There's this entire realm of pop culture which I often hear of but don't really know much about. Japanese pop culture: Anime (animation), Manga (comics), Cosplay (costume play).
During a trip to Japan, I saw they had comics everywhere. And these weren't necessarily comics for kids. There were a lot with adult content (or maybe I just happened to browse unknowingly the "adult porn" section ;p). If manga is anything like Pugad Baboy and full of humor and wit, I might enjoy it. If it's like the comics and graphic novels Rocky reads ("more of DC than Marvel", he says.), I doubt I'll get into it. I'm not very visual. I like how efficient and fast it is to get information (recreation ;p) from text. And I find it tedious to have to scan a page to look at the drawings to figure out what's going on.
Anyway, back to Japanese pop culture. During that same trip to Japan, one of the things I wanted to do was "have a picture with Japanese kids who are all dressed up." I didn't know then that the term for it was cosplay. (Oh!) My mission was a fail. (Oh well! Hopefully there'll be another trip to Japan for that.)
Now, anime. I've heard of Dragon Ball and Astro Boy and Sailor Moon and Naruto. But I have no idea what these shows are about. I was pretty certain I wasn't into anime until my older sister brought these to Cebu last month:
A VHS of Swan Lake!
A DVD of Panda and the Serpent!
We used to watch both when we were kids. And it just dawned on me that most of the cartoons I watched were Japanese. I watched more Japanese cartoons than Disney!
Here's a clip from Swan Lake.
And here's a clip from Panda and the Magic Serpent. (I don't remember the story but the music is very familiar. "Popopompoing!")
I also remember Choppy and the Princess:
The Wild Swans:
And before the Little Mermaid was Ariel, she was Marina.
When I first saw Disney's version of the Little Mermaid, I remember thinking that I didn't like it as much as I liked this version. This version has a tragic ending though. :-( And I remember asking what "sea foam" was. :-(
Have you seen these cartoons? :-)