Well here’s a show that flew under my radar. Some peeps recommended I check this one out so here I am.
First of all, in case the screen grab didn’t already make it clear, the show is all CG. However, I personally see it as good Japanese CG in the sense that it’s not that big of a deal. In fact, I’d argue the show works better this way than if it were hand drawn. That or I’m just mesmerized by the Gems’ shiny hair.
We started the episode with two fighter Gems looking for Phos because Master Kongo was calling “them” and also because the Lunarians (Moon Dwellers) were about to attack. Phos hoped “he” called “them” (Yeah I’m just going to refer to the Gems as women despite them technically not having genders) over to assign her to the battlefield but he did not.
The Lunarians invade Earth every so often to hunt Gems and harvest their shininess for decorations like Heliodor here whose fragments were used as arrows.
Master Kongo with Phos following behind got rid of the Lunarians when it looked like the two that fought them were in trouble. Dunno why the others didn’t come help them. Must have been scared or very few of them were skilled Fighter Gems. Anyway Master Kongo used a powerful scream to get rid of the Lunarians and scold the Gems…I think.
Unfortunately he forgot Phos was nearby and she couldn’t handle the sonic waves. Plus she’s one of the weakest Gems on the isle, being so fragile even a simple handshake could break her hand. That’s why he didn’t make her a fighter. He then told her that there was an important job for her, compiling the world’s encyclopedia. Phos wasn’t exactly thrilled about her new job.
Back at home base we learned that the Gems are technically immortal. As long as there are enough shards they can be put back together. They hoped to one day gather Heliodor’s missing shards to restore her. Back to Phos. She tried to shove the encyclopedia responsibility on someone else but when she tried to prove herself a Fighter it didn’t go well so she begrudgingly accepted the role.
Phos didn’t know how to start filling up the encyclopedia. The others recommended she go talk to Cinnabar. Problem is Cinnabar, for some reason, emits\ted silver poison that damaged everything it touched, especially Gems. Should they get a smudge of poison anywhere near their bodies they’d lose some of their memories. For that reason Cinnabar was assigned to “night patrol”. That and she seemed to not have a problem walking outside at night whereas other Gems were powerless without sunlight (I think). However, Lunarians only attack when the sun is up. So yeah, Cinnabar’s life is a lonely and miserable one. Despite initially not wanting to go look for her she ended up doing it anyway, especially because everyone else treated her like an outcast and she pitied her. She eventually ran into Cinnabar…and some Lunarians on a forbidden cliff just before the sun set.
To sum up what happened next Phos felt really bad for Cinnabar and wanted to find a something else for her to do. Basically she didn’t want her to be alone anymore and made it a priority to find a way for Cinnabar to walk freely with the others during daylight.
This show is a bit complicated to explain why I enjoyed it. I suppose it’s a similar reason to Girls’ Last Tour. It’s calming yet very melancholic. I’m VERY INTRIGUED to see what happens next. Plus it looks super pretty.
I’d like to take a short minute to talk a bit more about the genderless/androgynous thing. Now I imagine some may see the Gems as shotas/pretty boys and I choose to address them as girls…basically “Steven Universe rules”. I see them more as having both boyish and feminine traits. Not quite pretty boys or sexy beasts. Close enough to be either handsome or sexy depending on their hairstyle I guess. I’ll stick to using “he” for Master Kongo and “she” for the Gems because referring to every character as “they” would be kind of confusing (even if “they/them” is the correct way to address them all)