i thinking about rebooting this blog…
This Book 3 still seems like a good one for the caption game.I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, I really am —
This Book 3 still seems like a good one for the caption game.
Katara appreciation time:
- Can we talk about how she learned all her water-bending mostly by herself?
- Can we talk about her never ending ingenuity throughout the series?
- Can we talk about how she is only 13 and was able to defeat both a fire master (Azula) and a water master (Hama)?
- Can we talk about her pity towards the man who killed her mother?
- Can we talk about how she never stopped caring for her friends and family even in the worst situations?Say what you want about Katara, but she is the best role model/friend you could have had in the entire series. She had always kept it together even when she lost her mother and when Aang had his issues.
Can we also talk about how she can be both entirely vicious and entirely compassionate almost at the same time
Wait, who talks shit about Katara? Seriously, fight me, because she’s is such a fantastic character. She’s one of the most skilled and creative waterbenders we see. She makes hard choices that no one should have to make, let alone a teenager. She’ll bloodbend someone who is threatening her friend, she’ll impersonate an avenging spirit to do what’s right, she’ll trap a borderline psychotic firebender nonviolently, and she’ll walk into a raging dust storm to bring Aang out of a potential Avatar State rage.
Team Avatar had some brilliant, incredible relationships on display, and Katara was at the heart of a lot of them.
Katara is the definition of boss ass bitch
MK: During the bible development, Bryan and I conceived of Toph as a tough, brash, blind teenage boy who would become Aang’s Earthbending teacher. As we began the writing for season two, Aaron Ehasz suggested making Toph a girl. Bryan and I resisted the idea at first, but the more we talked about it, the more we loved the idea of taking all of Toph’s original personality traits and putting them in the body of an adorable twelve-year-old girl. Now, I can’t imagine Toph any other way.
BK: Despite people’s doubts early on in development, Mike and I always thought the show would connect with a female audience, and we felt pleasantly vindicated when the first season did just that. The thing that surprised us about the second season was how many tough-looking teenage boys told us their favorite character was Toph! Sometimes it feels as good to be wrong as it does to be right. Concept designs by Bryan Konietzko. Color by Hye Jung Kim.
|souffles-against-thedaleks asked: your Top 5 'OH FUCK" moments in ATLA.|
What a brilliant and totally spontaneous suggestion.
My criteria for OH FUCK moments is quite simple. They are the moments that are shocking. Tingle inducing. And even when you know they are coming up when re-watching an episode you can’t help but get excited. Without further ado…
#5 — Azula Does The Unthinkable
Azula is without a doubt the greatest villain the Avatar series ever produced. One of the reasons she holds that title is because she accomplished what so few villains ever achieve — she kills her target. It was a shocking moment to say the least. While everyone in the catacombs looked up in amazement at Aang, Azula being the devious individual she is simply walks behind him and fires a killing strike. It’s brilliant, heartbreaking and frightening all mixed into one pure stroke of narrative genius.
#4 — The Beard Grab
There is nothing more satisfying than a villain extolling hubris right before their downfall. Ozai goaded, humiliated and pummeled Aang during their battle. He was revealing in the belief he would get to kill the last airbender, but his actions led to Aang fortuitously unlocking the Avatar State. In a moment of perfect cinematic and musical direction, Aang rises up from the ashes and shows his true power. The audience hadn’t seen the Avatar State for over 20 episodes, and it returns in the most spectacular fashion. Time slows down, and the kid who was yet to land a blow on Ozai simply shrugs him away with the back of his wrist before firing him into a pillar hundreds of meters away. If dictionary definitions could have gifs, the world epic would be accompanied by this moment.
#3 — The World Turns Dark
The Season 1 finale is full of moments that are simply breathtaking, but I feel none can quite match the utter shock and dread that come from Zhao killing part of the Moon Spirit. The audience is tricked into a false sense of security when Zhao calmly puts the fish back into the Koi pond, but his arrogance overwhelms him and in a fit of rage he sends a vicious blow across the water. In doing so the sky literally turns black. The moon fades from existence and the world is cast into darkness. Talk about upping the stakes.
#2 — The Ultimate Betrayal
“You miscalculated, I love Zuko more than I fear you." Iconic words from Mai and this entire scene sets in motion one of the most important plot arcs in ATLA. What is so paradoxical about this scene though is the fact it’s both excellently foreshadowed yet so completely surprising. Mai’s betrayal of Azula was well built up, small moments of dissent and frustration built up across seasons. But equally Ty Lee’s choice and saving Mai and paralyzing her best friend are easily comprehended. Yet everytime I watch it, Ty Lee’s sudden intervention is always so captivating. The sensationality is underlined by the fact it’s what finally cracked Azula. She had everything worked out, everything planned to perfection, in her own words she was a "people person". Yet even Azula didn’t see this coming.
#1 — There Is No War In Ba Sing Se
Did anyone else get chills just from reading that sentence? It would be no surprise if you did, the brainwashing scene in ‘City of Walls and Secrets’ is one of the darkest, most compelling and brilliantly staged moments of ATLA. Exceptionally edited, the scene of Jet being tortured is interspersed with a speech by Long Feng on the need to keep order and harmony within Ba Sing Se. It dawns on the Gaang that their last hope against the Fire Nation is currently a dystopian city run by a truly malevolent figure. As Jet is trapped in a chair and is subjected to propaganda the audience is drawn in with him, “…There is no war within the walls. Here you are safe. Here you are Free.” It’s completely terrifying and yet could quite possibly be the best ending to an ATLA episode ever.
✦✦✦ The Legend of Korra Book 3: Change ✦✦✦
[ fake gifs i made based on my take on what book 3 could be like / second one is a real still animated ]
MD: Early in season three, writer Tim Hedrick pitched the idea of our heroes encountering a caravan of traveling actors who put on a play about the Avatar and his adventures. At the time, we thought the idea sounded too goofy. Later, as we neared the end of the series, we wanted to do a lighter, more comedic episode before the epic, serious finale. So we revisited Tim’s idea as a way to do our own take on ’80s-sitcom “recap” episodes. Having Aang and the kids watch a play about their successes and shortcomings was a great device to reflect on where the journey began and how far they’d come. Plus, it gave us a chance to poke fun at ourselves before anyone else had the opportunity! We had an actress play Aang as a nod to the fact that adult women often voice the boy characters in animated shows. We made Toph a big, buff dude as a joke on our original intention to make Toph a male character. And the Aang actress in the “Koizilla” costume was our homage to the kaiju tradition of Japanese monster movies.
The cast of the Ember Island Players’ The Boy in the Iceberg. Designs by Angela Mueller and Byan Konietzko. Color by Hye Jung Kim.