Saturday, July 16, 2011

Book Review: Doraemon Manga in Malaysia

Who doesn't know Doraemon, the ear-less blue robotic cat from the future?

During my childhood and teen years, I hardly missed Doraemon Anime aired in a local TV Channel on every Sunday at 8am. Somehow, I could not rise and shine early on school days but automatically woke up at 7am on Sunday. Not to mention that I skipped so many Sunday Schools since I just could not bear the misery of not watching the weekly Sunday Japanese Cartoons on TV. Sunday cartoons are demonic, huh? Perhaps.

Doraemon and Nobita: Familiar figures in my life.

My brother has almost all Doraemon's popular and long-series manga collections in Bahasa Indonesia. I read the comic books repeatedly over the years (never get bored!) and I feel like we're all family with Doraemon, Nobita, Suneo, Shizuka and Giant. We were that close.

I wish I had Doraemon's magic pouch where he keeps all his gadgets, medicines and tools from the future to solve all my problems. I'd very much like to have or occasionally borrow his time machine as well so I can fix my mistakes in the past, prevent bad things to happen or probably visit the future too! I think the Doraemon's creator, Fujiko F. Fujio, is a true genius! His works for children now and then are simply precious. His Doraemon episodes are not just comedies on print cartoons but also nutritiously packed with lessons, life values and quite a bit of noteworthy ancient history and environmental issues too. As a little girl, I could not be bothered so much on Dinosaurs' facts and stories if they were not introduced by Doraemon.

Yesterday when I was browsing some magazines in Carrefour's magazine stall, I came accross Doraemon manga in Bahasa Melayu. All of sudden, I missed Doraemon so much that I decided to just purchase one manga of his to rekindle my old romance with him and his entourage. Doraemon manga here costs RM 4.90 per book.

My new Doraemon manga in Bahasa Melayu.

The list of content.
Page one starts from behind. We read backwards.

Sneak-peek of the content: Conversations in Bahasa Melayu.

I confidently thought the similarities between Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Melayu would not give me much troubles in reading this manga. Too bad, I was quite in a struggle trying to read the manga, much less understand it. In the end, last night I skipped so much words and just flipped through the pages. I 'read' this manga predominantly by looking at the pictures.

Anyway, this coming Monday, I plan to give this manga to my brother back home. Pessimistically, I hope he can enjoy it more than I do.

*Photos taken from Doraemon dan Rakan-Rakan 7. Publisher: Penerbit Majalah Tora Aman.

1 comment:

  1. hi there... i also think the same as yours... hope doraemon really exist in this cruel world.. when i read your post, suddenly the tears dropped and make me flash back the memories when i was young..my memories with doraemon...

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