Feeling lost after marathoning Voltron and don’t know what to now do with your life?
Feeling the need for more tv about fun space families?
Wanna see more of Josh Keaton as a Space Dad™?
May I present:
YOU GET NOT ONE:
ANGRY SPACE BUNNY
ANGEL BABY SWEETHEART AI
YOU GET FANTASTIC STORIES AND WONDERFUL CHARACTER AND RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT HEADED BY JIM KRIEG (creator Spooksville, writer on multiple DC animated products) AND GIANCARLO VOLPE (director on ATLA and Star Wars: The Clone Wars)*
YOU GET GORGEOUS ANIMATION
“But Annica,” you say, “I don’t know anything about the Green Lantern mythos or DC. I won’t understand any of it!”
You won’t need to know the background! The story accessible and easy for anyone who doesn’t have background on Green Lantern. You might miss a few easter eggs within the series, but plot and character wise, you won’t be left out of the loop.
“But I’m not a huge fan of 3D animation on tv shows” you say.
Once upon a time, I was very much in you position, and I will admit, at the beginning, it may seem a big jarring, but honestly the animation fits very well with the series and it grows to be absolutely gorgeous and you’ll soon stop noticing the initial difference that was throwing you off.
“But Hal Jordan is a jerk!”
Oooooooooh yes he is. Normally. Believe you me I am aware. Normally at least - however this version of Hal Jordan, while at times cocky, has wonderful development and becomes a very likeable character. All the characters are written in ways that, even if you don’t like them, you will sympathise with them at points (hell even some of the villains).
So basically what I’m trying to say is
Go watch Green Lantern: The Animated Series
(*you may also get tears. Just saying it now so you don’t hate on me later)
For kicks. Ties allowed. Eastern and Western Allowed.
Honorable Mentions -Star Butterfly (Star vs. The Forces of Evil)Korra (The Legend of Korra)
(Gravity Falls) Ice King (Adventure Time)
Louise Belcher (Bob’s Burgers)Razer (Green Lantern: The Animated Series)
(One Punch Man)
I’ve sat on this for a bit, putting my thoughts together. I think I have a cohesive concept comparing My Hero Academia and modern, western comics. I’d like to caveat this by saying that I’m not talking about ALL comics put out by the Big Two. There are good books put out by Marvel and DC, I’m sure, but this is about ideals and concepts.
I’m not a big anime fan, but a friend got me into My Hero Academia and I fell in love with it immediately. And I realized why I did so, passionately. The show captures something I felt has been missing from the modern comics industry for a while now, but for the longest time I couldn’t place my finger on it.
It hit me while rewatching episode 12 of the first season. Boku no Hero Academia isn’t just good, it is sincere. Everything is sincere. From the characters to their motivations to plots and concepts, its all done from a place of genuine feeling.
The easiest example is, of course, All Might and Deku. Both are written so honestly, earnestly, that you can believe that All Might not only believes in what he says, but that he could be what he says. And Deku’s emotions, his beliefs, his fears and idolization of heroes all feel genuine, like somebody who could live in our world.
But you also have characters like Stain. For all intents and purposes, he’s an Anti-Hero/Villain, like The Punisher. But his convictions, his actions and his ideals are what stops him from being a cliche. Again, you can believe that somebody like Stain could exist. You can believe somebody could behave that way if pushed too far. And he’s realistic, from his gear focusing expressly on what gives him an advantage but also the fact that he’s not unbeatable and that he actually loses.
The characters, good or bad, are written sincerely. If they’re grim, they’re not grim for the sake of some gimmick or trend. If they’re heroic, its not a subversion (and even subversions like Endeavor are shown to be nakedly in the wrong).
But in addition, you also have the writing being genuine. These characters aren’t being written with an agenda or politics in mind. They’re people, facing people’s problems like parental abuse, broken homes, egotism, family tragedy and striving to match your idols.
Izuku Midoriya is everything people liked about classic Spider-Man. He’s a kid, just a kid, given great power and has to struggle with that power to do good. Sure, he doesn’t quip or hang on walls, but his journey is the same we followed Peter through decades ago.
The writing is focusing on these characters being heroes and nothing else. And the show slowly opens up a greater lore, bringing it from the background to the foreground, I’m struck by the fact that the characters aren’t bogged down in decades of contradicting backstory, retcons and editorial demands.
It harkens back to shows I really loved even 7 years ago; Earth’s Mightest Heroes, Green Lantern the Animated Series and Spectacular Spider-Man. All three of these were just about heroes being heroes, free of the politics of comic books.
I realized that My Hero Academia is what Marvel and DC comics should have been, and once were long ago.
In their waning relevance, the Big Two, have taken to constantly retconning, relaunching, rewriting their stories. They’ve taken to interjecting politics almost constantly into their books. They follow trends almost universally instead of standing on their own.
In short, that is what Marvel and DC lack, while My Hero Academia has it in spades: Genuine Sincerity.
Come on Fanterns! We can’t give up hope! Young Justice managed to achieve the unthinkable, their show was brought back on Netflix and is revived for the new season they’ve long been waiting for!
Let us follow their example, we loved the show Green Lantern The Animated Series! Let’s try to get it back on Netflix, and with any luck, we can get ourselves uncancelled and renewed for another season like Young Justice did.
Our show was unjustly cancelled before it could finish telling it’s story. The characters, writing, animation, acting, music…it was all unforgettable and beautifully done. But their story is not over yet. Let’s show Warner Brothers, Netflix and DC comics there is still a strong and dedicated audience of fans who love and support this show, and hopefully create even more new fans as well. Help us bring this amazing show back.
