and by god i mean bryke

salazarastark  asked:

I sometimes have to laugh when people say that Jonsa is useless because it probably won't be canon, and I'm the girl that shipped Harry/Hermione and Percy/Nick and Zuko/Katara when she was younger so canon has never made a differnce to me. (Honestly, Zutara burned out my disappointment. Unlike the first two where I knew they probably wouldn't be canon, I honestly did think it would be. I was 10 and shocked at that Kataang kiss. . . .)

I AM STILL SO SALTY ABOUT ZUTARA AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!!!!!!!!!

I swear if they do that to Jonsa, I’m going to stab someone! 

But… you’re right. Canon does not make a ship and I’ll still ship the shit out of Jonsa whether they’re endgame or not. Doesn’t matter at the end of the day. I still adore both characters and them together as a couple. 

Seriously though, the only reason Zutara wasn’t canon was because of behind-the-scenes politics. Most of the writers, animators and voice actors shipped Zutara and thought they’d be canon. It was Bryke that screwed everything over in the end, and honestly, it was Bryke that screwed up Aang’s character development, and eventually Katara too in the comics. I mean they basically reduced Katara into a trophy wife that sat in the back while Aang did his thing, while Aang freaking ignored his children and favoured the one until all of them had such huge psychological issues as adults. Because you know why? Aang never had to grow up. He married Katara, who mothered him from day one. 

Ugh… I told you I was still salty.

Sorry… this totally derailed. 

I saw Korrasami but I didn’t see it

A view from a former non-shipper

Mako’s attention is elsewhere. So was mine a lot of the time.

Shipping and romance fall pretty far down the list of reasons why I watch any TV series. I certainly didn’t watch Avatar: The Last Airbender or The Legend of Korra for the shipping. That said, I am more than satisfied with how The Legend of Korra ended. I think that Korrasami is one of the most impressive depictions of a romance I have ever seen, despite the fact that I missed many of the signs during my first viewing of the series.

Given all the controversy and vitriol, I’ve been trying to view things from the other side. The only argument I can understand at all is “Why does Korra need to be in romance at the end?; why can’t she/we be contented with where she is and her accomplishments?” To a lesser degree, I can also make a little sense of out, “By going with this ending, Bryke are overshadowing everything that is good about the series.” Regarding all other arguments, the best conclusion that I can reach is that they’re rooted in a willful ignorance. Before I can address any of that, I feel that I need to outline how I experienced Korrasami for the first time.

Suffice it to say, when I first watched “The Legend of Korra”, I didn’t watch with any “shipping lenses” on. I was a casual viewer. I wasn’t part of the fandom. I am a Korrasami shipper now but this didn’t happen until a few hours after I watched the finale.

I missed a lot of the clues when I first watched the episodes. I wasn’t looking for them and some passed in the blink of an eye. However, in the back of my mind, I was somehow processing them. I know this because after I watched Korra and Asami disappear into the spirit portal, previous scenes I had found “curious” pushed themselves into the forefront of my mind.

Scenes like this didn’t register with me when I first watched, but blasted right into my thoughts after the finale.

Here’s my deal: I initially thought that Bryke were queerbaiting. I thought Korra and Asami were a Sherlock and Watson, House and Wilson sort of thing. For much of the run, I wasn’t thinking of Korra and Asami as a serious romantic pairing.

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More on Azula & her Position as a Fire Warrior

In The Search one common thing that kept getting bought up was Ursa telling Azula to “take off that mask, only then will you see your true destiny.” Recently another layer was added with the semi-recent announcement of the Kemurikage becoming the Fire Warriors–the Fire Nation equivalent of the Kyoshi Warriors. And naturally Azula is their leader.

