Cartoons before school are probably the reason I started cosplaying. Before I get into this matter, I must first ask you all something.
Do you remember Cheez TV?
I’m seriously hoping a whole bunch of you just smashed you hands down on your computer desk and yelled, “OH MY GOSH, YES!” at the top of your lungs. If you didn’t, then I’m terribly sorry, you were deprived of an amazing show.
Let me give you the basic gist of it.
For those who aren’t familiar with Cheez TV, it was an awesome kids show on weekday mornings. It started in 1995, when I was just 3 years old, and inevitably came to an end in 2005 after 11 seasons and over 2,000 episodes.
They had heaps of excellent cartoons over the years like X-Men, Spiderman, Pokémon, Beyblades, Biker Mice from Mars, Ghostbusters, and my all-time favourite Dragon Ball Z.
That’s just naming a few! There were A LOT of cartoons. Oh, and if you woke up too early, you would probably catch the last few minutes of aerobics oz style.
I taped every single episode of Dragon Ball Z in the morning, let the tape record the whole day until it ran out and when I got home from school, I’d rewind the tape and watch the show.
There are so many old tapes of Dragon Ball Z in the dump some place now. May they rest in peace.
Looking back at those morning cartoon times, I see now they probably played a very big part in my cosplay choices today. Cheez TV was home to anime, which I fell in love with. Over-the-top stories and animation were catnip to my creative side and they laid the foundation for my geeky fandom.
Morning cartoon viewing was the first time I started watching anime, which later down the track was what made me decide to cosplay. Conventions were new to me but I knew that people who liked anime went to them dressed up, so I did too.
Cosplay has changed for me a lot over the years but I still think that those cartoons before school are the biggest reason I do what I do!
Until next time, KTHNXBAI
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