Back in the 80s and 90s, Ultraman was very popular. There were several types of Ultraman and honestly, I couldn't differentiate them all. For me, Ultraman was Ultraman, the ones which fought against the odd-looking monsters.
What amazed me about Ultraman was even though he fought in the middle of a city, he knew how to find a solid ground which did not required him to destroy any building. Regardless whether Ultraman fell or stepped back, the buildings would remain the same. Of course, as a child, I did not realised that Ultraman was fighting in a studio of small miniatures:P
However, there was one particular Ultraman which was my favourite. As far as my memory could recall, the Ultraman formed based on the power of a couple by the name of Hakuto and Minami. Whenever the monster came to attack the town, Minami would ran in Baywatch style, screaming,"Haaakuutooooooooooo....!!!" and Hakuto from the opposite would ran the same style, like a Japanese David Hasselhoff while screaming, "Minaaammiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii....!!!" And when they bumped into each other, a great Ultraman with almost the same size as the monster appeared. Yiaaaaaaaaaaaaaasshhhh!!!
The Ultraman formed by both Hakuto and Minami fought against the purplish, bluish, greenish, and yellowish monster with all its strength. Sometimes, the red light at the Ultraman chest would blipped, indicating that Ultraman is almost losing its power. But, with the spirit of Hakuto and Minami, the Ultraman would eventually released its special power by crossing both his arms; one went horizontally while the other went vertically. Then, a white or blue in colour half moons would appeared from the crossed arms and demolished the monster. Arrrgghhhh...the monster fell on to the ground. What happened to the remain of the monster remain unspoken since I was seven years old until I'm twenty-seven this year. It was not like Transformers, where they showed Megatron dumped into the ocean. I guess there must be lots of monsters in the seas near Japan:P
I was Minami. He was Hakuto. We ran from the sides of the school's assembly point and I screamed, "Hakutooooooooo....!!!" while he screamed "Minamiiiiiiiiiiii....!!!" before we passed each other without bumping (because our parents said no to bumping!). Then we quarelled about who was going to be the Ultraman. He said, "I'm the boy, and he is Ultraman. So I should become the UltraMAN. It was not ULTRAWOMAN!" I was unsatisfied so I argued, "If it was not because of Minami, Hakuto won't become an Ultraman either!" It was not the first time. We quarelled and both of us went separate ways, pretended that both were UltramanS.
One day, the television showed an episode where Minami was sick and the monster came into town. Hakuto couldn't form into an Ultraman, so he went to the hospital to be with Minami; hoping that Minami would be well and be the Ultraman again. I told my Hakuto, "I told you, Hakuto cannot be an Ultraman without Minami." He then shared the concern of Minami with me. A boy and a girl sat together while silently hoping that Minami would be well. I pretended to be the sick Minami and he was the Hakuto who was always at my side:)
My Hakuto might not remember this as it happened more than 20 years ago. The last time we met he told me that he got engaged after he came back from Japan (Hakuto dreams came true...he always wanted to go to Japan!). While I was taking the pictures of iris in Seremban Lake Garden, he stood behind me and surprised me with his presence after few years of losing contacts. My Hakuto had transformed into a very...very...handsome Ultraman:) (I always thought he was cute, there were so many admirers who asked me about him when we were in school!)
We walked almost three rounds around the lake, remisnicing our sweet childhood memories of walking to the state library across the lake garden when we were young, talking about our friends, our work, our families and our love lives. And football (luckily he was not wearing Pires' jersey, otherwise this cheryna pires might faint!) That was the last time Hakuto told me, "Most of the time, after you see me, you get yourself a new boyfriend. Remember? I know you'll get another after you meet me today." He was so confident about my love life as much as I was confident about his.
The last time we met was when he came back during summer. We just couldn't stopped talking to each other. Besides my ex-boyfriend, Sepet, Hakuto was the only guy who could spent his days going through one book after another with me - discussing the possibility of outcome and debating the significance of the stories in our lives.
Before we separated, he asked me for my handphone number (because I changed mine without telling him), but ibu who was together with us said a very important thing to him,
"Sekarang dah jadi tunangan orang, Sha tak boleh bagi nombor phone lagi. Nanti apa pulak tunang cakap. Memang dulu rapat, kan...tapi kita kena tahu jaga hati orang. Korang mungkin tak ada apa-apa...tapi sebagai ibu Sha, biarlah apa yang berlaku tu jadi kenangan aje. Cikgu taknak nanti orang ingat Sha saja-saja rapatkan diri dengan tunangan orang."
He was ibu's favourite student. He listened to her and he adored her. That day, he proved that he still listened to her even though his imploring eyes were telling me another story;)
"Jemput aku, bila kau nak kahwin nanti ye?" I said to him. He took ibu's phone number instead.
Minami is not necessarily the girl who played Ultraman with you. She can be anyone. If there is no Hakuto, Minami won't be an Ultraman. And if there is no Minami, Hakuto won't be the Ultraman either. So, all the best and congratulations to both you and your Minami. I hope that you guys will get cute Ultrababies whose strollers might bump into Aunty Sha's trolley in Tesco! At that time, I'll make sure that you'll know that aubergine is purple and not blue. Hehehe.
I'll find my own Hakuto, don't worry. We shall remain friends:)
* I'm not that bad as a friend, right? How I wish that Mr. and Mrs. Ketupat can read this...
Who is your Hakuto/your Minami?