the phenomenal, optimistic queerness of she-ra
This is obviously going to be full of spoilers. Just a heads-up.
So the Noelle Stevenson reboot of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power finished up recently, and like the big queer nerd I am, I have some things to say about it. Namely: this show is a marvel, but what else would be expected from Noelle Stevenson and a team of creators that obviously have Sailor Moon (and most other good things) running through their veins?
Obviously it’s a really big deal that they actually said yes to letting Adora and Catra, the main characters, end up together, explicitly saying “I love you” and kissing. Contrast with: Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus being gay in Japan but being dubbed into being cousins in the original English-language dub (something that, even as a child unaware of my own queer, I thought was ridiculous; I learned to use the internet by reading Sailor Moon fansites, so I knew they were meant to be lesbians long before the third and fourth seasons were released and found the shoddy cover, one of several de-queerings done by that dub, to be absurd); Marceline and Bubblegum being “exes” on Adventure Time; Korra and Asami’s happy-ever-after in Legend of Korra (while significant) being holding hands and walking together into the distance, not actually saying words or kissing. (I’m not including Steven Universe in this list because I haven’t actually finished it and don’t want to miss examples or anything.)
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