Ah, the Moon. Ever since humanity gazed into the heavens and realised that the Moon was actually a physical, spheroid astronomical body, we’ve been obsessed with attempts at space travel, just like in Doraemon: Nobita’s Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration. Remember the great Space Race of the 1950s (if you’re old enough to, that is)?

So it’s no wonder that in movies and television, outer space adventures to the Moon have featured heavily in plotlines. Sometimes the Moon is made out of green cheese, sometimes it’s a gigantic cosmic jewel, and sometimes it’s the site of an ancient alien civilisation. Regardless of what the Moon is depicted as, it’s always a mysterious and sacred place.

But to get to the Moon, you’d need excellent astronauts. And it just so happens that everyone’s favourite feline robot, Doraemon, would be the perfect astronaut for the job. Why? Well, we outline all the reasons why Doraemon would be the ideal astronaut for any space mission.

 

1. He is a robot (and has no biological needs)

Doraemon and friends in 'Doraemon: Nobita's Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration'. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Doraemon and friends in Doraemon: Nobita’s Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration. Credit: Odex

It’s difficult to send an astronaut into space, because astronauts are living creatures. That means they need to eat, drink, breathe, and relieve themselves. Yes, peeing and pooping are really big issues for astronauts. It’s fine on Earth, because we have gravity to pull down our solid and liquid waste. But in outer space, there’s no gravity. It’s hard for our waste to come out in one direction – and then there’s the matter of making sure it doesn’t float all over the place.

Doraemon’s a robot. He doesn’t need to poop, pee, eat, drink, breathe, or any other of those pesky biological urges. All he needs to do is focus on his mission in outer space, which makes him a perfect astronaut.

 

2. He can pull any tool out of his pouch

Doraemon and Nobita in 'Doraemon: Nobita's Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration'. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Doraemon and Nobita in Doraemon: Nobita’s Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration. Credit: Odex

One of Doraemon’s signature features is his four-dimensional pouch – the one that’s right in front of his belly. He can pull virtually anything out of his pouch (although maybe not the Infinity Gauntlet). While that’s a pretty useful ability in any situation, it’s a literal lifesaver if he’s an astronaut.

You see, if his spacecraft requires any repairs, he’ll have the perfect tool for it. No more worrying about whether they’ve brought the right set of tools on board, or if they have the right spare part for the job (since you can’t quite buy things easily in outer space). Whatever situation you’re facing, Doraemon will have the right tool to help you out.

 

3. He has knowledge of the future

Doraemon in 'Doraemon: Nobita's Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration'. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Doraemon in Doraemon: Nobita’s Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration. Credit: Odex

Doraemon isn’t from our time period – he’s from the 22nd century, far into the future. That’s why he’s a talking, walking, sentient cat robot that can pull high-tech devices from his pouch. Since he’s from the future, and he’s a robot – he probably already has maps and other information about the Moon and outer space.

Think about it. If you went back in time today, you’d be going to the past with knowledge of the present – and that’s going to be really helpful. Similarly, space wouldn’t be unmapped territory for Doraemon – because he already has maps and lots of other information gleaned from avant garde tools in the future.

 

4. He can fly

Doraemon and Nobita in 'Doraemon: Nobita's Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration'. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Doraemon and Nobita in Doraemon: Nobita’s Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration. Credit: Odex

Doraemon doesn’t usually use rocket engines to fly (uses up too much fuel, we imagine) – but he uses a beanie instead (known as the Bamboo Copter or Take-Copter). This means that he has his very own form of self-propulsion, which is definitely going to be a boon in outer space. Imagine being able to go wherever you want to go in outer space, while everyone else is struggling with the lack of gravity. He’d be the most flexible and manoeuverable astronaut of them all!

Of course, since there’s no air to push against in outer space, we’re not all that sure how well his Bamboo Copter would work…

 

5. He’s actually pretty intelligent

Doraemon and friends in 'Doraemon: Nobita's Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration'. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Doraemon and friends in Doraemon: Nobita’s Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration. Credit: Odex

Being a robot from the future, Doraemon is both knowledgeable and smart. And when you’re all alone in outer space, those are pretty good qualities to have as an astronaut. True, Doraemon is a little prone to panicking fits every now and then. But his problem solving skills (when he chooses to apply them) would make him an excellent astronaut.

We’d definitely want Doraemon on our team if we went into outer space.

'Doraemon: Nobita's Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration'. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

‘Doraemon: Nobita’s Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration’. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Guess what? Doraemon is going to outer space this year – in this year’s Doraemon movie, Doraemon: Nobita’s Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration! This will be the last Doraemon film in the Heisei era (but it won’t be the last, since we’ll definitely see new movies in the Reiwa era). Doraemon: Nobita’s Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration sees Doraemon, Nobita and company heading to the Moon in search of the mysterious girl who lives there, Luna. But little does he know that the devious Diabolo and Goddard stand in his way… of exploring the Moon!

Will Doraemon return from his moon exploration? Or will Doraemon: Nobita’s Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration be his last adventure?

 

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Credits: Golden Village Cinemas, Odex

 

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