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'''Doraemon''' is a popular and long-running anime series based on the manga of the same name by Fujiko F. Fujio. Its best-known adaptation originally ran from April 2, 1979 to March 18, 2005, while a reboot, that began airing a month after the first series' conclusion, is still airing to this day. A total of 38 feature-length Doraemon movies have been released, as well as numerous short films.
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'''''Doraemon''''' is a popular and long-running anime series based on the manga of the same name by Fujiko F. Fujio. Its best-known adaptation originally ran from April 2, 1979, to March 18, 2005, while a reboot, that began airing a month after the first series' conclusion, is still airing to this day. A total of 38 feature-length ''Doraemon'' movies have been released, as well as numerous short films.
  
One of these short films, titled "Ken-chan's Adventure", was a movie produced by the Welfare Foundation for the Disabled and Welfare of Japan, was screened in 1980 and 1981 for the International Year of the Disabled Persons in 1981, before being televised in October 1981. It was screened until the end of the century across Japan, and the starring guest character Ken-chan was the mascot of the Welfare Foundation for the Disabled and Welfare of Japan for a time. Oyama Nobuyo, who served as Doraemon's voice actor at the time, said that he learned how to communicate with the disabled in a way that he had not known before thanks to the special, and that it became an unforgettable work. He wanted the special to be rebroadcast on television, although that opportunity has not been given. Many viewers recall how blessed they were with the opportunity to see this film. It was later released as a picture book with Braille printing for the blind, however much of the story is left out. It plays a role like a learning tool to teach how children with disabilities and children without disabilities can get along with each other. The book may have come with a handkerchief for the disabled. The book was not sold normally, but instead the book had been distributed to the Toka Museum and welfare facilities, as well as in libraries, community centers, school facilities, etc. A notebook with illustrations based on the short film special was also released.
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One of these short films, titled ''Ken-chan's Adventure'' (ケンちゃんの冒険), was a special produced by the National Welfare Foundation for Physically and Mentally Handicapped, screened in 1980 and 1981 for the International Year of the Disabled Persons in 1981, before being televised on October 5, 1981. It was screened until the end of the century across Japan, and the starring guest character Ken-chan was the mascot of the National Welfare Foundation for Physically and Mentally Handicapped for a time. From the screenshots available, it appears that subtitles colored red are hardcoded onto the footage for hearing-impaired viewers. Nobuyo Ōyama, who served as Doraemon's voice actress at the time, said that she learned how to communicate with the disabled in a way that she had not known before thanks to the special, and that she felt it became an unforgettable work. She wanted the special to be rebroadcast on television, although that opportunity has not been given.
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Many viewers recall how blessed they were with the opportunity to see this film. It was later released as a picture book with Braille printing for the blind; however, much of the story is left out. It plays a role-like learning tool to teach how disabled and abled children can get along with each other. The book may have come with a handkerchief for the disabled. The book was not sold in stores but distributed at the Toka Museum and welfare facilities, as well as in libraries, community centers, schools, etc. A notebook with illustrations based on the short film special was also released.
  
 
===Story===
 
===Story===
A disabled boy in a wheelchair named Ken Ikoma is transferred to the class of Nobita Nobi, who loves to collect butterflies. However, due to his disability, the only butterflies he has ever collected were bought at shops. Ken wishes to catch a butterfly on his own, with his own butterfly net and hands. Nobita sympathizes with Ken, so with Doraemon and his friends, they travel back in time to the Cenezoic era, 30,000,000 years ago, to capture butterflies, but somehow a dinosaur appears there (despite being extinct 30,000,000 years ago), and the wheelchair collapses. Ken will have to return to the wheelchair by himself, but is able to briefly stand on his own to catch the butterflies, with the help of his friends. Many ancient butterflies then appear, and Ken catches them by himself. He was happy and thanked his new friends for the experience.
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A disabled boy in a wheelchair named Ken Ikoma is transferred to the class of Nobita Nobi, who loves to collect butterflies. However, due to his disability, the only butterflies he has ever collected were bought at shops. Ken wishes to catch a butterfly on his own, with his own butterfly net and hands. Nobita sympathizes with Ken, so with Doraemon and his friends, they travel back in time to the Cenozoic era, 30,000,000 years ago, to capture butterflies, but somehow a giant bird-like dinosaur appears there (despite being extinct 30,000,000 years ago), and the wheelchair collapses. Ken will have to return to the wheelchair by himself but is able to briefly stand on his own to catch the butterflies, with the help of his friends. Many ancient butterflies then appear, and Ken catches them by himself. He is happy and thanks his new friends for the experience.
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==Availability==
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Since the special has been only broadcast on TV once, it has never been released on home media and it's unknown if the National Welfare Foundation for Physically and Mentally Handicapped still has a copy of the special.
  
