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20 July 2008 @ 08:52 am
One shot. Slightly edited out of my larger fan-fic, and I have misgivings about posting this, seeing as how I really don't want to destroy these characters.

Sorry If I did.

The effort was made. This was writtern pre-finale and editted post. 

20 July 2008 @ 06:57 am
Zuko is my favorite character.

And it was never just about his looks.Collapse )
20 July 2008 @ 03:16 am
I cannot express in words the ways that Avatar has changed my life. It's an amazing show in every aspect -- character development, animation, art, story and, of course, music.

Watching Aang go from a naive child to a fully-realized Avatar -- Zuko from a cold, banished Prince to a strong, wise Fire Lord -- Azula from a restricted, seemingly one-sided villain to the depressingly insane, love-deprived, desperate 14-year-old girl she really is -- all of these combined has been the journey of a lifetime. This show has helped so many, myself included, become better people and has given many of us new outlooks on life.

I truly feel sorry for those who don't like the show; those who haven't been able to become engrossed in such an amazing story, who haven't been able to realize what it's like to connect so much with mere cartoon characters. They will never know the joys we get from Avatar, and it really is their loss.

I'm not very good with words, so I'll end my little speech here. Thank you, Avatar; and of course, a thousand and one thank yous to Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. WE LOVE YOU no matter what a few butthurt shippers might say~! <3
Current Mood: indescribable
19 July 2008 @ 11:59 pm

Well, like most of my fellow Avatards, I watched the Sozin's Comet movie tonight.
It was bloody awesome! I was like a kid in a candy store, squeeing at every cool thing that happened! I won't spoil anything, but I will say a few things.
We got to see some old friends return and old enemies disposed.
We got to see the gaang at their best, especially Aang. :)
And we got to see the culmination of a relationship that happened the instant Aang got out of the iceberg, and woke up to see Katara gazing at him.
Oh yeah, there were some Zutara moments, but other than that, there's a little something at the end of the episode that made me go SQUEE!
As the credits rolled, I looked at my sister and said "I can't believe that was the last episode."
"I know," she said, "but you told me that this wouldn't be the last time we'd see the Avatar world, right?"
"Right. " I said, grinning.
And Mike and Bryan themselves have said they're not done with this world, so who knows? In the meantime we can count down the days to when the live action film opens. :D
So to Mike and Bryan, I say to you:
Thank you for creating an awesome series and for letting me go on adventures with Aang, Sokka, Katara, Toph, Zuko, Appa, Momo, Iroh, and many more characters too numerous to mention.
And to my fellow Avatards for fueling my fire (forgive the pun) with fanart, fan fiction, and fansites, thank you so much.
Okay, I'm going to bed. G'night.

Current Location: home
Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
Current Music: none
20 July 2008 @ 01:46 am
I finally got a chance to watch the Avatar finale, having not had the opportunity to do so the entire day. I have to say, I had mixed feelings knowing this was the conclusion of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I was dreading it, not only because I knew the pairings I love so much will most likely be proven non-canon, but also because I feared the fate of Princess Azula, who is, without a doubt, one of the most amazing characters I've ever come across in cartoons, anime, and books.

It's hard to put into words what it was like, after having watched the trailers leading up to the event, after getting spoiled by the untimely release of the children's book: "Sozin's Comet". Though I knew in advance that she would not die, it was not a complete insurance, as the book glosses over the more thrilling details.

To say that watching this character go down was hard, would be an understatement. It was heart-wrenching, seeing someone fall so high from grace, and moreso, bound in chains by someone who had no right to interfere in a matter that was strictly family business. Though there will be those that say she deserved such an ending, tied and caged, and struggling to be free; her actions mimicking those of an animal trying to escape from an inevitable demise, there will be others that claim she is nothing more than what she summed herself up to be: A monster.

It's a funny thing when you watch Avatar. The characters seem to jump out at you, they come to life until you almost believe they're real. Maybe they are. Their experiences, their trials, their pain, isn't something new or unheard of. You see things that happened to them happen every single day. Children who lost a mother, an orphan who lost his family, a girl who was caged all her life, a boy who could never gain his father's love, and a girl who could never gain her mother's.

There are a number of lessons that could be taken from Avatar, but I think the most important one of all, is to remember what a parent means to a child. There is no one who can ever replace a mother. There is no one who can give unconditional love and warmth such as a mom. It's sometimes easy to forget that; more often than not, it's taken for granted. You think your child knows you love them, it goes without saying that you do, but that is where parents often err. To assume a child knows that you love them is expecting too much. You have to constantly tell them, constantly show them, because if you don't, your child will end up thinking the opposite, and it will not bode well for either party.

To those who say Azula deserved her end, I'd like to say that there's a fine line between pain and illness. For a character such as her, I'd like to add that there's also a fine line between repression and sociopathic. That she got what she deserved is certainly true. Her actions were not kind ones, her motives were selfish and cruel, but to blame it all on her, saying she is a monster and psychotic is merely a way of dismissing the layers that make up the human psyche. It's impossible to say, had someone else been in her shoes, they would have reacted differently. There is no more truth to that than saying she never cared for her mother's feelings about her.

Our actions define who we are, but our actions are also influenced by what happens in our lives. And to assume that she is solely responsible for everything she's done is to negate everything that has happened to her up until this point.

In her defense, I will only say: She didn't deserve to go down the way she did, in the hands of a stranger who knew nothing about her.
19 July 2008 @ 10:35 pm

Current Location: home
Current Mood: crushedcrushed
20 July 2008 @ 12:11 am
What was you favorite scene from Sozin's Comet, and why?
20 July 2008 @ 12:01 am
You guys have until 11:59 tomorrow night to post.  the 20th is actually the 14th day.  :)
19 July 2008 @ 07:18 pm
Before the Finale starts. And Sure, I already know what'll happen (I enjoy spoilers terribly. If someone else knows, I HAVE to know.) thanks to Sozin's Comet, but I'm still excited. Nervous. I have one more Post I want to do....but I'm waiting until after I see the finale (because of one final picture) so Here's to the Finale (before I post my I LOVE Zuko post.)