Posted on: March 3, 2021 Posted by: admin Comments: 0
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When it comes to animation, the possibilities and genres are endless. For instance, I am not a big fan of the South Park or American Dad types, even Adventure Time I find just a little too meta, though Princess Bubblegum and Marceline have my heart. You will find below five shows that fall in the perfect vibe for me: funny but not nihilistic, magical but not mind-bending. Furthermore, it makes me happy to see 3 out of 5 shows have “openly LGBT+” characters in central roles which goes to show that representation done right can pay off. The rest still don’t come far behind for they all offer a whimsical and nuanced approach to life. It is a breath of fresh air.

#5 Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts (2020) Post-Apocalyptic Fun

A great fit if you like kind of futuristic post-humans storylines and friends that stick together. In line with She-Ra, it doesn’t cut corners or rely on obvious plot lines to move the story forward. You really get to discover a whole new world and navigate it with Kipo: you will find really funny episodes, endearing moments and a bunch of strange creatures!

Imdb rating & synopsis: A girl explores the possibilities in a post-apocalyptic world. 8.4/10
Creators: Radford Sechrist, Bill Wolkoff

#4: Carmen Sandiego (2019) Super-spy Adventures

This was a welcome surprise for a show I randomly took a chance on. The plot line is rich in twists and adventures and the characters are engaging: the elusive Carmen, her endearing duo, genius best friend and of course Miss Argent… It also does a great job at showing nuance between “good” and “evil” and steps out of the box. You learn, you travel, you defeat bad guys. It’s great fun (and I ship Carulia)!

Imdb rating & synopsis: The adventures of Carmen Sandiego, a globe-hopping master thief. 7.9/10
Creator: Duane Capizzi

#3 Harley Quinn (2019) Dark Comedy Gold

A whole lot darker than the other ones, this show is definitely NOT FOR CHILDREN. Join the crew and (re) discover Gotham through Harley Quinn’s eyes, a world of villains fighting for status and you want your share of the cake. Beneath the jokes and the gore, the show also portrays Harley in the aftermath of a toxic relationship, her coming to terms with her past and shines a bright mirror to current societal issues.

Imdb rating & synopsis: The series focuses on a single Harley Quinn, who sets off to make it on her own in Gotham City. 8.5/10
Creators: Justin Halpern, Dean Lorey, Patrick Schumacker

#2 Bob’s Burgers (2011) Wholesome to the Right Degree

Arguably the least magical show on here in practice but nonetheless whimsical and heartwarming. Bob’s Burgers is relatable and fun and this close-knit family will surprise you at every turn, especially Louise with her dark sense of humour. Musical, funny, full of puns, just give it a try!

Imdb rating & synopsis: Bob Belcher runs his dream restaurant with his wife and three children as their last hope of holding the family together. 8.1/10
Creators: Loren Bouchard, Jim Dauterive

#1 She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018) Mystical Masterpiece

You may have to get a little into it at first but once you are, you will never want to leave your new best friends. Noelle Stephenson did such a beautiful job in this 2018 reboot and the story was significantly altered to give She-Ray a story-line of her own. Inspiring, enchanting, brave, fierce, passionate, the list goes on. This show gives-off such a unique sense of freedom, you can only hope it stays with you.

Imdb rating & synopsis: She-Ra, Princess of Power, leads a rebellion to free her land of Etheria from the monstrous invaders the Horde. 7.8/10
Creator: Noelle Stevenson

BONUS: If all else fails, you can always rely on all times classics Sailor Moon and Avatar.

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