The bakusquad is binge watching A:tla and they get to the point where Sokka says “Sparky sparky boom man” and there’s complete silence. Then they all just silently turn and stare at bakugou and he doesn’t move and they stay that way for a while. Finally Sero goes to say it but bakugou just says a simple “Don’t” and they go back to watching the show. But it isn’t forgotten. Its never forgotten
what she means: do you realize that the only reason that the korra universe is so technologically advanced is because aang was trapped in the iceberg of 100 years and the avatars always helped stop major conflicts but because he was gone the war was allowed to continue to the point that they could make new technological advancements like ships and air balloons and tanks and maybe even radios because war always leads to technological progression and it makes sense why every generation before aang was so technologically void because the avatars were there to stop them but not this time and the amount of work to think of this is just, mind boggling?! I love avatar so much
Thanks for 500 followers!! Seriously, wow! I wanted to draw something big for this special event but I think I was a little too ambitious and I’m already tired of looking at it so… here’s the unfinished cropped version.
so... back to this series again... what would young children and other viewers in general of ATLA have learned from a zutara relationship in place of a K@taang and m@iko?
One of the reasons Zutara is a superior narrative to the canon ships is that it supports the preexisting messages in the show, as opposed to creating a new message that contradicts previously established themes. Here are a few ways Zutara strengthens and reinforces the show’s messages:
1. Balance. Avatar the Last Airbender is all about balance. The people of the Four Nations have strengths and weaknesses that play off each other in a beautiful counterpoint in the Avatar world.
Koh: Tui and La, your Moon and Ocean, have always circled each other in an eternal dance. They balance each other… push and pull… life and death… good and evil… yin… and yang.
Zuko: You rise with the moon. I rise with the sun.
Aαng and Katara don’t have a balanced relationship. On Aαng’s side, the relationship is one-sided because he pines for her while never allowing Katara to know how he feels. On Katara’s side, the relationship is one-sided because Katara spends much more time and energy catering to Aαng’s emotional needs than Aαng spends catering to Katara’s.
But in order to have balance, you must first have …
As Katara grows in her waterbending abilities, she is shown to be more and more Zuko’s bending equal. Zuko and Katara have comparable amounts of drive and determination, a moral code that gets challenged as they go through their journeys, and are two of the most developed characters in A:TLA.
Mαi and Zuko are completely unequal in terms of characterization.
Mαi never goes through a redemption arc, realizes she was wrong about the Fire Nation, or treats the people around her any better at the end of the show than she did at the beginning. And it should be noted that unlike with their canon love interests, Zuko and Katara spend about equal amounts of time in the show being “in the wrong” or “in the right” when it comes to their interactions. In Mαiko, Zuko is always the one to blame, and in Aαng always gets irritated when Katara refuses to follow the wisdom of the monks.
3. Redemption. A large part of the show focuses on redemption–not just of Zuko, but of the Fire Nation as a whole. Things that went terribly wrong in the past can be rectified. Relationships that failed in the past can be restored. This is the point of the Avatar Roku/Firelord Sozin dynamic that foreshadowed Zuko and Aαng. If the “Cave of Two Lovers” had foreshadowed Zutara as it was likely intended to early on, it would have carried this message through flawlessly.
So it always baffles me when canon shippers make the argument that Zutara shouldn’t happen because of the Crossroads of Destiny, or because he captured her in the past. Zuko did far worse things to Aαng than he ever did to Katara, and yet the former end up best friends. And Katara gets, not a redemption arc, but a forgiveness arc with Zuko, where she lets go of her hatred that has been poisoning her ever since she was little. With Mαiko, not only does Mαi herself never get fully redeemed; Zuko going back to Mαi at the end of the show means going back to a superficial relationship based on attraction and gift-giving, rather than substantial principles in common. It’s jarring to see next to the rest of his peerless character path.
4. Freedom of destiny.
Aαng: You didn’t really see love in my fortune, did you? You just told me what I wanted to hear. Aunt Wu: I’ll tell you a little secret, young Airbender. Just as you reshaped those clouds, you have the power to reshape your own destiny.
Iroh: You know, Prince Zuko, destiny is a funny thing. You never know how things are going to work out. But if you keep an open mind and an open heart, I promise you will find your own destiny someday.
Sokka: What about us? [Meaning Sokka, Toph, and Suki] What’s our destiny today? Iroh: What do you think it is?
Aunt Wu: I feel great romance for you. The man you’re going to marry…
Katara: Tell me more! Aunt Wu: I can see that he is a very powerful bender.
[later in the episode]
Sokka: Man, sometimes I forget what powerful bender (Katara’s expression instantly changes at this, remembering Aunt Wu’s words) that kid is. Katara: Wait, what did you just say? Sokka: Nothing, just that Aαng is one powerful bender. Katara: I suppose he is…
One of these things is not like the others. And the only reason to disturb the ongoing A:TLA lesson of choosing your own destiny, is for Kαtααng to happen at the end of the show.
