Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the adorable anime and manga character Doraemon with a new batch of T-shirts for kids and adults. The Doraemon collection, part of Uniqlo’s UT line of graphic tees, will be available for purchase in stores and online starting on July 13.
Doraemon is a robot cat from the 22nd century who travels back in time to help a little boy named Nobita Nobi improve his future circumstances and those of his descendants. Like a cross between Meowth and Inspector Gadget, Doraemon has a pouch from which he produces futuristic gadgets that he uses to help Nobita. Promotional images from the Uniqlo collection are staged around a pink door, a reference to Doraemon’s Anywhere Door that can teleport Nobita and Doraemon anywhere they want to go.
Originally a manga created by Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko (under the pen name Fujiko Fujio) Doraemon has gone on to be adapted into several anime series, films, and video games. The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space even staged a Doraemon musical in 2008 called Doraemon the Musical: Nobita and the Animal Planet.
Uniqlo’s collection of T-shirts features images of Doraemon himself, as well as of some of his gadgets. Several of the shirts are related to Stand By Me Doraemon 2, a sequel to the 2014 film Stand By Me Doraemon. Stand By Me Doraemon 2 was originally slated to be released on August 7, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the film Doraemon: Nobita’s New Dinosaur, which was due out in March, will be released on that date.
Adult shirts in Uniqlo’s UT line cost $14.90, while kids styles cost $9.90. You can check out the upcoming Doraemon styles in the gallery below.