This Stand by Me Doraemon 2 review is spoiler-free.
When I was a kid I used to switch between TV channels to watch the appropriate anime shows. At that time, Doraemon was still my favorite among them. As a boy of fairly obedient parents, I have always been frustrated by Nobita’s callousness. The boy is lazy, takes no responsibility and fails exams all the time. To me these are the signs of bad boys and my ideology of becoming an obedient boy did not allow me to follow Nobita’s actions. After 16 years, I have now grown old and my view of the world changes dramatically in relation to that. At that point, I come across Nobita again, to reinvent the character through the emotions of maturity.
Stand by Me Doraemon 2 portrays this maturity with care and precision. Based on the short films Doraemon: A Grandmother’s Recollection and The day i was bornDirectors Ryuichi Yagi and Takashi Yamazaki succeed in making Nobita an evolved character who breaks up the callous and awkward character.
The story revolves around Nobita’s birthday when he is berated by his mother for not showing her his test result. Saddened by this, he complains that his parents still scold him and suspects that he may not be their real son. Suddenly he finds a family album, where he finds his grandmother’s photo. Nobita remembers how caring her grandmother is towards him and begs Doraemon to go into the past to see her again. Once there, her grandmother recognizes Nobita and tells her that she wants to see her fiancée. Moved by this, Nobita and Doraemon travel to Nobita’s Future, where Nobita’s wedding ceremony is being held. But, once they get there, they discover that the adult Nobita is running away so they embark on an adventure to find him.
Despite the churning of my childhood memories, this film is not just for children. To deepen it, you need a certain maturity. The deep emotional bond with the family and the challenges of growing up are deeply emphasized by the creators. With a dash of science fiction, the themes of disillusionment, friendship, the importance of family and self-acceptance are deeply staged with the utmost sincerity. I can’t hold back my tears towards the end of the movie because it gets too personal.
Since I’m not much anime and also didn’t watch the previous movie, I had a lot of doubts about Stand by Me Doraemon 2. But, after watching it on Christmas Eve afternoon, I can say nothing more than to recommend it to everyone.
You can stream Stand by Me Doraemon 2 exclusively on Netflix.
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