Monday, August 2, 2010

The Firestarter














Sabi ng kaibigan kong si Vin-Vin dati, tiyope (duwag) daw si Ultraman kasi takot siyang mamatay. Samantalang si Magmaman na kahit nag-iisa (kasi wala siyang Ultra Brothers na tutulong sa kanya) ay handang ibuwis ang buhay para sa mga taong kanyang pinaglalaban.

Siyempre, hindi ako pumayag. Tablahan ito kung tablahan. Talagang inabot ng katakot-takot na pagdedepensa ang ginawa ko maipagtanggol lang ang aking paboritong superhero. Si besprend naman na dapat sana ay gumigitna sa aming dalawa ni Vin-Vin ay puro Mask Rider Black ang inaatupag. Naroon siya't palihim na nagprapractice ng Rider Punch at Rider Kick na magagamit rin pala niya noong may bumatok sa ulo ng bunsong kapatid niyang si Mimay.

Nauwi ang patalbugan sa wala. Although may point talaga si Vin Vin na todo-todo kong nirefute, ngayon ko lang tunay na naintindihan kung ano ang nais ipahiwatig ng aking kaibigan.


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Magmaman had a darker theme than Ultraman. A humanoid giant hailing from the underworld, he was tasked to protect the living from mutated beasts, oversized reptilians and space aliens who are bent on destroying the world. I cannot recall many things about the series except SAF (the special team responsible with fighting the mega beasts) was destroyed in the end.

It took some time to sift through the scattered memory - of minor characters dying at the end of the episodes and squadrons of jet planes taking part in shooting projectiles at the enemy. I cannot remember what Mizaki (the human host) looks like but the giant bear (Moku-Moku) who helped Magmaman defeat a monster only to die to protect him had already gained immortality in one of my juvenile sketches.

Very few people would remember this Tokusatsu and only the truly geek ones would appreciate watching the series all over again. It may have crude special effects that are full of Karate Chop moves (Magmaman doesn't fly) or protagonists who never had any character at all. Yet, for recognizing how this red giant has given me a discerning mind that can see through sugarcoated realities and for leaving a childhood that is worth remembering, I took some time to search on Youtube the intro song of the series.





29 comments:

Nimmy said...

ang cute nito Mugen! super cute!!!!!! i like your playful side. pumapalong kaadikan yan. :)

red the mod said...

Reminds me of Saturday mornings. Lazy and uncomplicated. Of a youth lost to responsibility, and a naivety lost to discovery.

Ronnie said...

Awww, nilipad ako sa nakaraan. Naalala ko tuloy yung mga hitsura ng kalaban ni Ultraman. Hahaha

JP said...

yay si mask rider black na mukhang bangaw! hahaha! nakakamiss mga ganitong shows! :)

~Carrie~ said...

Yet, for recognizing how this red giant has given me a discerning mind that can see through sugarcoated realities and for leaving a childhood that is worth remembering, I took some time to search on Youtube the intro song of the series.

Candy, candy at Patrash ang nag-influence sa akin eh. Musta na si Master Cedric at Julio at Julia?

Mu[g]en said...

Nimmy:

I could re-activate my kid-self again. :) Dami ko pang natatandaan. Hehe.

RedtheMod:

I have always been a vespertinal person. Wala akong matandaan sa mga saturday mornings ko. Hehe.

Ronnie:

Got myself a DVD of the original Ultraman. Siyempre hindi na ako impressed sa mga kalaban niya.

Mu[g]en said...

JP:

Hindi na natin siya ma-aappreciate ngayon. CGI makes it harder to suspend our faculties of disbelief.

Carrie:

Dog of Flanders, one of the most depressing early morning cartoons I've seen on TV.

canonista said...

"Dog of Flanders, one of the most depressing early morning cartoons I've seen on TV." --- True!

I know I have watched quite a few episodes of Magmaman, but I cannot fully remember it.

