Watching The Legend of Korra is so disappointing in a lot of different ways. So if you ignore the plot, you’d expect at least some good action scenes with the effort and consistency from the old show. Ehhhh. The bending in LOK is strikingly idiotic and a degradation of the gem from the old show. Maybe if I weren’t comparing it to The Last Airbender, I wouldn’t mind it. But the fact it is so blatantly off from its predecessor makes for another highlight of Korra that I can’t un-see. From how elements are manipulated to even more complex shit with specific kinds of ~special people bending~, Korra, if I can put this politely, fucks everything up.
Right from the start you can tell that Korra definitely dumbed down the movements of the characters. It’s odd because the martial arts expert from Avatar worked on Korra as well. However, he only worked on 22 episodes of Korra, compare that with his 61 episodes guided in The Last Airbender. It’s probably a mix of Kisu’s lack of involvement, and an overall decision from the writers that maybe it wasn’t as important? Which is sad, because it really disassociates the audience from the complex spirituality and intricacies of the world. Styles benders seem to have spent years mastering are lost, and replaced with a modern, boxing type “PUNCH PUNCH PUNCH!!!” Hollywood action situation. Here’s some pretty (MS PAINT) pictures to do the talking for me.
And a bonus:
If the simplification of normal bending hasn’t gotten to you, there’s still a lot more I have to sift through. There’s so much shit pointing to how bending’s complexity was reduced for coooool moments. I’m even going to make nice little subheaders.
So, in ATLA we see lavabending is a feat only the Avatars are capable of. Roku does it, Kyoshi does it. Avatar cool kids only. But then in Book Three, Bolin suddenly has the ability to lavabend at the tip of the hat. Which, by the way, is another thing stupidly prevalent throughout this series. Both Korra and Bolin in times of crisis suddenly have the ability to do things they couldn’t do, but really wished they could’ve. Hooow convenient.
So the discrepancy here is how Bolin can lavabend, and so can this random Earthbender guy, wouldn’t that mean all Earthbenders can? Metalbending makes sense, but lava is so hot it’s going to set stuff on fire. Technically, it counts as two elements, and has been confirmed as such by making it an Avatar-only thing in ATLA. But now these two random guys can just do this. Apparently it may even be easier than metalbending, which is also ridiculous. If lavabending is just bending the Earth to “go fast”, that’s a lot easier than metalbending because there’s more mass to bend. Just make it go zoom zoom and blamo everyone’s a lavabender.
Some people like to claim that because Bolin had an Earthbending dad and a Firebender mom, then that means he can control both elements to control lava. Which is dumb because then that would make him a fanfic-esque Dual Bender. And we really don’t need any of those. It’s never explained or justified, and is so different from the original show, it feels…sacrilegious. How dare you dishonor the lore. /s
BALD AIRBENDING MAN
What’s his name?
I don’t really care, because he’s dumb too. I feel like I don’t have to elaborate, though. It should be pretty obvious. ~Harmonic Converge~ (weird af plot device) gave him airbending, and because he studied it before and read a book by an Airbender Lady, he’s a master at it now. His powers are so innate, he worked so little to get to where he is. Hell, he didn’t work at all.
Unless you want me to believe that all his days in prison, he anticipated becoming an airbender and practiced all the moves beforehand. Granted, there are no official moves anymore. I’m sure he’s experienced in reckless punching. That’s all you need to bend, right?
If he can read a book and be great at airbending, why can’t Korra. Why didn’t Aang read THREE books to go defeat Ozai. Aang just should’ve read Earthbending for Dummies. Then he could bend the entire world off its axis. And This Bald Guy can jump off a cliff after quoting some “deep airbending lore” and he can FLY. Not even propelled by anything or even (AGAIN I REITERATE) moving his arms to BEND the currents around him. He’s not flying. He’s floating. And floating characters have always seemed like pretty bad animation, seriously. He looks like a late-stage yuri on ice character. Super out of place, and moving oddly across an undefined plane.
