Steven Universe

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Steven Universe
GenreAdventure
Action
Comedy-drama
Science Fantasy
Surreal
Musical
Created byRebecca Sugar
Directed bySupervising Director:
Ian Jones-Quartey
Art Direction:
Kevin Dart (season 1, episodes 1-12 (2013-2014))
Elle Michalka
Animation Director:
Nick DeMayo
Voices ofZach Callison
Estelle
Michaela Dietz
Deedee Magno Hall
Matthew Moy
Kate Micucci
Tom Scharpling
Grace Rolek
Opening theme"We Are the Crystal Gems", written by Rebecca Sugar & arranged by Jeff Liu
Ending themeEnding Theme (Love Like You) written by Rebecca Sugar and composed by Aivi & Surasshu
Composer(s)Aivi Tran
Steven "Surasshu" Velema
Additional Music:
Nick DeMayo
Rebecca Sugar
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes160 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Rebecca Sugar
Producer(s)Jackie Buscarino
Supervising Producer:
Chuck Austen
Running time11 minutes
Production company(s)Cartoon Network Studios[1]
Release
Original networkCartoon Network TV Network
Picture format1080i (14:9 HDTV) (14:9)
Audio formatDolby Surround
First shown inJuly 27, 2013 (pilot)
Original releaseDecember 17, 2018 – present
External links
Website

Steven Universe is an animated series on Cartoon Network. It is about a young boy called Steven Universe, who is half gem (an alien race who are made of gem crystals) and half human, and follows his story with the Crystal Gems, a rebel group against the Gem Homeworld.

Context[change | change source]

Gem Society[change | change source]

Gems are an all-female-appearing alien race made up of a gem crystal and a "hard light" form that makes up their personal appearance. Gem society is divided in such a way that each type of Gem, e.g. diamonds, pearls e.t.c. have a role in society.

Diamonds are the ruling class of the Gem Homeworld, served by servant Pearls. There are three known diamonds: Pink Diamond, Blue Diamond and Yellow Diamond. All other Gems are either assigned to a Diamond (apart from Pink, because she is not present on Homeworld), or unaligned. Unaligned gems are either rebels or corrupted (corruption is the corruption of a hard light form, forcing the Gem to take on the appearance of a monster).

Homeworld colonises other worlds so that new Gems can be formed from the minerals found in the ground; this had devastating impacts when Earth was in the process of colonisation.

The Crystal Gems[change | change source]

The Crystal Gems are a rebel group led by Rose Quartz . They previously fought Homeworld because Rose Quartz wanted to protect the life on Earth. After the Diamonds (Yellow, Blue, and White) forced the end of the war with the corruption Gems on Earth (aside from the main Crystal Gems because of Rose's shield), the rebel group went into hiding, although since the birth of Steven, they have had more contact with Homeworld. (Rose gave up her phsical form to make Steven so she was never really in the show other than memories from the gems and Greg ( Steven's dad)

They are currently composed of Steven, Connie, Pearl, Garnet, Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Peridot and occasionally Bismuth at times.

Fusion[change | change source]

Fusion is the process in which the hard light forms of two gems are forced together by choice to create a new form, and a new personality of the Gem. It can only be achieved by perfect synchronisation of two Gems. Steven is an exception to this rule - because he possesses Pink Diamond's Gem in his body, he is capable of fusing with both humans and Gems, for example, with Connie to form Stevonnie.

Fusion between different Gem classes is strongly discouraged.

Characters[change | change source]

Main[change | change source]

  • Steven Universe, Jr. (half-human half-Gem, main character)
  • Garnet (fusion of Ruby and Sapphire, Steven's Mother or Sister figure)
  • Amethyst-5-8XM (Crystal Gem from Earth, Steven's Mother or sister figure)
  • Pearl (Crystal Gem, served on Homeworld before she met Rose Quartz) (Steven's Mother or Sister figure)

Minor[change | change source]

  • Peridot-2F5L-5XG (A Homeworld gem, friend of Steven and Lapis Lazuli)
  • Lapis Lazuli (A Homeworld gem, friend of Steven and Peridot)
  • Connie Maheswaran (Steven's best friend)
  • Lars Barriga of the Stars (Worker at the Big Donut) (Steven and Lars have a complicated relationship)
  • Sadie Miller (Worker at the Big Donut store, Steven's friend)
  • Lion (Steven's magical pet lion)
  • Greg DeMayo-Universe (Steven's father)
  • Pink Diamond (A Diamond gem who ruled before sacrificing herself)
  • Ruby (A Crystal Gem who fuses with Sapphire to form Garnet) (unconditional love for Sapphire)
  • Sapphire (A Crystal Gem who fuses with Ruby to form Garnet) (unconditional love for Ruby)
  • Yellow Diamond (A Diamond gem from Homeworld)
  • Blue Diamond (A Diamond gem from Homeworld)
  • White Diamond (A Diamond gem from Homeworld)
  • Jasper (A Homeworld gem and rival of the Crystal Gems)
  • Doug Maheswaran (Connie's father)
  • Dr. Priyanka Maheswaran (Connie's mother)
  • Mr. Fryman (Owner of the local fries shop, Beach Citywalk Fries)
  • Peedee (Son of Mr. Fryman, Beach Citywalk Fries worker, younger brother of Ronaldo)
  • Ronaldo (Beach City's local conspiracy theorist, son of Mr. Fryman, older brother of Peedee)
  • Harold Smiley (Manager of Beach City's fair, Funland, and arcade)
  • Mayor Bill Dewey (Beach City's mayor)
  • Yellowtail (Fisherman, Onion's father and Sour Cream's Step Father)
  • Onion (Steven's friend) (mysterious)
  • Kofi Pizza (Owner of Fish Stew Pizza, the local pizza shop)
  • Kiki Pizza (Daughter of Kofi, twin sister of Jenny)
  • Gunga "Nanefua" Pizza (Mother of Kofi)
  • "The Cool Kids" (Steven's friends)
    • Buck Dewey (Bill Dewey's son)
    • Sour Cream (Yellowtail's step-son)
    • Jenny Pizza (Kofi's daughter, twin sister of Kiki)

References[change | change source]