even if it mentions air nomads

ATLA AU PROBENDING HC LETS GO

Okay here’s the rundown of the karsuno team hear me out:

Hinata is the avatar (HEAR ME OUT) but he DOES not know like his mom suspected something but honestly everyone thought the cycle ended with the last avatar and its unheard of an avatar with a sibling so she quickly debunks that possibility. Instead they only know he’s a fire bender and honestly his mom- a non bender- in a house with 2 constantly bickering firebenders is a FEAT okay.

And say before a HUGE nationals game it’s discovered that he IS the avatar and they almost disqualify the team but it’s proven that he did not cheat and they agree that as long as he sticks to ONE element he can participate so it’s LIT

Tsukki is also a firebender and it’s really not all that surprising because he just has this AURA around him that radiates a passive aggressive energy. Everyone kinda expected him to be an airbender because both his brother and father are air nomads (CROSS BENDER FAMILIES ARE KINDA “TABOO”) but he ended up taking after his mother.

TOBIO and SUGA are water benders and it was actually really surprising for Kags because everyone expects water benders to be really chill and calm and relaxed but KAGS IS NONE OF THAT LOL. Honestly when he joined a team in middle school eVERYONE expected him to be a firebender but NOPE. Kags is more offensive while suga is more into healing and DEFENSIVE so they put him in when things are getting rough because healing IS allowed

Noya is an earth bender and tanaka is a water bendER WHICH IS SURPRISING BECAUSE YOU WOULD THINK HE WOULD BE A FIREBENDER OR AND EARTHBENDER WITH THAT ATTITUDE BUT NOPE. Noya’s earthbending skills are A1 like he’s one of the top earthbenders in the prefecture and tanaka is in the top 10 of his element. These two get into SO MUCH TROUBLE (they fling mud at random people and this escape like the punks they are someone get them off the streets smh)

Daichi is an earth bender as well and that kinda sucks when he gets mad because he’ll chuck rocks at people (Noya) and it really hurts man. But there’s a really steady quality about him like he’s just so firm (especially his arms) and strong (especially his arms) and really powerful (especially his arms don’t @ me) (he also gets so mad that he can’t bend lava but NOYA can but he’s too dad to ask for help because he doesn’t want to stroke his ego and it hurts man but BOY CAN HE BEND METAL) (HA CAN YOU IMAGINE “dad I MEAN DAICHI I CANT OPEN THE STORAGE CLOSET DOORS SOMETHING IS BLOCKING THEM” “ugh hinata give me a sec” *flings metal doors open like its NOTHING* *everyone is watching. Sweating*

Asahi and Yams are air benders which AGAIN is weird. EvERYONE THOUGHT ASAHI WAS AN EARTHBENDER BECAUSE HES BIG… LIKE A ROCK but no no he’s just trying to find balance or whatever (his mom is an air nomad while his dad is a non bender so he grew up around that kind of rhetoric) (he does live it out really well) (poor baby is always nervous) (help him)

Tadashi being an airbender isn’t really a surprise but ALOT of people assumed he was a non bender because he comes off as plain and his bending skills are nOT extraordinary and he used to get picked on in school because “aw look at the little air nomad cry cause he can’t bend” “IM NOT AN AIR NOMAD A-A-AND I CAN BEND! *tears up* *firEBENDER TSUKKI COMES OUT AND OH SNAP YOU KNOW THIS DUDE OH SNAP GUYS HES A FIREBENDER LETS BOUNCE. Honestly the most surprising thing about him being an air bender is that his best friend is a firebender I mean not even 100 years prior the fire nation had complete control over the air nation (what little were left) but despite that they are still tight and it’s really just AHHH my heart.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

OIKAWA IS A WATER BENDER AND IWA IS AN EARTHBENDER AND THEy ARE ALWAYS SPARING

takeda is a non bender and Ukai is a firebender and it always AMAZES takeda to see him bend because it looks to EFFORTLESS (honestly he gets a KICK out of matches because it’s all so INTERESTING TO HIM)

