Day 23. 44 pages, 20,299 words.
So, as the following Facebook vignette will illustrate, last night I switched on the blu-ray and went onto YouTube (my God, the vistas of entertainment that simple feature has opened up!), and went looking for the first episode of Astro Boy, on a whim. This was (after a little Wikipedia research) the ’80s series, not the ’60s series. It would, I thought, be a fun bedtime-snack show for Wump to watch and a little trip down memory lane for me.
This is how it went.
Okay, so maybe it’s not full-on hentai. I’m sure purists (although with hentai I use the term extremely loosely) will correct me on what exactly this was. Maybe it’s just anime with a healthy amount of girl-robots dressed as maids and oiled-looking prepubescent-boy-robots in shiny black underpants. Although arguably the only healthy amount of oiled-looking prepubescent-boy-robots in shiny black underpants is none at all.
I just remember a lot of explosions and flying and great big insect-robots that Astro Boy bashed to bits. I had absolutely no idea until later in life that what I was really watching was essentially a spooky little slice of Japanese popular culture. About the nicest thing you can say about it was that it was a modern re-imagining of the Pinocchio story. Man loses son, man makes devastatingly powerful flying laser-fingered machine-gun-butted robot version of son (I want to say this is not because man is Japanese, but can we just take a moment and be honest here?), son has adventures. I remember Doctor Elephant.
I don’t remember Atlas.
All in all, the experience was eye-opening and hair-raising and hysterically funny. Only being able to get it in Japanese actually added to the effect, although I was able to find subtitles later on. These didn’t help Wump, but she didn’t seem to mind the Japanese anyway. I suspect it is because she understands Japanese.
“Learn!” – ahh, that awe-inspiring Japanese warcry.
But yeah, wow. That was Astro Boy, I guess. I liked anime before it was cool. Apparently.
I can’t help but notice they made him older, more fully-clothed, and way less creepy for the CGI remake, although I haven’t seen that yet. I see it’s on YouTube too, so I might check it out there before going all-out and buying the DVD…
Maybe it will give me fewer nightmares.
…although a quick Google search shows me that he still has these babies.
I should have had one of these installed when I had my butt closed.
I also decided to stop watching before Astro Boy’s little sister-robot showed up.
Because I’ve seen enough hentai to know – yeah, you get it.
Official disclaimer: I have seen enough hentai memes to make the “I’ve seen enough hentai” joke. Beyond that, I’m saying nothing without a lawyer present.