MAKO IN GENERAL
Mako does a couple things I’m not a big fan of. Ok, a lot of things. But in terms of bending, I have a few choice picks.
In Legend of Korra, lightning and its redirection has a lot less of an impact. Being electrocuted no longer hurts anyone unless the writers want us to feel bad for a character being hurt (usually Korra). But half of the time, it’s just there to look really COOL and not really do anything. This is proven by two things. Mako shoots lightning right on Amon at point blank, and Amon isn’t affected. The same is true for Mako. He HOLDS ON to the lightning and ISN’T AFFECTED AT ALL. Let me make another ATLA/LOK comparison.
Zuko: Tries to redirect lightning, gaurding his torso so hopefully it doesn’t hit him. In the end it does and he’s pretty much out of the fight.
Mako: Doesn’t even really care if he’s hit by the lightning at all. He holds on to it for a good few seconds, because it’s not like electrocution hurts or anything. Only after getting a REFRESHING SHOCK for a good bit does he decide to toss it back at the Robo Man.
Maybe this would make sense because Mako is supposed to be a cool, all-powerful Firebender. But then even that theory breaks down, because he can withstand the strongest forms of raw fuckin’ Bending Power from all elements, apparently.
He does another of these dumb moves when he’s being bloodbended by Amon. We see Amon being bloodbended, but he escapes the grip, and the audience assumes it’s because he’s a bloodbender. But then suddenly MAKO CAN DO IT TOO. What a great guy.
Also Amon’s fine from this shock as well. And this kind of encompasses everything I’ve touched on. There’s Amon bending without moving, Mako having unrealistic powers never touched on before, and powers that are nerfed to all hell just to add ~drama~ in replace of actual sense.
TL;DR: LOK’s bending is saturated action filler written in for wish fulfillment, sacrifices old techniques and inner consistency for cool looking moves and scenarios, and shows a disappointing lack of passion or misunderstanding of the source material
The Legend of Korra: The Last Avatar Coming November 2017
release date / title announcement poster for this!
As the mortal and spirit worlds converge for a battle ten thousand years in the making, Korra meets the first Avatar and discovers that she may be the last. The saga of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra reaches an epic conclusion in this final film.
so vld is confirmed to run for 8 seasons right? if that's the case and say sheith will be end game, at what point in the series would you want them to be canon?
hmm thats tricky. i know a lot of people would probably prefer it sooner than later, but i would much rather have relationships that werent rushed or forced. also, i dont think either of them is in a good headspace for it right now. keith in particular with his abandonment issues and constantly “afraid that he’s gonna say or do something wrong and he’s gonna lose shiro” isn’t ready for a relationship. His immediate readiness to sacrifice everything for shiro without even questioning it is admirable, but i dont think shiro would ever want that. obviously shiro would still risk a lot for keith, still does things like trying to fight off everyone at the marmora base for his sake. but id argue bom proves that before shiro, keith had nobody (aside from his dad, who he already lost). And even after bonding with team voltron, he still doesnt think any of that matters if he loses shiro.
also, if we still go by the fact that keith’s worst fear is feelings, i think it’ll be a while before he’s ready to confront them. particularly if doing so runs the risk of losing his friendship with shiro.
Of course, we also know that keith is somewhat touch averse despite this craving for some kind of intimacy (you can see it in the way he immediately tenses up and then slowly relaxes anytime he’s hugged with the exception of shiro). In a way, this problem also extends to shiro. shiro, who thinks that the galra have twisted and warped him into a weapon, who feels that he can’t even trust his own body or memories, who struggles with this notion that he is both unworthy as a paladin and a leader. If you look at kuro and crystal venom, shiro’s worst fear seems to be turning into exactly what the galra tried to make him. and then he finds out that zarkon was the previous black paladin, that black saw the same fire in zarkon she saw in him, and all that fear and doubt is compounded. so i could imagine shiro would be very hesitant about having a partner now, not to mention how any physical contact he experienced during that year in prison always resulted in pain. ironically, the first gentle touch he receives on earth isn’t only human, but also galran. the fact that keith reaches out to him again outside the shack without hesitation is also notable, especially compared to when shiro holds out his galra hand to lance.
