and bolin's face

I don’t think Bolin was used by Kuvira only to hand out food to the civilians.
He was a Corporal. I am not a specialist when it comes to military things, but I think he also had other things to do for her… maybe fight.

I messed up the design of his uniform, that’s because first I wanted to make this for my Modern AU but then I thought, naah… I haven’t drawn much for the official story of Korra for a long time :D 

Things I Love About LoK

Goal: Write 1 thought every day re: why I love The Legend of Korra until I finish rewatching the series.  

#140: Bolin’s conversation with Ghazan and Ming Hua in “Long Live the Queen.”

I’ve commented before on how Bolin and his ‘arc’ (such as it is) confound me. But regardless of how I feel about his character development throughout the series, I still love him because he is hilarious. Only Bolin can pull off scenes like the one where he and Mako are in the truck with Ghazan and Ming Hua in “Long Live the Queen.”

I love Mako’s disapproval face as Bolin strikes up a conversation with their captors:

I love that Bolin has this disarming ease about him – his friendliness bring out little interesting factoids about how Ghazan and Ming Hua spent their years in imprisonment:

Bolin: So you guys were, like, locked up for fifteen years, huh? That must have been, like, crazy boring.
Ghazan: Actually, it was only thirteen years, but it felt like thirty.
Bolin: I mean, what did you do with all that time? Did you sing songs, work on crafts?
Ming-Hua: Not a lot of craft supplies in a volcanic prison cell.
Ghazan: And I must have renamed the constellations about a thousand times. When it rained, that was a big event.
Ming-Hua: Oh, I would’ve killed for some rain. Mostly I just made up stories about the guards. Who was having trouble with his girlfriend? Which one secretly wished he’d become a pastry chef?

The factoids, in turn, give us a fleeting glimpse into Ghazan and Ming Hua’s characters.  

And of course, I love Bolin’s three guesses about Ghazan:

Bolin: Ooh, okay, that sounds like fun. Let me try that on you guys. You were raised by an older sister. Your mustache grew in when you were ten. And I’m sensing- just sensing- an unspoken attraction between you two.
Ghazan: Two out of three. Not bad.
Mako: Bolin, will you stop making friends with the bad guys?
Bolin: Sorry. 

A great scene that humanizes Ghazan and Ming Hua while highlighting Bolin’s easygoing nature (and Mako’s seriousness).  

Things I Love About LoK

Goal: Write 1 thought every day re: why I love The Legend of Korra until I finish rewatching the series.  

#150: Bolin lavabends in “Enter the Void.”

Bolin’s had some confidence issues in Book 3 with his inability to bend metal.  This made fertile ground for him to bond with Opal, and it was played somewhat for laughs when Mako tried to inspire him to metalbend in the prisons of Ba Sing Se.  But it was also great setup for Bolin’s big moment in Act III of “Enter the Void.”  

We see that lava is barreling down toward Bolin, Mako, Asami, and Tenzin, and there’s nowhere to go: 

I love the expression the animators drew on Bolin’s face in the shot below. It’s serious, but determined, and he seems to be coming to terms with the fact that he’s going to sacrifice himself to try to save the others. It’s a quiet hero face: 

And then Bolin charges toward the hot magma:

And he shows just how special he is. This shot is crazy because the lava is about to engulf him, but Bolin’s arms are outstretched as he confronts the danger – and the only word I can think of to describe Bolin at this moment is “substance.”  He’s a man of substance:

Bolin’s courage under fire (well, under lava) then unlocks his hidden lavabending talent: 

It’s a great. triumphant moment for the character.  I wish Bolin had more of these.