How Iranians Changed: 1980s and Animations

In the last days of 2013, as some Iranians say: “The West still tells big lies, and badly censors the voice of Iran’s people. The West and its stooges still censor all important facts/ news of Iran. Mullahs still send noise/ parasite, and try to slow down the filtered internet. The UK, the US and their slaves (Islamists, Jews, exiled whores, etc) are badly showing their true colors, and just create more and more hatred of the West and its stooges“. But here lets forget these shitty, stupid things. As Iranians truly say: “In this [shitty world], everything -ie everyday life, all aspects of life, and our pain and suffering- has become a political issue, because [Big Brother and its slaves] try to control everything […] This year (Snowden, NSA, etc) showed that everything -even [Math or Science]- is a political issue!”. Many people, including us, are sick and tired of the world of politics, and what the West and its stooges do and say. So, here lets try to forget all shitty (political), stupid things. In this year (2013), some asked: “How Iranians changed and became such modern people? The West and Islamists tried to keep Iran backward; But how could Iranians manage to become such wise and informed people?”. It’s a good question. So, here lets write about this issue, and part of the answer. As the wise Iranians say: “Many good books can, and should, be written about [this issue]. But now Iranians don’t have any media. Now the West and its puppets control everything. Now only Islamists, stooges, and exiled journalists/ activists -who call themselves intellectual !, ‘Iranian Diaspora’ etc while they are nothing but ‘political prostitutes’ or ‘anti-Iranian whores- are allowed to publish books about Iran, Iranians, How Iranians Lived or How Iranians Changed (Ma Chegune Ma Shodim)! But political prostitutes and anti-Iranian whores work for the Big Brother. They know nothing about the world, West and Iran. They get money, sell their soul, and just say and do what the bad guys want. But it’s Prostitution, not Science. It’s Prostitution, not Journalism or Intellectualism ! […] Iran is the oldest country on earth, and the cradle of civilization. For thousands of years, Iran (Persia) was among the most advanced countries on earth. Iran is the birthplace of many many innovations. Iran is also the birthplace of Tolerance and many modern values, known as the human values”. But unfortunately, many know nothing about Iran. As we said before, Iran has had its own ups and downs. The past 300 years were Iran’s downs, because most Iranians became illiterate and ignorant. But now many things have changed. As some wise Iranians say: “Even in the past 300 years, Iran had many progressive movements, more than any other countries in Asia and Africa. But now more than 85% of Iranians are 40- (ie they were born in the 1970s and post-1970s). These Iranians are modern people. More than 95% of them are educated, and more than 40% of them are university-educated. They know the world, history, science, arts, politics, and many other things better than their Western counterparts. So, the 21st century will be Iran’s century“.

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As some wise Iranians say: “The 1980s is a nostalgic decade for most Iranians. But War, Revolution, Tyranny, Oppression, Islamists, Marxists and other idiots and other disasters had created hard times in the 1980s. So, why Iranians feel quite nostalgic for the 1980s?! In that decade, the large army of modern Iranians were born or grown (In 1990, 50% of Iranians were 17-) In the 1980s, most Iranians were becoming disillusioned with Islamists, Marxists and many other retards and bad guys. In the 1980s, the majority of Iranians (in big cities, small cities, villages, etc) started to watch TV and know the world through TV. Iran’s state TV had only 2 channels, that aired their programs from 17pm to 23pm! But all Iranians clearly remember, and feel nostalgic for, children programs and animations (aka cartoons) in the 1980s”. They also add: “Iranians watched Nippon’s animations. Nippon Japanese Company produced its animations based on good works of literature. Nippon’s golden years was the 1980s. At that time, both kids and adults could enjoy Nippon’s products, which cared about the human life, the human problems, the life skills, and many other good things. In the 1980s, Iran’s state TV was full of Islamist propaganda. This stupid propaganda just backfired and created more and more hatred of Mullahs (Islamists). But it’s not the whole story. In the 1980s, Iran’s state TV showed a few good programs like Nippon’s products and Iranian products. In the 1980s, many good and wise Iranians -that most of them are now among the liberal artists in Iran- produced or controlled many children programs in Iran’s state TV […] Iran had a rich culture and a rich history, and just need a spark for getting rid of ignorance that had hurt Iran [in the past 300 years]. The 1980s and its events, specially the baby boom and the TV series, were the spark Iran needed. The 1980s’ events were designed to keep Iran weak and backward. But they backfired. The bad guys, their shameful acts and their stupid propaganda just created more and more hatred and awareness in Iran. And yah, it’s like what the stupid West is doing in the 2010s!”. They also add: “The 1980s’ TV series, at least in Iran, mixed themes such as loyalty, friendship, truthfulness, etc with the modern world and modern things. The Iranian kids learned a lot from Iranian products like [a long list of the Iranian products in the 1980s]. The Iranian kids also learned a lot from Nippon’s products; for instance, ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ (‘Flone on …’ or Dr Ernest) (1981), adapted from a good novel, was about a shipwrecked Swiss family on an uninhabited island. Dr Ernest’s Family and Iranians both need the same things (Hope, etc), and both were cast away on an isolated island, and both were trying to cope with many problems, and both finally became stronger […] ‘The Story of Perrine’ (1978) was a good series, too. This Nippon’s anime series has shown in Japan, Iran, France, England, and Canada. Based on a French novel, Perrine is a self-made girl. Before dying, her father asks his wife and Perrine to return to his father, who is a very rich man. They lack the money for the trip, but many tougher problems await Perrine, her mother, their dog Baron and Palikare, their donkey. Perrine had to overcome many hardships, losing her father in Bosnia and then her mother in Paris. Perrine’s problems resembled Iran’s problems! And like the story of Iran and Iranians, Perrine’s horrible problems just made her stronger and wiser”.

