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  • Luca Mazzie

Hidden gems unearthed: Netflix's shows laid bare

What are the best “hidden gems'' on Netflix? Well, first of all, we need to clarify what a hidden gem is. A hidden gem is a movie or show that isn't exactly known as well as others, but is underrated and deserves more recognition than they are typically given. Considering how our attention spans are decreasing with apps such as Instagram and Tiktok, people may be less likely to watch movies. However, if you are still a movie lover, here are some Netflix films that Stevenson students said were “hidden gems'' — and will convince you that these movies are worth it.

Naruto

Naruto is a Japanese anime and manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto. The story follows a young ninja named Naruto Uzumaki, who dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village. However, Naruto is ostracized by many of his fellow villagers because he carries the Nine-Tailed Fox, a powerful demon that attacked the village years ago, inside him. The series explores Naruto's journey to become a strong ninja and gain the acceptance of his peers while facing many challenges and enemies along the way. A Stevenson student described it in a Tusitala survey as “An orphan who is bullied and an outcast and becomes a ninja to prove his worth and be the hokage of his village.”

So Not Worth It

So Not Worth It is a South Korean sitcom that follows a group of multicultural students living together in a university dormitory in Seoul. The show explores the cultural clashes and misunderstandings that arise between the students from different countries, including Korea, China, the United States, and more. The characters navigate their personal and academic lives while dealing with language barriers, homesickness, and various comedic situations. One student described it as “a beautiful Korean sitcom about international students living at a Korean university dorm.” The series aims to provide a light-hearted and entertaining look at the experiences of international students in Korea.

Heaven Offiicial’s Blessing

Heaven Official's Blessing is a captivating story that follows the journey of Xie Lian, a once-exalted god who fell from grace, and his unlikely companion, the mischievous ghost, San Lang. Together, they unravel a plot of betrayal, political intrigue, and dark magic that threatens the very fabric of the mortal and divine realms. The novel's rich world-building, complex characters, and intricate plot make it a must-read for fans of the supernatural, action, and romance genres. A student summarized the story: “Across the show, the prince finds a man who accompanies him throughout his missions and as it continues, he realizes that man was the mysterious man from before.”

Voltron

Voltron is an animated series that has captured the imaginations of audiences for decades. The show features a group of young heroes who pilot robotic lions and unite them to form a giant robot warrior to battle against evil forces. As a Stevenson Pirate said, “Voltron is mostly about a group of people who are very interested in space throughout the entire show. With so many seasons these crew members who are from a whole different planet are trying to stop this evil man from destroying and ruling all planets.” With its action-packed storylines and unique blend of sci-fi and fantasy elements, Voltron has become a cultural touchstone that continues to inspire new generations of fans.


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