Please, tell me I’m not. I’m not that old…am I?
It was a cartoon that used to come on when I was a kid, and boy, did me and my brother love this freaking show. This was long before cable (yes, kiddies, once upon a time, there was no cable). It came on Monday through Friday in the afternoons, shortly after we arrived home from school, on one of those UHF channels like 33 or 39 or something (this was in South Florida). My brother was a huge comics fan, which made me one by proximity—my brother has always been incredibly brainy and I wanted to be brainy, too, so I was interested in whatever he was interested in when I was very young. We always made sure we were planted in front of the TV with our afternoon snacks when the theme song came on (and what a cool theme song it was…at least, it seemed so back then).
…which was also Japanese anime, except Prince Planet was in black-and-white).
It was one of my favorite afternoon guilty pleasures. I wanted a power pendant just like he had, except, instead of a letter “P,” I wanted mine to have a big “L” on it. As soon as the show was over, my brother and I would immediately be at war again over some quickly forgettable thing (that power pendant would have come in real handy to use against him during those times). We were always warring, sometimes viciously, but this cartoon had the ability to make us momentarily declare a truce and chatter happily about who was more powerful, Prince Planet or his archnemesis, Krag.
Just in case you’ve never seen the cartoon, here it is. I can’t believe I actually found the very first episode online.* Dig that crazy theme song!!!
*Man, if videos on the internet aren’t the greatest thing since The 68!!! When I first started writing this post, it was just me sharing with you this beloved cartoon from my childhood. Imagine my surprise when, as I was Googling data about it to post here, all manner of sites popped up with stuff. The world wide web is simply awesome. Piece-by-piece, it’s allowing me to reflect back on memories that I thought were lost to the ether forever. I guess for every wonderful (or sucky) memory of something I’ve seen on tv or film, there’s at least one person out there in the world with the same wonderful (or sucky) memory and the video to go along with it. Boy, I love the interwebs!!!