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Steven Universe

Post by Dirty n Evil » Sat May 09, 2015 5:57 am

I made very certain to look through this thread to double check before I introduced a very specific topic... because I thought that as there was a My Little Pony thread, there would certainly be a Steven Universe thread.

Dang it.

I was sort of hoping to stalk and look at other people's input about the series first before subtly putting in a post here or there. You know, no big thing. Except, that's not the truth. I am a huge fan of Steven Universe. I am so dorky for this show I can't express it, and it's embarrassing. I love the show itself, the complex characters, and the underlying messages. While I'm not a big fanfiction person myself, I find there is tons of fun fanart all over the place online for the show that's simply fun and amusing.

So, I'm creating this new thread in appreciation of the Steven Universe show. I already know there's at least one other of us who's a fan, so don't be shy and show yourself. ;)
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Tenjen » Sat May 09, 2015 7:09 am

I was wondering whether i should do this myself, but was still going back on forth on it.

I too am a huge fan of Steven Universe. i became as big of a fan of SU after a few episodes as i am of MLP after a few seasons.

Its fun, the underlying messages are deep, it has a singular episode format but with a long term character and plot development arc (just like MLP). The characters are indeed complex.

One thing i like is that they behave in-character before we find out why they behave that way. Many shows only have characters behaving a certain way after we find out the background on it, as if to highlight it. Here the characterization is set from the start and we find out why as the show progresses. not the other way around, except when new events and experiences develop and change them before our own eyes.

The episodes are short but it doesnt FEEL that way.
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Dirty n Evil » Mon May 11, 2015 5:23 am

Hmmm. Is it... are the two of us the only weirdos, Tenjen? Well, they'll just have to deal with it, then! :p

It really has layers of meanings and messages. I can honestly say I wish it were a show that was around when I was growing up. While the frequent options of the Crystal Gems is "how are we going to fight it", it feels as though Steven himself is more often trying to figure out "do we really need to fight?" And I like that message. He's a caring, warm, and wonderfully imperfect kid. He makes mistakes ALL the time, but he is surrounded by people who are also imperfect - but loving.

Okay, and I'll admit that in the same way I have a rather self-depreciating sense of humor, I have to laugh because I see more than a little bit of myself in the super fussy and neurotic Pearl.
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by TellusEidolon » Mon May 11, 2015 4:01 pm

I've heard the name once or twice, but never seen the show.
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Artemisia » Mon May 11, 2015 4:09 pm

The show is pretty good. i need to watch more of it.
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Dirty n Evil » Tue May 12, 2015 6:15 am

Yes, more posters! Feed my excuses to keep this thread active! :ymdevil: *Ahem* Sorry about that. But seriously, there are so many aspects of this show that are golden. There are some real nuggets of wisdom...

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Steven is a hero because when everyone else might be stand off-ish, he's sincere... to the point of being embarrassingly so.

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Steven's best friend is Connie Maheswaran, of Indian descent. Representation is good, and she's a very well written character.

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Because every single character possesses distinctive looks and body types that aren't the generic "near perfect" look, it encourages more people to cosplay as them and find how much they enjoy the activity. The young lady below is cosplaying as Rose Quartz, who is depicted as a very tall full figured woman... that is still drawn to look quite lovely.

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And then there's the music! The show was developed by Rebecca Sugar, previously of Adventure Time, and she's brought her music knack over to this show with tunes that I will openly confessing to listening to purely on their own.
Garnet singing "Stronger Than You".
Steven singing "Steven's Lament (I Don't Want That For You)".
Steven's father Greg once tried to be an 80's rock musician and had his song "I'm Just a Comet".

Heck, being a fan of the show has introduced me to new music that I now adore because people made AMV's (amateur music videos) by editing clips from the show and timed them to pieces of music from other media. Such as this AMV of Steven Universe set to Regina Spektor's "Blue Lips".

... okay, I'll stop now. :D
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by TellusEidolon » Tue May 12, 2015 12:00 pm

Dirty n Evil wrote: Heck, being a fan of the show has introduced me to new music that I now adore because people made AMV's (amateur music videos) by editing clips from the show and timed them to pieces of music from other media. Such as this AMV of Steven Universe set to Regina Spektor's "Blue Lips".
You have first now discovered the world of AMV's? They've been floating around youtube since the beginning. :P

Anyway, here is a symphonic metal tribute to SU:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wd9WxS5_nc
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Dirty n Evil » Tue May 12, 2015 3:39 pm

Heh, no Tellus... I've been long familiar with AMV's. I still mourn the loss of several that I used to adore that have disappeared off the web and now only exist in my mind. (Eureka Seven with The Fray's "How to Save a Life" amongst them. =(( ) I was meaning more this particular song by Regina Spektor, and other music I hadn't been introduced to. Thanks for sharing the symphonic metal tribute, though... it was interesting hearing the interpretation of the themes all put together in a medley. :)

And again... I really like that Steven isn't afraid to express his emotions. This is one of the reasons that I wish the show was around when I was a kid - I was very emotional myself when I was little, and I definitely could have used a program like this to show me it wasn't such a horrible thing.
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Tenjen » Tue May 12, 2015 6:37 pm

lets not forgetting the dancing.

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Re: Steven Universe

Post by TellusEidolon » Tue May 12, 2015 7:56 pm

Dirty n Evil wrote:Heh, no Tellus... I've been long familiar with AMV's. I still mourn the loss of several that I used to adore that have disappeared off the web and now only exist in my mind. (Eureka Seven with The Fray's "How to Save a Life" amongst them. =(( ) I was meaning more this particular song by Regina Spektor, and other music I hadn't been introduced to. Thanks for sharing the symphonic metal tribute, though... it was interesting hearing the interpretation of the themes all put together in a medley. :)
Oh, hehe. My mistake then. XD AMV's has been a great source of finding new music for me too, that i wouldn't have known otherwise. :)

This is a long shot in the dark but is this the aforementioned AMV?
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9RJnnFsQdY
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUiyeOQzoAI#t=25

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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Dirty n Evil » Tue May 12, 2015 9:10 pm

Tellus, I think it was the first link... it's been blocked in my country because of copyright blah blah blah. The link of music to Garnet dancing was hilarious! :)) Now I want to fiddle with it. ;)

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This tune.
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Artemisia » Tue May 12, 2015 11:45 pm

Still...my favorite is Pearl...really do need to sit down and watch more of the show. Maybe tonight.
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Dirty n Evil » Wed May 13, 2015 5:01 pm

Oh, I think Pearl is great. I love how she tries to be so controlled and disciplined, but she's this eager little geek at heart.
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And she doesn't "get" a lot of things, but she tries.
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She's remarkably flawed... even jealous sometimes.
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She's so much more fragile than even she likes to tell herself. And I find her great because of all of her shortcomings.
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Pearl also adores Steven, and despite all of the things she's not, she's a good "Bird Mom" (as the internet teasingly calls her).
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Okay, let's post another dance link!
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Artemisia » Wed May 13, 2015 5:31 pm

I've talked to a few people who compare Pearl to people with ASD. Which may be why I like her so much. She reminds me so much of me. Plus, she can be rather fun :)
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Tenjen » Wed May 13, 2015 6:39 pm

she's filled to the brim with all sorts of neurosis. Her grief is really opening up the cracks in her.

Thats another thing i like. their issues don't just disappear, a step in the right direction here and there, but not just gone and resolved in one sitting.
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