This just got me thinking about Azula’s fate in general. Personally, I think that this role (as a Fire Warrior) suits her way more than being the Fire Lord does. She always seemed like more of a warrior to me; it seemed like she enjoyed the thrill of the conquer more than the ability to rule that followed. I’m not gonna lie though, it was more like one of those things that was in the back of my head. Like I knew I thought something but I didn’t know exactly what that thought was. So up until now, I firmly supported Azula on the throne. And then the Fire Warrior thing was bought up and it just clicked. For me Azula seemed more like a warrior than a princess; though she of course is both.

Furthermore I think she’s an amazing leader. But I think the reason the throne isn’t right for her is because that’s not the kind of leader she’s supposed to be! There are so many types of leaders for a while I thought she best fit as the leader of a nation. I’m fairly certain there’s a part of her that still thinks so. However this isn’t the case, in my opinion. She’s more of a military leader. That’s the kind of personality she has. Zuko has the compassion of a good Fire Lord, someone who will rule justly. Azula has a more firm and stern rule, suited for warrior/military head positions.

All of this said I almost feel like Bryke had this laid out from the beginning or at least for quite a while. I mean we’ve seen her try to socialize on the beach and that was a bit of a trainwreck. That hinted off that Azula wasn’t right for the throne because she didn’t have the type of people skills needed for the job. To be a good Fire Lord I think she’d need a better balance of non-political and political social functioning. And God knows that Ozai seemed to void her of all non-political social skills. This isn’t to say that I think she couldn’t be a Fire Lord–I think she very well could be. But I think she’s better suited and her skills could be better put to use elsewhere.

Likewise and similar to the above, we’ve also seen Azula in a different kind of social situation. And this social situation was the more militia social situation. The kind of situation where she proved to be a brilliant and powerful leader. This was exploited in a few areas; her friendship with Mai and TyLee and when she took control of the Dai Lee and most recently with the Kemurikage. I suppose her type of leadership was also seen with her servants too.

So I’ll start with them. Azula was also more firm with her servants. She strived for perfection and pushed her servants for perfection. This kind of perfection is usually exhibited within the military. I’ve watched a number of documentaries in history classes, wherein it is shown that the soldiers were practically perfect; they could spend hours on getting their uniforms ready. Within the documentary they’d shine every last button and smooth every last wrinkle. Likewise they’re routines seemed to hold little room for error. Even the smallest error could earn them a scolding from the man in charge. This is exactly what Azula seemed to hold herself to. And based on her interactions with her servants; what she expected of them. Not one imperfection was missed. An each of the perfections seemed to be handled with stern discipline. Granted I feel like she loosens up a bit in S&S, but I’ll get to that later.

The second kind of relationship we’ve seen her in is her friendship with Mai and TyLee. ‘Normal’ teen socializing aside, she was excellent with taking charge of her trio. Despite it all she respected them as her companions. And she was able to lead them, successfully through many battles such as taking down the Kyoshi Warriors and infiltrating Ba Sing Se. In that she was described as “terrifying and inspirational at the same time”, which in itself fits the military leader type role to a tee. We’ve also seen this demonstrated earlier on in The Drill–when things started going down hill, she took charge. And though she didn’t win that one, she got them very far. And again, despite all the bad things she’s done, she didn’t punish Mai nor TyLee for the defeat. It wasn’t really even implied that she had. A poor leader would have punished them servery, Azula seemed to have accepted the loss and moved out without placing blame on any of her posse. Heck, she showed her leadership even earlier than that, in Return To Omashu. She took charge of that city right when she entered it. But again, she didn’t seem to take charge in a govern/king/queen kind of way. She took charge by handling a sort of hostage situation. A situation that was once again, more reminiscent of something that required military leadership over royalty leadership. And that was executed nearly as she had planned it. Granted Bumi wanted to go back with her and Aang wanted to return Tom-Tom, but that’s getting a little off topic.

