I’ve just realised why I love the Final Agni Kai so much (and why it’s the best fight in Avatar). They are both fighting like each other.
Zuko is confident and at peace with himself. His firebending is the best it has ever been and Azula is unhinged. So he stays on the defensive, exploits her weaknesses and exploits her unhinged mentality by antagonising her into fighting on his terms (e.g. “No lighting today?”) and making her do what he wants.
But Azula is fighting like Zuko. She is constantly on the offensive and driven by rage and a desperate need to prove herself. She’s caving under her family issues, feelings of abandonment and the slights that have been made on her honour. Because of this, she is blind to Zuko’s actions and can only focus on giving the battle her all and proving herself to her father. Hence why she falls for Zuko’s trap (e.g. “I’ll show you lightning!”)
I just love this show, and I find even more reasons to love it every day.
THE SCENE WHERE AZULA TRIES TO FLIRT WITH THAT GUY ON THE BEACH IS SO UNDER APPRECIATED OH MY GOD SHE LITERALLY SAYS HIS OUTFIT IS SO ON POINT IT’LL KILL THOUSANDS OF FIRENATION SOLDIERS WHY IS THIS NOT DISCUSSED
OK DO Y'ALL REALIZE THAT ZUKO IS THE HERO OF THIS FUCKING SERIES??
My dad explained to my brother that despite Aang being the main protagonist, Zuko is the hero because he goes through hardships and changes throughout the series to become the person he has to be to help save the world in the finale. Plus he helps people in little ways throughout the series- all things Aang never does. Hero is literally defined as a male character with good qualities that the reader/viewer can empathize with. How many of us can empathize with zuko? With not knowing what to do with our future or feeling inferior to a sibling or like your parents hate you sometimes? But Aang? Can anyone really empathize with him? I sure as hell can’t