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I may not be Japanese but I grew up religiously following manga and anime on tv.
My sister, brothers and I would congregate in front of the television at 6. At every day of the week, there was an animated program about valiant young people on their respective space ship that turned into fighting robots.
We love Mazinger Z, Daimos, Mekanda Robot, Grendizer and Dunguard Ace But everybody’s favourite was Voltes 5. I was absolutely fascinated with his chain knuckles.. My sister and I also would follow a more girly animations called, Candy, Candy and Ron Ron, the flower angel. And we spent a fortune on buying the last Hello Kitty pink plastic treasures!
Anyway, manga and anime are not losing their charm, in fact it is busy conquering the world.
There is a manga and anime for everyone.
There are apparently five basic classifications.
There is the shonen aimed for young boys who are below the age of 15. Shows like Dragon Ball and Pokemon anime.
Shoujo (Shojo) are aimed for young and teenage girls.
Josei are for a more mature females. These mangas are focused on more melodramtic stories.
And finally the Kodomumoke. These are the manga and anime that busy mums tend to let very young children sit in front of for educational purposes, of course. 🙂 Under this category is something called yoji for babies
I am happy to see this classic TV sci fi series Lost in Space return for a deserved 21st century reboot.
I remember rushing home from secondary (high) school to watch the original series (seasons), running for 83 episodes from 1965 to 1968. The first series was made in black & white as colour TV was two years away. The second series introduced colour. Along with ‘Voyage to the bottom of the sea’ and ‘Dr Who’ (1963 to present) & ‘Star Trek’ (1965 to present , were and still are my favourites as with my friends.
Lost in Space is based on the classic 1812 novel ‘Swiss family Robinson’, about a family ship wrecked and castaway in the East indies. The Robinson family learn how to survive and become self reliant.
1965-1968 Family, Don West with Dr. Smith & Robot The 1998 Movie cast
The 1965 modern sci-fi reiteration sees a family of would be forerunners of planet colonisers along with the co pilot Major West and an unwelcome stowaway, enemy agent, Dr. Zachary Smith. Smith was sent aboard to sabotage the Jupiter 2 space craft. He succeeds but gets trapped as the spacecraft is lost in space. Smith brilliantly played by Jonathon Harris continually tries to thwart the family. In later episodes Smith becomes toned down & more comic. His bantering with the robot assistant (who becomes regarded as part of the family) is popular. The Robot’s frequent utterances of “Danger, Danger, Danger Will Robinson!” Smith gets into all sorts of escapades with aliens etc., dragging the family with him. My male school friends & I liked Penny Robinson as she was our age.
The 1998 movie generally keeps the same characters & roles, but is darker than the 1960s innocent TV show. Gary Oldman is excellent as Dr. Smith. technical evolution of SFX (special effects) and CGI (computer graphic imaging) add to the story.
Now the 2018 series approaches and the show’s trailer shows what looks like brilliant SFX and CGI now de rigeur for a successful screen sci fi creation. This time some tinkering with the characters. A mixed race daughter, a reformed rogue finding a family he never had character which replaces that of upright major Don West. Dr. Smith is now portrayed by a woman, which will be interesting as we see how the characters develop. The popular human constructed family robot is replaced by a mysterious alien robot found on planet they land on.
2018 Space Family Robinson
The New Dr. Smith
“Danger, Will Robinson!” Alien robot – friend or foe?
My only regret is that they did not keep the original classic shape I like for the Jupiter 2 spacecraft. I am looking forward to the series.
Following Shrove Tuesday yesterday, today is Ash Wednesday, the official first day of Lent during the Christian year and the prelude to Easter. Lent represents the 40 days that Jesus Christ spent in the wilderness, fasting and contemplating his mission on earth. Known as the ‘Day of Ashes’ because of the practice of having ash rubbed & drawn on the forehead in the shape of a cross (representing Christ’s crucifixion), by a priest at the dedicated Ash Wednesday church service. The priest and participants from the church congregation intone the phrase either the words:-
“Repent, and believe in the Gospel”or the dictum “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Anglican,Catholic and most Protestant and Christians hold Ash Wednesday services around the world. Following the service, participants observe some sort of fasting,abstinence and spiritual contemplation for 40 Days, ending on Maundy Thursday in 2018.
The practice of using ash comes from the 11th Century and is taken from the Biblical Book of Daniel, where ashes are regarded as a sign of Penance & fasting. The ashes are normally made by the burning of palm crosses. These palm crosses were handed out to church congregations during the previous year’s Palm Sunday service (commemorating Christ’s entry into Jerusalem to crowds waving palm leaves in celebration) and given back to the priest shortly before Ash Wednesday. The priest will then burn the crosses and mix the ash normally with Holy Oil to sanctify and make a ‘paste’ with which to rub on the participant’s forehead.
Today is shrove Tuesday, which has now become better known as Pancake Day.
What is Shrove Tuesday about? Has it become just a day of cooking and tossing pancakes?
Shrove Tuesday is the last day of merriment and feasting before Lent begins in earnest.
But in truth and in its history, today is about penitence. Shrove Tuesday got its name from the ritual of shriving, which early Christians used to do.
The act of shriving meant that Christians would confess their sins and their shortcomings and in so doing will receive absolutions.
Absolution means the person will be forgiven of his sins and released from his guilt and pain that he had caused.
This tradition is very old.
It was a custom and tradition of the early Christians to confess their sins a week before the start of Lent to their priest/confessor, who shall so shrive them.
Today is not only about pancake but a time to think about the wrong deeds that we have done or have continued doing. We must be penitent of them.
On the happier side, Shrove Tuesday is also about partying and feasting. Time to cook and serve all the foods that may have to be given up for the sober Lent to come. Barbecue the meat and fish and make pastas so no food are wasted for the coming Lent. Today is like a Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday.
Pancake became the ideal food for Tuesday because it uses up all the fats, milk and eggs with the addition of flour.
It is the chemistry that makes a drama works. Without it, it is hard for the viewers to connect with the leads and the story itself, especially if it is a romantic drama.
There have been plenty of instances where the chemistry is stronger between the lead girl and the second male lead that you wish they get together in the end. This was particularly in the case of Ma Jin Jo and Nam Gil in Go back Couple.
I have to confess, I quite know my way within the SouthEast Asian dramas as I have binged watched plenty of them these past two years. And Japanese youth dramas have the most amazing and cute chemistry.
I used to be obsessed with this board game when I was a little girl.
For whatever reason my mother used to discourage us playing sungka. She was really adamant that we should not play it. I think I heard her say that it was a game of the dead or something. She made it sound like there was something sinister about it.
But I’ve always had a mind of my own, and the more I was told ‘NO’ the more I had to do it; it was like a red rag to a bull to me, a fascination of the forbidden. 🙂 I was a tad naughty! LOL
Probably that was the reason I loved playing sungka. I used to ask a neighbour, Lagring, who was a year or two younger than me to play sungka. We did not bother with the wooden board; at my instigation we would just dig little holes similar to those in the wooden board on the ground under our mango tree. We would then gather little stones and away we play for what seems like hours. 🙂
My mother always knew what I was up to as I would come home with dirty hands and even dirtier finger nails. And of course those little holes which suddenly appeared all over our backyard! 🙂
In the end, knowing that I would not really listen, she just gave up on her embargo against sungka. Funnily enough as soon as the ban was lifted I moved on to another obsession, Jack’s Stone! 🙂
By the way the photo above was taken at late president Ferdinand Marcos childhood residence in Batac, Ilocos Norte. It seemed President Marcos used to play sungka as well. 🙂