Cartoons play an important role in every child’s life. Mainly being the highlight of fun in their childhood, here are some of the popular cartoon shows that most children in Korea grew up with. Let’s take a trip down memory lane!
1. Robot Taekwon V (로보트 태권 v)
Robot Taekwon V is a South Korean animated film directed by Kim Cheong Gi and produced by Yu Hyun Mok, the prominent director of such films as Obaltan. It was released on July 24th 1976, immediately becoming a hit in the late 1970s and consequently inspired a string of sequels in following years.
Dr. Kaff (or Dr. Cops; 카프 박사 in Korean), an evil scientist bent on world domination, creates an army of giant robots to kidnap world-class athletes and conquer the world. To fight off this attack, Dr. Kim creates Robot Taekwon V. Kim Hoon, the taekwon-do champion and the eldest son of Dr Kim, pilots Robot Taekwon V either mechanically or through his physical power by merging his taekwon-do movements with the robot.
2. Yeongsimi (영심이)
Yeongsimi is Korean animated series produced by Bae Geum Taek. The story is about innocent but zany adolescent girl Yeonng Sim’s normal life. The original version was a comic book first produced in 1990 and after that it was broadcast on KBS in the same year. The popular video version has 13 episodes in total.
3. Future Boy Conan (미래소년 코난)
For Korean animation fans who grew up watching animated Japanese TV series, the theme song and voices of Future Boy Conan bring back childhood memories. Future Boy Conan is a Japanese post-apocalyptic science fiction anime series, which premiered across Japan between April 4th and October 31st 1978.
The story begins in July 2008 during a time when mankind is faced with the threat of extinction. A devastating war fought with ultra-magnetic weapons brings about total chaos and destruction throughout the world, resulting in several earthquakes and tsunamis. Amidst these survivors, a boy named Conan is born in October 2010 bringing a new ray of hope to the survivors. After several years, during which most of the other survivors had died and the only people left on the island were Conan and his grandfather, Conan meets a young girl named Lana, and their adventure begins.
4. Sailor Moon (달의 요정 세일러 문)
Sailor Moon is also a well-known favourite! Released in 1992, this Japanese superheroine anime television series is produced by Toei Animation using Super Sentai motifs. It is based on the manga of the same title written by Naoko Takeuchi that was published from 1991 to 1997 in Nakayoshi. As an evil group called the Death Busters unleashes monsters upon the Earth’s populace, Sailor Moon and her friends encounter a pair of new Sailor Scouts with mysterious motives.
5. Pokémon (포켓몬스터)
Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon the Series, is a Japanese anime television series, part of The Pokémon Company’s Pokémon media franchise, which began broadcast in April 1997. Young Ash Ketchum is just beginning his Pokémon training as he reaches his 10th birthday. Things don’t go as expected for the youngster who gets a Pikachu instead of a standard first Pokémon.
6. Magical Princess Minky Momo (요술공주 밍키)
Magical Princess Minky Momo is a Japanese magical-girlanime franchise by Ashi Productions. The original series ran between 1982 and 1983. Momo is a princess of Fenarinarsa. Fenarinarsa is a dwelling place for fairy tale characters. It was in danger of leaving Earth’s orbit and disappearing because people on the planet lost their dreams and hopes. The king and queen of Fenarinarsa sent their daughter Momo to Earth to help the people regain them.
We hope that this has been an interesting post for you, sharing cartoons that YoonSsam and many other Koreans enjoyed when they were children, showing how and what childhood was like in Korea back in the day. If you want, you can even start watching any of these series to improve your Korean!