Beauty is a rare thing in this world, and it must be appreciated in any form in which it appears. When I first stumbled upon The Lion King Adventures way back in its earliest days, I knew it was something special, but I could never have predicted how much it would change my life.
From the moment I began reading, I was hooked. The adventures of Simba and Nala pulled me in just as much as in the film, and it was simply a delight to read their struggles against Hago and Scar, the ruthless scoundrels hell-bent on killing them. As the series progressed, more characters appeared, such as Tama, Tojo, Shocker, Interceptor, and most famously, Haiba. In all my life, I could never have guessed that a character as entertaining and compelling as Haiba could exist, but he did, and still does.
Every little twist and turn had me gripped from start to finish. Every hilarious line had me laughing, every sweet moment or awesome scene had me smiling, and in one of the few cases this has ever happened, the sad scenes truly had me feeling for the characters. Following Simba and Nala on their journey truly helped me gain a new perspective on life, and their story remains as inspiring as it was in its original form in 1994.
Seeing the series end was a truly sad thing, but I could not have asked for a better end to it. And yet the end proved to be a new beginning, as it has left a strong legacy, and it is guaranteed to become as timeless as its predecessor.
This series reaffirms everything the original film teaches us, with a little flirtatious lion cub and what may be the best rogue's gallery in the history of fiction only adding to it.
The world is a better place for the existence of this series, as well as the original film. It has become quite clear that one can no longer exist without the other. They are as intertwined as Simba and Nala themselves.
I can find no other words to describe the beauty of all this, but you don't have to take my word. In fact, I would prefer that. Just go read the series, from start to finish. You will see what I mean. And when you are finished, perhaps you will feel that you have done something worthwhile, succeeded in fulfilling a true accomplishment, and then, maybe you too will find your place in the circle of life.