you see lance’s hand stop and it flinches away, and he stares at shiro sadly before offering a smile and reaching back. just to be clear, i dont think there’s anything wrong about lance doing this. it shows he’s empathetic and its really crashing down on him what kind of hell shiro’s been through. and you see how choked up keith looks when he first sees shiro after all this time. but when he’s actually in front of shiro? he stays calm and grounding, tries his best to reach out and act like nothing’s changed. keith never hesitates, never shies away from shiro’s touch or startles from it the way he does around others. and after his time in space prison, i think shiro needs that honestly. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that shiro seems to hold people more at arm’s length after kerberos. With keith their easy, casual intimacy with one another certainly helps, but i imagine a romantic relationship would still be a big adjustment after everything they’ve both been through.
ideally i could see them working up to something like flirting or dating around seasons 5-6. of course, then you also have to ask: what would cannon sheith look like? becuase honestly, i think the answer is: not very different. They already seem to be pretty open about their affection, and we already know shiro is keith’s most important person. I can see them maybe holding hands occasionally or being more into hugs. maybe going on “space dates” every now and again on more lowkey missions like the space mall. but voltron is also a sci-fi adventure, so romance wont be the focus. It’s also a matter of what they can and can’t get away with in terms of censorship (which is really shitty, i know) but thankfully staff already said netflix seems to allow for more opportunity with representation. and this is the same studio who said they wanted to make it expressly clear that korra and asami were together. im thinking the most romantic voltron will get though is like pining, the exchange of little physical reassurances (hugs, shoulder touches, pats on the back, ect), and a mutual confession. maybe a kiss good luck or goodbye during a really emotional scene.
anyway, season 3 will be a lot of background info and flashbacks i think, which we really need. i feel like the direction of their relationship will end up depending on whatever they had going prekerberos, especially if either of them had feelings for the other that they never confronted before voltron. i think everyone would take some time off from their relationships for season 7 and most of 8 though, you know, put stuff on hold while they gear up for the final battle. a big emotional farewell before the last fight would be really good though.
and see now, the thing about relationships that i think a lot of people forget when it comes to “cannon ships” for an action adventure series like this is that…well…if a ship becomes cannon at some point, it doesnt mean that they’ll stay together for the rest of the show. sometimes it happens fast and burns out, or people break up and make up a lot, or they try to work things out but just drift apart. so i think id much rather it happen later than sooner because, with show like this, i think that gives them a better chance of staying together? like, the thought of keith being in a relationship with allura and then shiro or vice versa seems to be treated like something impossible, but relationships dont work out and partners deicide to see other people all the time? its even possible keith will have the occasional one episode romantic interest that’s never revisited, like the mer-alien that kissed lance. so anyway, im not too worried if it takes them a bit longer to get together.
Wikipedia tells me the finale was a year ago today. I hope it was a good year for everyone! It was a weird one for me—but ultimately a good one, I think—full of new challenges and adjustments, and plenty of decompressing from the five intense years of making Korra. Thanks to everyone for the continued support of our/my work, old and new. Here is a sneak peek of a thing I drew for a thing. I hope you all have a safe and happy end of the year!
I think Nick just won with the whole gay thing with the show The Loud House.
With the Cartoon Network shows being Steven Universe and Adventure Time in which Cartoon Network it is Space Gems that don’t have genders and takes on forms of women and Adventure Time in which we have a Vampire and Gum.
And yeah sure I might get hate for this but with The Loud House its humans with Clyde’s Father’s and with Luna having a crush on a female and Luna is a main character.
I feel like this is Nick trying to semi make up for Korra but that is how I see it.
