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Title: Can you ever really get over Monkey?
Posted: November 10, 2008 (05:39 AM)
Every weekday afternoon for years and years, nearly every Australian kid of my generation would turn over to Channel 2 and thrill to another episode or another repeat of Monkey, the extraordinary adventure series based upon the Chinese novel 'Journey To The West.' The actors were Japanese, the filming took place in China and Mongolia and the dubbing was in English. The boy priest in the series, Tripitaka, was played by an attractive woman for reasons we never understood, and Buddha frequently made cameos in the show to teach us moral lessons. Tripitaka was always crying out, 'Monkey! No violence!' and would use her special prayer to bring Monkey under control, but that didn't stop every episode from being filled with awesome kung-fu battles that little kids would re-enact the next day. The theme song is also outrageously catchy, and the soulful end of episode music still makes people choke up.

Mostly for the Americans on this site whom I imagine will have never seen or heard of this show, I present the opening and closing sequences. Watch out, 'cos the opening song is very, very catchy.

Monkey Episode Start

Monkey Episode End

EmPUser: EmP
Posted: November 10, 2008 (07:50 AM)
They used to show this over in the UK, too. In fact, recently, one of the retro-themened channels make a big deal about re-airing it. Good stuff, it was.

espigaUser: espiga
Posted: November 11, 2008 (12:52 AM)
That song was used in Moreo! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2. It's fun.

zippdementiaUser: zippdementia
Posted: November 25, 2008 (04:48 PM)
I read the original books, but never saw the show.

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