Thursday, May 8, 2008

Wanna watch ‘Johnny Sokko’?

For kids who grew up in the ’60s – like me – Japanese TV was a part of our daily diet. “Marine Boy,” “Astro Boy,” “Gigantor,” “Kimba the White Lion” and, of course, “Speed Racer.”

I was especially fond of the monster shows – “Ultraman” and “Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot.”

Imagine my delight to discover that the Hulu website has complete episodes of “Johnny Sokko” streaming online for free. Them things used to be super-hard to find, believe me.

At the bottom of this homepage, I’ve embedded an episode you can watch right here, right now (“The Challenge of the Two-Headed Monster”). And you know what? Dramatically, the show really holds up. ;^)

I invite you to celebrate Hooray for Asians Day by scrolling down and checking it out.


Kellybelle said...

I LOVED Ultraman!

quirkychick said...

Oh! This reminds me of Gigantor. I had a crush on Gigantor.

And Speed Racer.

I was 4.

Edshugeo The GodMoor said...

Giant Robo (Johnny Sokko) was created by the same cartoonist who gave us Tetsujin 28go (Gigantor), Mitsuteru Yokoyama. For folks who like old school anime, I recommend Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still, one of my all time favorites.

As much as I was into stuff like this, I was unaware of the live action Johnny Sokko until after I saw the 90's anime.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Cool. The similarities between "Johnny Sokko" and "Gigantor" were quite suspicious.

dez said...

Bigger than big, taller than tall,
Quicker than quick, stronger than strong.
Ready to fight for right, against wrong.


I loved that, and Kimba, and the Giant Robot movie, which my friends and I used to act out on the playground (I was Dezzie Sokko, of course). I loved Speed Racer, too (the movie scares the hell out of me, though).

Also, screw the Mighty Morphin' Power Dorks--give me Dynamen any day! Especially with the L.A. Connection re-doing the dialogue :-)

Undercover Black Man said...

I loved Speed Racer, too (the movie scares the hell out of me, though).

The critics aren't being kind about that movie. Can you believe it's 2 hr., 15 mins. long? That's a red flag right there...

GenevaGirl said...

Speed Racer was my show!! I used to watch it wearing my racing helmet. Racer X was hot, hot, hot!!!

I talked so much about wanting to be race car driver that my second grade teacher, Sister Good, actually called my mother into school. She told my mother that a race car driver was not an appropriate vocation to which a young lady should aspire. My mother did her best not to laugh in her face. That nun should have told my mom that I watching entirely too much TV!

Along with Speed Racer I watched Asto Boy, Kimba and Jonny Quest, Ultra Man and whatever else junk was on. Oh, the joys of being the child of two working parents.

I'm disappointed by the advanced buzz on the movie. I was actually going get a babysitter so I could go see it. Now, I think I'll wait for video and save a whole lot of money.

eeaster said...

Actually Johnny Sokko comes on cable every Sunday now. Don't ask me which channel, some new thing that showed up on my Comcast lineup a few weeks ago. They're showing this, classic Popeye and bunch of other classic stuff.

Jonny Quest was the real shit, though. And Thunderbirds.

David why aren't you writing the live action Jonny Quest movie right now?

Bklyn6 said...

Gigantor, Kimba, and Racer X shoutouts!


Anyone else remember Dodo the Kid from Outer Space?

Undercover Black Man said...

David why aren't you writing the live action Jonny Quest movie right now?

Ashamed to admit... I was not into Jonny Quest.

But I did own a Johnny West!

dez said...

^ I don't remember Dodo, but I just spent way too much time perusing a Kimba website and looking at Kimba videos on YouTube. Such a cute little lion king :-) Disney so owes them!

Undercover Black Man said...

^ I don't remember Dodo either... but I was checking out those Kimba title sequences too!

intrepidideas said...

Man, you're really taking me back now. I just had conversation with a young lady the other day about Marine Boy. She didn't believe there was such a show. Kimba, Ultraman, Space Ghost, and the Bananna Splits! Oh yeah, Lost in Space! Those were my favorites. They all ruled! Nice post!

Undercover Black Man said...

Intrepid Ideas, welcome!

"The Banana Splits"... yeah, the last thing I would see before leaving the house to go to school.

I need to see if those "Huckleberry Finn" serials are up on YouTube...

Bklyn6 said...

^"We're doin' it, doin' it, doin' it. We're doin' the banana split, y'all!

That was kinda funky. (I just found out, like, two seconds ago, that Barry White produced that!)

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Goodness gracious, Bklyn6... I did not remember that at all. Still don't.