Sunday, 16 October 2016

We are the Crystal Gems ☆

Sorry for being inactive lately but I didn't feel like blogging at all. However, I already announced it so today I'm going to talk about my other favourite cartoon, Steven Universe!
For those of you who never heard of it before, Steven Universe is an American animated television series created by the talented Rebecca Sugar for Cartoon Network. It's basically about a boy named Steven Universe who lives together with the Crystal Gems - Garnet, Pearl and Amethyst. Steven himself is a Crystal Gem as well as his mother, Rose Quartz, gave up her physical form to give birth to Steven. Together, the Crystal Gems protect the world from their own kind.

The first time I heard of the cartoon was in January while browsing through Noodlerella's videos. I saw her cover of "Do it for her / him" and was deeply touched so I decided to give the cartoon a try as I usually have the same taste in shows as her. Thank you Connie, you never fail to meet my taste! So I started watching the series and got addicted after the first three episodes. As I had to learn for my final exams, I always watched the episodes while I took a break. They helped me to calm down and relax. So yeah, what can I say? In every free minute, I would sit in front of the screen and watch Steven Universe. It was wonderful.

I really, really love the characters and to be honest, I don't actually have a favourite character. Crazy, right? I love Steven, he wants everyone to be happy and cares for every creature, no matter how he or she looks like or what other people think. Then there are the Crystal Gems: Garnet, the permanent fusion and cool leader - Pearl, the perfectionist and caring mother figure and Amethyst, the fun-loving and carefree "bro". I even fell in love with the secondary characters! Steven father's Greg Universe, who loves his son with all his heart - Connie, Steven's best friend and Peridot, the childish, self-absorbed and dorky gem.
(If you want to learn more about the characters, click on the names, I linked them to the Steven Universe wiki!)

Another thing I love about this show is the music! As I said in my Adventure Time post, I adore Rebecca Sugar's music. Her lyrics are touching but also catchy. Once you hear them, you will never forget them (at least that's in my case). She has the talent to write short songs, but puts so many emotions inside them, it's incredible! Thanks God, her talent is endless. Every song is getting better and better and I can't wait for the next one!

Here's a list of my favourite songs (I linked them):

Peace and Love (On Planet Earth)
Here Comes a Thought
Do It For Her/Him
Stronger Than You
Full Disclosure
It's Over, Isn't It?
Giant Woman
Strong In the Real Way
Love Like You / Love Me Like You
Something Entirely New

Bonus: Haven't You Noticed (I'm a Star) - Olivia Olson, the voice actress of Marceline, sings this song.

There are many aspects that I truly love about this show - the unique plot, the lovely characters, the wonderful music...But there is one point that is very important about this show. Steven Universe has LGBT characters in the show and I LOVE how they don't make a big deal out of it. They are just there and it's obvious that they are, just like it's obvious heterosexual couples exist.
"According to Rebecca Sugar, her series' LGBT representation is not intended to make a point, but to help all children understand themselves and develop their identity. In her view, queer youth deserve to see themselves in stories just as much as other children—and, given pervasive heteronormativity, not allowing them to do so can be harmful. Moreover, Sugar said, LGBT children also deserve to see the prospect of love for themselves in the characters they identify with."
There are also some countries that censor the scenes, including the UK and Germany. This behaviour is disgusting and I have nothing more to say about that.

Well, however, that's it for today! I hope you enjoyed reading this post. 'Til next time!

Quote of the Day: "I guess we're already here, I guess we already know. We've all got something to fear, we've all got nowhere to go. I think you're all INSANE! But I guess I am too... Anybody would be If they were stuck on Earth with you!" -Peridot