Have Been Unavoidably Detained By The World

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Long story short, while I was staying with my parents for a few days, my (wonderful, lovely, generous) aunt agreed to spend two hours starting the Giant Project that is Cleaning Out My Childhood Bedroom.

We went through my small collection of VHS tapes from the days when I taped stuff of the TV. And I'll be fair -- I haven't watched any of those tapes in a decade or so. And the vast majority, if not all of them, are my tapes of the Digimon TV show, which I will still defend to anyone else who understands fandom. (To those that don't, I avoid the subject entirely. I don't care for being judged.) My aunt immediately threw them into the trash pile.*

But those DVD's aren't just copies of any random episode I would find airing on TV. Those DVD's are pure artifacts** from the Toonami days of yore. When I could, I would sit right in front of the TV, my finger on the "REC" button on my VHS player, recording the show and not the commercials. This meant that I became an expert in knowing the little bumpers between the commercials and the actual anime shows. I learned dorky Japanese words and random facts about Japanese vending machines. I knew the exact average length of the commercial break if I had to run from the TV.

And Digimon Adventure 01 had 54 episodes. I never managed to watch the show all the way through and back when I bought DVD's there was never a legal printing. But I knew the episodes I had on VHS by heart.

And before someone jumps in (no one will, this is LJ and I never made any DIgimon friends) I will defend that dub forever. Sure, it cut Joe's brothers down and such, but it was HILARIOUS intentionally. The snarky lines they gave those kids in shots that were just money-saving "mood" pans across the screen are pure dork comedy gold.

Last I checked there was an active torrent with the whole show dubbed, and it's honestly probably a good idea to get that and toss the VHS tapes. I don't even have a TV in my own apartment, I won't be watching these things anytime soon. I mourn the loss of the dorky Cartoon Network bumps, but it's probably time to let this stuff go, right? I mean, between my room at my parent's and my own apartment, I have to cut down on my sheer volume of stuff and in the books vs. VHS space battle, I'll keep my dead trees, thanks.

And I was never a part of a VHS fandom or anything. This was just me, inexplicably obsessed with this random weirdo children's show all by myself. It's not me abandoning anything greater than myself, just clearing space in my parent's house.

But still, it's hard. Just holding the giant black plastic VHS tapes with my meticulous junior high hand-written labels bring such a rush of memories. Thanks, parents, for not crushing my interests even as you found them dubious and juvenile.


*Alongside my VHS copy of the Digimon movie, which in America was a smashing-together of three separate Japanese movies. One of which was strong pre-cursor to the anime movie Summer Wars!

**Also to be noted: I spelled artifact the British way in this post and had a solid "What? Why?" reaction when my spellcheck objected. TORCHWOOD FANDOM I BLAME YOU.

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Oh man, I used to record stuff like that all the time (though with the Pokemon dub when it was on the WB and not Digimon). I was still super fond of the dub version of Digimon and I don't think I ever actually watched the subbed version in full, now that I think about it. I rewatched the dub though since it's on Netflix and I still have a lot of fond feelings for it.

I also enjoyed Pokemon! I watched it a lot with my brother, who collected the cards and such. But I ADORED Digimon and it was always on at the weirdest times so I used to pop tapes in whenever I could.

The dub is on Netflix? Ahh, I would LOVE to rewatch the whole thing again!

Pokemon was one of my first fandoms, since around the time it was airing was when we first got dial-up and I found a fanfic message board to hang out on. Nostalgia!

It is! Seasons 1-3 are there, though the first season has always been my favorite.

Fanfic message boards! The days or yore! :D

Season 1 was always the best. I cheerfully admit my biases, but first season forever!

**I feel your pain re: fandom ruining your spelling. I once spelled "tenant" as "tennant" and couldn't understand what was wrong until I acknowledged that I'd been watching a bit too much Season 2-4 Doctor Who.


I miss Digimon. We didn't get it much over here, and I never got around to tracking it down. We do still have an Apatamon bubble bath somewhere.

It's a bit slow to rewatch as an adult, but it's also shockingly adult at times. And full of tons and tons of ANGST.

I wish I had more digimon toys and stuff! People are surprised when I start gushing about the show because I never really talk about it unless it comes up. But I once chased a Kari and TK cosplay couple across a con room to take a picture. :)

YES! VHS tapes and bumpers and timing commercials children of today will never know the joy of that. I, personally, have most of the Aladdin and Hercules series taped straight off ToonDisney (may it rest in...ya know, our memories).

Yeah, TV shows means something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT to kids these days. S'weird...

It still weirds me out to think one of my biggest fears as a kid into my teens was missing a new episode of a TV show (because I simply HAVE to watch episodes in order) and with technology now that's not even an issue.


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