Wednesday, July 20, 2011

"Who knows… what a kobold thinks?"

Growing up in Japan, I didn't watch all that much American TV. Until I was in middle school and we got satellite TV, just about the only US TV shows I can remember watching were Sesame Street, Little House on the Prairie and Full House, so most of the TV we watched was Japanese, which was great- Nintama Rantaro was definitely a favorite. (Satellite TV was also great, as I got to watch Star Trek,  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and CHiPs reruns. I'm sure there was more, but that's honestly all I can remember watching.)

We also had some VHS tapes with some movies on them that had been recorded off of the TV. My guess is that my parents' relatives sent them over because most of them were kids' movies and none of us kids were born when my parents moved to Japan. My sister reminded me of one of them, called Heidi's Song, tonight, particularly this scene:

That's about as un-faithful to a book as you can get, my friends. It was also some of the very first seed for a love of fantasy in my young, young mind, along with the Teddy Ruxpin and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe commercials that were included on this tape. Man, 80s fantasy, at least for children, was strung out on LSD, huh?

Anyway, I thought I'd bring that in for show-and-tell today. It might serve as inspiration for a monster or two. Those big talking, bouncing rock heads are pretty cool.

Oh, and I'll be away from the internet until the end of the weekend, but I've scheduled two "20 Questions" posts for tomorrow and Saturday, so we'll see whether they go up or not. If not, I'll post them when I get back.