Yachi is an airbender (her father was an air nomad and her mother is an earthbender)

Kiyoto is a water bender and literally one of the most powerful water benders you will ever meet but she is much more interested in healing

Kenma is an airbender and his bending is REALLY choppy and BLUNT but his precision is SPOT ON

Kuroo is a fire bender and pair him and bokuto (an EARTHBENDER) together and you are ASKING FOR trouble

AKAASHI IS A water bender and (he’s been trying blood bending recently on animals in the park but HE’D NEVER TRY IT ON A HUMAN SO RELAX IT JUST FEELS DIFFERENT THAN BENDING WATER) (he sometimes does it when bokuto is riled up and about to kirk to get his blood pressure down so he doesn’t get benched)

That’s all I can think of right now but feel free to add more because this is actually really interesting okay I’m out

Rant time.

Because recently I’ve been seeing a storm of “wow I feel so sorry for kataangers Aang was ruined because they made him such a horrible father!!!!!!!”

No.

I’d like to start out by pointing out Bryke has stated that the notion of Aang being a bad father was exaggerated by fans.

Okay, here’s the deal.

Imagine you’re Aang. You wake up to a new world only to find out that you’ve been gone for a hundred years, your entire nation, your culture, every person you ever loved is gone. Completely wiped from existence. You are the sole survivor of a race of people, therefore you are responsible for keeping the values of your people and keeping their culture alive.

Then one day, you have a kid. Years later, you have another kid.

Both of these kids are not interested in your culture. In fact, they find it boring and want absolutely nothing to do with it.

You’d be pretty hurt, right?

So then finally, you have a third kid. Turns out, this kid is an airbender! The first airbender born in over a century. Wouldn’t you be thrilled? Not only is he an airbender, but is excited to immerse himself completely into air nomad culture.

It only makes sense that you’d have a closer bond with him than the other two.

This, in NO WAY means that Aang loved Tenzin the most. I’d like to refer to the scene where all three of the kids travel to the southern air temple. Bumi questions if Aang would’ve been proud of him. Kya’s response is “you KNOW he would be” even Bumi and Kya know that Aang loved them all the same.

“But Aang took Tenzin on vacations without the other two!” (I’m pretty sure these ‘vacations’ were just like, air nomad stuff anyway)

The family picture. If you remember the family picture, we see that Bumi is quite a bit older than his siblings. I’d put him anywhere between 10-13, while Kya probably no older than 4 or 5. And Tenzin obviously was a baby. By the time Tenzin was actually old enough to go on special trips with Aang, Bumi was in his late teens, and possibly could have already gone off to join the United forces.

And then there’s Kya. Take one look at Kya, would you even guess she’s related to an air nomad? She’s a waterbender, and like Tenzin with air nomad culture, Kya devoted herself to the water tribe. Like Aang with Tenzin, we also know that Katara had a special bond with Kya. Katara was probably in the exact same boat as Aang. She finally had someone to teach and share her culture with, not to mention finally having the mother/daughter relationship that was robbed from her as a child. People are so quick to attack Aang about this, but why not Katara? She seems just as guilty of it to me.

It’s perfectly normal for parents to have a closer bond with one child over the other. Heck, my mom has a more special bond with me over my brother, and my dad has a more special bond with my brother than with me. And this is perfectly fine. My parents love the both of us equally. But my interests are more like my mother’s, while my brother’s interests are more like my dad’s.

Please take into account that he was the Avatar on top of this. Not to mention he had the entire weight of his people’s future on his shoulders. It was very important to him to teach Tenzin everything he could so that Tenzin could uphold his people’s culture and values. And because of that, he probably was SOMEWHAT guilty of choosing to spend time with Tenzin than his other kids. Which, in all honesty, ALL parents are guilty of doing to some degree. (Yes, probably even Katara with Kya)

Aang was not a bad father. He did the best he could. He loved all his kids the same.

anonymous asked:

It always made me uncomfortable how young Bumi wore green and older stayed in uniform all the time. It's like since he was not a bender he could not be a part of his parents cultures. It just upsets me in general how this mixed family never mixed cultural clothing. Would it have killed the creators to make Kya a vegetarian, Tenzin wear water tribe coats in the south pole and Bumi enjoy skinning animals? Bryke was not ready for a mixing of the 4 nations.

