19 February 2005

a meeting of old friends

I met some old friends at the MetroWalk in Ortigas Center last night (by 'old' I mean late 90s). We planned it a couple of weeks back. I just felt that we haven't seen each other for the longest time, and soon was as good a time as any.

It was fun seeing them again. We all got together through a mailing list that was trying to achieve a certain goal. We were anime enthusiasts who wanted to bring back Voltes V on TV. It may seem a trivial thing to you, but GenXers at that time were imprressionable grade school kids who were growing up watching these and similar anime every afternoon. Its abrupt broadcast cancellation (just when there were 4 episodes left!) was something that left many wondering how it was all supposed to end.

The late 90s, 20 years after it first aired on TV, looked like the perfect time to have the entire series shown once more. That was when I first saw the power of the Internet. I stumbled across this mailing list, which was growing in the number of subscriber base. I enthusiastically joined, and my e-mails jumped to over 300 per day.

A petition was then made to re-air the entire series to a broadcast network. It was turned down. Undaunted, the petition was sent to a rival network. A couple of weeks later, we did the dance of joy as we saw the advertisements announcing the return of this series! Some members had a couple of TV guestings. We also had a well-attended grand event. We even had the voice actors join us as special guests.

Stories poured in about office executives rushing for home to catch an episode. Traffic was uncooperative at times, and they'd mumble that at least they still remember how that current episode went. Parents sung to the tune of a Japanese song to the amazement of their kids.

The last 4 episodes were to a full-length movie. We were able to get special seats in the premier and watched Voltes V on the big screen. We were kids again.

Those momentous events seem like decades ago. Within that huge crowd was a small group of friends who managed to keep in touch after all the hoopla has come and gone. I met some of them last night. We caught up on news of each other's lives. I even received a nice gift from Cherry! I love it.

Thank you, my friends. I do hope we meet again soon.
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