I haven’t been writing much for SVTFOE because I got a lot of feedback from everyone saying they wouldn’t like that kind of content on this blog. So I’ve decided to take my thoughts for SVTFOE to Cartoon Universe’s YouTube channel. This is the first of what I hope will be quite a few analyses on Star Vs. I’ll be posting the transcripts for those videos on this blog.
This might change, if there’s overwhelmingly negative feedback like last time, but I feel like it’s an okay compromise since it’s a little more discreet. With that, let’s get started!
Eclipsa has always been
the enigma of the Butterfly family. While each queen of Mewni has her own
motif, and chapter in the book of spells, Eclipsa is unique in that she seems
to have an entire domain as her motif, that of the darkness. In other words, while
the other queens all occupy slices of the realm of “light,” Eclipsa, it seems,
is the exclusive occupant of its diametric
This is, of course, as
far as we’re aware of in the canon of the show. We know that of all the
chapters in the family spell book, only Eclipsa’s has a connotation of being
forbidden, requiring Glossaryk to unlock it.
Given the intrigue surrounding
the character, Eclipsa’s re-emergence in the narrative raises some questions
about where Star and the series are heading.
What initially was a
struggle for power between “good” Mewman’s and “evil” monsters, was shown to be
much more complex.
Mewni is a kingdom rife
with inequality, with leaders who care about their subjects but at the same
time view them as easily suggestible and lesser than themselves. Monsters,
likewise, are not homogenous, and suffering from poverty, under the table politicking,
Over the series, the
“evil” has taken many forms, from Ludo’s attempts to steal the wand, to
Toffee’s manipulation and destruction of many of the characters.
Amid all of the
interpersonal conflict, though, there has been another steady narrative going
on. Star herself has been changing throughout the series.
One thing to recall is
that Star was originally sent to Earth so that she could better be trained to
be a queen. Coming to Earth was a compromise she made so she wouldn’t be sent
to St. Olga’s. Interpreted this way, a
lot of the series is geared towards Star’s becoming more and more becoming of
someone who deserves to be the Queen of Mewni.
From being able to fight
and defend her kingdom to being able to deal with other people in a mature and
diplomatic way, Star’s experiences are honing her to be a better person and a
better Queen, and the series is documenting that.
Something that is
generally agreed upon is that Star is
maturing. She’s made many personal sacrifices for the things she cares about,
destroying her wand (not once, but twice), risking her life, leaving her life
on Earth in order to protect her friends and her kingdom.
After the Battle for
Mewni mini-movie, there is seemingly little else to prevent Star from being
considered a true queen. In Queen Moon’s words, Star wasn’t just “a happy child” any more. She has
become significantly stronger, more patient, more selfless, and more
responsible than when she was first introduced.
At the same time, it
appears as though the “evil” she’s supposed to be against is reformed, or vanquished,
marked by Ludo’s commitment to reflection and Toffee’s apparent destruction.
It’s striking that the
end of the Battle for Mewni showed Eclipsa’s crystal being fractured. But her
appearance as a potential threat to the main characters might be subtler than
those of the previous antagonists.
What Eclipsa Represents
Eclipsa made her first
appearance in Into the Wand, on her tapestry from Star’s memory of the Grandma
room. And her status as a member of the family was until then kept hidden from
Star, as we learn in Star and Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension.
The Butterfly family likely
felt that Eclipsa’s very existence was too dangerous for Star to know about at
this point in her life. Later, in Page Turner, the Magic High Commission react
with much fear that Star is reading Eclipsa’s chapter in the book.
But then, when we
finally see the end of the episode, she appeared unaffected by the new
information presented to her.
In the end, all her
reading amounted to Star’s using only one spell, the all-seeing eye, a spell
meant to watch someone else without their knowing.
From the way the older
characters reacted to Star’s reading Eclipsa’s chapter, we had expected spells
on murder, death, and in general of a much darker nature.
It’s worth noting then,
why a surveillance spell is up there alongside those of say, Eclipsa’s spell to
kill the un-killable monster.
It may very well be that
the show is framing things like consent, choice, and nonviolence as important
values that need to be upheld. And this puts in clearer perspective, why
Eclipsa is so feared in the first place.
A persistent theme in
the narratives of Eclipsa is simply her person.
Eclipsa isn’t often viewed by the characters as a previous queen of Mewni, or a
great and powerful wielder of magic in so much as she’s simply Eclipsa.
In the show, her name
needs no introduction, and she herself requires no qualifiers. When characters
mention her, all of the weight her name carries speaks for itself, and the
listeners react with corresponding awe and horror.
And we gather then,
based on context, all these other facts about her.
In Into the Wand, we
recognise her as a previous queen because of her presence in the Grandma Room.
