As promised, one potato-quality phone picture of the crystal clear pond. The small shallow end is weirdly popular with fish and frogs. All the goldfish that have moved out to the pond have packed on the size!
There’s a lot of Korra hatred on here. So… for the sake of Balance:
1. Korra fulfilled her role as the Avatar by bringing balance to the world over and over again against Communism, Theocracy, Anarchy and Fascism. Aang fought some villain with absolutely no depth who happened to be powerful this one day because of some approaching comet. Those of you complaining about the villains in LoK have got to be kidding. What was Ozai’s motivation besides burning shit up? At least Korra’s enemies were interesting enough for her to learn something from. In the end, Aang faced the firebending dude. That’s nice, I guess….
2. In addition to restoring Balance over and over again in the physical world, Korra had the sense to re-connect the physical world and the spirit world and mediate the resulting conflict, rather than avoid her responsibilities. She followed what she thought was right, even though those around her disapproved of her actions. Korra truly fulfilled her spiritual role, actively engaging with the spirits as individuals, learning about them and promoting coexistence. She didn’t just use them as giant koi fish weapons of mass destruction (or did the koi fish use Aang to throw a fit through him?). I guess Aang gave the Hei Bai an acorn. Yay…
3. Korra faced her responsibilities head on from the very beginning. She was headstrong and determined, unlike Aang, whose cowardice resulted in the genocide of his entire people after he froze himself like a dumbass for 100 years. So much for the awesome power and wisdom of his Avatar State.
4. Korra corrected Aang’s mistakes, bringing back the Air Nomads and then sacrificing herself to protect them. Even still, after being poisoned, she survived, but you still want to bitch about her being weak. Sure.
5. She recovered. Had some problems getting back in one piece, but came back stronger than ever. LoK’s plot is about self-realization, being your own worst enemy and overcoming that.
6. Korra mastered the Avatar State without any of the emotional fuss Aang had to go through. She embraced her duty and let go of her attachments, and connected to the Cosmic Energy, instead of walking away from it because she was too emotionally attached. Remember giant, spirit Korra? But I guess that was no big deal…
7. Korra cast out the Spirit of Darkness from the world for 10,000 years. No biggie.
8. Aang’s Avatar state has the combined strength of all the Avatars from the past 10,000 years. Korra’s Avatar State has…. Korra’s strength, combined with Raava’s. So, Korra’s Avatar State should be judged comparing it to Wan’s, not Aang’s.
I think Aang would’ve worshipped the ground Korra walked on. But I guess she didn’t do cool enough bending for you meatheads? I assure you Korra’s statues in Republic City will dwarf Aang’s in size.
Aang was a good Avatar, but he didn’t have to face half the things Korra had to face. Korra is the greatest Avatar in history. You may not like her personally, but successful women are often disliked. Especially when they leave you for sexy, genius inventor girls and run off into the Spirit World without you. Well, sorry about it… You gotta deal with it.
I love the family dynamics in the Kekkaishi series, and the characters are perfect excuse for brush pen drawing exercise!
Here are the Sumimura brothers Masamori (age 21) who can kill people by walking into them, Yoshimori (age 14) who is obsessed with baking, and Toshimori (age 9) who is the most normal and well-adjusted one probably.
Also appearing in this drawing: Kurohime, Masamori’s giant koi; Shiguma, Yoshimori’s SPOILER who had a 33% chance of being a 20+foot tall cake with legs if Yoshimori hadn’t been talked out of it; and Madarao the family dog/ghost wolf.
It is unclear whether or not Bleach characters can retire. The TBTP arc said no - “retirement” means death or the Maggot’s Nest. On the other hand, Byakuya’s old lieutenant is super retired and sells sunglasses. So what is the truth? Who knows, but nevertheless, let’s find out what retirement plans the captains and former captains have!
Kurotsuchi: “Retirement”? You mean, the Maggot’s Nest?
Kurotsuchi: I don’t care to go back there, actually.
Kurotsuchi: I will keep this post until Urahara Kisuke pries it from my cold, dead hands.
Kurotsuchi: FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS
Byakuya: When my former lieutenant retired, he opened a shop and sold sunglasses. I would like to do the same.
