book-1-commentary

Oh my god.

HOW.

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The only two times Iroh ever raised his voice at Zuko was in “Winter Solstice, art 2″ when Zuko was entering Fire Nation waters and asked: “Have you completely forgotten that the Firelord banished you?”; and in “Lake Laogai,” where he doesn’t allow Zuko to get a word in because of the lengths he is willing to go to restore his honor. 

So basically, the only times Iroh yells at Zuko is when he could quite literally get himself killed. 

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Even though Pakku kind of won his fight against Katara in “The Waterbending Master,” Pakku was still able to change his sexist attitude towards woman. 

In contrast, Toph’s father, despite witnessing his daughter’s prowess first hand, still chose to believe that his daughter was weak, and helpless because of her blindness. 

anonymous asked:

I don't know if this was ever pointed out before, but right before Zuko is going to be burned during that Agni Kai, his prostrating himself is a form of an extreme apology in Japan called Dogeza. It's as low as a person can get, and they're showing complete submission and reverence to whoever they're prostrating themselves to; it's only performed by someone who's REALLY screwed up. I don't know very much about Japan's culture, but I'm fairly certain that is what Zuko was doing in that scene.

You know, I don’r think anyone has pointed that out to me yet 

It appears pretty similar to Zuko’s bows:

Thanks for the know!

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Aang mourning his father figure and crying, and ZUko begging forgiveness from his father figure and crying.

In a way, they both abandoned their parental figures, Aang by fleeing from his home, and Zuko by betraying Iroh. 

Despite that, however, both Aang and Zuko must accept what happened, and look to the future. 

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I think this meta was going to be longer, and it’s not the best Iroh-mentorship meta since I’ve done a lot more since I originally made this thing, but I don’t know what to do with it, so I’m just going to post what I have. 

See, it’s so old that I’m using MS Paint edited screenshots. LMAO. Good times. 

Iroh’s style of mentorship is interesting. He doesn’t want Zuko to go chasing the Avatar too much, but he knows that he can’t just say “damn it Zuko, give up,” because that’s not going to be good for his nephew’s well-being. We do actually see him say something along those lines in the very first episode, but that’s mostly because Iroh doesn’t want Zuko to continue with what was at that point a snipe hunt. 

That said, Iroh still tries to get Zuko to relax, and calm down. When Zuko looks like he’s becoming hopeless, he tries to raise his spirits. Occasionally. this involves going against his own beliefs or mindset by giving him hope about his honor quest, like in “The Blue Spirit.” Other times, like in “Avatar Day,” it involves trying to get Zuko on a different path–urging him to move on from his hunt for the Avatar. And again, he does it for his nephew’s well-being because he’s seeing what’s happening to Zuko because of his search and his obsession. This all comes to a head in “Lake Laogai,” when Iroh finally gives Zuko the talking to of a lifetime, barely giving his nephew a chance to speak and basically telling him that his obsessions and his inability to think things through have nearly gotten him killed on several occasions. 

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  • Ozai appears larger than Zuko in “The Storm” because he is the most powerful of the two in that moment. 
  • Azula appears larger than both Zuko and Iroh in “The Crossroads of Destiny” because she is the voice that Zuko hears the loudest, making her the more powerful person in bth this shot, and the episode, in contrast to Zuko, and Iroh.
  • While not as extreme as the other two examples, Zuko still appears lager than Ozai in this shot from “The Day of Black Sun” because he holds more power than Ozai in that moment. 
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“Never thinks things through,” v “I’ve plotted every move of this day.”

While a general disadvantage for Zuko, Zuko’s inability to properly plan sometimes gives him room to adapat to changing situations. 

Likewise, while it’s generally advantageous for her, Azula’s need to constantly plan out events so that they unfold just as she desired leaves little room for change and flexibility. Thus, when things don’t go as planned, it’s an assault to her perfect record, and Azula can’t just be almost perfect. 

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Zuko’s breath of fire in Book 1 v Book 3. I think it’s fair to say that in Book 1, he still hadn’t quite mastered proper breath control but, by Book 3, he has completely mastered it.

Notice how in Book 3 Zuko takes very deep and controlled breaths designed to take in more oxygen while in Book 1 his breaths are very short and quick. Also notice the color of Zuko’s fire. In Book 1, Zuko’s breath of fire is red, meaning that he’s feeding less oxygen into his flame, making the fire somewhat cool. In Book 3, his flame is yellow, meaning that he’s able to feed more oxygen into his fire, which consequently makes his fire hotter.

Now, you can argue that this discrepancy has to do with the fact that in Book 1, Zuko was in the tundra. HOWEVER, in “The Boiling Rock,” Zuko was being kept in the Cooler, which was supposed to prevent firebending. Not to mention that when Chit Sang was in the Cooler before Zuko, we saw him shivering and evidently being very cold. Zuko, on the other hand…