Brutally honest opinion on Zutara please ? :D
Ahahah, oh man, you’ve been around long enough to know this is my weakness.
Long ago, before Hakuouki attacked, I was (still am honestly) a huge fan of Avatar the Last Airbender and anyone who knew me then that’s still hanging around here now knows I am complete and utter Zutara trash. Unashamedly.
I know for many of you AtLA would’ve been something you watched as a kid but I was in my early 20s when the series aired and I didn’t catch it until the end but I remember it completely blowing away my expectations. At first I really didn’t ship anything though since you’ve got a group of 12-17 year olds fighting a war so romance seemed a little awkward, but upon subsequent rewatches I began to really be drawn to the dynamic between Zuko and Katara. This will always be the thing that haunts me probably lol.
I’ve been through far too many fandoms by this point in my life and thanks to Avatar I have had more than enough of shipping wars to last me a life time, but I will never stop shipping Zutara. I don’t care what the creators insist or what other horrible comic they come up with to try to shove their canon down my throat, I will go to my grave still mildly bitter that Zutara never happened. AtLA has one of the most expansive and incredible collections of fanfic of any fandom I’ve been a part of and so much of it is centered around Zutara, it even compelled ME to start trying to write fanfic, though I quickly got over that because I suck XD
Anyway, I guess I should explain why I ship this… I’ll try to be brief… ^^;;;
The misconception has always been that the appeals mostly lies in some kind of opposites attract or good girl falls for the bad boy trope; while that may be true for some people for me it was a little different. Actually, Zutara has always appealed to me because of their similarities. Katara is a character I relate to on a level I’ve rarely experienced and so maybe I’m a little more defensive of her than I should be but for someone who is always taking care of others it is so important for her to have someone who is taking care of her. I don’t think she got that in canon. The few times Katara has really allowed herself to break down or be in a vulnerable position have been around Zuko and he’s only ever encouraged her to do what she needs to do without judgement or some sense of making her fit into some preformed image he has of her.
God, I could go on about this forever. I have written many a meta on this too and I have plenty of them from others hiding in my likes that I haven’t reblogged because I know people always expect me to just be about Hakuouki heh. So it feels kind of good to be talking about Zutara again. Thanks for that! n_n