In a minute-long teaser for an upcoming episode, viewers had a glimpse of what it’s like if Ice Bear (Demetri Martin), Panda (Bobby Moynihan) and Grizzly (Eric Edelstein) rub shoulders with Monsta X members Hyungwon, I.M, Joohoney, Kihyun, Minhyuk, Shownu and Wonho.
When it comes to entertainment, I believe we’re all subconsciously searching for characters or plot lines we can relate to — something you can watch and say to yourself, “that’s so me.” Whether I was explicitly aware of this or not at the time, I was craving this relatability even as a child. Perhaps this is why I felt a certain level of discomfort towards the live-action sitcoms or romcoms my white friends were so drawn to. And perhaps this is why I always turned to animation and cartoons for comfort instead.
In animation, there were no expectations of characters that resembled myself; after all, what could anyone, regardless of race, possibly have in common with a sponge living in the ocean or a magical dog?