lok and atla

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“We will be together for all of your lifetimes. And we will never give up.”

Here it is, folks! “Harmony”- the centerpiece and final entry of my triptych tribute to the amazing, forever-inspiring “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra” series! It’s been a long time coming, but I hope you all enjoy! Together, “Peace,” “Harmony,” and “Balance” equate my love and affection for such a phenomenal project that achieved so much. Thank you Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino for your vision that has been nothing short of one of the greatest animated series I’ve ever known!

noktuck-daze  asked:

So I have a few questions: 1. What are your thoughts about Korra's character development as a whole throughout LOK? 2. What are your thoughts on Korra's development in Book 4 specifically? 3. How would you write Korra's character development throughout Books 1-4?

I was so excited when I watched Legend of Korra for the first time! The setup for Korra’s character arc was excellent. She was brash and headstrong, but a master of three elements while lacking spirituality. Meanwhile, her initial antagonist plays upon her weakness—her lack of diplomacy, her headstrong nature, her absent airbending—in order to force her character to develop.  It was a smart idea, making Korra the polar opposite of Aang, so we could have a journey from a Korra who embraced being the Avatar as her core identity, to a Korra who learned to be herself as well as keeping balance in the world.

Too bad they didn’t actually go through with it.

Bryke’s problem from a writing standpoint is that they seem to get bored very quickly. They don’t have the patience for depth and complexity that lends itself to the best character arcs. Korra shouldn’t have just punched her airbending into existence because Mako was in danger, much like Bolin shouldn’t have suddenly learned lavabending by going “HRRRRNGH!” and throwing up his arms. Let’s take a very simple scene from A:TLA and apply it to Korra.

In early Season 2, Zuko starts off by saying that the peasants they’re surrounded with should be waiting on them hand and foot. However, he and his uncle are rendered helpless by Azula’s machinations and are forced to take shelter with an Earth Kingdom family. While there, Zuko sees Song’s struggles and the damage the Fire Nation has caused, in a way that makes him identify with and understand her. While his actions don’t change for the better immediately, they plant a seed in his mind that bears fruit farther down the road.

Korra should have gotten to know the Equalists—and not just them, but what it’s like to be a nonbender in Republic City. She should have lost her powers completely at the end of Book 1, and that could have caused her to experience what other nonbenders live with. She could see the dismissal of her power and bond with Asami over being underestimated, instead of just seeing Asami as a rival. And Amon should never have been a bender to begin with; he should have been a nonbender who has learned to take other people’s energy through spiritual means. This would set up Book 2.

Then in Book 2, we could focus on building up Korra’s identity and coupling that with spirituality. Perhaps Korra would be without bending, but she would be able to perform some of the astral projection that Jinora was capable of. She would have to discipline her mind as well as her body, and learn to think strategically in order to navigate the Spirit World. We could learn more about the origins of the Avatar in this book (hopefully in a way that would coincide more with A:TLA’s mythology) and Korra would conquer an underling, maybe the Lieutenant, in the Spirit World before returning to the physical world, ready for action.

In Book Three, Korra would find the world very different upon her return—a throwback to Aang coming out of the iceberg. In response to Amon’s coup over Republic City, Kuvira would be rising in the Earth Kingdom—essentially two populist movements from the bending and nonbending sides. At first, it seems like the “will of the people” will win out, and Korra finds herself doubting her purpose in this world. After all, does the world really need an Avatar anymore? This isn’t helped by the fact that she has difficulty negotiating with different sides. But as the two opponents conflict more and more, Korra realizes that maybe “the world” doesn’t need her—but the world she wants to make for the future does, and not just as the Avatar. She ends up talking with Kuvira and understanding her point of view, but when Kuvira cannot be talked down from extremism, Korra makes the ultimate decision: to strike a deal with Amon to defend Republic City.

In Book 4, Korra marshals all of the strengths she’s gained and all of the allies—from the Spirit World to the Krew to the Equalists. Korra’s continued championing of equal rights for nonbenders has eaten away at support for Amon’s extremism, and he ends up attempting to kill her, only to be assassinated by Kuvira (or her agents). Kuvira uses this to paint Korra as weak, and Korra faces pressure from her own allies to duel Kuvira and depose her once and for all. Korra answers that it’s not enough for the Avatar to defeat the Great Uniter in an epic battle. Change has to come from within the Earth Kingdom itself: it’s the only way to make that change last. Fortunately, Kuvira’s crackdown on spirituality (since she would see spirits and eventually even Avatars as tyrants) has come with a price, and a resistance movement is building. Korra can then go and argue for cleansing the chakras, meditation, etc., from the point of view of someone who once denied that she needed such things. If we are to bring the airbenders back or have spirits enter the human world, it should not be by chance, but by a conscious act on Korra’s part—a supreme act of will and compassion that gives her team an edge when things look their lowest. Korra fighting side by side with a host of different allies (nonbenders, Equalists, benders, and spirits) would create new forms of bending that hadn’t been seen before, and convince enough of Kuvira’s people to defect that she would lose (maybe then Varrick could get a real redemption arc!).

After all, that’s what the Avatar is: many voices inside of one. It’s a city full of lifetimes inhabiting a single human soul—one that can borrow from the wisdom of the past, but embrace the future as well.

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“You have indeed felt a great loss, but love is a form of energy, and it swirls around us.  The Air Nomads’ Aang’s love for you has not left this world.  It is still inside of your heart, and is reborn in the form of new love.”

The announcement of the upcoming graphic novel brought up all sorts of old feels, so in commemoration of the continuing story, I decided to break my own heart.  Enjoy.

the best part of the idea that asami was in love with korra before she went back to the south pole is that at no time did asami ever force her feelings onto korra. like we all know that korra’s emotional state at that time was still extremely fragile and any type of love confession would have been waaaaay too overwhelming for her to handle *cough*mako in season one*cough* instead she just stood by korra’s side and offered her nothing but comfort and support even though she was already secretly in love with her,,,,,asami also respected korra’s decision to go back to the south pole alone even after she made it clear that she would have dropped everything in republic city just to go with her. anyway,,,,,,, god bless asami sato and healthy wlw relationships

I’m donating this drawing to the Anime Boston charity auction for the National MS Society. The convention is March 31-April 2, and the auction is on April 2. Mike and I also signed some cool stuff you can bid on too: a chibi Aang figure; a Korra poster book; and a plush Appa. I’ll post about it again when it’s closer to the event.

Ok so like in the avatar world you would think that waterbenders would be the fire fighters right? Like a bunch a of waterbenders just getting water from a lake or a river and dousing the fire. But you know what’s better? Firebender fire fighters. Just like someone’s house catches on fire and firebenders just… turn it off,,.. Just like no, the fire is done for today