“In the Worlds before Monkey,
Primal chaos reigned,
Heaven sought order.
But the Phoenix can fly only when its feathers are grown.
The four worlds formed again and yet again,
As endless aeons wheeled and passed.
Time and the pure essences of Heaven,
The moisture of the Earth,
And the powers of the Sun and the Moon
All worked upon a certain rock – old as Creation,
And it magically became fertile.
That first egg was named Thought,
Tathagata Buddha, the Father Buddha,
Said, ‘With our thoughts we make the world.’
Elemental forces caused the egg to hatch,
from it then came a stone Monkey.
The nature of Monkey was irrepressible!”
Opening Monologue – Monkey TV Series – NTV/KHK
Another of my childhood influences was the TV Series Monkey. Many a lunch hour was spent running around the playground pretending to be zooming here an there on my own cloud taking me to the fight. Between the fantastical elements, the highly acrobatic and artistic fight scenes and the awful English overdubbing the show was fertile fodder for the imagination of many a 9 year old boy.