It really made me happy to see this me being a 19 year old female who has had a crush or two on a girl.
“Why exactly do I have to cosplay as a squirtle?” Korra asked.
Asami smiled. “Because the children at the hospital love pokemon, and I can’t waterbend. You, however, can waterbend.” She kissed Korra’s cheek. “Plus, I think you’d make an adorable squirtle.”
Korra sighed. “Why do I have the feeling that you’ve already got a costume prepared for me?”
“Because I knew you’d say yes, you big softie.”
“Well, this is the only time I’m doing it.”
Asami gave her a thoughtful look. “Well… as the might Avatar, master of four elements, there are a few other pokemon you could cosplay as to amuse the kids at the hospital. I think you’d make a pretty decent charizard too. If you combined your airbending with your firebending, you could even fly around while breathing fire. And don’t even get me started on all the rock or ground pokemon you could dress up as.”
“Are you sure you aren’t doing this just because you want to see me dress up as a pokemon?”
“Maybe a little, but it’s mostly for the children.” Asami’s brows furrowed. “Can you bend lightning?”
Now… as for that last scene… I
must admit that I’ve read hundreds, if not thousands, of korrasami
fics, and by far, yours is the one with the most fidelity to each
character’s personality. Not that it is necessarily a bad thing when
writers write characters OOC, but it’s a wonderful thing to read the
characters in their element, especially since we still don’t have
comics… ugh, the wait is killing me! So this is a very nice breath
of fresh air.
I love these
characters! My fundamental goal is to continue the characters and
world we love from the show as smoothly as possible, while getting to
explore them deeply. I don’t have a 13 episode time-limit, so I can
dwell and linger and explore all those many, many open threads the
show left us!
And wow. That Korrasami ending was just wow. It was raw,
touching and moving. Exactly what I look for in Korrasami fics.
You’ve got yourself a fan.
to admit, I enjoy the gushing. Here’s more!
Ahhhhh! I love this! It has what I
want from a Legend of Korra story! Korra/Asami, Korra *and* Asami
being awesome together and apart, with their own storylines.
Our two leading
gals are front and center, and they deserve nothing less! Their
relationship hits the ground running—they have a lot of emotional
baggage to catch each other up on. Still, they are very in love and
very dorky and that’s just wonderful.
Admittedly, I read this chapter
a few times. Or at least the korrasami parts, because I’m a huge
sap. I know. Sue me. It’s your fault for writing fluff so damn
others agree! Not that it’s a fluff-centric fic… far from it.
Ugh. Why don’t you rip my heart out
and throw it in a shredder, why don'cha?! All whining aside, one of
the things I love the most about this story is that you’re taking the
time to ask all the hard questions that were left open-ended when the
show ended. In a way, that was good because–aaah ma guudness, look
at all the lovely fanfics! But on the other hand, they were NAGGING
questions, and not every fanfic has covered them! Jeesh! But we’re so
lucky you decided to write this!
I’ve been writing
for years, but never ventured into fanfic before. Korra is something
special to me—in my personal life, certainly. But also, so few
shows end so openly—the series resolved well, but there’s still so
many questions up in the air!
(Plus, more than a few nagging
little plot holes that are easily fixed by filling them with angst.)
Wow (as the little Asami’s would
say) this is one of the best fanfics I’ve read in a while; I really
like the way you are handling all of the arcs and base part of the
story on plot holes left by te series. Something tells that the
Avatarvetse is going through the a series of revolutions similar to
those of the end of the 19th century + some more modern movements, I
really like the parallels, specially with what is going on with the
red lotus and fire nation. I generally don’t like OCs in fanfics,
but yours are really interesting, I specially like Nuktik. He has so
many things to deal with! Can’t wait till Korra gets to the fire
nation to Deal With everything, give the poor kid a break (and some
more loving!). I’ll be waiting for the update, I bet it’s gonna be
great (but take your time!)
this a Korrasami fic? Well, yes, it very much is, but the scope is
way broader than our two favorite gals. They’re both major world
leaders and the world is still in flux. The decisions Asami and Korra
make will impact how all that turns out. No pressure!
