It's been BUSY. The class, in 6th week now, is kicking my ass. Job is a mad scramble. Advisor is chomping my ears off. And someone stole my iPod. A week or so ago, I went to Chinatown with Gerry to get some Joy-Yi in me. It was good. On the way back, he stopped at a chinese grocery store called Chinese Grocery Store or somesuch. Wandering the aisles, while Gerry bought 8 packs of lichi gummy bears, I happened across ULTRAMAN gum.
One glance and it was like my entire childhood flashed before me. I had totally forgotten about it. Me and the brothers used to love watching Ultraman dubbed into Arabic on DohaTV or whatever it was called. There is something weirdly appealing about a Japanese man in tight rubber. Yes, that sounds perverted, but imagine me a wholesome child, will you? We would recast Ultraman laser ray encounters with the floppiest monsters you will ever see. Such great fun.
And, a few weeks ago Cha'nad had a post up about Captain Majid. That was the other favorite. Along with Abtal al Malaeb - I don't even know which Japanese version that was?
And the London Review blog had a post up about Enid Blyton. God, how many hours of my life I spend reading The Famous Five or The Secret Seven or The Enchanted Forest or nine-thousand other titles. In fact, my ENTIRE reason to learn english was in sixth grade when a girl gave me a copy of Famous Five and I wanted to impress her by showing my literary side.
Man in Rubber Suit, Soccer and Crime Solving Kids. Ladies and Gentlemen, my childhood.
ultraman was pretty ultracool wasnt he.... he even got me to wear bicycle shorts so i can wear spandex too. on second thought, ultraman was evil. THANKS FOR GETTING ME BEAT UP ULTRAMAN!!!!!
It was QTV, not Doha TV... I grew up in Qatar too, 1986-1995, and I remember all the Japanese cartoons dubbed into Arabic... Captain Majid was great...
umar: We left Qatar in '83 or '84. I am sure they kept it in re-runs until '95. I remember they would have 5 HOURS of gents sitting in a circle chatting with one cartoon plus the wacky news. Damn Qatar TV. Of course, now they have al-Jazeera and are all cool and stuff.
i love ultraman