In celebration of “Fujiko F. Fujio Seitan 80-shunenkan Kinen” (“The 80th Anniversary of the Birth of Fujiko F. Fujio”; Mon., 5:30 p.m.) TV Asahi is presenting a special program of three stories about the manga team’s most famous creation, the robot cat Doraemon.
In the first story, Doraemon’s adolescent pal Nobita is convinced he will marry his girlfriend Shizuka when he grows up, but she’s always mad at him. He asks Doraemon to give him a glimpse of the future.
In the second story, Nobita is teased by his classmates because of his athletic ineptitude and asks Doraemon for help.
In the last story, Nobita becomes “adept at being flattered.”
The big TV event in the U.K. on New Year’s Day is the premiere of the third season of “Sherlock.” Meanwhile, Japan will be presenting a special installment of its favorite detective show, “Aibo” (“Partners”; TV Asahi, Wed., 9 p.m.), starring Yutaka Mizutani as deductive genius Ukio and Hiroki Narimiya as younger colleague Ryo.
Ryo is on his way to catch an overseas flight when he witnesses an explosion in a police station. He sees a young man flee the wreckage and gives chase, only to discover the man has a bomb attached to his body that can’t removed and that is being remote-controlled by a man named JB (Ryudo Uzaki). The public-security police have heard that a famous international terrorist has entered Japan, but they don’t know why.
CM of the week: Softbank
Every winter, SoftBank airs elaborate commercials featuring all five members of SMAP, and this season’s are as ambitious as ever, though also more derivative. Plugging Sharp’s Aquos smartphone and its high-resolution screen, the five lads wander through a color-saturated, computer-generated suburban English milieu to the familiar martial strains of “The Liberty Bell March,” as used on “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.”
In fact, the stop-motion photography and cut- and-paste character of the images are similar to the animated sequences Terry Gilliam made for the comedy troupe. These similarities are not acknowledged on the SoftBank home page set up in conjunction with the ads, but have been noted by Internet commentators, who think SMAP is too young to know who Monty Python is anyway.