As for original
characters—there’s a few. Just as every season introduced a few new
faces to the cast, to compliment the plot and expand the world. But if there’s anybody in the show you’re looking
for, odds are that they’re in here. I think right now Tahno and Gommu
are the only characters ‘of note’ that haven’t been included to some
degree? Did you even remember who Gommu was?
I have to compliment to you, because
you’re expanding this fiction to a lot of Avatar’s world we didn’t
see, at least in Korra’s days. It seems kinda difficult to manage all
this mess, but you’re doing it extremely well.
surprised myself how well I’m pulling some of it off! Come for the
Korrasami fluff—and there’s a LOT of fluff, especially early—stay
to watch me juggle.
As you can tell, I’m rather well…
invested in your fic. It’s been a great ride so far and your writing
is superb! Especially considering the many threads you are weaving.
Yours is a thoroughly engaging tale and I’ll be waiting eagerly for
the next chapter.
didn’t have to wait for long—other than a brief hiatus during
winter break, I’ve been updating this fic consistently every two
weeks. I’ve got chapters pre-written nearly through the finale, and I
know how this all ends… it is gonna be great. Also, lengthy.
The writing is so smooth and nearly
flawless that it’s not a hard read, which is always a plus especially
when reading fics. The characters behave so closely to canon that it
just feels natural. Basically, things that are normally hard for fic
writers to accomplish seem so effortless here, which is one of the
main reasons I’ll keep reading. Also, the concept of guns in the
avatar universe is a really interesting idea and I really want to see
how that plays out and how Korra and Asami’s views will clash. I feel
it’s a very good conflict to bring up and in some ways it might even
end up as a commentary on how guns are treated in our world, I’ll
just have to keep reading and see. Lovely chapter!
course I point out compliments to my writing, but… guns?
not the central focus of the story—that’s the characters, and
Korrasami in particular—but they are the aspect that sets it apart
from other fics. It’s not exactly a spoiler—they get brought up in
chapter 1—but I was way more interested in how the various
characters react to them than the guns themselves. I love this
world and I love it’s characters… but as a writer, I’m interested
in action, and consequence. There’s not much more direct a metaphor
for that than pulling a trigger.
The story is not
pro-gun. The story is not anti-gun. The story is one in which guns
exist… and the world has to figure out what that means.
Alright, let me just say that I am
very upset right now. I have now caught up with this amazing,
intense, well written, and complex story, and Korra STILL has not
found out about the guns!!! Like seriously yo! I don’t even know why
I want the drama that’s gonna happen as much as I do but I NEED IT!
It probably has something to do with the fact that you write fluff so
well that I’m positive the angst and drama that’s about to be
unleashed is gonna be ASTOUNDING!!
Somebody gets it.
Oh. My. God.
Yaaasss!!! This chapter was amazing in every way. I’ve been
waiting too long for the 'shit hits the fan’ chapter but it was
definitely worth it.
worst part there is… the shit had only begun to hit the fan.
so madddddddd. Ughhhh. You’re so awesome though, why you do
this? Anyway, very much good luck to you in grad school (yikes!)
And specially kudos to you for taking on this beast of a story as
eloquently as you have in the midst of that (I myself barely
hang). But yeah. Update soon! (End this perpetually familiar
But as bad as
things get in this story—and they do wind up getting pretty
bad—that’s all a down-payment on the triumph I have planned for the
end. How well can Asami and Korra weather this storm? Spoilers: I
love them and would never leave them unhappy. But getting there…
That’s where the fun is.
You want mad? I’m mad!!
Not really. This is one of the best expansive fics
around and I’m super stoked you keep updating it. All the different
plot lines are well thought out even as they twist around each other
and meet up. Can’t wait for more!