Explaining Doraemon’s perduring popularity: Structural analysis, specious technology and mother’s indulgent affection

@article{Marshall2019ExplainingDP,
  title={Explaining Doraemon’s perduring popularity: Structural analysis, specious technology and mother’s indulgent affection},
  author={R. Marshall},
  journal={Contemporary Japan},
  year={2019},
  volume={31},
  pages={79 - 98}
}
ABSTRACT Structural analysis of the Japanese anime Doraemon reveals the source of the unimaginable popularity of this children’s cartoon in the paradigmatic structure ‘Doraemon’s gadgets : Nobita’s problems :: Doraemon : Nobita.’ The paradigmatic structure’s minor contradiction shows us that neither Nobita’s childish childhood problems nor the hyper-technology of the future Doraemon pulls from its pouch, as funny as they can be made to seem, matter in this world; but the major contradiction… Expand

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