Some part of me is telling me I kinda underestimated Adventure Time. Because if it weren't for that, other cartoons probably wouldn't exist. By that I mean certain people who worked on it went on to make cartoons of their own, which would have an Adventure Time like template to them. One of them being Steven Universe.
I'd call it a great blend of
! Aside from Korra, this has become a favorite modern cartoon of mine! Everything about the setup and ideas just scream of creativity, while to hidden depth is what really sells this show for me.
I also really love the characters, and the whole cast in general. Pearl's probably my favorite crystal gem aside from Steven. Lars, Sadie, Connie, and Onion are probably my favorite citizens of Beach City. The first two making a solid duo with the slacker jerk and his more kind hard working foil. Connie relationship with Steven is pretty cute, and Onion....kinda scares, but it also makes him pretty funny.
One thing I give this show major kudos too is just how convincing and believable of a child character Steven is. The child voice actor does help, but he's written like a genuine kid. He makes mistakes, but he owns up to them. He's usually behaves, but can disobey now and then, and he takes joy in everything that his life has to offer. It gives him that kinda endearing lovable charm similar to classic SpongeBob.
If you didn't care for Adventure Time, you'll probably won't like this either, but trust me when I say it's one of the best cartoons airing today. In fact it kinda gives me more encouragement to check out Adventure Time....provided I actually get around to it.