Oh man, i’m so sorry i’ve kept this unanswered for so long! especially since you answered my request pretty much as soon as i posted it! I wrote an answer right there and then but then my internet died and it was too late for me to restart or something and i can’t find the text anymore…. but here’s the short version?
FAVOURITE EP REPRESENT YO
it is a really good episode and imho one of the emotionally strongest out of the series, though for me, there are I watched it when i was like 14/15/16?? and this episode left me with the strongest impression about the whole te xuan ze situation juniper has. I think it was aired out of order and it was one of the few eps i hadn’t seen of the new season at that time, so i was totally geared up to see something new but it really surprised me? Like what’s the saddest about a childhood where you get all these cool chances to go some place and you have to be stuck with a job anyway? I definitely sympathized with June as soon as the scene came where her grandma tells her what and why( which to me was kind of never explained much more, but was emotionally a right strike in on the nail. That it sucks, but yes, we all had to go through it and man, we sure got bamboozled with this whole gig,what the hell were these magical elders thinking, but i’m kind of alright with it cause i just see a lot of potential in these kinds of open notes). I saw the whole series in a different light after that(especially since it was mostly the episode i’d seen almost as the last one) ‘cause well, it’s a big deal yo. How many other cartoon shows have a protagonist who can’t leave even just their normal human home town? i mean it seemed like a pretty big deal back then and i can’t remember any other series right now so yeah, it was pretty sad.
and there was that first appearance of a monster who was actually presented as more of a threat than those before…. cause regular people can see it too and it’s a shape-shifter and not like a benign one, but one who actually wants to tear a whole city down.idk i like that they made him so regular looking as a monster, like, hey! no big deal. But then it gets out and June’s almost got ‘im but can’t, because of that stupid dome around the town! it’s one of those episodes i’d like to see on tv again one day, on a dvd or something.
You can watch it or not watch it, whatever your taste about cartoons is. But… you might totes like it! It has all kinds of cool characters and these cute quirks in episodes? Like i’d recommend the viking ep (it takes a pillage, cause that’s what initially hooked me… ) and there’s not that much continuity to follow up on except maybe the third season.
Thank you so much though for taking the time to answer in such a short time!!! I love talking about this show and nothing makes me happier than hearing other people talk about it : )