Lately I’ve been suffering from some pretty hardcore migraines and headaches, and I’ve been finding it difficult to get into too many films where I have to pay attention for more than a short amount of time. Luckily, a most lovely friend of mine provided me with the best thing ever to watch when feeling a bit sick – a gorgeous little animated series by the name of Steven Universe. Here’s the synopsis:
The Crystal Gems are a team of magical beings who are the self-appointed guardians of the universe. Half-human, half-Gem hero Steven is the “little brother” of the group. The goofball is learning to save the world using the magical powers that come from his bellybutton and he goes on magical adventures with the rest of the Crystal Gems, even though he’s not as powerful — or smart — as fellow group members Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl. Despite his shortcomings, Steven usually finds a surprising way to save the day. (source)
I’m absolutely loving watching this little series because each episode is about ten minutes long, is super cute, and contains the type of child-like humour with hints of a dry adult sensibility, plus subtle cultural references, that really floats my boat. The music sounds like arcade video game music mixed with smooth piano jazz, and the animation consists of beautiful pastels and bright yet muted colours, an immersive aesthetic that really draws you in. Not to mention, there are some nice values for the kids and a general storyline which is deceptively simple, where its core story cleverly emerges from what initially feels like ‘monster of the week’ episodes. What I perhaps love the most is the series’ approach to gender roles and powerful female characters. It’s so lovely and relatively rare to see a show that is kind-of-sort-of intended for a younger audience, that has such a solid foot forward in terms of its approach to female power. Absolutely loving it.
Also, there are a million cute songs, and I’ve had this one in my head since starting watching the show.
Have you seen Steven Universe before? Do you love it as much as I do? If you haven’t seen it yet, I couldn’t recommend it highly enough!