and then there's Iroh

Basically, I’ve only been getting more and more obsessed with this Little Mermaid AU I started and (long story short) I wrote a rough draft for a full length illustrated fanfiction… So that’s happening. I’ll be posting the pieces of this weird project here for anyone who might be interested.

anonymous asked:

Do you think there's a sort of compare/contrast parallel between Iroh's speech about having hope vs the Air Nomad monks teaching that hope was a distraction? Not just with the lines but with how Aang and Zuko sort of are the opposite to their mentors' teachings?

Oh, thanks for bringing this up! This sounds like like a fun question, so yes, absolutely!

We have two very different sets of charters and two very different philosophies that contrast with those two characters, as you already mentioned. On the one hand, we have Aang, who’s usually the optimist, happy, energetic etc. H’s not totally cynical or anything, but after loosing Appa, we see him a lot more sullen, hopeless, and overall more angsty–not too unlike Zuko. On the other hand we get Zuko–who’s almost always angsty and sullen until Book 3…when hes only a little less angsty and sullen

This is where we get this really interesting parallel/contrast. 

I already mentioned the theme of Iroh, Katara, and Mai helping Aang and Zuko in their respective journeys, and this example is no exception. What I find interesting, however, is that story tries to make Aang;s hopelessness as akin to Zuko’s as possible–making him brood, and unreceptive to Katara;s efforts to cheer him up. 

That said, the contrast between the two lines is noteworthy too, with Iroh giving Zuko a message of hope, while Aang lingers on his despair. I find it kind of odd that the Air Nomads had such a dreary proverb since I’ve always felt like the Air Nomads were much more upbeat, 

However, I was doing a little research, and it looks like this quote has some Buddhist inspirations: 

In Buddhism, desire and ignorance lie at the root of suffering. By desire, Buddhists refer to craving pleasure, material goods, and immortality, all of which are wants that can never be satisfied. As a result, desiring them can only bring suffering.

This could help explain Aangs hope quote a little more (not quite, but a somewhat). 

That said, I feel like Aang may have misinterpreted quote–allowing his situation to dictate the quote’s meaning. I feel like he’s looking at the quote and using it as an excuse to brood, when really it should be about trying to achieve other goals, and not being overly focused on  what is currently unattainable. 

anonymous asked:

I cannot get into Legend of Korra. The fact that Aang and Sokka are dead hurts my heart too much. Besides, they skipped over the five main characters lives. Did Sokka marry Suki and have kids? What happened after Aang defeated Ozai? Did Zuko ever find his mother? UNCLE IROH IS DEAD. And theres just too much going on for my heart

Sorry for thee late reply anon!

I know the feeling ~ but eventually the pain lessens and you are able to cope with life in general again. I want you to give Korra another shot and just enjoy it even if you can’t get emotionally attached to it :) If you haven’t already, I also suggest that you check out the comics that were released - and be prepared for some more feels!

I haven’t finished watching all of Korra either :/

Originally posted by makos-lightningrod

*EDIT* there have been a couple of replies saying that the comics /will answer the questions that anon has but that’s not the point (at least what I feel) that anon was trying to express to me. I know there are comics, I have read them and it does answer some questions so I have recommended it to anon ♥


isn’t it interesting that the spirit of a Grand Lotus member of The White Lotus was in a place in the Spirit World named after the founder of the Red Lotus?

  • Korra: So, here we are. This is the Spirit World!
  • Asami: Wow, it's beautiful...
  • Korra: *cough* well, you're beautiful.
  • *korra leans in for a kiss*
  • *iroh appears from misty shadows as always*
  • Iroh: "Ah there's my avatar, I was wondering when I was going to be able to-"
  • Iroh: "oh...I'll just-I'll be over here when you ladies are ready for some tea..."
  • *disappears back into misty shadows*

wukodork  asked:

I'm almost certain that Iroh has at least one older sibling, there's so much about him that screams Second Son. Particularly the fact that no one ever refers to him as a prince on top of the fact that he's a general in a foreign nation's army. It's also worth noting that he doesn't actually seem to know his mother that well since his advice to Korra in S2 contradicts Izumi's stance in S4 (which is likely due to the fact that she wasn't a character yet, but still).

AH! I kind of love it. I’m head-canoning an older sister, because why the fuck not. Maybe even two older siblings, so I can imagine him being the Prince Oberyn of this world. It’d make sense that both he and his mother would want to support the United Republic, which Zuko helped form, but the fact that this is his profession? It does kind of suggest that he might not be the heir. The wiki does list him as a “prince,” but anyone in that “royal” family would be a prince or princess, and he’s never addressed as such, which is notable.

Yeah, Izumi is all:

I get what they were trying to do with her character, and how the wanted to combat the image of the Fire Nation, but I think the Kuvira situation was kind of ridiculous to let go when Bolin runs in and tells them about prison camps and WMDs.