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Saturday, September 14th, 2013 09:07 am
So, Korra. It's good. Real good.

Keep that in mind going into these, because I get a little nitpicky and I don't want to make it sound like I didn't enjoy it.

Thar be spoilers! )

Anyway, a few people I follow on Twitter were really being down on Korra and the characters. It's clear they hate the new series, and I'm all for constructive criticism, but it's really depressing when something I enjoy so much is getting constantly ripped to shreds for hours on end.

It's not even like they didn't have good points--I actually agree with a lot of their criticism, and don't forget that I thought the first season's ending was a bit of a let down. But when all that they post and retweet from others is decidedly negative, without any positive counter-points, it makes it hard to stay excited about finally getting to watch the show again.

I think what really bothers me, though, is the fact that it was clearly not a "discussion", so I didn't feel like I could voice my own opinion in reply when I felt there were elements that they missed (which sort of defeats the point of Twitter). Moreso when they made digs against those who do like it. I guess I need to strive to watch myself and not become like that on Twitter myself.

I'll probably unfollow them until the season's over, so meh. [/emo]
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Sunday, August 18th, 2013 08:30 pm
The second episode of Mako and Bolin's backstory is up. I don't like how "human" they made Pabu in this, and the reused music is a little distracting, but otherwise it's pretty cute, especially how the brothers interact. I'm not sure I ever really thought too much about how Mako is the big brother before seeing these.
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Saturday, August 10th, 2013 09:18 am
They're running Mako and Bolin's backstory on Nick.com. It's going to take awhile to get used to that art style, though...
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Saturday, July 20th, 2013 09:46 pm
Nick has posted the first three minutes of the first episode of season two.

Their eyes don't look quite right to me.

Also, hopefully it doesn't feel quite as jumbled when it airs. There's not much of a segue from bit to bit.

That said, I can't wait for them to get this season going already.
overworldtheme: (animation)
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 09:19 pm
Do want. But needs more Skui.
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Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 04:18 pm
One of my (few; ever so few) gripes about The Legend of Korra thus far has been the lack of perspective from the non-benders (especially non-benders unassociated with the Equalists). I mean, seriously, how much must it suck to be "normal" in a world where people can casually control the earth itself with a flick of the wrist? The art book for the original series points toward one's ability to bend somehow correlating with their spirituality, which suggests that anyone might be able to tap into that power given the proper training and endurance. However, since the series never really gets around to the specifics of the art form, everything else seems to point to it being more genetic than anything else (other than the issue of those twins in the fortuneteller episode of the original series, supposing they're identical and not fraternal).

That said, one of the most gut-wrenching scenes in the entire series to me has got to be the non-bender mother in the last episode, pleading for help from Korra. "You're our Avatar too!" Besides being a whopper of a tear-jerker to see how much the non-benders think they're being passed over and trivialized, it's a simple reminder of how much that world depends on the Avatar Spirit.
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Saturday, May 12th, 2012 03:10 pm
I would go so far to say that was not only the best episode in the series thus far, it was one of the best episodes of any television series I've ever seen. Well done, production team.
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Thursday, April 19th, 2012 06:25 pm
From a recent NPR article:

Some Nickelodeon executives were worried, says Konietzko, about backing an animated action show with a female lead character. Conventional TV wisdom has it that girls will watch shows about boys, but boys won't watch shows about girls.

During test screenings, though, boys said they didn't care that Korra was a girl. They just said she was awesome.

I don't know, I just find that reaction neat.
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Thursday, July 29th, 2010 09:58 am
Oh my gosh, how did I manage to miss this? They're making a new 12-episode Avatar sequel!
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Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 08:42 pm
Was going to wait until it came out on video, but my brother wanted to see it. 'Twas okay overall.

The casting was about 50/50 good/bad. Sokka is pretty good (though he tells not a single joke the whole movie lolwut), Aang is pretty good, Zuko is good as long as you ignore the fact his voice isn't Dante Bosco and you can barely see his scar, and Monk Gyatso shines despite his lack of dialog. (Truth be told I may actually prefer the movie version of Gyatso.) On the other hand Katara is way off, they completely ruined Zhao in every imaginable way, Ozai is not intimidating at all, and Azula just isn't right somehow. Iroh is somewhere inbetween. The actor does an excellent job in my opinion, but he looks completely wrong, and he doesn't have the same lighthearted tea-loving spirit as the original.

As for the overall quality, though, you can't really blame the actors because they were never given the chance to act. Even the main characters have maybe a handful of lines each, so they never develop a personality. If they'd have been given actual conversations instead of having to exchange two lines and move on to the next plot point, the movie would actually be fairly good. Not excellent by any means because the pacing is poor, but fairly good nonetheless.

In any case, it must be said that the sets and costumes are magnificent in every possible way. Honestly, they rock so much that I'm giving them their own paragraph. The movie isn't going to win the Oscar for Best Costume or Best Art Direction, but it should.

Ironically, I also saw the other Avatar last night, although I can't help but think that something was lost not seeing it in 3D. It was better than I had expected, but it still wasn't all that great. The first 1/3 and the last 1/3 are well done enough, but the middle was abysmal. A lot of plot points aren't explained or even demonstrated until after they're important (lots of "wait a minute how did so-and-so know to do that" moments), for example the smurf's hair-nerves thing.

We also never get to really know any of those smurfs, so the attachment we should feel for them is hallow. Any smurf not named Neytiri is pretty much doomed to stand in the background and provide ambient atmosphere, sort of like a rock or a small shrub. Honestly, this is the movie's biggest waste. What's the point of creating a whole world and culture if you're not going to explore it--even more so when the whole point of the movie is the main character learning about that world and culture. Good grief, how do you drop the ball that epically? Seriously.
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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 11:49 am
So I just watched the new trailer and...

I'm sorry, but that is not Katara. Sokka doesn't look right either, but at least it looks like they sort of almost kind of wanted to try with him. But Katara? Ugh. Just... ugh.

As for Iroh... You know what, I don't even have the words.