 
===Staff===
 
===Staff===
Production: Social Welfare Corporation National Welfare Foundation for Physically and Mentally Handicapped
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Production: Social Welfare Corporation, National Welfare Foundation for Physically and Mentally Handicapped
  
Production cooperation: Fujiko Studio , Shin-Ei Video , Shogakkan , TV Asahi
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Production cooperation: Fujiko Studio, Shin-Ei Video, Shogakukan, TV Asahi
  
Director / director: Hiraga elder
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Director/director: Hiraga elder
  
 
Screenplay: Koichi Mizuide
 
Screenplay: Koichi Mizuide
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Drawing: Eiichi Nakamura
 
Drawing: Eiichi Nakamura
  
Film cooperation: Tokyo Development Offic
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Film cooperation: Tokyo Development Office
  
 
Film print aid: Japan Lottery Association
 
Film print aid: Japan Lottery Association
  
 
===Gallery===
 
===Gallery===
<gallery>
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<gallery mode=packed heights=175px>
 
Kenchan.png|A print advertisement for the special from CoroCoro Comic, featuring screenshots from the short film.
 
Kenchan.png|A print advertisement for the special from CoroCoro Comic, featuring screenshots from the short film.
 
Kenchanad.jpg|A TV guide advertisement featuring art from the special.
 
Kenchanad.jpg|A TV guide advertisement featuring art from the special.
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Kenchanbook4.jpg|The book's front and back covers, along with 2 more pages from the book.
 
Kenchanbook4.jpg|The book's front and back covers, along with 2 more pages from the book.
 
Kenchanbook5.jpg|4 more pages from the book.
 
Kenchanbook5.jpg|4 more pages from the book.
Kenchanbook6.jpg|Better quality view of 2 pages, however cropped.
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Kenchanbook6.jpg|Better quality view of 2 pages, however, was cropped.
 
Kenchanbook7.jpg|2 more pages from the book.
 
Kenchanbook7.jpg|2 more pages from the book.
 
Kenchanbook8.jpg|Another 2 pages from the book.
 
Kenchanbook8.jpg|Another 2 pages from the book.
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Kenchanbook12.jpg|Another page from the book.
 
Kenchanbook12.jpg|Another page from the book.
 
Kenchanbook13.jpg|Copyright info on the back of the book, and a message in Braille.
 
Kenchanbook13.jpg|Copyright info on the back of the book, and a message in Braille.
Kenchanbook14.jpg|High quality view of the back of the book.
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Kenchanbook14.jpg| High-quality view of the back of the book.
 
Kenchannotebook.png|The cover to the notebook, featuring an illustration of Ken playing baseball with the help of Doraemon.
 
Kenchannotebook.png|The cover to the notebook, featuring an illustration of Ken playing baseball with the help of Doraemon.
 
Kenchannotebook2.png|An emblem on the notebook's cover, showing the promotion of the disability.
 
Kenchannotebook2.png|An emblem on the notebook's cover, showing the promotion of the disability.
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</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
===References===
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==See Also==
[http://genshiohajiki.hatenablog.com/entry/2017/01/21/040844 Blog post about the book.]
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*[[A "Draw Dorami-chan" Song / A Week in Our Time Machine (Partially Found English version of "Doraemon" single; 1980)]]
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*[[Doraemon "Adventures in Candy Land" (non-existent unaired English dub of anime episode; 2015)]]
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*[[Doraemon '05 (partially found British dub of anime series; 2015)]]
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*[[Doraemon '79 (partially found Phuuz English dub pilot of anime; early 2000s)]]
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*[[Doraemon (partially found Asian English dubs of anime series; late 1990s-early 2000s)]]
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*[[Doraemon (partially found first-adaptation anime series; 1973)]]
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*[[Doraemon: In A Thrilling Solar Car (partially found anime short film; 1992)]]
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*[[Doraemon: Nobita no Doki Doki! Obake Land (lost build of unreleased Virtual Boy game; 1996)]]
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*[[Doraemon: Robot War (partially found bootleg anime film; 1983)]]
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*[[Stand by Me Doraemon (partially found Philippines English dub of anime movie; 2015)]]
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*[[The Adventures of Albert and Sidney (partially found English dub of "Doraemon" anime series; late 1980s-early 1990s)]]
  
[https://chunpomhobby.hatenadiary.jp/entry/2018/04/22/115645 Review of the book.]
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==External Link==
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*[https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%89%E3%83%A9%E3%81%88%E3%82%82%E3%82%93_%E3%82%B1%E3%83%B3%E3%81%A1%E3%82%83%E3%82%93%E3%81%AE%E5%86%92%E9%99%BA Japanese Wikipedia article on the special.]
  
