Even as adults (now I really feel old), there are things that we just cannot let go from childhood. It’s the interest in the things that we really had fun doing, collecting, watching, et cetera – the things we looked forward to at the end of the school day or perhaps one of the reasons why we’d cut classes or worse pretend to be sick and not go to class.
For my case, that would be “cartoons”. That was what we called programs that did not have real people in them. From Sara, Ang Munting Prinsesa, Remy, Cedie, Heidi, Si Mary at ang Sikretong Hardin, Snow White, etc which were aired during lunch time to Wedding Peach, Saber Marionette J (until J to X), Zenki, Magic Knight Ray Earth, X-men, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the lot. We called them all cartoons.
Aside from the cartoons, there were also Power Rangers, Ultraman Ace (yep, watched that one with all its weird monsters), Transformers, and others that I could not recall at the moment.
That was in elementary. Come high school, it was the Meteor Garden period. “Pineapple cut”, “F4”, “Red Card”, “You’re Dead” became part of everyday conversation. Even the “grown ups” then were hooked. That was the time when no one would dare to change the channel when Meteor Garden was on or else, they’ll be dead. 🙂
After Meteor Garden came Meteor Rain and a lot of Asianovelas. During the latter part of college, I was not able to watch TV regularly then. I did get a DVD of Coffee Prince, Hana Kimi – Taiwan, and Princess Hours. I’d watch these series non-stop on weekends or holidays. But among all these shows, Mars would be the most memorable one. I watched the entire series with no subtitles. I basically understood nothing from their lines. I relied on nonverbal cues to understand whatever was happening. I can’t even remember how I managed to do that. What can I say, I was part of the (Barbie Xu and Vic Chou) Lei-Shan Cai Team back in the Meteor Garden days. I really had to watch Mars.
Then, a friend introduced me to online streaming. She suggested sites I could visit. That led to me discovering Vampire Knight, Vampire Knight Guilty, Ouran Koukou Host Club (perfectly wholesome, I tell you), Kin’iro no Chord Primo Passo, Kin’iro no Chord Secondo Passo, and Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge. Don’t ask me to be able to retell their names because I definitely can’t. I can’t even pronounce and spell them, more so remember them.
What’s nice about it is that I can chat nonstop about it with my nieces who recently got hooked on the Vampire Knight series. Imagine two female generations, almost a decade apart, giddily talking about Zero and Kaname or engaged in a heated debate on who Yuuki should end up with. (I had to consult online references for their names 🙂 )