In Baby and Page Turner, we get a glimpse of just how powerful Eclipsa’s magic
is and the fear she brings with her.
Yet we’ve seen similarly
powerful magic users before. Rhombulus was able to contain her, and based on
Baby’s assessment, Star’s power could Rival Eclipsa’s own, but they don’t elicit
the kind of fear that invoking Eclipsa’s name does.
Something unique to
Eclipsa, then, is a certain self-orientedness we don’t see in other queens,
which, coupled with her power, makes her both unpredictable and terrifying.
For instance, while the
other tapestries in the Grandma Room, both from Into the Wand and the Guidebook,
showcase previous queens of Mewni in terms of their motif, a great act they did
for the kingdom, or something they stood for, Eclipsa’s entry is very personal.
“Eclipsa Queen of Mewni to a Mewman King was wed, But took a Monster for her
love and away from Mewni fled.”
Unlike those of the
other queens, Eclipsa’s tapestry is very focused on her private life. Even the
image on the tapestry captures an un-queenly aspect of her life, her being held
by a large demon, wearing a ring on his finger.
From the episode Moon
the Undaunted, we know that the tapestries don’t capture the moments in the
exact way they happened. Even Moon’s blasting off Toffee’s finger was stylised
for the tapestry.
This highlights the idea
that the representations captured are great and decisive moments in the lives
of the queens.
For Moon, it was being
able to intimidate the un-killable monsters and preventing them from attacking
the kingdom. That act not only saved Mewni, but cemented her role as a strong
and capable queen, earning her authority in the eyes of much older parties.
In that way, Moon’s
moment had large- and personal-scale implications worth recording.
If Eclipsa’s decisive
moment was her choosing personal interest, that is, her demon love, over her
kingdom, then the large-scale implication is apparent. Mewni’s queen had left,
and her daughter, or the next Butterfly in line would be queen.
On a personal level, it
tells us a lot about Eclipsa. She’s not only aware of her own power, but she’s
also very confident about it. Her identity isn’t tied to being a queen or to
Glossaryk himself said
that the only queen who had never bothered him with questions was Eclipsa. Her
character has a large focus on interiority, and it’s likely she made a lot of
her decisions on her own.
individuality on its own, doesn’t seem to be dark and evil. That in itself ties
in with many of the show’s themes about prejudice and making judgements.
What that individuality
and stubbornness has brought, though, is a lot of very powerful spells that impinge on
the lives of others. A common theme linking the spells for “Power of darkness,
forces of evil, eternal suffering, blah, blah, blah” that Star saw in Eclipsa’s
chapter is their disregard of others.
When spying on Marco,
Star would have rather seethed on her own rather than be honest about her
feelings, or at least talk to her friends so that things wouldn’t have been as
awkward. And the use of that power was intoxicating, because she was calling
these shots on her own, seemingly detached from the mercy or wants of others, but it
didn’t respect Marco or Jackie’s privacy.
The act of killing
someone else is the ultimate disregard for their being an individual, because
it likens their life as something worth much less than the life of the killer. Toffee’s
attempted erasure of Star and Glossaryk, particularly in the context of means
to an end, exemplifies that.
The reason Eclipsa’s
chapter and dark magic in general may be so dangerous is its promotion of this
very impulsive and self-oriented worldview, which is probably not something to be supported
in a queen, who is to be responsible for many individuals.
The theme of singularity
in Eclipsa is even more apparent now, as she appears to be the last of her
generation of Butterflies, being Star’s ninth great-grandmother. She’s been
encased in her crystal, alone for hundreds of years.
Now that she’s
returning, the carefully crafted narrative that things were always a certain
way, or that a princess always had to follow certain steps before becoming a
queen, could change drastically.
Aries: Kekkai Sensen - 12 Episodes (2nd season of same length coming out Oct 2017)
Supersonic monkeys, vampires, talking fishmen, and all sorts of different supernatural monsters living alongside humans—this has been part of daily life in Hellsalem’s Lot, formerly known as New York City, for some time now. When a gateway between Earth and the Beyond opened three years ago, New Yorkers and creatures from the other dimension alike were trapped in an impenetrable bubble and were forced to live together. Libra is a secret organization composed of eccentrics and superhumans, tasked with keeping order in the city and making sure that chaos doesn’t spread to the rest of the world.
Pursuing photography as a hobby, Leonardo Watch is living a normal life with his parents and sister. But when he obtains the “All-seeing Eyes of the Gods” at the expense of his sister’s eyesight, he goes to Hellsalem’s Lot in order to help her by finding answers about the mysterious powers he received. He soon runs into Libra, and when Leo unexpectedly joins their ranks, he gets more than what he bargained for. Kekkai Sensen follows Leo’s misadventures in the strangest place on Earth with his equally strange comrades—as the ordinary boy unwittingly sees his life take a turn for the extraordinary.