It also doesn’t help that the canon ships BOTH have hints of the endgame pairings when at least one of the people is still very much a child.
These characters are too young to be dating! They do not have the mental and emotional wherewithal to choose their romantic destiny when they haven’t even started adolescence. Freedom of choice is an essential theme of the Avatar world; it’s just a pity the romance gets so little of it.
note: i could not think of a way to fit this into canon ‘verse (rip my creativity), so have some long-winded modern au!
The first words Katara says to her new lab partner are, “My
name is Katara, I’m in here to get an A, and if you stand in the way of that, I
will hurt you.”
The boy blinks at her, then slowly steps away from where he’d
been arranging the beakers, hands outstretched in mock penitence.
The first words he says to her are, “I’m Zuko, and if you
want to do all the hard work, be my guest.”
Katara walks out of the lab thinking that that exchange pretty
much sets the tone for their semester together.
Except the next few weeks show her that it doesn’t. For all of his snark, Zuko works hard, too. They fight about small things—how to position
the Bunsen burner and the technicalities of how to write up their lab reports—but
they both know their material. And they
By the time the midterm rolls around, Katara has started
sitting next to him in the class proper as well as the lab, and because she’s nosy, she glances at his paper when he
gets the exam back.
After vacation, Korra and Asami go back to the South Pole. Korra is all nervous to tell Katara about her and Asami’s relationship. Her old mentor may be pretty open minded, but she’s still old. Hesitantly, Korra tells Katara who she’s fallen in love with and waits in fear. Katara just shrugs and says
“Sokka dated the moon. If you want to shake me you’ll have to do better than that.”
In certain circles of the atla fandom there’s been rumors and rather convincing evidence that the original series was supposed to have more than 3 seasons. And in these subsequent seasons we were supposed to have all sorts of new developments such as Aang discovering more airbenders, Toph reconciling with her parents, Iroh’s backstory being fleshed out, Suki’s character development, the return of Koh the facestealer and what he meant by that ominous, ‘we’ll meet again…’, Aang finding out about his parents and a possible romance between a certain firelord and waterbending master…
And Aang going on a spiritual journey of self discovery and being able to come to terms with and heal from the trauma of genocide and survivor’s guilt.
This is rather common knowledge in some parts of the fandom. However, what we don’t know is how long said spiritual journey was going to take. A day? A few weeks? Months? Years maybe?
So my theory is this:
Aang was going to be gone for three years and return to the rest of the world and his friends at the age of 16.
Why do I think so?
1. There was always a lot of emphasis on the age of 16 in the series, like how it was the age of maturity in the water tribes and how Aang was supposed to find out he was the avatar at 16.
2. Aang completing his character arc at the age of 16 and after 3 years would have made his story the perfect parallel to Zuko’s story, who also spent the majority of his formative teen years in relative isolation, after experiencing trauma at the age of 13, only to come out of it when he was 16, totally transformed, having undergone a metamorphosis. These two have always had their story’s parallel one another, so would this be so hard to believe?
3. The legend of Korra. It is also a well known fact that some unused plot threads from the last airbender were used in the legend of Korra, for example, the titles of the first two books “Air” and “Spirits” are said to have once been what atla books 4 and 5 were going to be called. In LoK, after her traumatic experience with the red lotus in book 3, Korra goes on a spiritual journey of healing and catharsis which lasts how long? Three years. And is between which books? Three and Four. I can’t help but feel like this was meant to happen for Aang too, in which he got a flashback episode, full of exposition, dedicated to his experiences on his journey away from the gaang like in “Korra alone” and even “Zuko alone”.
So, what would the narrative gain from this time-skip?
- It would allow the gaang to recover from the war and establish themselves in the era of peace i.e. helping to build and develop their homes and their nations, e.g. the Southern Water Tribe, before they had to deal with whatever antagonistic force they would’ve faced in book 4.
- It would have added a dash of complexity to the gaang dynamics i.e. Aang trying to find his place among his friends/make-shift-family again, as well as finding his place in a world that changed yet again while he was gone
- If any new romances were to develop they would happen organically with at least some years of build up, and time for the characters to mature physically, mentally and emotionally because imho I don’t think any of them were really in a position to be romantically involved with anyone by the end of book 3. I mean they had just been child soldiers, for goodness sake, and there was still so much to be done…
- We would see the return of characters such as Guru Pathik who I believe was going to act as Aang’s guide through his journey, in much the same way as Iroh was to Zuko. Because honestly where did he go? I can’t in good conscience tell myself that this series was complete while this interesting, recurring character who had ties to the airnomads and Monk Gyatso literally vanished without a trace from the plot with zero explanation…