I think it’s not so much Bryke not being ready for the four nations mixing (after all, they created Mako and Bolin, as well as the concept of bending triads), so much as them thinking of the “purity” of Aαng’s legacy and not wanting anything associated with other bending types (or nonbending types) to get in the way of that.

Remember how “The Promise” taught Katara to feel bad for expecting her own boyfriend to realize she was feeling left out due to him dropping her like a hot potato for the attention of his airbender fanclub?

(Even when this is a consistent problem in their relationship?)

Remember how Bumi apologized to the statue of Aαng for being a disappointment due to being a nonbender?

Bumi: Uh… hey there, Dad. You’re looking well. Look, uh, I’m sorry I didn’t turn out to be an airbender like you hoped, but I’ve tried my best to keep the world safe. Hope I made you proud.

Remember how Aαng’s supposed spiritual successors had no idea he had two other children (what, Aαng didn’t feel like passing that little factoid onto them)?

Bumi: Ugh. Phew. Excuse me, a little help here?
Air Acolyte woman: Sorry, I thought you were the servants.
Bumi: We’re Tenzin’s brother and sister.
Air Acolyte woman: Avatar Aαng had other children? The world is filled with more airbenders?
Kya: We’re not airbenders.
Air Acolyte woman: Oh. I’m so sorry.

Remember how much focus in the story of LOK is on people with airbending ability, even with no background in airbending philosophy (Kai), versus people with all the cultural background and no airbending ability (Pema)?

Episodes where Pema appears in The Legend of Korra but has no lines:

Book One: Air (气)

Book Two: Spirits (神靈)

Book Three: Change (易)

Book Four: Balance (平衡)

Episodes where Kai appears in The Legend of Korra but has no lines:

Book Four: Balance (平衡)

(And even when Kai has no lines, he is still part of the main action.)

“Kuvira’s Gambit”:

“Day of the Colossus”:

Remember, Bryke have a very different attitude toward nonbenders than the others writers of A:TLA. Bryke see bending in much the same way that Korra does: as an awesome fighting power-up that people who who lack it can never really make up for. It’s no wonder that all the Air Nomads were airbenders due to their “high spirituality” (the irony is amazing considering the lengths Bryke went through to strip anything spiritual from the Avatar mythos in LOK). 

So let’s return to Bumi’s clothing. You mentioned that he was never out of his army uniform, even when it would be practical to do so. Well, once he magically becomes an airbender in Book Three, what happens?:

That’s right. The army uniform he never parted company with before is gone–replaced by airbender clothes! 

Oh, Bryke.

On the Air Nomad genocide...

Been rewatching AtLA and got to thinking with my best friend about the air nomad genocide. Being only twelve when emerging from the iceberg, Aang’s knowledge of Air Nomad culture is…lacking, especially if he’d come out of hibernation a few years ago. I wondered how much a remnant of the Air Nomads would have of their culture, because lets face it there are ALWAYS survivors of a genocide.

There are the refugees from Tibet and the Jewish diaspora. I’m part of the African diaspora myself being an African american (well biracial but whatever)

Assuming that there were survivors (referred from here on out as the Remnant) I tried to put together likely groups that’d have fled from the temples, as well as around the world since not every air nomad lived in one of the temples. Also, we have to consider how much Aang did to restore his culture especially as the chaos of a century long war ending died down.