Renji: Y-you’re going to sell sunglasses, Captain?
Byakuya: No. Do not be ridiculous.
Byakuya: I will sell Admiral Seaweed merchandise.
Renji: Wait, what??
Byakuya: I think I will do very well.
Yamamoto: The Head Captain does not retire.
Yamamoto: If I did, though…
Yamamoto: Then I would nap. I would nap so much.
Sasakibe: Much like now, then!
Sasakibe: S-sorry! I’ll go!
Komamura: I understand that there are excellent retirement homes for dogs!
Komamura: I would be honored to spend my retirement among friends, eating and enjoying the sunshine!
Iba: Have you been on the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary facebook page again?
Komamura: They just all look so happy.
Kenpachi: For a few seconds. While I bleed out after having been killed by Ichigo.
Ichigo: Wait, what now???
Kenpachi: Let a man dream, Ichigo!
Tosen: When justice has been served, I plan to go back to the Steves.
Tosen: Spend my days among them, observing their behavior.
Gin: Is there really that much to observe?
Tosen: And I will battle the ignorance of people like you.
Tosen: They are…majestic creatures.
Unohana: Retire from Squad 4?
Unohana: I rarely think about it. Perhaps I would then be able to pursue my hobbies.
Ichigo: Do you mean murder? I worry that you mean murder.
Unohana: I might mean murder.
Shinji: Oh man, I will do NOTHING when I retire!
Shinji: Just listen to jazz, read, relax.
Hinamori: Much as you do now, really.
Shinji: Hey! I do paperwork sometimes!
Kensei: I’d like to think retirement would allow me to relax, perfect my cooking, travel, read.
Kensei: But I imagine I will still be taking care of all of my knucklehead friends.
Shinji: You are the only one who can really cook.
Kensei: YOU GUYS COULD LEARN YOU KNOW
10. Soi Fon
Soi Fon: The captain of the Punishment Squad does not retire.
Soi Fon: I will die in my post. It is the only way.
Aizen: One does not retire from occupying the empty throne in the sky.
Urahara: Or from occupying a prison bondage chair!
Aizen: Shut up, Urahara.
Hitsugaya: I think, if I retired, I would…go back home.
Hitsugaya: Find a place with an excellent view of the sky.
Gin: I would go away.
Gin: To somewhere.
Matsumoto: WHY ARE YOU LIKE THIS?!
Rose: I would be able to devote myself entirely to my art!
Rose: Finally finish that rock opera I’ve been working on, with Izuru’s help.
Kira: Why am I in your retirement fantasy?
Rose: Why, because you’re my muse, of course!
15. Ukitake & Kyoraku
Ukitake: Kyoraku and I have imagined being retired!
Ukitake: We’ll get some land with beautiful trees and a giant koi pond…
Ukitake: Plenty of land for the grandkids - if we have any - or for dogs if not!
Kyoraku: Yeah, just two old guys napping, drinking, and enjoying the sunshine.
Ukitake: Kinda makes you wish we could actually get there, huh?
On her way home one evening, Asami crashes her motorcycle. She is hurt. Badly. Only the heroic efforts of hospital staff pull her through. She survives, but not wholly.
When Asami wakes, it is to a world she does not know. Thereis a woman curled into her side, holding her hand. A woman who cries and laughs
when she sees that Asami has opened her eyes.
Her name is Korra. It means nothing to Asami.
After a few weeks in the hospital with the best healers
Korra can find, Asami does not regain her memories but is allowed to go home.
She shares a home with Korra. The tickling suspicion that
Korra is more than her friend is realised when she arrives. There are pictures
of their life and their love everywhere. Korra offers to take them down. She
offers to take Asami to a home of her own if it will make her easier. She does
not want Asami to feel pressured to remember. She only wants her to be happy;
regardless of whether she still wants Korra as a wife.
Asami stays with Korra and the weeks go by without notice.
Months pile up. Still she cannot remember a single detail of her life. She has
no concept of how she designed and built half the technology in their home.
Korra has to explain and demonstrate bending to her, over and over. It takes
her days to process that she is married to the strongest bender alive.
