Best Sibling Relationship: Dipper & Mabel
"This journal told me there was no one in Gravity Falls I could trust. But when you battle a hundred gnomes side-by-side with someone, you realize that they’ve pretty much always got your back."
Via "bis Vincit, qui se Vincit In Victoria"
Raava: Humans have been forced apart, settling on the lion turtles who protect them and losing touch with each other.
Wan: Most people think they live in the only human city in the world.
Raava: Most humans think only of themselves, No matter how many others are around.
Oh, hey, there’s the best and most important theme/lesson of the entire Avatar franchise, showing up again.
Via I've Mastered Avatar Style
So, yea, BTW, Frozen was pretty damned good.
It also shows that Disney might actually be “getting it” lately, as a lot of their more recent stuff has indeed felt a bit more contemporary. Wreck-It Ralph was about a non-romantic relationship, primarily, and so was this one. There was one plot twist I didn’t see coming that worked really well and made sense, and then another I did see coming from that worked even better and flipped some Disney conventions on their head in a way, which I liked.
And the dumb comic relief character doesn’t even show up until like halfway through the movie, and there’s just enough of him to be cute and funny and not enough for me to loathe his existence.
And there’s a handful of musical numbers that worked well and were fun.
So, Frozen previewed/advertised kind of yucky but it’s actually really good. If we can get female characters that don’t all have that Vanellope facial structure (it was super fitting and cute for her, but to see the exact same thing on BOTH princesses here?) and are maybe even a lesser-represented race, well, damn, things will get even better.
For now, we have Frozen, which is pretty damned good, following last year’s also pretty damned good Wreck-It Ralph and then the pretty good Tangled before it.
meatheadsokka asked: i hope this doesnt sound creepy or weird but just so you know i have read all chapters of SRU in three days :D gahhhh can't wait for next chapter. i absolutely love esteemed and SRU, now i started reading worst field trip ever :) #hardcoretokkashipper. keep up the good work!
Wow, that is a lot of reading in three days!
I am gradually getting the next chapter together — I’m halfway through three scenes. But, technically, another chapter for a little later on is actually finished already. My goal is get the current chapter finished and up by the end of the week.
Thanks for reading and supporting my work.
Commission I ordered from SqueakyE (Tumblr: ehrola.tumblr.com/) This is a reference sheet of Coral Kesuk over the course of time in 'What I Learned at SRU' (age 27-28). She is directly inspired by the protagonist of Legend of Korra.
2) Campus Security
5) Spring (Workout)
7) Summer (Swimsuit)
8) Default Design
Coral Kesuk is a young adult, a Canadian of Inuit/Native-American ethnicity. She is Katrina and Siku’s older cousin, and their only cousin. After witnessing her aunt’s death at the age of 18, Coral made a personal vow to become strong enough to fight back against criminals like the ones who hurt her family. She attended police academy at her Uncle’s advice, but flunked due to her immaturity and rash behavior, unfit for the force. She is directly inspired by the protagonist of The Legend of Korra.
Ashamed and down on herself, she quickly took bartending school and became a bartender as soon as she was legally able. Years of life as a bartender passed until she sought a change of pace in the town her cousins attend college, down in the US. She packs away her old life and seeks to start a new one.
She is a kid at heart, possessing an intimidating figure — the body of a woman, but the maturity of a child. She’s physically strong, loyal to a fault, and possesses an intense determination and passion to protect people around her, especially those who are not strong enough to defend themselves. However, she suffers from mental/emotional immaturity, and has a habit of taking out her insecurities by puffing up her chest and doing foolish, violent things to make herself feel ‘strong.’
When she ends up having little choice in the way of making money but to become a local babysitter for a trio of tweens, Coral’s understanding of what ‘serving and protecting’ really means and why it’s worth fighting for gradually becomes clear.
mooseings asked: Yes! Exactly! I finished rewatching A:TLA for the fourth time yesterday and I just felt... Sad. It ended so beautifully and I used to think wistfully about a sequel and a new Avatar. To see what the Gaang accomplishes in their adult lives. And what did we get? Aang was apparently an awful parent? Katara had little to no involvement in any conflicts and was mainly a healer? I just don't get it. If you're not going to portray your old characters properly than don't do it? It just seems.. Lazy?