Being the dork I am I decided that the Remnant would consist of people from various age ranges and ethnicities, especially among the nomadic population as opposed to the nuns and monks. From the southern temple boys and young men from infancy to say 17 or 18 made it out, with little supplies and a plethora of lemurs and bison. The western air temple girls and women (between 3-8 and then several 20-30 year olds) brought with them works of art that would’ve otherwise been burnt to ash. Eastern air nomad women would be mainly in their 40s and 50s, contributing clothes, recipes, and other cultural staples. Northern air temple monks I mainly imagine as being elderly folk (65+) that had books and scrolls on spiritual knowledge. Then of course you’d have the nomadic population which I imagine as a mix of young adults and families who had a mix of resources.

I also had to consider how much Aang consulted with Yangchen and other air Avatars, because he couldn’t have come up with the Air acolytes on his own. Not to mention restoring the temples and old air nomad artifacts (like the spinning gates)

I also assume Aang had people recover any artifacts from the temples while they were being cleaned up, as well as from the Fire Nation (because obviously they kept war trophies). Even so, there was probably 5-15% of the by Korra’s time and that’s a generous estimate. If we add the Remnant, though, the amount increases several times over. Though honestly it all varies depending on how many people survived, what books and artifacts were saved, and so on.

Next time on Mary is a Huge Nerd, I talk about how the dragons rebelling against the firebenders for using them to massacre an entire people caused the tradition of dragon hunting to even begin..

casualanchoruniverse  asked:

What are your thoughts on the Ty Lee is of Airbender descent theory? Personally, I can believe it.

I can believe it, too. She has gray eyes like Aang:

Jumps from seemingly impossible heights:

Is spiritually oriented:

Ty Lee: Well, what’s your excuse, Mai? You were an only child for 15 years, but even with all that attention, your aura is this dingy, pasty, gray…

And has a playful sense of humor: 

Not to mention, when she wants to get away from her old life, she does what Aang does: run away. (And running off and joining the circus is such an Air Nomad thing to do.)

It really isn’t surprising that a nomadic people would survive an attempt at genocide. But what I want to know is: how did an Air Nomad make it into the Fire Nation nobility?

My theory is that, even though the Four Nations have always been separate, in the time before Sozin, intermarriage was much more common, especially among the nobility. To the best of our knowledge, the Air Nomads didn’t have the kinds of social classes we see elsewhere, but it’s not unthinkable that the leader of one of the Air Temples would qualify for such an alliance in the Fire Nation, and even though marriage doesn’t seem to be part of the Air Nomad way of life, there are exceptions to every rule. (Even Aang, the poster child for all things Air Nomad, decided he wanted to marry Katara.) 

Once the war began, this would all be hushed up, of course, but it would be interesting to find out what connection to the Air Nomads Ty Lee has. (And what if some of her sisters were airbenders as well?)

anonymous asked:

You made a very good point that I hadn't thought about, which is that Aang would definitely have preferred and exalted the Air Nomadic culture over the Water Tribe's culture in his relationship with Katara, like how he favored his single airbender son over his other children. Zuko would've made an effort to appreciate and exalt Katara's culture alongside his own, equally.

It’s really ironic how the character who initially held his own nation up as vastly superior to everyone else’s and called Sokka and Katara peasants (just like Azula) ended up realizing the importance of rescuing Sokka’s father and getting justice for Katara’s mother, then used a technique invented by waterbenders to redirect lightning and save Katara’s life. Meanwhile, the character who believed all life was sacred and was willing to give Zuko a chance even though he was Fire Nation ended up only passing the story of Avatar down to his son Tenzin, refused to tell his acolytes about his other two children, and constantly made both them and Katara second priority to his need to cater to the Air Nomads. Not to mention putting the entire world at risk to uphold Air Nomad philosophy. It’s so sad that that was the direction Bryke decided to take his character. 

momtara  asked:

hello! i'm not sure if you've addressed this already, but i often hear people criticising aang's parenting style, calling him abusive. i think aang played favourites with his kids, but i don't think he has an abusive bone in his body. do you have any thoughts on this?

I don’t think Aαng has an abusive bone in his body either, but unfortunately, the way Bryke depict Aαng’s children and their problems in LOK is a classic example of neglect and victim blaming. 

From the Center for Child Protection:

Child neglect is the most commonly reported form of maltreatment. 

