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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is an American animated cartoon series created by Noelle Stevenson airing as a Netflix Original Series exclusive. A reboot of Filmation's She-Ra: Princess of Power, which in itself was a spin-off of the show He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, it follows Adora and her fight against the evil Horde as the heroine She-Ra, the Princess of Power. The show premiered on November 13th, 2018 and was met with generally positive reviews upon release.
The show centers around Adora, a teenager raised on the planet Etheria by the tyrant Hordak, who rules over the planet with an iron fist with his army, the Horde. After getting lost in the woods while on a training mission to join the Horde, Adora comes across the magical Sword of Protection, transforming her into the titular She-Ra, the Princess of Power. Realizing the suffering of her people, she joins a small resistance group with her duty of rebuilding Princess Alliance, while leaving her old life behind, including her former childhood friend Catra, who has stayed with the Horde.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power was created by Noelle Stevenson and produced by Dreamworks Animation for Netflix. Prior to creating the show, Noelle was known for comics such as Nimona and Lumberjanes. She has also worked at Marvel Comics as a writer on Thor Anjual and Runaways, along with being a writer on the Disney show Wander Over Yonder since the show's second season.
The show was submitted to Netflix in 2016, initially as a one season series, but Stevenson reported there were four 13-episode arcs ready in November of 2018.
Character Design Controversy
On December 21st, 2017, YouTuber Alternative Mindz uploaded a video about the reboot titled "Netflix and DreamWorks bring She-Ra in 2018," which criticized the negative reaction to the She-Ra artwork (shown below).
On July 14th, 2018, YouTuber Clownfish TV uploaded a video titled "She-Ra Looks Like a Man?" in which the hosts compared the updated character design to "Ben 10 with a wig" (shown below, left). On July 15th, YouTuber Diversity & Comics uploaded a video titled "Boyish Lesbian Re-Imagines She-Ra As a Boyish Lesbian" (shown below, right).
The show has been generally received positively. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds a 100% approval rating from 14 critics with an average score of 7.58/10, and a 75% approval rating from audiences with a 3.9/5 average rating from 2,022 users. Some critics praised the show for its LGBT representation, with no characters presenting as strictly heterosexual.