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20 July 2008 @ 07:45 pm
It all started with a character...  

One morning, I was flipping through channels and stopped on Nickelodeon. There was a show on, and the image onscreen was of three kids flying on what looked like a flying...something. I decided to watch it, and found myself enjoying it.
But what got me was when the girl glared at her brother, said "All done with your pants, and look what a great job I did!", and flung said garment at him. I fell off my seat laughing; man she got him good!
As I continued watching, I began to think 'Hey this is really good.' The animation was well done, and the dialogue kept me interested. But what caught me was that girl. I noticed that the voice actress doing her had a lovely voice, and was hanging on every word. When the ep was over, (which was "The Warriors of Kyoshi") I thought "Eh, that was fun."
But it wasn't until I got the first dvd that I began to grow into an Avatard. I found out that the girl's name was Katara. I started looking for fanart and fanfiction, and saving up my money for the next dvd. I did watch the episodes when they aired on Nick, and found out about the other characters. I'm ashamed to admit I thought Aang was annoying, but he grew on me, as did Sokka. I hated Zuko with a fervent passion and prayed he wouldn't catch the Avatar. When Katara faced down Pakku, I was cheering her on. :D
When Season One ended, I was a fledgling Avatard, but couldn't wait for the next season, and whe it aired, I was pleasantly suprised and pleased when Toph was introduced; a blind Earth Bender was cool! And one of my fave eps was "Cave of the Two Lovers"; when the screen went black just as Aang and Katara leaned in toward each other, I yelled "WHAT!?!?" at the screen. Now there's no doubt in my mind that they did K-I-S-S. ;) Zuko was slowly becoming one of my fave characters. But Katara was amazing.
Season Two ended with the take-over of Ba Sing Se, Zuko acting like a dirty rotten traitor, and Aang barely alive. Needless to say, I was waiting and hoping for Season Three to start. And I prayed for Katara to kick some butt
It came, and I was happy, especially with the eps "The Headband", "The Painted Lady", and "The Puppetmaster". When the fianle was rolling around, I was kinda sad, but kinda happy, mostly because I had heard a rumor that Katara was gonna face down the man who killed her mother. "Southern Raiders" did not disappoint, and neither did the final scene (I squealed like a little girl :D).
All in all, I felt a connection to the Water Tribe girl. I had watched her grow up from a insecure learner to a powerful master, from an awkward young girl to a striking young woman. Thanks to her I became an Avatar fan for life. 
So thank you Mae Whitman for bringing Katara to life with your voice, and to Mike and Bryan for creating an amazing character.

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