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I was able to recently purchase for a haggled discount of $9, the entire original 243 episode 1980’s Cantonese dubbed Dr. Slump anime dvd set. This seriously represents my early childhood and foray into watching anime in the late 80’s. So I was quite happy to re-watch this series in a language I grew up with. My next goal is to be able to re-watch the Dr. Slump movies, since they are quite hysterical. I happened to own the entire Japanese reprinted DVD to this series, but since my current DVD player is not region free, the DVD’s are still stored in their boxes.
A brief background to the story, Arale is an android who gets invented by Senbei Norimaki. He passes her off as his human younger sister, as he deals with trying to pursue the lovely blond-haired Midori-sensei at the local primary school.
Of course watching Dr. Slump as a child and as an adult is different. Now as an adult I actually understood what exactly was happening, and connected the Chinese dubbed with Japanese nuances. The plot in this anime is actually quite silly and pervy. It cracks me up as I watched Arale kick Senbei in the gonads. That happens in the first episode. Then as the cast of the Penguin Village diversifies, and more silly antics occur, I mentally lost count of how many times I wanted to smack my forehead at what I was watching on the screen. (Case in example, the episode where a training monk disciple pretty much ended up knocking out all the children of Penguin Village in order to deliver them Christmas presents.)
Still I really can’t find any fault with this series. The feelings and happiness I felt watching Arale interact with citizens of Penguin Village fills me with great joy. One of my favorite arcs in the old anime was when Arale meets Obotchaman or as he was initially called Carmel Man 04, or there was another one when the entire town goes after the animated Akira Toriyama as he tries to figure out what to do next with the story line. I didn’t realize this as a child, but yes the characters in Dr. Slump were drawn to know that they were acting along with a manga that was drawn by Toriyama.
Arale’s happiness and crazy yet innocent personality inspires me to want to be like her in some manner. I use her so far as my eternal twitter-icon and background. I truly truly wish that more people know more about this series. I am lucky to say that the entire manga series has been released with Viz, and while the manga is not as lively as the anime itself. There’s a great deal of enjoyment watching this children show.
The Cantonese version didn’t keep the Japanese opening, but one thing to note is that the Chinese dubbed opening to Dr. Slump was performed by the late and great Anita Mui!
In the world of high school student, Ian Hasumi, there are things not visible to the naked eye. He is blessed or cursed with the ability to see spirits. No one believes him, and gives him the unflattering nickname of “Ian the Liar”.
In the duration of volume 1, he gets his body stolen by Tokage, a salamander fairy that looks a lot like Ian. He ends up as a spirit taking the body of an elementary aged deceased child. Ian wants to take back what what his, including rescuing his beloved childhood friend Rin Ishingai, a girl who believed in him.
Fairy Cube is a short thee volume series from Kaori Yuki, available from Viz Media. She writes a story bringing in the concept of Irish fairies, body thieves and alternate naturalistic worlds. With an art style that reminds me slightly of Watase Yuu’s drawings, Kaori Yuki is a mangaka that appeals for fans of drama, and angst. She also draws a lot of lolita type glam with ruffles, lace, pearls, and eye patches. This is a draw for those visual kei affectionate types.
A good read alike story that is good for Fairy Cube is Natsume’s Book of Friends for having the ability to see the unknown. Another is Arisa, where there is the taking of another identity in order to round out a larger story.
This is a late contribution to Foxy Lady Ayame’s Kaori Yuki MMF, other entries can be read here.
Recently, this blog experienced some down time or visitors saw that the domain expired. That was a bit of a hiccup, as the domain did move. Right now this blog is somewhat back on track.
I am continually working on drafts and then some. I am going to be devoting some time to putting up very late entries.. so It is for a peace of mind that I am going to be… either putting up updates here or as I recently tried out on my tumblr.
I am going to end up just doing this as a post, since I am trying to think about where to put it all in one subjective spot. I can rely on Evernote, but somehow I just want to collect my notes and thoughts. Recently I have been pretty passive as a folder, though I still have these two cards to send to two friends. Continue reading