Kipo Keeps Viewer’s Attention

Siria Fierro, Features Editor

Kipo and the Age of the Wonderbeasts is in a world where humans were forced to live underground with the sudden mutation of animals, giving them human-like characteristics and huge growth in size. Kipo is a human girl whose home got destroyed by a mega mute (a large mutated animal) and managed to escape before her home completely collapsed. The show follows her as she discovers a brand new world she’s never known before.

The main character Kipo is almost 13 when she is thrown into the upper ground that she’s never experienced before. Although this could be a scary situation to be in, she is excited and is filled with a positive attitude. Throughout the show Kipo meets different humans and mutes, and although they give out a scary appearance, she still has a positive mindset. This positivity is what brings the mutes and humans together in a new era as the show goes on.

What makes Kipo stand out from all the other animation shows is how unique it is. From its animation style to its music, Kipo has special characteristics as a show. Its music is just as diverse as the show from having various genres, such as classical, hip-hop, rock, and even k-pop. The show has music that was found from lesser known artists, but also music made specifically for the show.

Kipo’s animation was also special for not only being 2D animation, meaning it was hand drawn, but for its unique style. In an interview, show creator Rad Sechrist talks about how the animation style was going to be similar to something like Avatar: the Last Airbender. But the animators tried drawing in the style that Sechrist had in his original drawings for Kipo, a more angular style. Therefore, they created a new style of animation that can be seen on the show.

This show has received praise for its diversity for race and LGBTQ+ characters. One great thing about this show’s representation is that it outright had a character say that they were gay. This is a huge thing in shows, but even more amazing in an animated kids show. Although it may not seem like a big deal, having a character actually say they’re gay helps normalize LGBTQ+ people in shows. Kipo is an example of how far representation has grown in animation. Before, shows had to sneak in hints of a LGBTQ character but now with Kipo, the show’s studio had even pushed for them to be clear and upfront about it.

Kipo and the Age of the Wonderbeasts is a fun show to watch that can make one laugh but also deals with deeper issues as well. This would be a great watch for anyone who has seen cartoons before, such as Avatar. Kipo is a fun adventure in a creative post apocalyptic world that has characters to see grow. Although the latest season is its last, Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts will leave viewers feeling complete.