Parents' Guide to

Steven Universe: Wanted

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Steven Universe's world goes dark in game-changing special.

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age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+


SO INTERESTING!!!!! It adds a lot to the already deep Steven Universe plot, and it also generates a plethora of questions you may be thinking about in the future. I'm surprised the Common Sense Media reviewer only gave it 4 stars, when it really should be 5!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.
age 2+


Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (7 ):

This four-episode "special event" marks a huge tonal shift for the show. The dark and brooding elements of Steven's backstory bubble to the surface here, but Steven Universe: Wanted manages to retain real heart and humor while expanding its mythology. Perhaps most noteworthy is the depiction of male friendships. Steven and Lars learn to be vulnerable and honest with one another about their feelings, which isn't something we always see in adventure-based shows, especially between males. There's also a thought-provoking storyline about a group of "Off Colors" -- a roaming band of Gems who have been rejected for their imperfections, and who fear being shattered by the higher-ups of Homeworld, the Diamonds. It's an anime-tinged version of the "Island of Misfit Toys" idea, and it works beautifully to reinforce the message Steven has been learning from his caretaker, Crystal Gems, throughout the show's run: that all lives are valuable.

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