Overall, Steven Universe is... well, strange. It\'s hand-drawn which can lead to some gorgeous settings and color usage, but the characters are all slightly off and extra-cartoony, which clashes with the supposed realism. Each character is unique and has their own perspective on life and they\'re all given a decent amount of screentime. The core message of the show seems to be that every living being deserves respect and conflict can be settled in healthy ways, and not just by violence or anger. Which are all good ideas and cool to see in a cartoon. At the same time, Steven Universe is amazingly risk averse in its approach. There aren\'t really any actual antagonists in the show and there\'s not really any long term threat. But wait! The remaining Diamonds! a hardcore fan might say. Except the Diamonds have appeared, haven\'t mounted any major threat to the main characters, and the one time the protagonists had to save one of their own from one of them, it\'s wrapped up in about two episodes. The biggest threat to Earth\'s well-being was easily dispatched with a conversation and the power of love. There\'s no consequence, no real danger, and the conflict is immediately downplayed by a moral lesson. This is a trend in the show in general. There\'s no real threat from the other native Gems and when one presents itself, it\'s short term before we resume Status Quo Is God. It\'s implied that the traumas involved are taking a toll on the main character, Steven, but he also isn\'t really progressing because of it. The lack of escalation causes a lot of issues when it comes to overall plot. If you\'re interested in watching every once in a while, go for it. It\'s creative enough, and the music is definitely good. But the hype is largely based around its Progressive core, (which sidenote - Adventure Time handles just as well while still actually having well, adventure) not so much the story itself which is decidedly lacking.
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