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Some say: “Iranians are the nation of Nostalgia! In Iran, there is a nostalgia for the good old days”. But they think it’s a bad thing! But as the wise Iranians say: “Living in the past is bad, but learning from the past is good and important. You should not forget the past, and repeat history! In bad days or hard times, Iranians think about the good old days and the roots of problems. It’s a sign of the Iranian wisdom. It’s good that our people don’t have a short memory, and don’t forget the past. Only the bad guys ask Iranians to forget their past, their identity, their culture, their history, or their glorious days”. Iranians know who is who. As some wise Iranians say: “the golden years of the anime industry (Japanese animation) was the 1980s. At that time, anime taught good things to kids. But now, the anime industry just care about Robots, science-fictional crap, etc. They talk about ‘new theme, new style’, etc but these new things are nothing but stupid hypes and fevers, s-e-x, violence and other stupid things in ‘their declining anime industry’. In the 1980s, both kids and adults could see and enjoy Nippon’s products, because they had good themes, good stories, and even good music. For instance, Iranians still remember “Alps Stories: My Annette” (1983) and its music. Of course some say: ‘In Iran, its opening soundtrack changed to a Persian music, by a Persian composer Majid Entezami, wrote for Cello & SANTOOR, a traditional Persian instrument’. But this Iranian music was like or even better than the original music!”. They also add: “some say: ‘At that time, the animations were made by Nippon (Japan), but their themes, their stories, their music, etc changed in Iran!’ Only part of this issue is true. But it’s good that they changed stupid things to good things for children. All normal humans know that s-e-x and violence have harmful effects on children […] Nippon’s products had good themes. In the Alps Stories, Annette and Lucien were happy kids, but ‘their happy days turned into a long period of suffering’, and it reminded many of Iran and also the human life. In ‘Katri, Girl of the Meadows’ (Hanna) (1984), adapted from a Finnish novel, Katri (Hanna) lives on a farm of Finland. She encounters many unfortunate events, but Katri bears her hardship through hard work and a strong will. It’s a good lesson”. They also add: “In Nippon’s masterpieces, Iranian kids could know Switzerland, Finland, French, Italy, Japan, Australia, and other parts of the world. For instance, in ‘Lucy of the Southern Rainbows’ (Mohajeran) (1982), adapted from an Australian novel, Lucy’s poor family moves from England to Australia planning to live in their Australian dreams! It said a lot about England, Australia, Immigration, etc […] At that time, animations showed Iranians that the West’s ordinary people are normal humans, like Iranians. So, in the years before the 2009 coup, Iranians didn’t hate the West, and even had positive views about the West. Of course, the 2009 coup and the Western betrayals/ crimes changed many things. In the recent years, Iranians could see that the Western politicians are really bad guys, the Western media are Orwellian media, and the western systems are corrupt systems […] Even the lesser-known Nippon’s products like ‘Belle and Sebastian’ (1984), ‘Rascal the Raccoon’ (Ramcal), “School of Love” (Madresh Walt), “Honeybee Hutch”, etc [1][2][3] said that Iranians and all normal humans care about the same things. In the 1980s, Nippon’s products and many other animations, including American and European animations, showed Iranian kids that all normal humans are almost alike, all bad guys are almost alike, and propaganda machines are big & bad liars”.

