This is why twitter is awesome. I get to geek out about Zuko with one of my favorite authors. :D
I like Korra’s muscles. They’re realistic. Korra should have muscles. She’s been training since she could walk. She’s been physically active all her life. But, not once can I recall seeing her weight train. She uses bending for heavy lifting, as one would expect. He training is calisthenics and kata forms. So she wouldn’t be bulked up. She hasn’t added absurd amounts of muscle over the years, like a body builder, but has taken what she naturally has, refined it, and toned it.
I think that’s incredibly attractive. And I think it’s great attention to detail on the creators’ part.
Another thing I love about Avatar girls…with the exception of the more voluptuous Ty Lee maybe, they tend to be realistically proportioned. Korra’s got boobs, but they aren’t like the size of her freaking head! Women that do athletic training like she does wouldn’t develop breasts like that. A fact that’s lost on so many American comic book creators and animators.
I prefer ATLA myself, but I don’t hate LoK at all. It’s a pretty good show actually. But people approach it with nostalgia tinted glasses and miss that while it’s a sequel to ATLA, it’s not the same show. It’s not meant to be. Aang is dead, and his brand of peppy optimism died with him. Now it’s time for a more pragmatic approach. Optimism is needed to stop a world war because people need something to hope for. In a time of more relative peace, the threats are more nefarious, more subtle, and require a more balanced, nuanced, and frankly tougher approach. That’s Korra. Korra’s nature is fundamentally different than Aang’s, as it should be. The threats she faces are different than the ones he did, so it’s only proper that she respond to them differently. Wanting Korra to be Aang is missing the fucking point.
:) Well said, dude.
I think it’s important not to conflate physical realism with emotional realism.
Could any real girl create a new form of martial arts at the age of twelve and use it to take down an airship fleet? Of course not.
But that doesn’t mean that Toph can’t be realistic in terms of her emotional reactions. It actually makes a lot of sense that someone who was sheltered and held back the way she was would do everything she could to prove herself and have issues accepting the interdependence that comes with acting as part of a group. Those parts of her might get less focus because she’s a secondary character, but they’re still there, and they help keep her believable even as she does things no human being could possibly do.
And, I would argue, if Toph didn’t have realistic emotional reactions, it would be a lot more difficult for the audience to connect to her even if what she did was still cool. I doubt you’d choose not to care about how over-the-top her actions are if you didn’t feel like you could connect in some way — there’s a reason a lot of characters who are intended to be awesome come off as irritating “Sues”/”Stus”, after all!
100% totally 100% disagree nope. the whole damn point is that aang refused to compromise on his beliefs and values, to uphold the values of his culture that was destroyed by genocide and death on a mass scale. avatar yangchen did not have the same experience and perspective that aang did about death, and ending a war of mass death with one more death would have been symbolically a really shitty ending. aang did not “run from his problem,” he faced ozai head on, determined to end the conflict on his own terms and in his own way. running away would have been choosing the easy route of killing him, which would have been ridiculously easy while in the avatar state. aang didn’t know how he was going to defeat the fire lord, even after the lion turtle helped him. the ENTIRE POINT was that he trusted in himself and the teachings of his dead culture and that is one of the most inspiring things ever to me??
compromising what you see as the moral choice for “the greater good” is shit that dumbledore does. not aang.
All of this plus that Dumbledore comment gave me life.
flawless response is flawless.
also, shameless self promotion, but i explain HERE and HERE why Aang’s arc is an inherently Buddhist parable of conflict, meditation and enlightenment. Aang didn’t “run away” from the issue he took some time to meditate and decide on the right course of action which is a fundamental tenet of Buddhism. I need the 97% of the ATLA fandom to quit spouting this ethnocentric bullshit about Aang’s character like yesterday. You don’t like him or relate to him as a character? Fine. But please don’t erase his significance for Buddhists of color just because you’ve been conditioned by the jingoistic hero narratives that western culture loves.
this is another really good addition. :)
Whenever anyone is talking about how feminist Avatar is they always forget how within the first 4 minutes of the first episode Sokka says ‘Leave it to a girl to screw everything up’ and the Katara calls him sexist and gets so mad she destroys an iceberg and finds the Avatar and basically Katara calling Sokka out on his shit started the whole show
Since Toph was written to be the best Earthbender in the world, we wanted her fighting style to be unique. Sifu Kisu called on his friends, Sifu Manuel Rodrguez, who is a master of the rare Southern Praying Mantis style. During a consultation, Sifu Manny told us the origins of the style. To our surprise, legend has it that the style was started by a blind woman! Key animation by Myeong Ga Young.
Before I start, I’d just like to say, I think Legend of Korra goes a great deal farther than Avatar: the Last Airbender did in a lot of ways. A:tLA handled its darkest concepts in implication (eg. the genocide of the airbenders), and it didn’t really show all that much that would upset the Moral Guardians. It definitely went dark, but it did it in a safe way, if that makes sense.
Legend of Korra… ought to admit that it was made for teenagers. =P I understand why they can’t do that, of course, but it directly addresses some really disturbing stuff. Murder-suicide? An eleven-year-old tortured by his brother on his father’s orders? That sort of stuff probably should have some kind of warning. There’s a lot more disturbing imagery than in A:tLA, too, but that’s more justifiable even for a younger audience — dessicated corpses, cameos of old characters driven mad, and face-sucking monsters are all scary, but I doubt they’re going to have any permanent effects. ;)
So, in general, do I think more kids’ shows should be honest with dark stuff? Yeah, of course I do. But I kind of feel like shows targeted at the 2-11 would be better off following the A:tLA mold than the LoK one… and the LoK one should exist alongside it, aimed at an older demographic.