Taurus: Mushishi - 46 Episodes (2 seasons)
“Mushi”: the most basic forms of life in the world. They exist without any goals or purposes aside from simply “being.” They are beyond the shackles of the words “good” and “evil.” Mushi can exist in countless forms and are capable of mimicking things from the natural world such as plants, diseases, and even phenomena like rainbows.
This is, however, just a vague definition of these entities that inhabit the vibrant world of Mushishi, as to even call them a form of life would be an oversimplification. Detailed information on Mushi is scarce because the majority of humans are unaware of their existence.
So what are Mushi and why do they exist? This is the question that a “Mushishi,” Ginko, ponders constantly. Mushishi are those who research Mushi in hopes of understanding their place in the world’s hierarchy of life.
Ginko chases rumors of occurrences that could be tied to Mushi, all for the sake of finding an answer.
It could, after all, lead to the meaning of life itself.
Gemini: Psychic Detective Yakumo - 11 Episodes
Haruka Ozawa’s sophomore year is getting seriously scary. One of her friends is possessed, another has committed suicide and Haruka could be the next one to flunk the still-breathing test. Her only way out of this potentially lethal dead end? Yakumo Saito, an enigmatic student born with a mysterious red eye that allows him to see and communicate with the dead. But the deceased don’t always desist and some killers are more than ready to kill again to keep dead men from telling any more tales. That doesn’t stop Haruka’s knack for digging up buried secrets, and there’s even more evidence of bodies being exhumed by both Yakumo’s police contact and an investigative journalist with a newly made corpse in her closet! Can this pair of anything but normal paranormal detectives solve the ultimate dead case files or will they end up in cold storage themselves?
Cancer: Is this a Zombie? - 22 Total Episodes (2 Seasons)
Not every zombie is the monstrous, brain-eating type.
One night while walking home from the convenience store, regular high school boy Ayumu Aikawa is killed by a serial killer, and is just as suddenly brought back to life by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe. One small caveat: he’s now a zombie. Things get even weirder for him when he accidentally steals a magical girl’s uniform, and thus her powers! Haruna, the ex-magical girl, orders him to fight evil creatures known as Megalo in her place until they can figure out a way to get her powers back to her.
Leo: Parasyte - 24 Episodes
All of a sudden, they arrived: parasitic aliens that descended upon Earth and quickly infiltrated humanity by burrowing into the brains of vulnerable targets. These insatiable beings acquire full control of their host and are able to morph into a variety of forms in order to feed on unsuspecting prey.
Sixteen-year-old high school student Shinichi Izumi falls victim to one of these parasites, but it fails to take over his brain, ending up in his right hand instead. Unable to relocate, the parasite, now named Migi, has no choice but to rely on Shinichi in order to stay alive. Thus, the pair is forced into an uneasy coexistence and must defend themselves from hostile parasites that hope to eradicate this new threat to their species.
Virgo: Terror in Resonance - 11 Episodes
Painted in red, the word “VON” is all that is left behind after a terrorist attack on a nuclear facility in Japan. The government is shattered by their inability to act, and the police are left frantically searching for ways to crack down the perpetrators. The public are clueless—until, six months later, a strange video makes its way onto the internet. In it, two teenage boys who identify themselves only as “Sphinx” directly challenge the police, threatening to cause destruction and mayhem across Tokyo. Unable to stop the mass panic quickly spreading through the city and desperate for any leads in their investigation, the police struggle to act effectively against these terrorists, with Detective Kenjirou Shibazaki caught in the middle of it all.
Zankyou no Terror tells the story of Nine and Twelve, the two boys behind the masked figures of Sphinx. They should not exist, yet they stand strong in a world of deception and secrets while they make the city fall around them, all in the hopes of burying their own tragic truth.
Libra: No Game No Life - 12 Episodes
No Game No Life is a surreal comedy that follows Sora and Shiro, shut-in NEET siblings and the online gamer duo behind the legendary username “Kuuhaku.” They view the real world as just another lousy game; however, a strange e-mail challenging them to a chess match changes everything—the brother and sister are plunged into an otherworldly realm where they meet Tet, the God of Games.
The mysterious god welcomes Sora and Shiro to Disboard, a world where all forms of conflict—from petty squabbles to the fate of whole countries—are settled not through war, but by way of high-stake games. This system works thanks to a fundamental rule wherein each party must wager something they deem to be of equal value to the other party’s wager. In this strange land where the very idea of humanity is reduced to child’s play, the indifferent genius gamer duo of Sora and Shiro have finally found a real reason to keep playing games: to unite the sixteen races of Disboard, defeat Tet, and become the gods of this new, gaming-is-everything world.
