Blizzard​ released one of the most anticipated and desired Overwatch shorts of all time in the D.Va short, "Shooting Star." The animated short was dedicated to D.Va, one of the most popular Overwatch heroes, and was announced at Gamescom on Aug. 22. Along with the short's release came an update to the Public Test Region that let players explore the new control map: Busan.


The ​Overwatch short was long overdue, both for the hero and for the game's story. Although many fans appreciated the short and the glimpse into D.Va's life, others complained about the lack of an advancement to the overall lore in Overwatch. The point of the short wasn't solely dedicated to advancing the lore, but mostly to show fans who D.Va is as a person past the gamer voice lines they knew her by for the past two years.


D.Va's short did not have the same emotion-filled story of Reinhardt's "Honor and Glory" short, but that doesn't make it a bad short. ​"Shooting Star" did more for D.Va than certain fans want to admit. 

​​D.Va's short began with showing the D.Va both the public and Overwatch fans knew: a public icon, a shining star for her country. It was the first time that fans learned of the ​other MEKA squad pilots, of which there are four more at the ​Busan MEKA Base. Her childhood friend and mechanic assistant, Dae-hyun, was introduced in the short, too.


Some of the ​best parts of the short weren't explicitly stated, a technique many creators use in their stories and movies. It was important to see how Korea repaired itself after the attacks, but it was just as important to see D.Va's role in Korea surpasses being a MEKA pilot. She is the country's beacon of hope.


One of the first shots viewers see of the injured MEKA pilots after a particularly devastating attack by the gwishin (which means ghost in Korean and is also the word used to describe the specific omnic attacks in Korea) features almost all the pilots with bandages and various injuries -- only D.Va is left largely unharmed. She is seen all over Busan as the poster girl for nearly every product out there, from instant noodles ​to Nano-Cola


D.Va's importance is seen everywhere. After D.Va "singlehandedly" defeated the gwishin, the media reported D.Va had no major injuries and was relaxing. After that the scene immediately cut to a shot of D.Va with broken bones, a bandaid on her head, working on repairing her mech, ​named Tokki


This helps viewers understand why D.Va goes to the lengths she does to put the burden of saving her country on herself. It is expected by everyone, from the media to herself, that D.Va will save the day and come out on top. The viewers are reminded that a group of teenagers barely over 18-years old are putting their lives on the line to save the country. 

​​Other complaints on the short mentioned the D.Va seen in the short isn't the same D.Va players see in-game. It's important to remember "Shooting Star" is the only addition to D.Va's lore since Overwatch was released in 2016. Her story was ​partially retconned by Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu in February. This was the only addition to D.Va lore fans had.


Aside from the retcon, fans could only piece D.Va together from her official backstory on the Overwatch website and the in-game voicelines -- which revolved mainly around gaming.


The rest of the short touches on D.Va's potential post-traumatic stress disorder and shows her devotion to her country. Viewers with a keen eye might notice defibrillators being used on D.Va at one point, hinting D.Va's heart most likely stopped beating after the explosion. The only notable developments in lore is the possible origin story of D.Va's Self-Destruct ability, and learning that D.Va is based in Busan and refuses to leave out of loyalty to protecting Korea. But that is more than enough for a hero who was nothing more than cute gamer voice lines for two years.


Fans learn D.Va is fiercely loyal to saving her country, giving up her life to protect her hometown of Busan, and was unable to take help from others because Korea was groomed into expecting her to do it all. 


If there's any reason why in-game D.Va and "Shooting Star" D.Va seem different, it's because Blizzard gave players minimal insight to who D.Va was since she was introduced. "Shooting Star" D.Va is the same D.Va, but fans are learning the other side of her -- the side that Blizzard should have introduced a long time ago. 


"Shooting Star" might not be the most lore-heavy animated short in Overwatch, but to say it isn't rich with character development is wrong. Its importance was rooted in finally fleshing out one of Overwatch's poster girls. D.Va needed a short like "Shooting Star."


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