Steven Universe, the kaleidoscopic gem (pun intended) that opened up conversations about sexuality, identity, and mental health wrapped up in a cozy blanket of animation and killer soundtracks. Rebecca Sugar created a show that truly resonated with fans. Yeah, I know the show is often dismissed as “just a kids’ show,” but it’s clear from the deeply personal stories people have shared that its impact is real, y’all. Check out the opinions we gathered over on the Steven Universe SubReddit. This show is like the Millennium Falcon of animated series, slightly underestimated but packing a wallop when it comes to changing lives.
Steven Universe Discussion on Fan’s Thoughts
Some of you found solace in the nuanced portrayals of healthy relationships—shoutout to Garnet and Peridot! Others found therapy in song lyrics, leaning on them like a pop-culture Gandalf guiding you through the Mines of Moria that is mental health. “Here Comes a Thought,” anyone?
Let’s not overlook those who felt validated in their sexual orientation or identity. Seriously, it’s the kind of representation that can’t be overstated. Just look at PeridotFan64 and CarlLenardPelayo21; they didn’t just find characters on a screen—they found parts of themselves.
We even have uke players inspired by the musical marvel that is Rebecca Sugar, couples bonding over gem doodles, and counselors using clips to teach mindfulness. Heck, Steven Universe could put half the self-help books out of business!
But hey, even if you didn’t have a profound spiritual awakening from watching a teenager with a gem in his belly button, that’s cool too. Maybe you just learned to appreciate the art form that is animation, or maybe it gave you the kick you needed for a creative project. Nothing wrong with being drawn to the aesthetics or the plot; we don’t all need to have a Luke Skywalker “I am your father” moment to be deeply touched by something.
Steven Universe has joined the hallowed ranks of shows that don’t just entertain, but enlighten. Like the original Star Wars trilogy, it serves as a mirror for us to confront and understand parts of ourselves. In a world where even superheroes are grappling with moral ambiguity and complex backstories, Steven Universe managed to give us—adults, kids, and everyone in between—a set of life lessons gift-wrapped in fantasy, sci-fi and slice of life.
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