Everyone’s favourite anime character is in town, and it’s another reason to visit Malaysia this year! Since Doraemon arrived in December last year, fans from every corner of the world have been flocking to Viva Home Mall’s event hall to relive their magical moments with this blue robotic cat from Japan. Join our writer (and Doraemon’s biggest fan!) as she hopped on over to see the character’s famous gadgets, and reminisced the days where everything was better with the help of a bottomless pocket.
Words by: Shafiqah Shafie
He’s about four feet tall, has a magic pocket and loves Dorayaki. He’s none other than the blue ball cutie cat, DORAEMON!
Doraemon has always been my all-time favourite cat and manga series since I first learned how to read. He’ll be in Kuala Lumpur in the form of an amazing expo for the first time ever! My whole body jumped at the thought of revisiting my childhood memories once again. I took the chance by spending my day off to visit this one-of-a-kind expo full of enthusiasm!
Priced at RM25 for adults and RM15 for children between 4 and 12 years old, the tickets are pretty reasonable for everything you’re about to see! From Momotamo Dango (a bun or dango to tame wild animals) to Time Furoshiki (a time cloth that has the ability to advance or reverse time), you can find all the gadgets that were used by Doraemon and his buddy Nobita in this expo.
As I stepped into the hall, I was greeted by the famous time machine where Doraemon was often seen piloting from Nobita’s desk drawer. Here, I also got to see how he was manufactured, and his initial colour was actually YELLOW! Though I was a true fan, I definitely didn’t know that!
After reading up on the detailed information about Doraemon’s early days, I made my way into the main hall, where I was greeted by my favourite pink door Dokodemo! This door allowed Nobita and his friends to travel to anywhere they want by simply going through the door. Who needs teleportation when they can have this?
The hall was crowded, and everyone seemed to be enjoying the company of over a hundred Doraemon statues–every model holding a gadget that has appeared in the comics and films.
Here’s a tip for everyone! Make sure you purchase the gadget guide in the merchandise store before entering the hall, as you won’t be able to find them inside. I didn’t think of that, but guessing the varying functions of each gadget without a guide was part of the fun too.
The most nostalgic part of this expo for me was the set where Nobita met his late grandmother in the two-part episode called “Missing Grandmom”. In that episode, Nobita rummaged through some of his old stuff and found his childhood teddy bear that reminded him of his grandmom and how he missed her badly, so Doraemon took him eight years back to when he was only three years old. That was one of the most emotional episodes I’ve ever watched (and yes, I cried like a baby at the end of it).
All in all, I had a lot of fun at the expo. There is so much more than what I have mentioned, from Doraemon game booths to 4D helicopter hats, you just got to see them for yourself!
To sum up how I felt about this event, here’s all I can say…
“AN AN AN tottemo daisuki… DORAEMON!”
100 DORAEMON SECRET GADGETS EXPO
Venue: Viva Home Expo Hall, Kuala Lumpur
Duration: 14 December 2013 till 23 March 2014
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