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Name That Trauma :: Reader Tenshi on a Rotating Table Torture Device

June 30th, 2015 by unkle lancifer · 4 Comments

Hey! It’s me again, Tenshi. Living above the clouds, wearing flamboyant clothing, and seeing everything through a child’s mind is fun, but it can also lead to some nightmare fuel. Here’s one I can’t remember.

It had to be around the late ‘70s, early ‘80s (1977-1982?). There was some show – a cartoon, live-action TV, I just cannot remember – where they had a torture device. I think (and I only THINK) it might have been an anime of some sort. There were these people that had someone strapped down Clockwork Orange-style with a laser beam pointed directly at her. She struggled to escape, but she couldn’t since she was trapped laying down on the operating table. Then the table ROTATED UPSIDE DOWN and she let out this EAR-SPLITTING SCREECH (similar to Suneo/Sneech’s scream when he got put into a coma after eating Gian/Big G’s horrible pizza in that Doraemon episode). The people laughed uproariously as they injected something into her, and the beam fired. There was dark piano music backing up the entire thing that made it scarier.

Good God. That traumatized me. I was terrified of operating tables for YEARS, well into the early ‘90s. Seeing the after mentioned Doraemon episode last week made me think of her scream when I heard Sneech screaming.

I remember the woman was in her late teens-early twenties (I think), had pink hair (that’s what makes me think it was an anime), and wore a black minidress (again, I THINK). I only remember what she looked like and what the music sounded like. It’s been in my head for thirtysomething years.

Please tell me what this was. I want to end my childhood trauma for once and for all.

Speaking to you from Bhrava-Agra,

Tags: Name That Trauma!

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 meep meepNo Gravatar // Jul 2, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Dear Tenshi, the one thing that comes to mind is the Jim Henson movie THE DARK CRYSTAL. The scene in particular – when the skeksis try to steal Kira’s essence. The timeline is correct, and although it’s not anime, and she’s not wearing a black dress- the beam directed at her cast a hot pink glow. I hope this helps

  • 2 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jul 2, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Ah Meep Meep! You are a genius! I would have never thought of that and it fits!

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jul 11, 2015 at 4:31 pm


    We just got another suggestion via twitter from Jed….

    Jed says: “I’m pretty sure this is Cutie Honey. When she fights bad guys she can turn her hair pink, and she has been in numerous situations like that. Timeline matches!”

  • 4 TenshiNo Gravatar // Jul 17, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Yup! That’s it! Cutie Honey is what I remembered. Thanks, Jed!

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