I usually reminisce my weekdays and Saturday morning way back.. Do you guys remember Peter Pan? That's every afternoon before Ang TV. Remember Cedie and Sarah? Ghostfigter? Fridays we have X-Men, just before Baywatch! Saturdays are my favorite, so many cartoons to watch! There's Rayearth, Fiveman, Maskman, Sailormoon, and this talking time machine! Does anyone still know the title of that cartoon? The little machine that says "lilipad, lilipad takoreee!!!!!", that was the funniest anime, ever!

davidrockens said...

basta ako kay Kapitan Kidlat hehe

Justine said...

maskman ako pag saturday afternoon at ch13, michael joooee..michael joee..tpos sabay meditation tpos pag nag transform na naka bahag pa ahaha

Anonymous said...

so nice there's you to remind of the kiddie shows which most of us has forgotten. nalala ko tuloy yung classmate ko na tinusok ko ng lapis sa ulo, mas magaling daw kasi si Magmaman kesa kay Ultraman.

Mu[g]en said...

Anon:

Maniwala ka man sa hindi, maraming mga bata ang nag-away dahil kay Magmaman at Ultraman. Yung iba nag-wrestling pa dahil sa dalawang yan. Hahaha!

Justine:

Naalala mo siguro yung ginagawa sa goma dati na parang katulad dun sa meditation nila.

David:

Sino si Kapitan Kidlat?

Mu[g]en said...

Canonista:

Thanks for mentioning Peter Pan. Sa lahat yata nung afternoon series sa Channel 2, yan ang pinaka-naging paborito ko.


Yan rin ang dahilan kung bakit nagkaroon ng seizure ng barbie house sa bahay at napilitan akong maglaro ng barbie.

Don't worry, iblo-blog ko rin yan, balang araw. :)

cio said...

basta ako nanunuod lang ng mga yan. di ko na naisip mga ganyang senaryo sa buhay nila hehehe

Justine said...

ay tumpak! yung pasalin salin pa sila, sana i could demonstrate dito yung mga position ng kamay nila habang nag memeditate

Alterjon said...

pasensya na't ang kakampihan ko ay ang besprend mo. :)

Henshin!

REDMAN said...

ahh try nyo kasi manuood ng chikiting patrol at kulit bulilit

lee said...

bigla kong naalala ang kabataan days ko :D

red the mod said...

Dog of Flanders was deeply moving. It also was the earliest memory I have of being compelled to draw, to sketch, to elucidate my visions into paper. Funny how I turned out to be.

Although the story was heart-wrenchingly desolate, I find comfort in that reality that it portrayed. That however wonderful and brilliant one is, life will never always be protagonistic to him. And to me.

♥ ruby ♥ said...

I like both Ultraman and Magmaman.

Pero mas crush ko si Shaider. haha! :)

Mu[g]en said...

Ruby:

Wahaha! Si Shaider na hindi nagpapalit ng damit. Kung alam ko lang, feel mo maging si Annie.

Red:

Well, Dog of Flanders catapulted every kid who watched the cartoon series into the harshness of living. It was a good run. Much lesson was learned, yet, still, it was quite disturbing.

Lee:

Sabay, sabay nating alalahanin. Marami pa akong kuwento. :)

soltero said...

ay bket Voltes V lang naaalala ko bwahahhahaha :P

Mu[g]en said...

RedMan:

Haha! Natatandaan ko yang chikiting patrol sa channel 7. :P

Salamat sa pagbisita sa aking blog.

Alterjon:

Magkampihan kayo ng besprend ko. Sa kanya ka na rin magpaturo paano....

xxx

Mu[g]en said...

Justine:

Take a picture. Post mo sa blog para makita namen. Hehehe

Cio:

Palibhasa, elementary ka pa lang eh mukhang Purefoods at Alaska ang inaabangan mo sa Channel 4.

Mu[g]en said...

Soltero:

Ibig sabihin nun, mas matanda ka sa amin. Martial Law baby ka siguro. Lolz.

♥ ruby ♥ said...

Ayoko si Annie. Gusto ko un alagad ni Kubilai - un amazonang itim. hahaha. :)

@Soltero - napapaghalata ang edad. Mazinger Z natatandaan mo? hahaha. :)

soltero said...

@ Mugen & Ruby - ay di pala Voltes V! Inuyasha na pala ung naabutan ko ehehhe :P

Lalaki Daw Po said...

kakatuwa ang ultraman na yan.. pero bakit wala nga sila bakat? lol.. dun ako naka focus nun mga panahon na un.. haha

gauxves said...

i miss them both... ang galing gumawa ng hapon ng mga ganito he he he