Animated television has always pushed the boundaries. The Flintstones was one of the first shows to regularly feature a couple in bed. that and The Jetsons were also among the first regularly scheduled color broadcasts. Anime television has grown to fill all niches, with many popular episodic sitcoms and serialized stories. Additionally, modern animated television is full of queer portrayals.
Starting about a decade ago, it became more common for animation programs to use the medium to explore things like sexuality and gender identity. Often, the lived experiences of show makers inform these characters and stories. Plus, since animated TV tends to be age-appropriate, these shows can be ideal for LGBTQ+ adults to nurture and validate their inner children, who might have felt neglected when there wasn’t. so much representation in the media. These shows are also entertaining and multifaceted. With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which anime TV shows are the best to watch this Pride month. Check out the following shows, all of which have weird personalities that shine in animation.
adventure timeon Cartoon Network is one of the most iconic television shows of the 2010s. The sometimes serialized, sometimes episodic cartoon features many queer icons. The main cast consists of two ex-lovers, Princess Bubblegum (Hynden Walch) and Marceline the Vampire Queen (Olivia Olson). The chemistry between the two is easy to spot, and their relationship gets more attention in episodes like “What Was Missing.” Eventually, their relationship moves from subtext to plot point, with the pair sharing an on-screen kiss during the series finale. adventure time also includes BMO (Niki Yang), everyone’s favorite genderfluid robot. BMO is an adorable, anthropomorphized GameBoy-like robot. Episodes that feature BMO, like “BMO Noire” and “The More You Moe, The Moe You Know,” are some of the show’s best.
Craig of the Creek
Craig of the Creek is a show by longtime Cartoon Network writers matt burnet and Ben Levin (Steven Universe). The show is notable for featuring many LGBT characters. A multitude of non-binary characters adorn the series, along with odd relationships. Raj (Parvesh Cheena) and Shawn (H. Michael Cronerlisten)), a couple known as the Honeysuckle Rangers, are a gay couple from across the creek who help the main characters throughout the series. Also, JP, one of Craig’s best friends, has an older sister in a same-sex relationship. Kelsey (Georgina Cordova/Noel Wells), Craig’s other best friend, is also romantically involved with Stacks (Montse Hernandez), making her one of the other lesbian characters in the series. Beyond that, there are plenty of supporting LGBTQ+ roles throughout the show, and the show takes a refreshingly laid-back approach to LGBT representation.
Danger & Eggs
Danger & Eggs on Amazon is one of the most openly LGBTQ+ cartoons on television. J.D. Danger (Aidey Bryant) is a gender nonconforming lesbian who is friends with a giant talking egg named Phillip (Eric Knobel). The show is for all ages and Shadi Petosky, the series’ creator, said she wanted the show to have “innocent, pre-dating LGBTQ friendships” while being open. They did not want the show to use metaphors to imply anything about gender identity and sexuality; they want everyone watching to know the characters are weird because they’re proud. The first season finale even takes place during a Pride festival. The show is a sensational experience and well worth the watch. It even features the vocal talents of “Weird Al” Yankovic.
Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) and Poison Ivy (Bell Lake) relationship in the harley quinn DC’s animated series is believable and iconic. Which begins as a very intimate friendship between the two buds in an openly Sapphic romance. The two are also in an open relationship, which matches their runaway personalities. While some have criticized the show for delving into stereotypes about bisexual people and infidelity, open relationships aren’t cheating. The series explores the relationship between Harley and Ivy not only through a romantic lens, but also as part of being lifelong friends and confidants to each other. If you love watching badass women being gay and committing crimes, then harley quinn is for you.
OK KO! let’s be heroes
OK KO! let’s be heroes is another Cartoon Network show that uses its platform to showcase same-sex relationships and gender-nonconforming identities. Ian Jones-Quarteythe show’s creator, has previously worked on Adventure Time and Steven Universe, the latter frequently attributing his influence to his depiction of romantic relationships. In OK KO! let’s be heroesthere are gay marriages and gay villains alongside heroes like Joff (James Urbaniak) and Nick Army. (Chris Niosi) For the most part, the show is about being a hero and kicking ass, and it does a good job of positive queer portrayal.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
When She-Ra and the Princesses of Power debuted, anyone with an active gaydar has clocked it as one of the weirdest shows on television. At first glance, the series might deny any romantic relationship, especially in the first season. However, once it was seen that the show’s largely positive response was largely due to its LGBTQ+ representation, network executives left the showrunners to focus more on relationships and non-conforming roles. gender. Adore (Aimee Carrero) and Catra (AJ Michalka), the two protagonists develop a romantic relationship throughout the series. At the end of the series, it is impossible to identify straight characters in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.
Steven Universe is another Cartoon Network show that changed what it meant to feature non-binary characters on TV. The main character, Steven (Zach Callison), is a Crystal Gem, a race of non-binary aliens, several of whom have established life on Earth. Steven is also half human. The show explores what it means to develop a sense of identity for oneself. Although Steven may be coded as masculine at first glance, his gender is more fluid. Other odd characters include Garnet (Is she), which is the embodiment of the love between Ruby (Charlyne Yi) and Sapphire (Erica Lutrell), two crystal gems. Pearl (Deedee Magno Hall) and rose quartz (Susan Egan) are another pair of non-binary lovers at the center of the show. Romantic relationships abound, and the showrunners do a great job of showcasing fluidity in romantic relationships and personal identity. It’s no surprise that the show’s creator, Rebecca Sugaris the first non-binary showrunner on Cartoon Network.
The Legend of Korra
The Legend of Korra is a remarkable animated television series for hundreds of reasons. It follows the critically acclaimed film Avatar: The Last Airbender, with many fans favoring the new show. Fans and critics also note that The Legend of Korra had one of the first depictions of a lesbian couple on a children’s television network. Kora (Janet Varney), the Avatar, behind Asami (Seychelles Gabriel) at the beginning of the series. Fans immediately started shipping the two, and the payoff for fans comes with the series finale. While it might be disappointing not to see the on-screen relationship beyond the chemistry the two shared before the final moment they start dating, it feels like a better parallel to the first series, in which we see Avatar Aang (Zach Tyler Eisen) and Katara (Mae Whitman) the friendship also turns into a relationship in the final moments of the series. Additionally, if you need to read more about Korra and Asami’s encounters in the official canon, the creators released graphic novels that are a continuation of the story, picking up where the series left off.
Twelve forever is a wonderful television season created by Julia Vickerman for Netflix. The main character of the series, Reggie (Kelsy Abbott), is a twelve-year-old girl whose desire to never grow up allows her to enter the world of Endless, where all her imaginations are real. Reggie also has a crush on his classmate Connelly (Stephanie Beatrice), another girl with a wild imagination and a penchant for storytelling. There are other LGBTQ+ characters on the show, and the show is designed as a coming-of-age story about a young queer girl discovering her identity.