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Doraemon is a classic anime character that time hasn’t forgotten despite him not being brought up in mainstream anime fandoms. His show doesn’t feature anything too complex mysteries to grasp detective fans or any beautiful fight sequences that will excite action lovers. Instead, this anime aims to charm folks with its relaxing atmosphere, cutesy characters, and enthralling activities involving Doraemon and his friends.

It follows the mundane life of a fourth-grade student named Nobita, whose world changes after a blue robotic cat appears from his desk drawer. Doraemon informs Nobita that he was sent into the past to guide him down a better path since Nobita’s future revolves around poverty and horrible mistakes.

To assist himself in reforming Nobita’s status, Doraemon has a four-dimensional pocket device with him. This device holds his many futuristic machines and gadgets. Although these tools should aid him on his quest, Doraemon isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. Therefore, the anime follows the goofy endeavors of Nobita and Doraemon.

If you’re having trouble finding anime similar to Doraemon, fear not! We’ve discovered 10 alternate shows that’ll give you a similar experience as Doraemon.

Additionally, for each anime we’ve reviewed, we’ve included a link that allows you to view our full thoughts about the series to see if it’s worth your time.

So without further ado, we present 10 TV shows that should whet your appetite when you’ve finished streaming Doraemon!


Ninja Hatori-kun

Similarities – Themes

Ninja Hatori-kun is another heartwarming anime with an episodic story structure, likable characters, and a charming universe. Like Doraemon, it follows the life of a boy whose life is changed for the better by an unknown entity. It features the same relaxing atmosphere and wonder as Doraemon and can be viewed and enjoyed by anyone.

Ninja Hatori-kun feels less futuristic than Doraemon, though. As one can tell, Ninja Hatori-kun focuses on its protagonist’s ninja training and growth. Like Doraemon, this anime features many episodes that build upon the relationship between this show’s protagonist and his unexpected friend who helps steer him down a better path.

It’s a charming anime to watch for fans looking to break away from thought-provoking or action-centric anime.


Kiteretsu Encyclopedia

Similarities – Tone & Art Style

In some instances, Kiteretsu Encyclopedia feels like a Doraemon clone. This series not only shares the same creator as Doraemon; it follows a similar episodic premise involving a robot and a human. This show includes a cartoon-like art style and is an enjoyable series to watch when you feel stressed or worn out.

Our tale follows a young scientist named Kiteretsu, who builds a robotic companion named Korosuke. They embark on many adventures in Kiteretsu’s time machine and hang out with Kiteresu’s other companions. Unlike Nobita, Kiteretsu is a well-crafted individual capable of creating futuristic tech to please himself and others.

However, the antics between Kiteretsu, Korosuke, and his friends are vaguely reminiscent of the Doraemon and Nobita mishaps they encounter in their show. Therefore, Kiteretsu Encyclopedia offers a different take on Doraemon’s premise while delivering a similar soothing atmosphere.


Dr. Slump & Arale-chan

Similarities – Tone & Theme

Although Dragon Ball ended up becoming a more action and dramatic piece of work, it once was a lighthearted and imaginative anime with enough comedy to get a giggle out of any anime fan. While Dr. Slump & Arale-chan isn’t as action-packed as Dragon Ball’s later installments, it carries the same comedic nature as it.

Dr. Slump & Arale-chan features a simple narrative. It’s about a scientist named Dr. Slump who creates a little android girl named Arale. Don’t let her childish appearance fool you. She’s super strong and full of happiness but lacks common sense. These two live in Penguin Village where strange events occur on a daily basis.

Like Doraemon, Dr. Slump & Arale-chan isn’t a complex or thought-provoking anime. It’s a series known for its cleverly written comedic gags and slapstick humor. This anime is perfectly fine to watch with children and fans of Toriyama’s Dragon Ball will adore the humorous scenes involving Arale and Dr. Slump.


Mojakou

Similarities – Comedy & Sci-fi

Mojakou is a franchise that time has forgotten. Unlike Doraemon, this anime couldn’t reach the masses and has fallen into obscurity despite offering a similar cheerful angle. This series follows a similar story structure and features a slew of characters that fans will grow to adore.

This anime follows Sorao, who lives a mundane life. That is until he meets two aliens that find themselves stranded on Earth. He decides to help these aliens find their way home and upon reaching their world, Sorao discovers that things have gone awry.

Apparently, this world features a feud between different tribes, each wanting to find a missing treasure that will shed light on their historical past. Like Doraemon, Mojakou offers an endless amount of comedy, character progression, and heartwarming vibes. This is an incredible older anime to watch for those looking to unwind and relax.


Sgt. Frog

Similarities – Gritty Shōnen Anime

Sgt. Frog is another cutesy anime with compelling characters, enjoyable comedy, and a beautiful world. Like Doraemon, this series features other-worldly organisms living peacefully among human companions while helping them with their needs.

It offers the same cartoon-like art style, but its visuals feel more mesmerizing than Doraemon’s. Furthermore, the humor inserted into Sgt. Frog varies from clever slapstick to parody. Its comedy and quirky storytelling won’t appeal to everyone, but Sgt. Frog’s sure to delight anyone willing to give it a chance.

