As part of its anime hero and heroine stamp series, Japan Post Co will be issuing a postal stamp set featuring characters from the massively popular Doraemon manga and anime series. The project is a collaboration with the Association of Japanese Animations and will be released starting June 4.
1.5 million Doraemon sheets will be released, which will cost 8 dollars and contain 10 stamps each. The stamps are in five pairs of two, featuring beloved characters like Doraemon, Nobita, Suneo, Gian, Shizuka and Dorami. Doraemon is a series about a robotic cat from the 22nd century that was sent back in time to the present day to help out a schoolboy named Nobita. The series has been airing since 1979 and even has a feature film adaptation every year since 1980, except in 2005. The films have a combined audience of 100.3 million viewers. The 35th film was entitled “Nobita no Himitsu Dogu Museum” (Nobita and the secret tools museum). The anime is adapted from the Fujiko F. Fujio’s manga which started out in 1969 and is also hugely successful in other Asian countries, especially China, Vietnam and Indonesia.
The Doraemon stamps are the 20th instalment in the anime stamp series, which has previously released stamps from “Pokemon,” “Mobile Suit Gundam,” “Sgt. Frog,” and just last January, “Heidi, Girl of the Alps.” The limited edition stamps are available at post offices and other outlets across Japan.