On May 12th Cartoon Network will be releasing the next episodes of Steven Universe for all the world to see in one of their Steven Bombs. Titled ‘In Too Deep’, it’ll be a 30-minute two-parter followed by one episode a week for 3 weeks and will undoubtedly send fans absolutely wild, myself included.
Considering that’s a little over two weeks away I think it’s about time that we ingratiate and engage as many new fans as possible before the new episodes arrive. Whether you’ve never seen an episode or just a few but haven’t fully committed to the show, I want to outline why I think you should fully immerse yourself in the word of the crystal gems.
Forgot Game of Thrones, this is the most anticipated show of the Spring.
Set in the fictional town of Beach City, Steven Universe is a show about a young boy living under the guardianship of the three crystal gems, three women of varying powers and abilities who together guard the world against all sorts of strange creatures, aliens, and objects.
Steven himself is a half gem/half human, his gem mother Rose having died when he was born, and when he’s not busy helping the gems fight monsters he’s making friends with many of the town’s quirky residents, not up to but including his father, Greg, and best friend, Connie.
The show perfectly balances engaging characters with silly but earnest humour, blending in real high stakes drama later in the season and complimenting it with a number of genuinely excellent songs and musical interludes.
For a kids show, it’s also wonderfully progressive, representing LGBT people with a variety of interesting characters whilst also being highly feminist and diverse. The gems are all fantastic and flawed females, whose characters extend far beyond their ass-kicking abilities and there’s not an episode that goes by that doesn’t have a strong message about social issues.
So far there are a good eighty episodes between two seasons but don’t worry, they’re only ten minutes each and once you get into it, the time will simply fly by. This is in part due to the excellent writing which builds its world carefully over an expanded period of time and delivers characters that are relatable and honestly drawn.
The voice work is excellent, the animation beautiful and the music a toe-tapping triumph, making every element of the show a resounding success.
It is possibly the best show in the golden age of animation and despite having a die hard loyal adult fan base it’s influences will no doubt teach children valuable lessons to live their lives by. Created by Rebecca Sugar, a former writer on Adventure Time, Steven Universe captures the joy and struggles of growing up with the utmost ease and I urge everyone out there to give it a watch.