This anime follows an alien frog named Sergeant Keroro, invading a 12-year-old boy named Fuyuki Hinata’s household. He subdues Fuyuki and his sister and plans to reunite with his people to repair a device that will help with their invasion. Unfortunately, Keroro receives word from his higher-ups that the unit’s abandoned the mission and left him and his squad behind.

This forces Keroro to stay with the Fuyuki family, compiled of many colorful personalities. Stuck on Earth, Keroro and his friends plot various destructive schemes thwarted by unexpected circumstances. However, as they live among humanity, Keroro and his allies learn to treat humans kindly and form meaningful connections with them.


Cyborg Kuro-chan

Similarities – Characters

Cyborg Kuro-chan is a chaotic anime. For folks who enjoyed shows like Tom & Jerry, you’ll find our protagonist, Kuro-chan exciting. This anime revolves around his desire to protect his owners since they can’t fend for themselves.

One day, Kuro-chan gets kidnapped by a villainous scientist who turns him into a robot. Kuro-chan removes the chip the scientist installed inside him and frees himself. Upon arriving home, Kuro-chan realizes he can talk like a human. To continue living as a pet, Kuro-chan disguises himself as a stuffed toy.

Like Doraemon, Cyborg Kuro-chan doesn’t feature any complexity. While it has some depth, drama, and violence, the show comes across as goofy and absurd. The shenanigans Kuro-chan gets involved in will make viewers laugh hysterically.

If you’re searching for a child-friendly anime that gives off similar vibes to Doraemon, check out Cyborg Kuro-chan.


Mr. Osomatsu

Similarities – Comedy & Cartoon-Like Art Style

Nevertheless, these boys end up in just as strange and puzzling situations as Doraemon did with Nobita. From trying to score a date with women to bombarding each other with hateful remarks, expect nothing but madness and chaotic mischief to take place in the Osomatsu residence.


Restaurant From Another World

Similarities – Fantasy, Concepts, Comedy

Restaurant From Another World is one of the most modern-looking anime that resembles Doraemon in laughs and concept. This anime takes place inside the popular Western Restaurant Nekoya eatery. While many enjoy this eatery for its variety of food options, this eatery holds a deep secret.

Despite being close to Tokyo’s residents on Saturday, this restaurant is actually open to inhabitants from other worlds. From mages to elves, this restaurant features many customers from realistic to fictional walks of life. In this anime, we follow the lives of its workers who live anything but boring lives in the shadow of the enigmatic chef Master.

Like Doraemon, Restaurant From Another World contains a fantastical component where characters from different universes and time periods can stumble into the modern world. At the same time, this anime features a great mix of slapstick and facial humor. At the same time, this anime gives off a relaxing atmosphere, making it a perfect watch for those needing to take a break from action-centric shows.


Bonobono

Similarities – Animals, Comedy, Themes

Bonobono falls in the same ballpark as Doraemon regarding shows with relaxing atmospheres and centers around friendship. At the same time, the adventures Bonobono and his friends embark on are nowhere near as absurd as Doraemon and Nobita’s endeavors.

In this show, you can expect Bonobono and his friends to get into mischief that feels more realistic. While the situations have predictable outcomes, this is a series that uses its simplicity to its advantage. The show never delves into anything complex, but viewers will find that it’s best that it doesn’t.

The episodes only last about 5 minutes compared to Doraemon’s 11-minute runtime per episode. While each episode delivers a new challenge for Bonobono and his friends to tackle, they’ll always manage to pull themselves together and solve the issue. If you’re looking for a series that’s wonderful for children and doesn’t require any brain power on their part, consider Bonobono.


Kaiketsu Zorori

Similarities – Comedy & Adventure

Kaiketsu Zorori is another children-targeted show full of absurdities. This anime offers a colorful cast, a vibrant world, and nonstop jokes that will make everyone laugh at least once. This anime follows the quest of a scheming fox named Zorori.

He aims to become his world’s King of Mischief with a castle and a lovely bride at his side. Despite being a notorious prankster, he’s not the best at the craft. His plans are ultimately spiral in the favor of his victims. Furthermore, he may look like an evil-doer, but deep down, he’s a kind-hearted fox.

Despite this, Zorori has the wits, brains, and talent to nail a solution. With the help of his sidekicks, Ishishi and Noshishi, Zorori continues his quest to honor his fallen mother. Outside of Zorori’s mother, Kaiketsu Zorori never delves into anything too violent or mature.

Furthermore, this anime features many catchy jingles and songs that will remind folks of classic Disney movies and cartoons. The antics and endeavors are never dull in this show and there are some suspenseful bits that will pull older viewers into the show’s world.

On that note, if you’re looking for a fun adventure anime about a prankster fox and his boar-like cronies, I’d check out Kaiketsu Zorori.


So there we have it, our 10 anime/TV show alternatives to watch when you’ve caught up with Doraemon!

What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!


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