Korra is eminently patient. Supportive. She does not get
frustrated Asami has forgotten that both her parents are dead, like Asami
herself does. She takes it in stride when Asami kisses her one night before bed
and can only offer curiosity as an explanation.
Korra is so patient and loving that Asami feels nothing but
Approaching the one year anniversary of the accident, Korra
and Asami go away together. It is Korra’s idea to visit the places they did before the accident. She reasons that if Asami does not recover any old
memories, they are always making new ones. Asami takes photographs with her
from her past. They act some of them out. Abseiling around the mountains of
Omashu and swimming on Kyoshi Island with the giant koi. There are snowball
fights in the South Pole. A long, luxurious night on the beaches of Ember
Island where Asami is compelled to spend as much of it as possible kissing
It is a wonderful break, finished with an expedition through
the Spirit World, but their lives are waiting for them to return.
Asami only realises she has fallen for Korra all over again
when Korra comes home late, badly injured. Korra smiles and laughs it off but
the bruises are already lurid and blood is still oozing. Asami restrains
herself while Korra heals but as soon as she knows she will not do any further
harm, she is unyielding. Panic makes her desperate. They make love on the floor
of their apartment, amongst Korra’s bloody clothes, and Asami releases her
After over a year of soul-searching, she is ready to live
the life she has.
Life with Korra is perfect. Asami has all but forgotten that
she lost her memory. Particularly when Korra gives birth to their first child.
Their little girl grows and grows. A son soon follows. Asami
has never been happier than when they are playing with their children in Korra’s
On their son’s fifth birthday, Asami loses her footing and falls
down an embankment. Her head strikes a rock under the water. Korra is there to
help her stand. Blood is running freely down the side of her face; she can feel
it, tacky under her fingers. She looks at Korra with a bright smile on her
face. One that quickly falls away.
“I remember,” she says, horrified.
Korra smiles but it is lined with sadness. She brushes wet
hair away from Asami’s face. “I love you,” she whispers.
Asami wakes up in a hospital. There is a woman curled into
her side, holding her hand. A woman who cries and cries on seeing her finally awake. Her name is
It all comes back to Asami in a rush; the accident, her
life. She learns she has been in a coma for months. Her mother does not
understand when she bursts into tears.
Korra - their love, her everything - is nothing more than a dream.
When You Realize That ATLA Isn’t Just Another Kid’s Show
Book 1: Water is definitely more “kiddie” than the following two books in the series, as well as the show’s spin off, Legend of Korra. However, it is apparent from the first three episodes of The Last Airbender that the story will tackle some dark issues, including the destructive nature of war, genocide, and the weight of self-responsibility.
One of my favorite scenes in the entire series is in S1E2 “The Avatar Returns”, which not only preludes these larger issues but calls attention to the personal struggles and growth of three major characters. It also communicates that this is no ordinary children’s cartoon but a subversive telling of humanity’s fight for freedom, equality, and individuality.
Aang, upon the threat of drowning, enters the Avatar State for the first time in the series and displays a powerful show of waterbending prowess to the amazement of Katara and Sokka.
When Katara asks Aang why he never told them he was the Avatar, Aang expresses that he never wanted to be the Avatar in the first place.
Katara and Sokka are silent in response to Aang’s confession. Aang, physically separate from his newfound friends, sits cross legged at the edge of Appa’s saddle, slightly elevated above them. Holding his staff, a relic of his lost heritage and people, a lone cloud passes over, touching Aang first, then Katara, then Sokka: a single sweep of darkness among the brightness of the setting sun. Then light shines through the breaks in the clouds above.
Aang, physically separate from his newfound friends, sits cross legged at the edge of Appa’s saddle, slightly elevated above them
Aang can never be Katara or Sokka: his constant grasps at childhood fun (penguin sledding, surfing with giant koi fish, riding hog monkeys) are self-reminders that even though his responsibility is to the world, he wants to be an ordinary kid more than anything else. But most people, including Katara and Sokka, will look up to Aang, hoping that he will guide them back to peace and balance. To do this, he must grow up and sacrifice a large part of his childhood, whether he wants to or not.
