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.
when talking about really good female characters im always going to go back to the characters of atla and note
- toph and katara being masters of their styles and excellent fighters while toph is a brute and a tomboy and katara is the mother figure and the healer
- azula being the pinnacle of evil and a skilled military strategist/ the firebender with the hottest flame capacity vs ty lee’s ultra femininity and non-bending fighting style
- how female camaraderie is essential to all of the characters/ every shade of femininity being explored within all their female characters
- sokka and suki’s entire story arch in “the warriors of Kyoshi” and “i am a warrior. but i’m a girl too” being the most fucking comprehensive and insightful line in all of anything ever
i’ve also been thinking a lot lately about how bryan treats the fans. (i would say bryke, but from what i’ve seen, bryan tends to be the snarkier one making comments.) and it’s just…. i mean, i should have saw this attitude coming. he’s always been pretty dismissive and in my opinion, totally unprofessional.
like i went back and watched that joke video they made, using shipping fanart to make fun of shippers. (mostly zutara)
and i just… man. what if you were a kid, maybe 14 or 15, and you loved a show so much you drew fanart? you loved the characters so much that you shipped a pairing that seemed impossible? and you put all that love and admiration into pictures, even if you’re not the best artist, you still tried and you were proud of it anyways. you drew them hugging and kissing and even if someone else would look at it and see clumsy lines, you saw your own growth and felt inspired to make more.
then it gets into the hands of the creators. what an honor!!! you’re freaking out, maybe embarrassed, maybe excited- and then they start making fun of it. mercilessly. you put so much love and time into being a fan of their show, and they turned around and spit on it just to make people laugh. and at the end of the video, they deliberately shame you- “Thanks for all the fanart! wait, thanks for most of it. some of it. definitely not this fanart, though. we don’t thank you for that, get a life.”
that would crush my SOUL. i would feel so ashamed, i would feel like such a terrible artist that i would put down the colored pencils and never draw again. i would remember it forever, and always be insecure. i don’t know how i could pick up a pencil again, try again, without thinking of that public shaming and cringing.
that’s so unprofessional. you’d think they’d maybe, yanno, mature a bit since then, but seeing that re-posted on bryan’s tumblr with the typical “white cis dude making a point” dictionary reference to a joke just shows, no, he doesn’t regret it at all, and actually he thinks it’s so trifling that anyone who disagrees is over-sensitive and needs humor explained to them.
i don’t know why i ever respected them or expected professionalism. my chest hurts for those artists, and i couldn’t even imagine doing that to someone who admired me that much. i would be overjoyed to have ANY fanart drawn of my stories… smut, goofy stuff, pretty stuff, just-starting-out-clumsy art. i would cherish them. the idea that they have such little respect for their fans… it’s so telling. they don’t even have a problem reducing them to a complete joke.
and that’s why i laugh when fandom trips over itself to “protect” their feelings and “don’t criticize them so brutally!! they work so hard!! be nice about it!! what if they see this??”
man, fuck that. fuck their feelings. even if i wanted to, i highly doubt even the most eloquent and pointed constructive criticism could pierce their ego.
Other than the awful writing of (what could have been) excellent characters, this is the main reason I can’t bring myself to watch anything from Mike and Bryan anymore.
Voice Actors and Actresses from Avatar The Last Airbender who came back with new characters in The Legend of Korra.
Devastated, the woman unleashed a terrible display of her earthbending power. She could have destroyed them all.
Iroh & Tea: From Beginning to End
"Sick of tea?! That’s like being sick of breathing!"
Wan opening all seven chakras during his journey (in-depth explanation)