So, uh, new episode today.
It’s super unclear what’s going on with the season length. In theory today’s episode, “Familiar,” should be the finale. That would have been how it was originally produced. Then “Together Alone,” next week’s, would be the season six premiere.
A bunch of sites are reporting this whole run of episodes as an extension to season 5. But as far as I can tell, there’s no actual justification for this. It seems to be a game of telephone based on this one GeoCitiestastic TV-related Web site that I’d never previously heard of but that everyone kept parroting, “Oh, no, they’re reputable!”
Going to their records, this reputable site looks like it has a history of crossing out and changing previous listings for the show, presumably as new information arises. Which to be fair is reputable behavior. But, um. Yeah. Internet, right?
It’s not implausible that CN has done something weird and granted a production extension to season 5, or randomly reclassified the first six episodes of season 6 as the end of the prior season, but there’s been no prior indication of this. Everything we’ve heard until now is that this is the back half of a 52-episode order, the original season 3. So. I dunno. I guess somewhere, somehow, we’ll eventually get clarity on this.
What I’m really here to talk about, though, is chests. By which I mean busts. On the female characters, here.
I mean, it’s technically a kids’ show. It makes sense that they wouldn’t be focusing on boobs. The Gems… well, conceptually they have no reason to even be humanoid, but if you just take it as read that characters like this are going to kind of look like people, even then it’s hard to explain why they would have breasts as such, considering what they are. But there’s a grander stylistic thing going on here, that the show does, that I find kind of interesting.
With few exceptions, none of the female (or female-presenting) characters seem to have clearly-defined boobs, but neither, usually, are they drawn with conspicuously flat chests. Rather, their torsos are all sort of rounded trapezoids, so that depending on their posture and clothing, breasts can be implied or not. Often, draping something over the top of the torso and baring the midriff (e.g., default Stevonnie, sometimes Jenny Pizza) is enough to suggest a bust without actually drawing one.
But, stick 'em in a different outfit, have them stand a different way, and that vanishes.
It’s all kind of androgynous on a physiological level.
The two obvious exceptions I can see are Rose and Sadie.
Both of them are heavier characters, and in terms of symbolism I can see how the legendary dead mother figure is going to have boobs, human or not. But it’s… a little curious that it’s really only these two.
Like, is there any other connection besides them both being heavy-set? Some thematic parallel I’m missing?
Also why is it nearly for every Steven Universe character, a generic Google Image Search is perfectly fine whether or not you’re using safe search – except for Priyanka Maheswaran?