So lets move onto the Dai Lee scenario. This literally was her taking a position of military leadership. And it was perhaps her most successful and flawless victory. They clearly had to have had respect for her mixed in with that fear, to not turn on her when Long Feng tried to make himself relevant again. I mean let’s be honest they could have taken her down due to a sheer number advantage. But they didn’t. Let’s go back to “inspirational and terrifying at the same time”. Not only does the prove that they did feel like she was a good leader. But it also acts as more proof of her being better suited as a military leader; seeing as, as mentioned, this is the type of leadership a military leader would exhibit. It is a statement that implies that Azula is great it what she does and has some degree of care for her subjects but at the same time harshly demands respect.
Let’s compare her to Kuvira for a moment. Kuvira was a woman who lead through her military. And the people who worked under her seemed to care for her and support her through and trough minus Bolin, Verrick, and Zhu Li. I feel like Azula had the same kind of bond with her friends and with the Dai Lee.

Finally we have the supposed friendships she created with her Kemurikage. I think this was a huge step for Azula; she seemed to have combined her leadership skills with genuine social skills. Slowly she seems to be leaving behind the persona Ozai pushed on her. Her demanding nature and her positions of power are her comfort zones. That’s the level on which Azula interacts with people, because it’s where she feels safest. But the Kemurikage ladies seem to have a different kind of relationship with her; while she is their leader I feel as though she’s got more of a genuine bond with them. I mean, Zirin openly back-talks and questions her “How much longer are we going to do this, I didn’t sign up to run a daycare, Azula.” Azula doesn’t snap at her or even scold her. She simply tells her (and with a smile, one that doesn’t look vicious at that) to be patient. With them Azula is both a leader and a friend and is finally leaving her comfort zone.

With all of this said I think Azula would be much more comfortable as the head of a military/warrior group than the head of a nation. I think it’s a much more natural fit that flows more compatibly with her personality. Not to mention there is much less pressure put on her, so she won’t have to worry about losing control of her emotions as much.

More over, I think this much better compliments Zuko. Because he too he has a lot to work on in order to become a good Fire Lord. Which is why I think the two of them would make a good team; Azula’s more aggressive and Zuko’s more passive; they’d balance each other out. And they could more easily achieve this balance if Azula offers her leadership skills elsewhere. She can have the aggression she wishes to place on Zuko, and exert it in a more healthy way, while at the same time making up for the aggression Zuko lacks on the occasions when he should be putting it forth. Basically these two would make an insanely powerful brother-sister duo that would greatly benefit their nation. Azula just needs to recognize that her skills & ambitions aren’t being placed in exactly the right place just yet. Though she definitely has a start. And if I dare say so, things are looking good for her.

With all of that said I’d like to bring up the self acceptance. Azula has come a very long way from there too. As pointed out often on tumblr, Azula’s hair is noteworthy. At her first appearance we are shown a girl so obsessed with perfection that she gets worked up over one strand of hair out of place. This continues in The Search. Every time she starts to slip, that hair falls out of place. And she usually tucks it back into place within the next panel or so. However this (as pointed out by a few tumblr users before myself) changes in S&S. After battles and small breakdowns she doesn’t put her hair back up right away. She kind of just lets that one strand of hair do it’s thing. Which shows that she might just be letting go of the super high standards she sets for herself. Which is extremely good for her, because her own high standards contributed to her breakdown. Azula just seems to expect way too much from herself and in S&S she may just be starting to accept that she can’t be perfect. And starting to embrace that as she is with the fact that she has a different destiny than the one Ozai hand picked for her.

That in mind, I think all of this development has had the chace to happen because a lot of the pressure Ozai had put on her has been lifted from her. And with him in prison, his influence has been lifted. Azula’s starting to realize that Azula can be who Azula wants to be. Not who Ozai wants her to be–a mini him.

In short, in just one comic and with a few subtle hints, I think it can be said that Azula has already come a long way. Though she still has a lot to work on. She’s got the right idea and seems to want to help make the Fire Nation a better place…now all she has to do is stop doing things like abducting children and find a better method of helping Zuko become a stronger leader.

