Welcome to Queer Fudanshi! Let’s Talk! Today, we’re going to be talking about Rosaline and The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived.
Both media are animation shorts that discuss LGBT issues under a fairy tale perspective. Rosaline is a short that follows a simple towns girl who goes on a red riding hood-esque journey through the forest. Rosaline deals with typical fairy tale obstacles such as a witch with an apple and a hungry wolf. Then, by the end of the story her lover is revealed.
The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived follows Cedric, the son of pumpkin farmers, as he becomes a knight and goes out on adventures. One day, he comes across a dragon’s castle and saves a prince and princess. It is then that he makes the conscious decision on how his fairy tale will end.
My Thoughts Before Watching
My story for coming across this story and reviewing it is similar to what happened with The Out List. I just came across it on a streaming site, this time it was Hulu, and I decided to give it (The Bravest Knight) a look. Then, I added Rosaline on top of that.
This is Rosaline and The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived.
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The Talk (Spoilers Ahead):
*As always, after reading this post head over to the Youtube video to get my other thoughts about this property.
These two movies were a delight. They were very short with only 4-5 and 8 minutes each. That said, I enjoyed both of them.
This story was shorter with about only 4 minutes to it. That said, it presented its story and purpose easily in that short time. The short set up this idea that “I’m not going to be the type of story you expect” with three quick interactions between our titular character and the forest dwellers.
There’s a great bravery to be found in knowing yourself and knowing what you want in life. Looking beyond the Queer aspect, and just in the fact that Rosaline was brave enough to say, “Not for me” is admirable. Beyond the great LGBT representation, this short adds great female representation by having such a honest female lead who knows what’s good for her and takes nothing else.
The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived
This story has the same admirable type of lead as Rosaline. The titled character of The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived is brave because he knows what he wants. He says that, “This isn’t how my story ends” and commits to that. He chose for himself his ending. Adding that and the line, “I’d rather lose to a dragon than a sign” shows how respectable the character is.
There’s also the fact that both shorts end in happy endings. They show that same-sex relationships can have happily-ever-afters after journeys full of trials (something Hollywood should figure out). Cedric the knight was brave for many reasons, for his courage, his cunning, his refusal to give in, his self-awareness, and his honesty. He’s a great role model with only 8 minutes of air time.
Both of these shorts are great watches. Anyone could watch them whether you are a child or an full grown adult. In addition, if you have a child perhaps you can sit down and watch these shorts with your kid. They could be the catalyst for positive and simple conversation about same-sex relationships. That was the point of these stories after all.
My rating for Rosaline and The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived is 4 stars out of 5. And a QF Star. What’s Yours?