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/ March 7, 2013
How Watching Pen Ward’s Bravest Warriors Will Teach You How To Be Twenty-something

What would happen if Adventure Time and Futurama had a baby? That baby would be a little sinister and really crude. But what if that baby was raised in AT’s post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo and was raised by main characters Jake and Lady Rainicorn? Well it would take the form of creator Pendleton Ward’s latest cult venture Bravest Warriors: a kickass cartoon about four friends living in an invisible hideout on Mars, fighting intergalactic enemies as they wrestle with the uncertainty of their futures (sounds familiar, right?).

Last semester, we wrote about how Adventure Time is the perfect show for college students because its writers and illustrators care just as much about the cartoon as their fanbase, which is so vast because of its ability to create an entire universe of interesting and engaging minor characters, as well as the main cast we love so dearly.

Unfortunately, Adventure Time is no longer as easy to stream online as it once was. The tumblr blog Watch Adventure Time in HD is now just a sad web page that says “oh.” Still need your fix? Good thing Ward took his audience into consideration during the inception of Bravest Warriors. The cartoon show, each episode clocking in at a mere six minutes, premieres on the Cartoon Hangover Youtube page every Thursday. Not to mention, Ward and his team don’t have to worry about censoring edgier content, since they are not answering to a network (making for some very racy material that is both hilarious and totally relatable).

These four teens are intergalactic heroes avenging their parents deaths, the Courageous Battlers — who were sucked into the See Through Zone two years ago — by kicking butt and taking names, just like Finn and Jake, but they are also going through puberty and caring about what the opposite sex likes, and what lies ahead of them. For example, Chris, the blue Warrior, seems to be what’s called an Emotion Lord, a being that has the ability to transcend space and time and who might also have something very important to do with Chris’s future. He has this major crush on Beth, the green Warrior, and just wants to smooch on her face and stuff. Of course, a lot of what he talks about is how they’re “friends” and he wouldn’t want to “ruin their friendship” by doing “stuff” but during their trials and tribulations abroad, they are put into uncomfortable and sexually tense situations (like losing their memories to a Memory Donk, and then making out with each other).

Ward doesn’t skimp on his reliance on minor characters, and the cast includes a rainbow colored bear named Impossibear, Beth’s friend who is a mermaid named Plum, an absolutely adorable little pink elf named Wankershim, and this writer’s personal favorite, a cross species creature named Catbug, who tells folks flat out that they’re all friends and they’re all getting soft tacos later!

Bravest Warriors thrives on it’s ability to handle more adult themes, like crushing on the opposite sex and worrying about your future, as well as how to handle social interactions, like blind dates (Now Kiss, we’re looking at you). The beautiful thing about Bravest Warriors is that it handles all these issues like Finn and Jake would, through being light-hearted and carefree but tenaciously passionate at the same time. It is as if Ward has been scoping the Internet as much as us college kids, seeing the writing on the wall that us twenty-somethings need guidance and maybe the only way can be through a different frame of reference for our problems. This is why Bravest Warriors succeeds even further than Adventure Time ever could and why all NYU students should head over to Cartoon Hangover and check it out.

The season finale of BW is being posted TODAY, it will only take you an hour to catch up on all previous episodes, definitely check it out!