Mike and Bryan on Kuvira
  • Roth Cornet: One of the characters that fans have been wondering about since the finale is Captain--and I don't know how to pronounce her name, I was just saying it, Eric, I think it's Kuvera?
  • Mike: Kuvira?
  • Bryan: Kuvira.
  • RC: Yeah! Close enough. Um, looks to be the central villain this season, I know you won't say much. But what can you sort of tease about her, I mean, she's a very human villain, driven by greed, seemingly...
  • Bryan: It's, uh...
  • Mike: Not... not so... I wouldn't say greed...
  • Bryan: Nah. Greed's not it.
  • Mike: ... as much as, she's very driven, she, I mean, she grew up in Zaofu and was part of Su's, you know, guard there, so she kind of grew up with Su's ideology and the way of progress and modernization of the world, so she's kind of got that mentality of, like, you know... wants to fix things, I would say...
  • Bryan: Yeah.
  • Mike: ... is her drive.
  • Bryan: She's voiced by Zelda Williams, who does an amazing job, um, one of my favorite... she's one of my favorite characters and became a really big favorite of the crew. Um, a lot of the crew members who come up to me and [whispers], "I love her." [laughter] "I love Kuvira!" so, fun character to draw and to write and to hear her voiced...
  • Mike: Yeah, we wanted to have a villain that was, like, basically Korra's... a version of Korra. You know? Like, we.. the past three seasons, she's been fighting older guys. [laughter] We thought it was time to have a...
  • Bryan: And we know...
  • Mike: ... another female that...
  • Bryan: ... older guys are jerks, we know that already [laughter]. Let's explore something else.
  • Mike: So in a way they share some similar personality traits and stuff too, so.
  • Ruth: But it's not--and I'm guessing here--it's not generally such a black-and-white... I mean, the villains are villains, but...
  • Bryan: Yeah, we've never into the super black-and-white villain.

anonymous asked:

I swear to gOD I thought their silhouettes were going to kiss or something as the screen faded out or SOMEThING!!! I mean talk about so close yet so far. But I'm basically following your lead and declaring it cannon. Everyone else's opinion is wrong. Korrasami is canon. Bryke talked about it being interesting and having a lot of potential for a while and it was their last hurrah. There is no way they aren't trying to imply it. But tv still isn't progressive enough to show girls kissing.

I’ll take what I can, for now. This is a HUGE step in the right direction and I’m so proud of the writing team for Korra. I’m shocked that Nickelodeon even let this through!

I never hid my doubt. The idea of having two girls TOGETHER in a Western cartoon always seemed like a distant dream. We’ve had queerness in characters implied (best example being Princess Bubblegum and Marceline from Adventure Time who were even confirmed to be exes; also, apparently an old lady from Gravity Falls was originally planned to be coupled with another old lady, I believe), but they were never truly expressed in the show, just neat tidbits. Scraps of information that people devoured for the sake of wanting some representation.

And it was definitely never like this. We’ve never seen a relationship between people of the same sex flourish, develop, and come into fruition quite the same way as Korrasami did. We were there, start to finish.

What happened today is historical. I agree that hand-holding is not nearly as explicit as kissing, and this can lead to a ton of people just denying the romantic subtext upfront. Apparently, quite a few Makorra fans are doing just that. However, there is no doubt in my mind anymore. Korra and Asami are a couple. They love each other. All is well.

Why continuing to ship makorra is a dumb waste of time

all screnshot are from dongbufung 

look, its simple and i’ll break it down for you

there

is

no

way

to 

see 

this

as 

romantic

i mean we know it isn’t romantic. bryke said no romance until they changed their minds suddenly and made us all seeing the book wrong and that’s cool its their show but there is no way any of these could be construed in any one’s right mind to be romantic. non canon couples are dumb. they have always been dumb. its not like that has been the foundation of fanfiction and fanwork for years

just because something isn’t meant to be romantic (we know it isn’t bryke is the word of god) but you would have to be an idiot to see anything between these two after the finale

go rot makorra shippers