I have finished Netflix’s She-Ra, and… it’s just not quite there? It borrows so much from Sailor Moon and Tenchi Muyo while not being as smart or visually impressive as either, meanwhile it might actually fail at being She-Ra.
I’ve never really watched the original, outside of bits and pieces here and there. I had hoped that since this show has a ‘diverse’ cast that does not have to conform to a toy line like the original, that there would be people of different ages, such as in Steven Universe where you have the kids helping their elders and you had some maybe college students thrown in a story helping each other… instead most of the characters are all of a similar age, except the ice princess who is kind of offensively themed after an Eskimo?
People keep claiming that this is a show that really pushes an agenda, but does it even succeed at pushing it? If anything, this show could be accused of queer-baiting certain characters in a vain attempt to make ‘tumblr’ ship characters together, such as Bow and Seahawk or Glimmer and Adora or Adora and Catra. Unless Dreamworks, Netflix, and Mattel lets them succeed in their agenda, I think fans in the LGBTQ community will turn against She-ra.
Japan’s Sailor Moon had gay characters, teased the main characters with other women such as Sailor Uranus pursuing Sailor Moon, or Sailor Star Fighter pursuing Sailor Moon, or even the male characters Fiore with Tuxedo Mask. the difference between the obvious inspiration of Sailor Moon is that Sailor Moon got to really show these kind of things, despite the fact that Sailor Moon was a curvy mostly heterosexual character… in other words, 1992’s Sailor Moon is more feminine and a lot gayer than She-Ra, so as far as pushing the agenda… She-Ra has utterly failed.
The main problem with She-Ra is the fact that the show is not bad or great, it’s just good to okay. Why would you bring back a property only to make it okay? Voice acting is okay, not great. The art is not great, often not detailed with any shadows or shading… and that’s partially because of the quality in animation today. The show just does not have polish, and it just comes off as kind of amateurish.
I spoke about Tenchi and Sailor Moon, which are better animated. Steven Universe is more creative than She-Ra and succeeds in pushing their mature agenda to kids.
If there was a ‘line-up’ like there was on Saturday Mornings or after school for She-Ra, it would be less of a problem… but Netflix is trying to bring people onto an entire platform, potentially just to watch this show that is not as good or even as progressive as say… Netflix Dreamworks Voltron which has the LBGTQ character of Pidge and the amazing Princess of Color Alura…
Like I said… this show is okay. It’s not Ghostbusters 2016, even though it has the same problem of portraying most of the male characters terribly. Bow sucks to the point where he should just not be on the show, Sea Hawk is annoying parody of Han Solo, but Swift Wind is kind of awesome but others might find him too agenda driven. At least this show looks better than upcoming Thundercats Roar?
This show, to me, get’s the grade of a high C. That is a passing grade, which considering that there are many new shows and movies that utterly fail… is something? On a bell curve, if a teacher is being generous, She-Ra could be considered a very low B grade… and that is as generous as I’m willing to be.
So maybe now I should re-watch the original She-Ra, and compare the two?