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Doraemon TV anime turns 30, birthday bot to follow

Doraemon, the cat-like robot from the 24th century, is about to get its own celebratory robot from Bandai.

Doraemon robot
Look, no ears for Doraemon. These were apparently eaten off by rats! No wonder this blue cat despises rodents.
Bandai Japan

Claws unsheathed. If you remember the Hello Kitty ROBO back when the pink feline celebrated her 30th anniversary, it looks like there may be a cat fight in the works. Doraemon, the cat-like robot from the 24th century, is about to get its own birthday bot for 30 years of TV anime. Bandai Japan's will unleash a 6.3-inch-tall robot called, drumroll... "My Doraemon."

Here's where the one-upmanship comes in. While ROBO sports a rather fixed stare and is mostly stationary, Doraemon employs e-paper eyes capable of expressing up to 10 different emotions. It also has a light and motion sensor to react to where it is, as well as a clock and temperature sensor that lets it respond with "good morning," "good night," and other preset sentences.

Doraemon is a Japanese manga series that later became an anime series and an Asian franchise. The birthday bot, slated for a September 6 launch in Japan, is a bit pricey at 31,500 yen ($350) for such a tiny thing. Then again, anime fans of Doraemon probably know this anniversary collectible will likely have a short run. Blink, and it's gone.

Doraemon robot
Smaller in real life than in anime, Doraemon's bot stands about 6.3 inches short. Bandai Japan

(Source: Crave Asia via New Launches)