will preserve Fujiko’s messages of dreams, hope and friendship for future generations.

With a floor space of 3,600 square meters, the facility will display original manga drawings and introduce the world of his characters.

To celebrate the occasion, the “Perman” and “21-emon” animated TV series, produced by Shinei Animation Co., will be released on DVD for the first time.

“Perman,” one of the artist’s major works, centers around a boy named Mitsuo, who is given a Perman kit from Birdman that allows him to become a superhero known as Perman 1. Mitsuo fights for peace with his buddies, also appointed as Permans.

The show’s entire series of episodes will be released in four volumes. The first volume, totaling about 881 minutes and including a booklet, is priced at 28,875 yen ($356), including tax. It will be released Sept. 2.

The second volume follows on Nov. 4, the third on Jan. 6, 2012, and the fourth March 2.

“21 Emon” is set in a future Tokyo. The slapstick space adventure revolves around a boy named 21 Emon, the 21st heir to a centuries-old inn called Tsuzure-ya, his space creature pet Monga and potato-digging robot Gonsuke.

“21 Emon” comes out Aug. 5 in a complete box set that includes all episodes of the animated show. The DVD will cost 21,000 yen, including tax.

Each title will be released from TC Entertainment Inc.
Visit the official website of the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum at (http://www.fujiko-f-fujio.jp/museum/).
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