People (even Bryke) try to excuse Aαng by saying he didn’t really neglect his kids; it’s just that he needed to take Tenzin to do airbending training in all those places like Ember Island. There are two problems with this: one, he could have taken his family on the trips he took Tenzin on and then just taken Tenzin aside if he absolutely needed some airbending-only time; and two, Kya and Bumi could very well have had airbending children of their own who would need to look to them for guidance. Airbending history and culture was a necessary part of their education; even if they weren’t interested/found it boring as some attest, you don’t stop teaching children critical information about their heritage just because they get bored

There are several indicators of neglect with respect to Kya and Bumi:

  • They engage in mean-spirited teasing of the favored Tenzin decades after their father’s death 
  • Despite liking children, neither Kya nor Bumi has any, while Tenzin has several
  • Bumi outright states that he thinks he is a big disappointment to their father because he wasn’t an airbender
  • The Air Acolytes, the keeper of Aαng’s spiritual legacy, don’t know who Aαng’s two older children are or that they even existed

That last one is really telling; it’s as if Aαng never even mentioned his children to the people responsible for carrying on Air Nomad traditions. I don’t know how it could have been made any clearer that Aαng did not consider them part of his cultural legacy.

Speaking of legacy…

And Bryke are still compounding this mistake to this day. Here’s the summary of Bryke’s new book, Legacy:

Earth. Air. Fire. Water. These are the four nations that lived in harmony until the Fire Nation attacked. For the next hundred years, war raged across the globe. It was believed that all inhabitants from the Air Nation had perished. Then, a girl and her brother discovered a twelve-year-old boy frozen in an iceberg. His name: Aαng. He is the Avatar, the master of all four elements. Together Aαng and his friends went on to save the world!

Now a man, Aαng looks back on these adventurous years—from being found in the ice to fighting epic battles to negotiating peace. This is Aαng’s story, his mementos, and keepsakes. Avatar: The Last Airbender: Legacy is the collection that Aαng passes down to his son Tenzin, who will one day be a master Airbender, too. Readers will relish Aαng’s heroic tales and the posters, clippings, cards, and maps he gathered along the way!

Aαng is passing this knowledge on to his son Tenzin. Not to Kya, and not to Bumi, nor is there a mention of him passing anything else down to Kya and Bumi. And keep in mind, this is the story of A:TLA he’s passing down, notteaching specific airbending techniques or Air Nomad philosophy, so the old “but Tenzin’s an airbender” standby doesn’t fly here. I’d really like to know how they’re going to justify it this time.

Now, there is some A:TLA precedent for Aαng favoring Tenzin due to being an airbender. Aαng consistently upheld the Air Nomad beliefs as the gold standard for morality; he was the last of his kind; and he had a huge burden to pass on as the last airbender to whichever of his children displayed that ability. However, Aαng did not develop in A:TLA in a vacuum. He had friends and family who knew exactly how damaging such favoritism could be. His best friend and the man who knew him better than anyone had been a victim of child favoritism and neglect; his wife felt the pressure of being the last bender of her tribe and is extremely protective of people she considers her children; his brother-in-law often felt like he couldn’t measure up because he was a nonbender. All of these people could and should have banded together and given Aαng a stern talking-to about paying his kids equal attention. And Aαng could and should have listened. He might not have been a perfect father (and I wouldn’t ask him to be), but he definitely wouldn’t have left his family a fractured and quarreling mess.

Bafflingly, instead of acknowledging that they had written serious flaws into Aαng’s character in LOK, Bryke tried to foist the blame for the sibling rivalry in Korra onto Kya and Bumi! I talk about it in more detail here.

But the worst part of this whole debacle is the way Bryke constantly recycled the neglectful father trope in order to recapture the lost magic of their original show, entirely missing the fact that the reason Zuko’s character arc is so revered and loved is not because he had daddy issues, but because Team Ehasz’s writing set the bar so high that Bryke’s parade of feeble imitations couldn’t hope to reach it.