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Detective Miller is an absolute mess of a person who seems like he somewhat enjoys the idea of destroying himself, which is why Octavia had to put distance between the two of them.  I can’t figure out if they used to be partners or if they had a “fling” way back when, but it was something that was meaningful. 

Still, there are occasional hints of the good person that Miller would like to be every now and then.  And because she can’t help caring, Octavia checks in on him every now and then to make sure he hasn’t fallen too far into the gutter.

One of the biggest reasons that Tokyo Ghoul is such an incredible story is the way characters are introduced in a delivered.  It is very typical of most fictional TV shows - an anime most especially - to deliver the characters as “the good guys” and “the bad guys.”  And the protagonist will fall in with one lot or the other.

The sign of a good story is one that delivers a complex world where “good” and “bad” aren’t so cut and dry.  What makes Tokyo Ghoul stand out above even those is that from start to finish, you’re always reorganizing whose side you’re on.  A character like Mado works for the CCG, the Commission for Counter Ghoul agency.  Good guy.  But he looks like a sick creep.  One eye bigger than the other.  Hunched over.  Obsessed with his “toys.”  Bad guy vibes.  But you learn more about him and his history, and you’re like, well that makes fucking sense.  From where you’re standing, and by most evidence given, OF COURSE you are the way you are.  I can’t blame you and may very well be like you in your situation.

And it is the same for many of the major players in this story.  And that’s what makes Tokyo Ghoul so spectacular.  These characters are like real people, layers upon layers of circumstance and motivation.  At one point, they can seem like this, at another seem like that, and as the story evolves so do they.

It is painful sometimes, watching how Zuko struggles.  Because you can see that he is really trying his hardest.  But there is 18 years of an upbringing beating down on him about what he SHOULD do and what he SHOULD value, and how he SHOULD go about making it from day to day.  But thanks to his uncle, there is this teeny tiny ever so small little voice inside him trying to urge to do better and be different.  And he just doesn’t know what to do.

I cannot speak enough about how freaking great Zuko’s development is.  Literally any author or show creator can take a look at Zuko and learn from him on how to build a deliver a character.

The war is something that Zuko has probably never properly thought about, beyond the propaganda that is poured into their heads about spreading the greatness of the Fire Nation to the whole world.  After 100 years of active warfare, it’s just a way of life.  You don’t think about what that war really means, or what it is doing to every day people.

Even as a banished Prince, Zuko lived a life of privilege.  He’s never really seen the damage the war has caused, or stopped to talk to ordinary folks who have been hurt by the war.  It’s not all going to click right away.  And he is going to have to hit some seriously low points before he starts to really see everything for what it is.  But what he goes through and the people he briefly connects with in season two are going to be incredibly important in Zuko’s development.

You know what I’d watch?  A new Avatar series based on the 2nd Avatar, directly after Wan.  Who was this person?  What was it like discovering their powers?  Humanity is still so young at this point, and the people are living intensely separate (and apparently violent) lives.  Nobody probably really knows what Wan did for the world, just that one day the spirits mostly went away.  And nobody knows that Raava will reincarnate into the new Avatar.  What is that path of discovery like?  What is the life as an early Air Nomad like?  DId they even call themselves this way back then?

How long did it take, and how many Avatars did they have to go through, before the world knew who and what the Avatar was, and what role they must surely play in the world?

I’d watch the FUCK out of that show.

It’s not like I don’t get where Katara is coming from, when she says that she’d like Toph to help out with unloading and setting up camp.  But it’s not like Tohp’s stance is unreasonable, either.  She came along, knowing that she was the blind girl, and fully intending to carry her own weight and not be a burden to anyone.  She gathered her own food, pitched her own “tent” and purposely slept away from the fire that she didn’t help to build.

The first time I watched this episode, I was totally on Katara’s side.  But now I get where Toph is coming from.  What I think the root of the problem was that neither Katara or Toph understood where the other was coming from.  Katara thought Toph was being spoiled and selfish (and perhaps she was a little bit), whereas Toph was so dead set on not being a burden that Katara’s requests came off as her just nagging and being unreasonable (which to be fair, Katara has a habit of doing.  Nagging, that is.)

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