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Review: Steven Universe a heartwarming show

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Review: Steven Universe a heartwarming show

Junior Maya Phillips is one of the many Steven Universe fans on campus.

Junior Maya Phillips is one of the many Steven Universe fans on campus.

Junior Maya Phillips is one of the many Steven Universe fans on campus.

Junior Maya Phillips is one of the many Steven Universe fans on campus.

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If you’ve seen students wearing pink shirts with a big star in the middle, then they’re more than likely a fan of the animated show “Steven Universe”.

The show currently airs on Cartoon Network and has been since 2013. The series follows a young boy going on quests with a group of alien-gem humanoids in order to protect Earth. Along the way, Steven and the viewers learn new things about the people closest to him, especially his deceased mother, while making new friends along the way.

Throughout the series, Steven is seen tagging along missions with the Crystal Gems, getting a better grasp on his half-human half-gem powers.

“Steven Universe” is able to create a heartwarming atmosphere for the audience with both friendship and romantic development, and new understanding of each of the Crystal Gems’ individual pasts. However, their pasts also bring tears to viewers’ eyes, giving the characters more personality and depth than any simple children’s cartoon. If you haven’t seen it, don’t worry; this review will tell you all about “Steven Universe” and why it’s great- even if it is a cartoon.

Keeping the team together is harder than it seems. However, no matter what trials they’ve faced, the Crystal Gems and Steven always manage to stick together. Amethyst is unruly because she seeks attention; the mother-hen Pearl often keeps the group in check, but sometimes this also causes tensions to run high.The levelheaded and always seemingly cool Garnet actually struggles with her conflicting emotions.

Steven is the son of Greg Universe, a former aspiring singer, and Rose Quartz, the previous leader of the Crystal Gems before she sacrificed her physical form to have Steven. Because the whole team adored Rose, they are overly protective of Steven.

Even though Steven often willingly springs into danger, causing the Crystal Gems to panic, he also offers the group a pure-hearted point of view, letting the Gems realize what’s most important whenever troubling situations arise.

Unlike many cartoons, most episodes have a purpose. If you were to binge-watch the show, you’d be able to see the amazing character development of all the personas. The show starts out with a naive and unaware Steven. His mind is like a blank slate, but after a season or two the audience can tell how he has gradually changed from a clueless kid to a boy aware of the deep, complex feelings surging through his teammates. He is able to control his powers better, therefore he has a better grasp on his feelings. While Steven may still be childish and a bit reckless at times, he’s certainly grown from the first episode.

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