Holding his staff, a relic of his lost heritage and people
His staff, which he uses akin to a safety blanket, is not only a representation of his lost culture, but helps to separate himself from the non-airbenders below when he feels misunderstood or alone. Truly flying (using airbending) is a place that he can only be followed by Appa and the memories of his Air Nation family.
…a lone cloud passes over, touching Aang first, then Katara, then Sokka: a single sweep of darkness among the brightness of the setting sun…
Aang isn’t the only one who must grow and learn on their journey to save the world. Through the progression of the series, we see both Katara and Sokka come into their own, overcoming personal struggles, displaying amazing acts of bravery, and becoming integral parts of a team.
Then light shines through the breaks in the clouds above
Ultimately, Team Avatar comes out stronger, smarter, and wiser than their younger counterparts: Aang finds a family, self-acceptance, and control; Katara finds forgiveness, self-confidence, and release of her anger at her mother’s murder; Sokka finds purpose, empathy, and companionship. Even characters, major and minor, that appear later on in the series, achieve some level of personal growth.
okay okay okay but imagine if the atla/lok universe had modern technology juST THINK
aang and katara taking way too many goofy selfies together like riding giant koi fish and snuggling turtle ducks
sokka and suki skyping miles apart how cute oh my gosh and she like still tries to teach him moves over video but they’re such dorks
ty lee taking bomb ass selfies and postying them on instgram every day!!
azula trying shamelessly to sext a bunch of guys but always making it awkward
katara!! being able to facetime her grangran!! and keep in touch with the little kids who looked at her as their big sister!!
toph having an ipod and listening to music like 24/7 don’t tell me she wouldnt
zuko snapchatting everyone being such a dork like “guys how do i do the whole fire lord thing help” with a picture of his dorky lil face being all cute and distressed
aang totally pulling a maes hughes and texting everyone pictures of his and katara’s kids saying “look how cute!!” and 24/7 posting about them on facebook
asami listening to audiobooks while she tinkers around at work!!!
mako and bolin and korra using social media to get the word about the fire ferrets out there and gaining a huge internet fanbase
oh my GOsH the gaang and the krew both making DORK ASS YOUTUBE CHANNELS WHERE THEY VLOG THEIR JOURNEYS
asami and korra using snapchat to their advantage if you know what i mean
mako being such an awkward social media person like his twitter is just a bunch of retweets of vines and korra’s just like “you know?? you can get a vine for vines and use twitter to tweet, right??” and mako’s ust like “korra, what even IS a tweet, why do I tweet, I’m not a bird??”
boLIN BABY he’d be a HUGE viner vines of him like doing stupid cute shit, vines of pabus dancing, of him acting in movers
korra!! using facetime!! in the spirit world!! so zuko and uncle iroh can talk again!! because zuko misses iroh so much and it’s so awesome!! to be able to say hi and that he loves him and misses him!!
Youruichi has hidden Soi Fon’s hair rings as a prank! Soi Fon does not know this. She is determined to get them back - by interrogating anyone she thinks is a likely subject!
Soi Fon: Omaeda, if you do not tell me right now where you have hidden my hair rings, I will find the strongest Quincy, and I will send you into battle against them. Alone.
Omaeda: C-Captain! You wouldn’t!
Soi Fon: Look into my face and tell me that I would not.
Omaeda: I don’t have your hair rings!
Soi Fon: …
Soi Fon: I believe you.
Omaeda: Thank you!
Soi Fon: You are far too much of a coward to hold out for even these few seconds.
Soi Fon: Yachiru, did you take my hair rings?
Soi Fon: I will give you this enormous piece of candy if you tell me where my hair rings are.
Yachiru (suddenly holding Soi Fon’s candy): Nope!
Soi Fon: …
Soi Fon: If had you taken them, what would you have done with them?
Yachiru: Ummmm…made them into an art installation for Ukitake, probably!
Soi Fon: I am making progress.
Soi Fon: Any new art installations?
Ukitake: Excuse me?
Soi Fon: Has any new art suddenly appeared on your land, possibly involving two hair rings that belong to me?
Ukitake: Not that I know of!
Ukitake: The only mysterious unexplained art is this giant koi statue made entirely out of scarves!
Soi Fon: …
Soi Fon: So she has been busy stealing from Byakuya. I see.
