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Gen Hoshino Shows Love for Japan's 'Doraemon' Cartoon in New Movie Theme Song

Gen Hoshino
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Gen Hoshino

Singer-songwriter <a href="/music/Gen-Hoshino">Gen Hoshino</a>, who topped Billboard Japan's 2017 year-end song chart with his smash hit "Koi," is teaming up with one of the most-famous and beloved cartoon characters in Japan for his next single to be released Feb. 28.

The new track, aptly called "Doraemon," will be the theme song for this year's animated Doraemon movie, which will be released in theaters March 3. Doraemon is the name of the nearly 50-year-old classic comic and long-running cartoon series based on it that revolves around a light-blue cat-shaped robot by the same name who comes from the future to live with a boy named Nobita.

An animated feature film has been released every year since 1980, and this year's movie, called Nobita's Treasure Island, will be the 38th offering. In the years since the first Doraemon movie, this will actually be the first time the theme song will be crowned with the iconic cat-robot's name.

Hoshino is a self-professed enthusiast of Doraemon and decided to keep the title simple while lovingly packing the lyrics with nods to details related to the franchise that any fan -- or frankly, anybody who has ever picked up the comic or seen the cartoon -- would immediately recognize. His mellow vocals and signature melody blending Western and Japanese pop music influences also match the spirit of the Doraemon movies that have inspired generations of kids to be kind to others and help out those in need.

A 90-second trailer of the movie featuring Hoshino's "Doraemon" has been released, along with a new photograph of the singer sporting Nobita-like round glasses against a Doraemon-blue background.

Watch the trailer here:
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