Minimalistic Gaang; + Fire Nation Clothing
i think when mai asks katara how does she expect to fight without her bending, that reveals more about mai’s perspective as a nonbender to other benders (most specifically azula).
like the fire nation prized and upheld firebending (one could ask, has there other been a non-bending firelord?) and so mai would have grown up with that and also the realization (the dawning realization) that azula surrounded herself with nonbenders to feed her superiority complex.
fire nation culture told mai at every opportunity that bending (which seems to have been primarily coded in an imperialistic context, especially at the end of the series when azula’s answer to dominate the earth kingdom was to just burn it down and also their military has always been comprised as benders, i think) was what made people strong—mai probably believed that benders did not work as hard, did not train as hard as people like mai or ty lee did to fight — and when it’s gone, then what?
mai’s statement reveals that instead of buying into the idea that firebending was primarily the only strength that mattered, she sees bending as a weakness that can be exploited.
November 30th · 714 notes
via meggannn · © warpfactornope
#avatar the last airbender #mai #azula #ty lee #katara #whoa
i’ve also been thinking a lot lately about how bryan treats the fans. (i would say bryke, but from what i’ve seen, bryan tends to be the snarkier one making comments.) and it’s just…. i mean, i should have saw this attitude coming. he’s always been pretty dismissive and in my opinion, totally unprofessional.
like i went back and watched that joke video they made, using shipping fanart to make fun of shippers. (mostly zutara)
and i just… man. what if you were a kid, maybe 14 or 15, and you loved a show so much you drew fanart? you loved the characters so much that you shipped a pairing that seemed impossible? and you put all that love and admiration into pictures, even if you’re not the best artist, you still tried and you were proud of it anyways. you drew them hugging and kissing and even if someone else would look at it and see clumsy lines, you saw your own growth and felt inspired to make more.
then it gets into the hands of the creators. what an honor!!! you’re freaking out, maybe embarrassed, maybe excited- and then they start making fun of it. mercilessly. you put so much love and time into being a fan of their show, and they turned around and spit on it just to make people laugh. and at the end of the video, they deliberately shame you- “Thanks for all the fanart! wait, thanks for most of it. some of it. definitely not this fanart, though. we don’t thank you for that, get a life.”
that would crush my SOUL. i would feel so ashamed, i would feel like such a terrible artist that i would put down the colored pencils and never draw again. i would remember it forever, and always be insecure. i don’t know how i could pick up a pencil again, try again, without thinking of that public shaming and cringing.
that’s so unprofessional. you’d think they’d maybe, yanno, mature a bit since then, but seeing that re-posted on bryan’s tumblr with the typical “white cis dude making a point” dictionary reference to a joke just shows, no, he doesn’t regret it at all, and actually he thinks it’s so trifling that anyone who disagrees is over-sensitive and needs humor explained to them.
i don’t know why i ever respected them or expected professionalism. my chest hurts for those artists, and i couldn’t even imagine doing that to someone who admired me that much. i would be overjoyed to have ANY fanart drawn of my stories… smut, goofy stuff, pretty stuff, just-starting-out-clumsy art. i would cherish them. the idea that they have such little respect for their fans… it’s so telling. they don’t even have a problem reducing them to a complete joke.
and that’s why i laugh when fandom trips over itself to “protect” their feelings and “don’t criticize them so brutally!! they work so hard!! be nice about it!! what if they see this??”
man, fuck that. fuck their feelings. even if i wanted to, i highly doubt even the most eloquent and pointed constructive criticism could pierce their ego.
November 27th · 1,157 notes
via crystalzelda · © oreides
#avatar the last airbender #omg no this is not okay #wow my respect for bryke (or just bryan?) is plummeting #i couldn't even bring myself to watch the video like #W O W
unm BLESS THE GRANDCHILDREN OF WHOMEVER MADE THIS
November 19th · 32,506 notes
via intelligencehavingfun · © maldoraan
#avatar the last airbender #zuko #dkjsdlkgjskdfs #puts face in hands #curls into fetal position #rolls around on floor
SO SHE STARTED A NEW AVATAR CYCLE
She is the last avatar and the first.
THERE’S NO MORE ROOM FOR STATUES. IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW.
It was all planned. OMG.
SO I WAS ACTUALLY THINKING ABOUT THIS SINCE I SAW THIS SCENE? LIKE, IT ALWAYS BUGGED ME THAT THE SPIRAL WAS SO CLOSE TO AN END.
THIS ACTUALLY MAKES A BUNCH OF SENSE. LIKE, HOLY SHIT.
Nope..cause the statues aren’t arranged right if I remember correctly. Because the Avatar before Roku wasn’t Kyoshi according to this arrangement.
and how could she be the first? wan was
she’s the first of a new 10,000 year cycle
i kinda like this theory with the statues to be honest. i mean the air nomads were so spiritual they could’ve easily understood that there was this 10,000 year cycle and then harmonic convergence would come again and it’d be sort of a ‘new era’ even if the avatar still worked the same… they honestly could’ve planned for this - you can also kind of see it as a 10,000 year calendar by avatars or something… although holy shit that’s a fuckton of statues. air nomads were intense in keeping up with their avatar history.
oh also! re: kyoshi not being in order - this was confirmed as a mistake by mike and bryan - it was either in an interview or an episode commentary, i can’t remember which. i believe they actually went back and corrected it for future dvd releases if i remember correctly. basically from my understanding they didn’t create kyoshi’s character until the next episode w/ kyoshi island and it was then they made the decision that ‘hey, we really need a female past avatar here to explore more! also badass female warriors!’ and good on them for that<3
November 17th · 14,768 notes
via owldee · © asamisunicorn
#avatar the last airbender #legend of korra #korra #whoa
// Guys, what if this all has symbolic meaning for us too? What did Tenzin learn? He’s not a mirror image of his father, but his own person. What did Korra learn? She is not just a continuation of Wan, but her own person. This isn’t just about believing in yourself guys., it’s about constantly comparing yourself to your predecessors. What has the LoK fandom always done? Compared Lok to A:TLA.
THINK ABOUT IT
November 16th · 2,323 notes
via crystalzelda · © raava-spirit
#legend of korra #avatar the last airbender #whoa #SHIT
November 16th · 166 notes
#legend of korra #avatar the last airbender #jinora #princess yue #omg no this is not okay #I SERIOUSLY EXPECTED THAT #I WOULD HAVE TOTALLY BEEN OKAY WITH THAT #BUT INSTEAD WE GOT SOME WEIRD OP SPIRIT THING THAT WAS NEVER EXPLAINED #LIKE WAT
November 16th · 5,365 notes
via chongthenomad · © korraaa
#avatar the last airbender #legend of korra #aang #korra #whoa #I'M GOING TO CRY #THIS IS NOT A DRILL #LITERALLY CATATONIC
November 12th · 8,336 notes
via owldee · © rabalogy
#legend of korra #avatar the last airbender #jinora #aang #omfg #IT GOT BETTER