Photo/Illutration(c) Fujiko-Pro, Shogakukan, TV-Asahi, Shin-ei, and ADK 2019

Robotic cat Doraemon and his friends will explore the moon in a new anime film written by popular novelist Mizuki Tsujimura that will premiere on March 1.

The 39th film adaptation is titled “Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Getsumen Tansa-ki” (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s chronicle of the moon exploration).

The story begins as a white shadow observed by a moon probe makes headlines. Nobita says it is a rabbit on the moon, but he is laughed at by everyone at his school.

So he decides to build a kingdom of rabbits on the back of the moon using a gadget from Doraemon. A mysterious boy transfers to his school, and Nobita ends up going to the moon with him.

Tsujimura, a big fan of the manga and anime franchise, wrote the screenplay, generating quite a stir online.

Tsujimura has received many awards for her mystery novels, most recently winning this year’s Japan Booksellers’ Award. Her novel adaptation of the new Doraemon film will also be published next year.

The movie is directed by Shinnosuke Yakuwa, who also helmed “Doraemon the Movie: Nobita in the New Haunts of Evil--Peko and the Five Explorers” that came out in 2014.

Visit the film’s official website at (https://doraeiga.com/2019/).

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