Discover the action figures of Daria

In 1997, the first animated series for an audience older than children began to flourish. After the phenomenon of The Simpsons, which proved that cartoons could be enjoyed by the whole family, including adults, Daria, produced at the time by MTV, was one of those cartoons intended for a more teenage and even adult audience.

At the time, The Simpsons was based on family humor and South Park was characterized by its outrageousness, but Daria, also a humorous series, was striking for its adult and relevant tone. Each criticism that was addressed in the background was subtle and grating, making this animated series one of the most acerbic satyrs of an era whose shortcomings have since been exacerbated.

Modern, intelligent, funny of course but also avant-garde in some respects when the series had even foreseen the drifts of the Internet at a time when it was just beginning to creep into the public sphere, Daria is a series too often forgotten but which, when we discover it, makes us feel happy to have stumbled upon it, often by chance. It has been a milestone in animated series with a sarcastic and even intellectual content, from which too few authors have been inspired since.

The story begins with one of the most classic plots ever. Daria, the daughter of an upper-middle class family, finds herself living in Lawndale, a quiet suburban neighborhood, after her parents move. In high school, she meets the classic characters of that time; between the superficial girls who only think about their appearance, the rich kids who take advantage of their family's privileges, the stupid jocks, among other profiles, Daria feels like she is living in Hell. Indeed, this one, marginal, anti-conformist and extremely breakable, does not bloom in a world where the norm is also full of false pretenses and idiocies commonly admitted by the masses.

She will nevertheless meet Jane Lane, who is also a marginal girl in her own right. The series, without giving itself great ambitions, simply presents the daily life of these two high school girls who, by their originality and their character, act as spots of darkness in a world of bright and fake lights whose brilliance tries to hide the social reality.

Very realistic, very funny, putting forward a caustic humor never equaled, the series Daria is rich in its writing, its countless secondary characters, capable of being both biting and touching. Far from the sanitized sitcoms or from a good-natured storyline, never yielding to the ease of dramatization, the series wants to be both realistic and out of this world. Dating from 1997 and having lasted 5 seasons in addition to two full-length animated films, Daria is a relic of an era which, although already 25 years old, seems not to have taken into account the criticisms brilliantly formulated in this review. Criticisms that could not be more pertinent and that you will not find anywhere else, and all this in a sarcastic and light-hearted context.

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