Please spread this around to as many people you can and please sign it. We can do this guys!
“In brightest day, in blackest night, No evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!”-Green Lantern’s oath.
@shiro2hero wants me to do this so here are my top anecdotes that sound fake but aren’t:
-I once dated a guy who is now a minor celeb and won the Glee project but that was when we were 14
-I also babysat a girl who is now headlining a Disney channel show
-the former ambassador from Hondorus bought me a beer at a party because she thought I was spunky
-she then hired me as an intern for a month
-I once got drunk with Jennifer Coolage because my mom saved her life when she tripped down some stairs
-I also had a full 2 hour conversation with Maisie Williams (aka: Arya Stark) because I didn’t know who she was at the time but now we are twitter mutuals?
-a joke I made about a character in the Green Lantern Animated Series got heard by one of the writers and he liked it so much he put it in and I got a writing credit for that episode
-I started the sexy dwarf meme that was popular when the first hobbit movie came out ad the cast saw it and sent me a signed cast photo of all of them
-I gave my first blowjob to a guy at a Christian summer camp
-also got eaten out then too
-a friend of mine that I had to drive to the hospital because she had a Barbie stuck up her ass is now being ordained as a priest
-I got cussed out by Mitt Romney
[The reason why the Young Justice toyline failed was that] Green Lantern bombed at the box office. That was a big part of it. We were all kind of grouped together, when you make a toy deal all those decisions go together with all the projects that are happening. So you’ve got the Green Lantern television show, and Young Justice, and we were all kinda bundled together with that movie. When it didn’t do very well at the box office, not that it didn’t do very well it did horribly, and it’s kind of like having a run on the bank, Walmart and Target were like “stop making toys” and you can’t stop making just the Green Lantern [movie] toys, it’s everything that was bundled in there. So when they turned that one off the faucet turned off on all of those projects and all the toys that were funding Young Justice and Green Lantern The Animated Series and that kind of thing. So it was more just bad timing I would say.
Khary Payton (Aqualad) talking about why the Young Justice toyline was cancelled. Along with Greg Weisman, and Christopher Jones at Young Justice Panel at Convergence 2016 x
So with Cartoon Network rebooting the Powerpuff Girls this April (oh yeah, THAT won’t date this later), here’s a short list of a few things CN could do along with PPG.
~Bring Back Sym-Bionic Titan
a show that never really deserved to be cancelled (be it for “toy sales” or low rating). Titan was one of the best things that came out of the Dark Era of CN. Hopefully with Samurai Jack coming back then maybe we can get Titan to return…I can dream, can’t I?
~Galactic Kids Next Door
the sequel to the awesome Codename: Kids Next Door series would be great to the line up of old shows becoming new on the channel. Imagine if in the months before the 1st episode they played the original series so as to get today’s kids caught up. I wanna see the remaining members of Sector V take on the Galactic Kids Next Door and their newest recruit: Numbah One of Earth.
~The Life and Times of Juniper Lee
a magical girl show (without the transformation scenes) where an 11-year old girl not only talks smack but will punch monsters many times larger than her. The show ending it’s 3rd season (for the longest time I thought it only had 2) on a kind of cliff-hanger, it’d be nice if we could get some kind of closure (I really want my Dark Ending HeadCanon to be replaced with a happy ending)
Honorable Mention: Green Lantern: The Animated Series/ Young Justice
these are honorable mention because it’s on DC and not CN or WB (well maybe a bit on WB)
Honorable Mention: Cartoon Network Groovies
small music videos using or about certain cartoons that played during the commercials were a welcome change of pace.
Honorable Mention: Whatever Happened To Robot Jones?
a series about a socially awkward robot boy trying to fit in with humans and animated in a “School House Rock” style…yes please.
Honorable Mention (the last): Dententionaire
for a while Cartoon Network was considering Dententionaire (more than likely Johnny Test scared the execs to bring anything else from Canada for a while, DAMN YOU TEST! DAMN YOU!) it is a great mystery conspiracy show that I’m not gonna mention lest I spoil anything.
What did you like the most about Green Latern: The Animated Series?
Wow ok this has been sitting in my drafts for an unnecessary amount of time because I honestly wasn’t sure how to answer?? “All of it” seemed too simplistic
I think what I love most about it is the atmosphere, and how the show just. Immerses you in the universe. From the point where Hal sneaks onto the interceptor, Kilowog firmly inserts himself on the Interceptor’s crew, Razer flinches from killing someone, or Aya asks what a joyride is, you’re there.
It’s not just the writing that draws you in, even though that’s a large part of it. It’s the environments, how the music and the colors set the tone, and how vibrant the characters are.
Plus this show has some of the best 3D animation I’ve ever seen, hands down. It surpasses Frozen in how diverse and visually memorable it all is. I mean. Look at this.
In between the environments, the characters, the sound design, and the writing, you feel like you’re there with the crew. You see things from all of their perspectives in an experience so immersive that Resident Evil is crying in a corner.
Another reason is for years Hal Jordan has been really badly handled by writers, but in GLTAS he’s brave, caring, and clever. He may be reckless, but he’s loyal and sees the good in people. This version of Hal would probably punch his Cry For Justice counterpart in the face and I love that.
Well, actually, he’d punch him in the stomach, and then headbutt him in the face, but my point stands.
Been in a GLTAS kinda mood lately…God I miss this show so much,it was so good! I wanna know what happens next since I can’t do it myself. my sad attempts at a reincarnation of Aya in human form *sighs* also I’m still fighing to design Blue Lantern Razer,I feel I am getting closer to a winner.