Watch a new scene from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power


Unsurprisingly, the first scene from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is all about finding the strength that is within.

It’s been a pretty good year for animation on Netflix, considering Voltron: Legendary Defender‘s splashy return as well as the upcoming and still somewhat mysterious The Dragon Prince. But we’re not here to talk about those today. Instead, it’s time for She-Ra and the Princesses of Power to take center stage ahead of its Nov. 16 premiere.

Teen Vogue published the scenes first, although we’re not sure where it falls in the series itself. Presumably, it’ll be early in the show, just based on the content.

Watch it below:

It seems as though this is all meant to be one scene, although it’s not clear if it’ll be shown through the blade in the actual series. (For now, it’s a neat bit of perspective) Either way, it’s notable in that it brings up a few themes that could very well presage the arc of the show. Teen Vogue quotes producer Noelle Stevenson as calling Adora “sheltered,” so the idea that she’s not sure of what she’s actually meant to do with her life rings true. That context isn’t given in this scene, but the idea of a young heroine rising up isn’t a new one — so we’re willing to wait.

io9, to whom we must tip our hats, describes the transformation sequence as “Sailor Moon-style,” but aside from the quick change of clothes, there are some significant tonal differences. Sailor Moon‘s classic transformation sequence takes a while, implies she’s naked throughout it, and is also quite beautiful. Aside from the moment where Adora gets her headpiece, this sequence is a lot more functional — and it’s not as cute, either. We can’t picture Usagi punching her fist into her other hand to bring up her gloves as Adora does for her bracers.

Also, Usagi never gets to have her weapons in her poses after becoming Sailor Moon, unless you count her Silver Crystal in her brooch. On the other hand, the sword is the source of Adora’s power. Why wouldn’t she, as She-Ra, raise it high?

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