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As some wise Iranians say: “In Japan, ‘World Masterpiece Theater’ [4], aka ‘The Classic Family Theater Series’, aired from 1970 to 1997. To date, only a few series were ever dubbed in English for the American market. But most series were dubbed in Persian, and almost all Iranians have seen these masterpieces”. They also add: “Since its establishment in 1975, NIPPON ANIMATION has tried to produce high quality animation programs. In the 1980s and 1990s, Nippon’s products were among the world’s best animations, and it’s good that Iranian kids watched them. But why they had two different effects in Iran and Japan?!”. It’s a good question, but it doesn’t have a short and simple answer. As the wise Iranians say: “you can find answers to such questions in important matters like the differences between the Iranian culture and the Japanese culture, the Western betrayals and what the West did to Iran, etc. Iranians, that had a rich culture and a rich history, cared about their own culture, and the roots of problems. Iranians were victims of the West and its stooges, and cared about these old and open wounds […] The stupid West and its puppets still try to open old wounds and make Iranians aware!”. They also add: “In the East, Japan became the first advanced country in the 20th century. But as you know, history doesn’t begin in the 20th century! Even the well-known Japanese TV series, Oshin (1983/ 1984), showed how Japan changed. In 1907, seven-year-old Oshin is sent off by her father to work as a babysitter. Despite the horrible physical and verbal abuse, Oshin endures it for the sake of her family. However, when she is unjustly accused of stealing money, she runs away. Oshin was and is a symbol of Japan’s hard times and Japan’s poor beginnings […] In the 1980s, when Iran’s state TV showed Oshin, the Japanese media reported: ‘some Iranians thought the scenes of Oshin’s difficult youth were actually of the Japan of today and according to NHK, Iranians inquired how they could send rice to Japan ‘ ! It’s really important. It says a lot about the Iranian culture and the Iranian goodness. In the 1980s, in the midst of Iraq’s war, Iranians had a difficult time. But they still cared about other humans, and wanted to send rice to Japan, to help the poor people in Japan! The world and history should bow to such a great nation”. As some wise Iranians say: “The story of Oshin is based on the biography of a Japanese woman. Oshin showed that a person should never lose humanity, and should never give up -even in the hardest times. And that’s why Iranians cared about Oshin, and had a lot of sympathy for her. Oshin aired in 59 countries, including Japan, Iran, India, China, Poland, and Belgium. NHK released Oshin on DVD in 2003, because if you ask many people: ‘who is the most famous Japanese person in the world? the answer is Oshin! Nippon’s products, people like Ayako Kobayashi (the little Oshin) and other good Japanese people create a positive image of Japan in Iran. And we hope that Japan and other nations don’t follow the path of the stupid West, but instead, try to maintain their positive images”.

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As some Iranians say: “In the 1980s, Iranians watched many non-Japanese animations, too. The good products like ‘Pat & Mat’, made in Czechoslovakia, played in 80s and 90s, are still nostalgic. ‘Pat & Mat’ music is still a popular rhythm and a symbol of stupidity! But most of the Western animations were, and are, just highly entertaining. For instance, ‘Tom and Jerry’, ‘Pink Panther’, ‘Great Grape Ape Show’ (Guril Angori), ‘Lucky Luke’, etc reminded Iranians of this fact that humor or satire is a global thing. But at that time, only some Western animations (that belonged to the 1960s) like ‘Yogi Bear’, ‘Tennessee Tuxedo’, etc were both informative and entertaining […] And it’s funny that Iranian kids knew the West through Japanese animations!”. As some wise Iranians say: “Idiots worship the stupid West, and say: ‘All good things -including Adventures of Sinbad and those good TV series that we saw in the 1980s – were American’ !! Idiots don’t know that those animations were Japanese, not American. These idiots, who worship the stupid West, are like those who worship the stupid Arabs, the stupid Russia, etc; All of them are anti-Iranian retards”. In these years, many talk about “the lessons of the 1980s”. As the wise Iranians say: “The main lesson of the 1980s is: In Iran, bullying, oppression, censorship, propaganda, and other Orwellian-Stalinist tactics backfire, and just create more hatred and more awareness. Iran is not a small and new-born country like North Korea or Arab states. Iran, the land of Aryans, is the oldest country on earth, and has a rich culture and a glorious and ancient civilization. Iran (Persia) is one of the world powers/ superpowers for thousands of years. The 1980s, like other hard times in Iran’s history, showed that great nations can have ups and downs, but if they try to learn from their mistakes, and if they try to know the roots of problems, they can overcome all obstacles. The bad guys, specially the West and its stooges, put many many obstacles in the way of ‘Freedom, Democracy, and Progress’ in Iran. But as Iranians showed, such obstacles cannot stop a great nation; and obstacles, crises, and hard times make cultured people/ great nations stronger and wiser. Those who hurt ordinary people and sow the seeds of hate are stupid bad guys. Those Americans who try to prove that America is a Rogue State, or ‘American Democracy’ means ‘Sadism, Racism, Narcissism, and Fascism’, are stupid bad guys. They are on the wrong side of history. The history and the reason show that the future belong to the good guys, not those who love and praise war, racism, sadism, tyranny, oppression, inhumanity, big lies, censorship, brainwashing, mass spying, Orwellian society and other bad things”.

For more information:

[1] imdb: A List of Cartoons that Iran’s TV showed in the 1980s
[2] Nippon Animation’s Classics [3] Many cartoons that Iranians watched in the 1980s were Nippon’s best products, aka the Masterpiece/ Classics
[4] More about World Masterpiece Theater and what Iranians watched in the 1980s

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