“Steven the Sword Fighter”
Storyboarded by Joe Johnston and Jeff Liu.
It’s been a few weeks but the last few times in Beach City we witnessed a lot of growth in the series. Steven had an anger revelation after he hung with the cool kids and really showcased the father-son relationship thanks to little Onion. Now we’re back and Steven Universe went and explored the maternal dynamic within their group after Pearl took a blade through the chest.
Before we get into the meat of the episode, let’s touch on the side dish—the anime and the horror. It’s not news to viewers that Steven is your typical kid who likes toys, arcades, and sweet treats. So it wasn’t surprising to learn that he was a Kung-Fu fan, which done in a cartoon makes it look like anime. The Gems and Steven watch Lonely Blade as a little family, and you can tell in an instant what kind of movie they were watching. While the Universe team didn’t overdo the animation on the anime, you could tell what they were going for without hearing the accents. Also, it seemed like they played around with a little manga throughout when Steven would make these faces that resembled Shin-chan, in which your lower chin takes over. You know the one.