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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,
Tenshi “MOMMY! EEEEEEEYAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHH!” Hinawani.

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5 years ago

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

Tenshi
Tenshi
4 years ago

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