A considerable amount of my time growing up during my pre and early teen years was spent by watching the original cartoon animation series The Superbook. It is an anime series that chronicled the events in the Bible’s Old and New Testament.
joy, chris and gizmo
The Bible in its written form can be so intensely deep and enormously ornate in words, idiolect and terminologies. Because of this, its thoughts, teachings and philosophies can be at times so difficult to understand. Because of this, The Superbook then was my early basis and reference on how to understand the stories and teachings of the Bible.
And from among all episodes of this valuable anime series during the 1980s (including its re-runs dubbed in Filipino language), never did I saw Christian, Joy and their toy robot Gizmo encounter an episode that being gay and falling in love with a person of the same sex or gender is a sin.
Maybe it is because the creators of The Superbook series knows that it does not take a person to read, know and understand the Bible to realize that falling in love is not a sin. I guess The Superbook creators knew that love is universal and that love is beautiful. I guess The Superbook knows that there’s no book on “how” and there’s no book on “who” when in comes to love.
“A generation without closure” is one label that has been associated to my generation. This is basically linked to me and my contemporaries’ failure to realize whatever happened to the well-loved Voltes V team (Steve, Big Bert, Little John, Jamie and Mark) and the Bozanian Empire when the very popular TV show’s final five episodes were cut off the air by the Marcos regime in the late 70’s.
But because of the new technology in which almost all information is now available in the internet, I had the opportunity to finally make a closure on this long-standing delay. Some even feel that this anime is considered to be the longest story ever told. Thanks to Youtube and the person who uploaded the final episodes of the most adored anime series of my generation. Hermetic seal has somewhat been achieved.
However, there are still some silly questions that left hanging after watching the final episode:
Who did Jamie end up marrying? Will she pose sexy in the cover of FHM magazine?
Did Little John outgrow the black heads on his face? How does Little John look like as an adult?
Would Big Bert agree to trim his body down as treated and sponsored by Dra. Vicky Belo?
Would Mark be signed up as a Bench underwear model in its next bi-annual fashion show?
Would Steve agree for a 5-picture contract with Pinoy Box Office Queen Sarah Geronimo?
Are the remaining Bozanians with horns on their head dehorned by the earthlings when peace was achieved and realized in the universe? In case they do not have horns anymore, does it mean they will never get horny for the rest of their lives?
With peace being achieved in the universe and Voltes weapons are practically of no use anymore, will the Ultra Electro Magnetic Top, Laser Sword, Voltes Bazooka and Chain Knuckle be auctioned in Sotheby’s or be on display at Tokyo National Museum?
Is it true about the rumor that Voltes V will do a film and their main antagonists are Celia Rodriguez, Bella Flores and (the come-back movie of) Zenny Zabala? There’s even a big buzz that Imelda Marcos will have a special participation at the end to relive her family’s power of killing Voltes V!
These questions may seem to belittle the fascinating anime of my childhood days. But one thing remains Voltes V was able to bring a generation of Filipinos (of various social-classes) into a commonality. It created a shared experience that really brought people together. It captivated a Pinoy breed on a story of friendship, of brotherhood, of sacrifice, of justice and of team work. No doubt, Voltes V will always have a reasonably huge fragment in my life and the persuasive lessons it conveyed will always be remembered.