(unpopular? unusual?) opinion: Mai/Zuko is very much like Nala/Simba and that's not a bad thing
I mean, have you listened to Can You Feel the Love Tonight” recently?
So many things to tell her But how to make her see The truth about my past? Impossible! She’d turn away from me
He’s holding back, he’s hiding But what, I can’t decide Why won’t he be the king I know he is The king I see inside?
If that’s not Mai and Zuko at the end of “Nightmares and Daydreams,” I don’t know what is.
Family tragedy? Check Childhood crush? Check A father rivaling an uncle? Check Regicide? Check Something that involves the prince’s father/uncle and the prince feeling some kind of conflict? Check A prince who longs for the throne, goes into exile, comes back to take back the throne and ends up with his childhood crush? All the checks
Stop being mad about Katara in the healing huts. She is not only the “best there is” with healing, but she is in her 80’s. She buried her husband and her brother and Appa and Momo and Iroh and Hakoda. She fought a war when she was fourteen, continued to fight (until where the comics currently are), had three kids, watched them leave, helped create Republic City, and trained Korra. She is tired. She is too old to be fighting the way she used to. Even Toph admitted to her back killing her. She is tired. Healing is how she can still help.
If you wanna be mad about something be mad that she didn’t get a statue.
I don't suppose you could do a comparison of Azula and Zuko's bad first date skills? (Thinking of Chan and Jin, but there may be more)
Well, we see from “The Tales of Ba Sing Se,” and “The Beach” that Azula and Zuko are both very awkward when they’re out of their element: Zuko constantly fumbles and awkwardly tries to put words together when he’s with Jin, and Azula finds it really difficult to flirt as well with her attempts sounding more like subtle threats.
And actually, I remember having a conversation with someone that brought some really interesting insight about this (I think it was with @quentyl, but I’m unable to find what I’m looking for on my blog by just searching their url on my blog). Anyway, the basic idea was that a lot of their awkwardness came out of Azula and Zuko’s abuse at the hands of their father, and as a result they weren’t able to develop socially.
Furthermore, Azula presents an interesting case because with her it’s not just a shy, what the fuck do I say sort of awkwardness like it is with Zuko. Her inability to properly communicate with her peers is a lot more aggressive and just bizarre compared to how people would usually react in this scenario. Just check out how she talks with Chan:
Azula: That’s a sharp outfit, Chan. Careful. You could puncture the hull of an empire-class Fire Nation battleship, leaving thousands to drown at sea, because…it’s so sharp.
Azula: Your arms look so strong.
Together, you and I will be the strongest couple in the entire world! We will dominate the Earth!
It’s just interesting how Zuko and Azula wee differently affected in this regard. My best guess is that this is also ties into what Ursa’s hallucination says in the finale about Azula always relying on fear. This is in contrast to Zuko who, aside from sucking at the manipulation game, never needed to use fear or manipulation. Sure, he tries multiple times in Book 1 but, as I have mentioned time and time again, cunning, manipulative, and intentionally mean have never been traits that apply to Zuko.