[https://comic.5ch.net/test/read.cgi/ranime/1035083107/ 5chan thread of members recalling the special.]
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==Sources==
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*[http://genshiohajiki.hatenablog.com/entry/2017/01/21/040844 Blog post about the book.]
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*[https://chunpomhobby.hatenadiary.jp/entry/2018/04/22/115645 Review of the book.]
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*[https://comic.5ch.net/test/read.cgi/ranime/1035083107/ 5chan thread of members recalling the special.]
  
[https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%89%E3%83%A9%E3%81%88%E3%82%82%E3%82%93_%E3%82%B1%E3%83%B3%E3%81%A1%E3%82%83%E3%82%93%E3%81%AE%E5%86%92%E9%99%BA Japanese Wikipedia article on the special.]
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Latest revision as of 13:18, 9 November 2021

Kenchan.png

An advertisement for the short film, featuring screenshots.

Status: Lost

Doraemon is a popular and long-running anime series based on the manga of the same name by Fujiko F. Fujio. Its best-known adaptation originally ran from April 2, 1979, to March 18, 2005, while a reboot, that began airing a month after the first series' conclusion, is still airing to this day. A total of 38 feature-length Doraemon movies have been released, as well as numerous short films.

One of these short films, titled Ken-chan's Adventure (ケンちゃんの冒険), was a special produced by the National Welfare Foundation for Physically and Mentally Handicapped, screened in 1980 and 1981 for the International Year of the Disabled Persons in 1981, before being televised on October 5, 1981. It was screened until the end of the century across Japan, and the starring guest character Ken-chan was the mascot of the National Welfare Foundation for Physically and Mentally Handicapped for a time. From the screenshots available, it appears that subtitles colored red are hardcoded onto the footage for hearing-impaired viewers. Nobuyo Ōyama, who served as Doraemon's voice actress at the time, said that she learned how to communicate with the disabled in a way that she had not known before thanks to the special, and that she felt it became an unforgettable work. She wanted the special to be rebroadcast on television, although that opportunity has not been given.

Many viewers recall how blessed they were with the opportunity to see this film. It was later released as a picture book with Braille printing for the blind; however, much of the story is left out. It plays a role-like learning tool to teach how disabled and abled children can get along with each other. The book may have come with a handkerchief for the disabled. The book was not sold in stores but distributed at the Toka Museum and welfare facilities, as well as in libraries, community centers, schools, etc. A notebook with illustrations based on the short film special was also released.

Story[edit | edit source]

A disabled boy in a wheelchair named Ken Ikoma is transferred to the class of Nobita Nobi, who loves to collect butterflies. However, due to his disability, the only butterflies he has ever collected were bought at shops. Ken wishes to catch a butterfly on his own, with his own butterfly net and hands. Nobita sympathizes with Ken, so with Doraemon and his friends, they travel back in time to the Cenozoic era, 30,000,000 years ago, to capture butterflies, but somehow a giant bird-like dinosaur appears there (despite being extinct 30,000,000 years ago), and the wheelchair collapses. Ken will have to return to the wheelchair by himself but is able to briefly stand on his own to catch the butterflies, with the help of his friends. Many ancient butterflies then appear, and Ken catches them by himself. He is happy and thanks his new friends for the experience.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Since the special has been only broadcast on TV once, it has never been released on home media and it's unknown if the National Welfare Foundation for Physically and Mentally Handicapped still has a copy of the special.

Staff[edit | edit source]

Production: Social Welfare Corporation, National Welfare Foundation for Physically and Mentally Handicapped

Production cooperation: Fujiko Studio, Shin-Ei Video, Shogakukan, TV Asahi

Director/director: Hiraga elder

Screenplay: Koichi Mizuide

Music: Shunsuke Kikuchi

Drawing: Eiichi Nakamura

Film cooperation: Tokyo Development Office

Film print aid: Japan Lottery Association

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

External Link[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]