Ukitake: I’m sorry - who has been stealing from Byakuya??
Soi Fon: Never mind. I have to go.
Soi Fon: If you had to defeat the Quincy using only two hair rings, how would you do it?
Urahara: Hmmmm….I think in that case I would bang them together and yell for Kurosaki, ha ha!
Urahara: Why do you ask?
Soi Fon: I am cleverly determining whether or not you stole my hair rings as some sort of ridiculous plot against the Quincy.
Urahara: Um okay but now that you told me your plan it’s not going to…
Urahara: You’re about to lock me in a kido box, aren’t you?
Soi Fon: Yes.
Urahara: I didn’t take your hair rings!
Soi Fon: I don’t have time to worry about a small detail like that.
Soi Fon: Did you steal my hair rings in a ridiculous act of revenge for my trying to execute you by stomping on your chest so long ago?
Kiyone: Um….no. My schedule is pretty much 100% stalking my captain.
Soi Fon: Yes that tracks.
Soi Fon: You will return my hair rings, espada, or I will kill you.
Grimmjow: I have no idea what you’re talking about, but if you want to fight, then stop talking and let’s fight!
Grimmjow: But, uh, what am I supposed to have stolen?
Soi Fon: My hair rings.
Grimmjow: Why the hell would I take hair rings?
Soi Fon: You are a cat. Cat enjoy things that they can roll around and play with. Like my hair rings.
Soi Fon: You probably have some sort of stash of stolen kitty toys, don’t you?
Soi Fon: IF YOU HAVE HARMED MY HAIR RINGS BY YOUR INCESSANT BATTING, I WILL EXECUTE YOU
Grimmjow: THERE HAS BEEN NO BATTING AT ALL WHAT IS EVEN GOING ON
Soi Fon: Arrancar, did your misplaced love for me cause you to steal my hair rings as some sort of pathetic trophy?
Ggio: WHOA. Whoa. Whoa.
Ggio: There is so much wrong with that statement that I don’t even know where to start!
Ggio: First of all, how are trophies pathetic? Trophies mean you won. And winning is awesome! Something I know because I have won in the past!
Soi Fon: …that’s where you start?
Soi Fon: Hirako, you are a visored.
Soi Fon: That means that you are shifty, prone to crime, and evil to your core.
Soi Fon: So did you steal my hair rings?
Shinji: Is this how you flirt or….?
Soi Fon: WHAT PART OF THIS SEEMS LIKE FLIRTING?!
Soi Fon: Hitsugaya, did you steal my hair rings?
Hitsugaya: Why on earth would you possibly suspect me?
Soi Fon: You are just so tiny.
Soi Fon: How can I trust you?
Hitsugaya: YOU’RE tiny!
Soi Fon: That sounds like something a guilty person would say.
Hitsugaya: PUT DOWN YOUR ZANPAKUTO OH MY GOD
Soi Fon: Stealing petty objects is beneath you.
Aizen: Thanks for letting me know.
Soi Fon: Nevertheless, it hard to imagine any crime that does not have you as its source.
Soi Fon: Sorry, I misspoke.
Soi Fon: It used to be hard to imagine any crime without you as its source.
Soi Fon: Anyway I’m going to go chat with the Quincy.
Aizen: DID YOU COME BY JUST TO MESS WITH ME
Soi Fon: Speak. Who among your number would steal hair rings?
Bazz-B: Uh, nobody? Why would anybody bother?
Soi Fon: What about Haschwalth? He has hair.
Bazz-B: Yes, silky hair that flows in the breeze like a magic river.
Bazz-B: No way he’d ruin the silky river with braiding!
Soi Fon: …
Yoruichi: Soi Fon! I can’t believe you haven’t asked me yet!
Soi Fon: Yoruichi-sama, why would I accuse you?
Soi Fon: After all of the pain you put me through as a child, after our emotional fight and reconciliation, after my century of doubting you was finally put to rest….there is no way that you would once again betray my trust with a petty theft.
Yoruichi: S-so true!
Yoruichi: By the way I saw your hair rings in your office I think maybe under some papers or something you should check that in like ten minutes but first enjoy the air a little bit and then check anyway gotta go