fuck i really am hype for clarence
it feels like half of what Steven Universe was except SU was terrible imo
if adventure time’s big shtick is that its fantastical and wacky with small moments of down-to-earth humanity that take you aback, then Clarence is probably the opposite, where it’s down-to-earth and normal so the quirky nature of it is what makes it fun to watch
Steven Universe feels like half and half of this? Like it wants to be fantasy-oriented and down-to-earth at the same time but it causes the whole thing to feel a weird form of sterile and uninteresting, at least in my opinion
AT had power from having their characters go through colorful and wacky ordeals, which lead to the character learning about themselves in a human and realistic way
Clarence is goofy fun, but beyond the dumbness there’s a whole setting of the life of a weird little kid in suburbia who goes through everything most children go through these days
and SU feels like neither, but wants to be both. It wants to have wacky ordeals that are solved through normalcy, or normal situations with colorful or strange solutions, but this means there’s no weight on either side of the scale, its totally neutral and has hardly any appeal besides design. The only way you can like it, it seems, is if you come into it like “oh yeah i’m so ready to watch this show about female empowerment and junior philosophy and family values” and dont expect it to be a show that’s entertaining to a clean slate.
but ye. Clarence Hype.