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Whenever anyone is talking about how feminist Avatar is they always forget how within the first 4 minutes of the first episode Sokka says ‘Leave it to a girl to screw everything up’ and the Katara calls him sexist and gets so mad she destroys an iceberg and finds the Avatar and basically Katara calling Sokka out on his shit started the whole show
So you’ve completed your first draft, thrown yourself a big party with all of your friends, got black-out drunk and now that you’ve woken up half-naked and covered in whipped cream, you’re wondering what you’re supposed to do next. Well, since you now officially call yourself a writer, you’re already in for the long haul. So, wake up sunshine, it’s time to revise that first draft!
Your first draft is going to be a monster.
(Granted this has edits, but you get the idea.)
a quick little doodle of human Raava, since I hadn’t drawn her in a while
So I’m practicing my speech by having this up on my screen (so I have something to make “eye-contact” with) but that aside, I’m really glad I took the time to color / ink that piece. There are a lot of mistakes / things I missed cause I didn’t have a reference, but looking back on some of the other drawings I was doing around this time last year, I’ve really improved. Even if I haven’t been drawing a whole lot in the last few months, drawing / doodling on a scrap of paper every once in a while can really go a long way. :D
So Someone requested Little Red Riding Scarf. (Mako obviously) and I am so sorry but I cannot place korra anywhere better. Deal with it.
Here you guys go! Enjoy!
I’m curious. What are the, say, top 5 things you associate with me?
Can be a tumblr user, a book, movie, character, actor etc.
Michael Dimartino: ”Since this whole season was about Korra becoming more and more tapped into her spiritual side, we thought the ultimate manifestation of that was a giant spirit version of herself. We thought about ‘The Guru’ episode of ‘A:TLA’ and the giant cosmic version of Aang that he saw in his vision. We talked about what would happen if an Avatar actually connected with that cosmic version of his or herself, and ‘Cosmic Korra’ was born. Since Unalaq and Korra had a personal, one-on-one battle in ‘Darkness Falls’ we wanted to raise the stakes and the scale for the final showdown.”
I doodled Korra during my math class this morning. Inked and colored with a mouse in Photoshop. (
that took me longer than it should have)
ONE HIMYM MOMENT PER EPISODE:
↳ 1.08 "The Duel"
#4: The Last Avatar (K213, “Darkness Falls”/K214, “Light in the Dark”)
I know, in this case I have a weird definition of “favorite” (and let me make it clear right off the bat that none of the artistic meritoriousness I’m about to discuss keeps this scene from being one huge helping of EEEEEEEEEEEE and I’m pretty sure my hair actually stood on end the first time I watched it).
But there are just so many incredible things about this scene—one of the few in Book 2 that has permanent bad results for our Avatar.
For starters, another of Unalaq’s predictions proves true: “Vaatu and I will be as one.” Like an amazing one-person tag-team, Unalaq and Vaatu do seem to be “in complete alignment” and making better use of the Avatar’s dual human-spirit nature than Korra and Raava.
Much better use.
Our creators couldn’t possibly have made the first phase of this sequence any creepier—the music, the sound effects (especially that heartrending whimpering noise Korra makes as Raava is forcibly extracted through her face), and the way Unalaq’s water-gauntlets combine with Vaatu’s bizarre appearance to make our villain look like some kind of tentacled monster. Raava might have lent her power to Wan and the other Avatars, but she never took control of them to such an extent that they seemed less human for her presence.
It seems Raava has forgotten how to fight on her own (or, like Korra, is too traumatized to even try), because neither she nor Korra is prepared for the consequences of her being left without a human host/protector for the first time in millennia.
What happens next is three-ways awful, as we see Raava ripped to shreds by Unalaq’s waterbending (and has there ever been another scene in either Avatar series where a major character was so brutally beaten to death by a bending attack?) juxtaposed with Korra’s agony as the past Avatars are torn away from her soul.
The last of those three is so shocking in conception, and so convincing in execution, that it’s difficult, even months later, to step back and consider objectively what it means for Korra and her successors. The animators start with the same visual Korra saw during her vision in “Endgame”—in the beautiful scene where Aang speaks to her for the first time—and demolish it piece by piece, in the most traumatic way possible, with the spectacular golden showers of sparks that usually accompany the death of an Avatar.
Only this time they’re all being destroyed at once, at least in Korra’s mind. Given the effort the creators devoted this past season to building up the “legend of Wan,” not to mention the amount of emotional investment his relationship with Raava has demanded of the viewer, the worst moment of all is watching him dissolve into nothing.
(Also let me note that, after such a devastating portrayal of Korra’s loss of the past Avatars, it would be unbelievably disingenuous of our writers to make it anything less than permanent. Being severed from Korra’s mind doesn’t mean they’re erased from history, of course… although I can’t help but wonder if this will also destroy Korra’s ability to recognize Avatar relics like Wan’s teapot or old acquaintances like Iroh.)
Even though the actual severing of Korra’s past lives occurs at the end of “Darkness Falls,” a full description of its consequences has to continue into “Light in the Dark,” where Korra sums up what it means for the world: “The Cycle is over. I’m the last Avatar.” It might be an echo of her “I’m not the Avatar anymore” from “Endgame,” but this time it’s a more objective and accurate assessment of the situation—at this point she really has lost the biggest good-vs.-evil battle in ten thousand years, and there really will be no more Avatars after her (if a Raava-less Avatar is really an Avatar at all).
Whew. All I can say to finish this one off is, thank goodness for Tenzin’s bookishness, Korra’s awe-inspiring resilience, and the Tree of Time. But my list has a little more skipping around to do before we get to what actually happens next.
[Screenshots from Piandao.org]