"If you’re not going to portray your old characters properly than don’t do it"
That has been a sentiment I have expressed and heard expressed by many people this season. In a way, this season’s strangeness has only brought more awareness of how oddly Lin Beifong has been handled. I’ve seen a couple of my friends come to the same realization I did last year:
"If Lin’s connection to Toph is dismissed and treated as irrelevant to the story, and her childhood wasn’t even thought out, why is she Toph’s daughter and how is that relevant to anything?”
Essentially, a lot of aspects of Legend of Korra connect to the past series, but generally in very shallow ways. Oh, Granny Katara is here, but pretty much doesn’t do anything. Zuko has a grandson who kinda sorta doesn’t do anything besides spew awkwardly corny fanservice stuff. Lin is Toph’s daughter but that seems rather irrelevant and under developed so far to the point where I get the impression she was made first as a character, then it was decided “Oh, sure, let’s make her Toph’s daughter or something, yea, that’s fanservice.” Aaaaand…that’s icky to me. Like, there’s nothing wrong with that, of course, it just feels like a disservice to both Lin and Toph if things weren’t even thought out. The very implication of Toph having a child in the first place carries a lot of weight IMO, regardless of who the father was, if only because of what kind of person Toph was.
But yea, in general, it just feels like LoK as a show and its creators want to have their cake and eat it, too. They want to tug at people’s heartstrings with cameos and references of the past series, but they’re apparently too lazy or don’t care enough (?) to actually make the effort to maintain continuity and keep the two series connected under the same franchise.
I would rather not see any more Gaang references or whatever at this point if it’s not going to be treated thoughtfully. The ‘Aang wasn’t a perfect father’ bit was neat and interesting in concept but it didn’t get developed enough to truly feel thought out and rewarding (for me, at least). By the end of the season, it felt like it was just there to give the siblings a reason to be bitter and for Tenzin to have an identity crisis problem to correspond to Korra’s, as well as pile onto the season’s theme of “the past is wrong.”
I would like to add to to this by saying a few things.
One thing that really, really rubs me the wrong way with regards to their treatment of the Gaang on the show is Katara in particular. Specifically, Katara’s complete non-involvement in anything happening in the Southern Water Tribe in season two. Let’s consider for a moment, what kind of a person Katara is - an impassioned individual, fierce and willing to fight for what she believes is right. This is a girl who rode out to rescue a boy she just met a day ago from the Fire Nation, then traveled halfway around the world with him to become a better waterbender and do her part in ending a 100-year war that took both her parents away from her. (One through death, one through absence.)
This is the girl who, on being told to go back to the healing huts ‘where [she] belongs’, water-whipped a master waterbender much older, more more experienced and who held a position of esteem, if not power, in a (essentially) foreign tribe.
My point being, this is not a person who would sit idly by while their home was invaded. AGAIN. You know what the least realistic thing about season two was? That the moment an enemy navy appeared on the horizon, Katara didn’t immediately stride out and sink it in a single wave, snarling “Never again.”
And what does the most impassioned, talented, active and downright prodigous waterbenders in the world do when her home is invaded? When the Southern Water Tribe is threatened by another war that attempts to separate mothers from their daughters? She voices no opinions at meetings (does she even attend the Chief’s little council where Verrick advocates a civil war?). She doesn’t pistol-whip Unalaq back to the North Pole. She takes no active part in preventing or ending the civil war at all. She remains in the healing hut.
"Go back to the healing huts, where you belong!"
Guys, the put Katara in the healing huts.
THEY PUT HER IN THE HEALING HUTS.
This is the worst insult they could have paid to Katara, as a character, as a person, as a waterbender. The absolute worst thing they could have done to her: Deny her any agency in a fight that was just as much hers as it was the men’s. They did to her exactly the thing she pistol-whipped Pakku for. WOW.
I think that, in a nutshell, sums up LoK’s attitude towards its female characters.
(And if you want to argue that Katara is too old or frail to do any kind of fighting, King Bumi was over a hundred when he conquered Omashu. Alone. With his face.)
