We’ve had some particularly bad-ass ‘Women Crush Wednesday’ nominees here on AC. We’ve had women that have tackled Titans, that reap souls, and women that are absolute gangsters– in the literal sense of the word! But there’s one particular anime gal who hasn’t been getting the recognition she so deserves. A bad-ass who needs to be the talk of the town day and night- Garnet.
Okay, technically, Garnet isn’t an anime character. Steven Universe, by every definition, is an American-made cartoon. But like Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra before it, Steven Universe borrows heavily from Asian animation styles in a respectable and enjoyable way.
Anime fans of all ages owe it to themselves to watch Steven Universe, not only for its powerful messages, but its equally as powerful characters who convey those messages expertly. The most powerful character in Steven Universe, both literally and figuratively, is Garnet. Garnet is a bad-ass, take-no-prisoners person of color warrior! Yes, she is an alien, not technically a person of color if you think about it, but her character was designed with the intention of proving that strong women of color exist. Even her voice actress is a talented PoC singer by the name of Estelle.
Garnet doesn’t just deserve to be your ‘Women Crush Wednesday’, she honestly deserves to be everyone’s ‘Women Crush Everyday’! If you’ve seen the show, you know what I’m talking about.
If you haven’t seen Steven Universe, you should really get on it. It’s an extremely brilliant television series, full of messages of race equality, gender equality, and basic acceptance of people are different from yourself. It’s truly a great modern cartoon, and that means a lot coming from me, an avid hater of most modern cartoon shows (I can’t even look at Nickelodeon without erupting into flames).
In a show with such strong themes, Garnet truly conveys them the best, as she is literally the product of love and acceptance. Before I explain what I mean by that, it’s important that you know one basic piece of information regarding Steven Universe. If you already know everything about the show, please just skip over this.
Steven Universe follows the story of a young boy who is described as “half-human/half-gem”. Gems are extraterrestrial beings, they don’t have any set genders, but can take any form they please (most seem to take the form of a female humanoid). Gems are a named after the type of stone that is located somewhere on their body (except for Steven, who inherited his bellybutton gem from his mother, Rose Quartz).
Amethyst, Pearl, and Garnet are known as the Crystal Gems, protectors of Earth and guardians of Steven. I could go on and on about the history of Gems or why they came to Earth, but in order to save time, I’ll just talk about fusion.
For all you DBZ fans out there (so pretty much everyone), fusion in Steven Universe is pretty much the same thing- a special dance that two Gems perform to fuse together and make another, stronger Gem (Garnet/Pearl equals Sardonyx, for example).
Garnet is actually a fusion herself, comprised of two smaller Gems; Sapphire and Ruby. Believe it or not, Sapphire and Ruby are a couple. That’s right, this show aired for children on the Cartoon Network features a strong and non-discriminatory lesbian couple. This already makes Garnet one of the strongest characters in the series, because she represents a crowning achievement in American television, and television in general.
Garnet represents the love of Sapphire and Ruby, she represents their strength, their intelligence, their everything. She’s not only a powerful character, but a constant visual reminder that love and acceptance conquers all!
If you’re looking for a strong woman of color to admire, look no further than Garnet. You’ll find yourself loving the character quicker than you can finish episode one! That’s all I have to say, but before I go, let me leave you with another example of why Garnet should be you ‘Women Crush Everyday’:
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