Stevey Universo is on hiatus for who knows how long until the next Stefan Universum bomb, so why don’t you check out these two (2!) shows that both only lasted a season but were pretty good in their own right? first off is MOTORCITY (2012), originally aired on the Disney XD channel. 20 episodes.
I’ll start by saying that parts of this show can seem.. really cheesy. Certain dialogue and music, in particular - but it’s sorta in a good way! I mean, check out the theme (composed by Brendon Small, because of course) …
The animation and general art/character design is just plain gorgerous, and it gets even better when you find out that this was all pulled off in Flash! That alone is enough to watch it, I think - but thankfully, there’s more than just that. Motorcity takes place in an unclear far-off future where above Detroit, a new mega-city utopia has been built by the evil rich mastermind Abraham Kane (voiced by Mark Hamill.. the entire voice cast is A+ and he’s definitely the shining star) known as Detroit Deluxe. Underneath Detroit Deluxe lies the actual Detroit, now known as Motorcity. Kane leads his people with an iron fist and has banned all sorts of personal freedoms, one of those being.. cars.
The Burners - a group of scrappy rebels who live beneath Detroit Deluxe - rise to stop him… and a whole lot more goes on from there. It’s a good time.
Every episode is its own little adventure, and you learn a little bit more about the world these people live in, and it’s fairly fully-realized for just 20 episodes. It could’ve gone on even longer and been even greater.. but it doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, and it goes to some pretty great places. You’ll enjoy the ride. (It gets a little gay at parts, which is cool. Julie and the Amazons …)
In the midst of a invading occupation, two aliens (and one robot) flee to Earth, trying to escape a war that has conquered their planet - the princess
Ilana, the soldier-now-bodyguard Lance, and Octus (voiced by Brian Posehn, aka Sour Cream, so there’s that). They must blend in with humanity - specifically, high school - while dealing with alien threats sent their way and.. the struggles of being a teenager.
It draws inspiration from all sorts of stuff - mecha anime, John Hughes (16 Candles, The Breakfast Club) movies, and..
Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky. Each episode is its own little adventure whiiile also furthering an overarching plotline.. that would’ve surely amounted to even more, but sadly it only got one season. What’s there is still great, though!
(She looks just like Pearl, man. That’s cool. She’s even a little bit like her, if you squint.)
Sym-Bionic Titan was created by Genndy Tartakovsky - creator of Dexter’s Lab, that one cool Clone Wars series, Samurai Jack - and that alone should draw your interest, if you’re asking me. (Maybe now that Samurai Jack is returning, this can return as well? Who knows.) It’s engaging, it’s entertaining, it’s funny. Give it a go! There’s a lot of stuff to enjoy here, all sorts of strange themed episodes.. this is the only thing a lot of people know about Sym-Bionic Titan, and to be fair, it’s pretty great - but there’s so much more.