Anonymous asked: Ah, okay! Phew, that's quite a relief! Since you said in an earlier answer, "Even Michael has stated after the fact that, apparently, in that finale? Korra did something Aang never did (could?) and became a “master of time and space” in his own words, whatever the fuck that’s supposed to even mean. For sitting in a magic tree." I kind of went "WTF MIKE SAID THAT?!" and sent you that ask. XD Thanks for clarifying! :)
Yea, I’m sorry — I actually cannot say for certain if Michael himself said that, so my bad. He did specifically talk about Korra connecting with her “cosmic self” and all of that, so I probably misread that fan speculation you mentioned as a quote from his blog post, maybe?
Either way, the sentiment is still the same: Korra sat in a magic tree and somehow was able to instantaneously do spiritual stuff Aang couldn’t — likewise to Jinora just magically being able to be more spiritual than her disciplined father. It all goes back to the central theme of Book 2, which felt more lopsided to me than it could have. (ie ‘grown-ups don’t UNDERSTAND’ and ‘kids are just BETTER than old people’)
But yea, I certainly hope the actual creators don’t look at Korra as a “master of time and space.” =_=; They seem to be ignorant of the problematic dynamics of many things going on in Book 2, though, so…I’m not sure if it even matters. =/
HEY. LOOK WHAT MY SISTER MADE FOR ME FOR CHRISTMAS.
So I’m hearing that Frozen is basically like the Disney princess version of Wicked.
And the person who originally played Elphaba is actually one of the princesses?
Hm. And here I’d written that movie off because the previews just didn’t make it look all that interesting. I’ll have to give it a try, then.
oooh, Pearl, Amethyst and Garnet!
"We are the Crystal Gems; We’ll always save the day
And if you think we can’t, we’ll always find a way!”
Via sadly i'm only an eel
Anonymous asked: Wait... Michael (as in, half of Bryke) outright said that thing about the Korra being a master of time and space because she meditated in the tree? O_o I was under the impression that that was fan speculation . Mike actually SAID all that?
I’m actually not sure if Michael himself said that. I would think probably not, but I don’t even know (and sorta don’t care at the moment). Michael did write a blog post recently about the philosophy behind that ‘cosmic self’ stuff. The ‘master of time and space’ phrase specifically could be fan speculation, or it could be a quote from a Hindu text, for all I know.
So, I’ll probably have to go with guessing no, he probably didn’t literally say that — so if I’ve said that he did, then my apologies, as I am probably incorrect.
Either way, it doesn’t change the fact that in a single episode Korra magically did what Aang (who was much more spiritually disciplined) didn’t do, which was connect with that ‘cosmic self’. I’d actually be a lot more OK with how that particular plot went down if Korra had used her apparently spiritually-based power to…do something spiritual, not just punch things like usual.
Concept sketches I commissioned to depict Jane ‘Killerbee’ Fitzpatrick for the redesign of 'What I Learned at SRU.' She is loosely inspired by Smellerbee from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Jane ‘Killerbee’ Fitzpatrick is of Irish heritage and American nationality. She is a pansexual that was born intersex, but her father insisted that her physiological gender be decided by their child rather than the parents/doctor. They named their baby Jamie. As a child, Jamie was always a shy and somewhat grouchy child. Her mother divorced her father and left their family when she was still young, uninterested in dealing with the complex nature of her child. Her father often struggled with health complications, often leaving her in the care of her uncle and two male cousins — none of whom really knew what to do with her. Her father was a lawyer, however, and despite his medical expenses, had managed to save up enough money to allow his child to have surgery performed during puberty — Jamie chose to identify as a female, and changed her name to Jane. By the time she entered college, her father’s health had deteriorated greatly, and his savings had been basically eaten up. Due to a complicated set of circumstances, by the age of 20, Jane had been no stranger to violence and gang activity, having found a local gang in her college town to roll with. She is big into biology, born from her father teaching her how to hunt and her mother teaching her to raise farm animals (back when they were a full nuclear family). In particular, she grows fascinated by entymology, the study of insects, and finds bees to be her favorite creature. The knife depicted in the image above portrays a female lion, and was a hunting knife handed down to her by her father.
An introduction post to this YA fiction & art project (with related links) can be found here.