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New Doraemon virtual reality experience opens in Japan

Bandai entertainment has unveiled a new virtual reality experience based on the popular manga character Doraemon. The initiative is the latest in a string of VR attractions created by the company that include the game Argyle Shift and an adaptation of Gundam.

The famous blue cat is one of the most beloved animated characters of all time and the adoration it garners in some countries in Asia is akin to a cult.  

Created in the late 60s by Fujiko F. Fujio, the manga revolves around the adventures of robot-cat Doraemon and a little boy called Nobita Nobi as they tackle problems that range from annoying school bullies to intergalactic menaces.

Doraemon is known for having a magical pocket from which he can produce all kinds of gadgets including the ‘Dokodemo Door’ (Anywhere Door), a door that opens up a portal to any place they wish.

The Manga was adapted with much success in the 70s into an anime TV series and later into a feature film franchise. So far there have been 36 Doraemon films, one per year since 1980.

For their latest release, The Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi producers have partnered with The Tokyo Solamachi shopping and entertainment complex and Bandai’s “project.I.can” to create a virtual reality experience that mimics the iconic Anywhere Door from the series.

With the help of a VR headset, visitors will be able to travel through the door into the South Pole and live for themselves the adventures seen in the film. The attraction was inaugurated this past December and will be available to the public until April 14th.

Visitors must be at least 13 years old to participate in the Anywhere Door experience and admission will cost around $15 dollars (1,600 yen) for adults and $8 dollars (900 yen) for children.

A Doraemon Kachi Kochi Cafe will also be part of the marketing campaign, where visitors can sample some of the food featured in the Doraemon universe throughout the years.