For those of you whose lives have been lacking in magical battles against dudes with names like "Dark Opal," we have some good news: This Saturday during Cartoon Network's "DC Nation" block, Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld is set to debut with the first installment of a series of short cartoons. And from the looks of things, she'll be doing it with a Sailor Moon-inspired anime style.

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Amethyst was created by Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn and Ernie Colón back in 1983. Young Amy Winston, described in Cartoon Network's PR as being "nerdy and introverted," is secretly the lost princess of Gemworld, and uses her incredible magical powers -- and, from the looks of things, a gigantic purple broadsword -- to defend it from enemies, all while still living a normal life on Earth.

The original series has a pretty sizable fan-base, and Amethyst's television debut comes right in the middle of a mini-revival for the character that they've been clamoring for for years. The cartoon short comes right on the eve of Amethyst's return to comics in Sword of Sorcery, where she'll be scripted by Christy Marx, who's no stranger to TV herself as the creator of Jem and the Holograms. For Amethyst fans, that's a nice bit of synergy, and for new fans, it's a pretty good way to find out about the character.

It's all pretty exciting stuff, and as someone with a not-so-secret love of Sailor Moon, the shot of Amethyst that echoes the Sailor Scouts' transformation sequences has me pretty excited. The DC Nation block runs from 10 AM to 11 AM Eastern, and in addition to Amethyst, it'll also include the new JL Animals short -- featuring, as you might expect, a Justice League made up of animals in costumes -- as icing on the delicious animated cake.

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