Scorpio: Rurouni Kenshin - 95 Episodes
In the final years of the Bakumatsu era lived a legendary assassin known as Hitokiri Battousai. Feared as a merciless killer, he was unmatched throughout the country, but mysteriously disappeared at the peak of the Japanese Revolution. It has been ten peaceful years since then, but the very mention of Battousai still strikes terror into the hearts of war veterans.
Unbeknownst to them, Battousai has abandoned his bloodstained lifestyle in an effort to repent for his sins, now living as Kenshin Himura, a wandering swordsman with a cheerful attitude and a strong will. Vowing never to kill again, Kenshin dedicates himself to protecting the weak. One day, he stumbles across Kaoru Kamiya at her kendo dojo, which is being threatened by an impostor claiming to be Battousai. After receiving help from Kenshin, Kaoru allows him to stay at the dojo, and so the former assassin temporarily ceases his travels.
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan tells the story of Kenshin as he strives to save those in need of saving. However, as enemies from both past and present begin to emerge, will the reformed killer be able to uphold his new ideals?
+ 3 of the most badass live action movie adaptations
Sagittarius: Nurarihyon no Mago - 48 Total Episodes (2 Seasons)
Rikuo Nura doesn’t want anything to do with evil youkai, and just wants a normal life. Too bad he’s a quarter youkai, and Nurarihyon, his grandfather, is insistent that he takes over as head of the Nura Clan. He’s able to keep his supernatural secret life hidden from his classmates, as he can only transform into a youkai at night, for six hours at a time.
Unfortunately for him, various youkai factions are out to target both his youkai and human friends, and like it or not, he needs to embrace his youkai side. Life is not easy when you’re Nurarihyon’s grandson
Capricorn: Hamatora - 24 Total Episodes (2 Seasons)
The ability to create miracles is not just a supernatural phenomenon; it is a gift which manifests in a limited number of human beings. “Minimum,” or small miracles, are special powers that only selected people called “Minimum Holders” possess. The detective agency Yokohama Troubleshooting, or Hamatora for short, is composed of the “Minimum Holder PI Duo,” Nice and Murasaki. Their office is a lone table at Cafe Nowhere, where the pair and their coworkers await new clients.
Suddenly, the jobs that they begin to receive seem to have strange connections to the serial killer whom their friend Art, a police officer, is searching for. The murder victims share a single similarity: they are all Minimum Holders. Nice and Murasaki, as holders themselves, are drawn to the case—but what exactly is the link between Nice and the one who orchestrates it all?
Aquarius: Trigun - 26 Episodes
Vash the Stampede is the man with a $$60,000,000,000 bounty on his head. The reason: he’s a merciless villain who lays waste to all those that oppose him and flattens entire cities for fun, garnering him the title “The Humanoid Typhoon.” He leaves a trail of death and destruction wherever he goes, and anyone can count themselves dead if they so much as make eye contact—or so the rumors say. In actuality, Vash is a huge softie who claims to have never taken a life and avoids violence at all costs.
With his crazy doughnut obsession and buffoonish attitude in tow, Vash traverses the wasteland of the planet Gunsmoke, all the while followed by two insurance agents, Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who attempt to minimize his impact on the public. But soon, their misadventures evolve into life-or-death situations as a group of legendary assassins are summoned to bring about suffering to the trio. Vash’s agonizing past will be unraveled and his morality and principles pushed to the breaking point.
Pisces: Gangsta. - 12 Episodes
Nicholas Brown and Worick Arcangelo, known in the city of Ergastalum as the “Handymen,” are mercenaries for hire who take on jobs no one else can handle. Contracted by powerful mob syndicates and police alike, the Handymen have to be ready and willing for anything. After completing the order of killing a local pimp, the Handymen add Alex Benedetto—a prostitute also designated for elimination—to their ranks to protect her from forces that want her gone from the decrepit hellhole of a city she has come to call home. However, this criminal’s paradise is undergoing a profound period of change that threatens to corrode the delicate balance of power.
Ergastalum was once a safe haven for “Twilights,” super-human beings born as the result of a special drug but are now being hunted down by a fierce underground organization. This new threat is rising up to challenge everything the city stands for, and the Handymen will not be able to avoid this coming war.
So I’m catching up on the newest Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode and decided to also re-watch Bon Bon the Birthday Clown to refresh my memory when I noticed something interesting about Star’s wand when she summons the All Seeing Eye.
During both Bon Bon, and Raid the Cave, Star’s wand gets a snake-like eye in the center. One that looks very similar to another wand-wielder we saw previously:
Celena the Shy.
Perhaps the “trove of cosmic secrets” Celena hid behind her fan were things she learned from using the All Seeing Eye spell? In which case, maybe the reason the spell is credited to Eclipsa’s chapter is not because she was the first to discover it… but rather she was simply the first to record it?