you’d think a watERBENDER WOULD KNOW THE VALUE OF WATERPROOF MAKEUP JFC
he obviously did not buy his make-up at the same place Asami gets hers
Airbending, Firebending style!
^Yeah, this. Pretty much.
Yes okay this is what was bothering me about how she was bending! This is perfect!
This is what first struck me about the opening of Korra vs A;tLA. The A;tLA opening is very calculated, you can see the influence of the martial arts on the bending. Where as LoK opening is a lot more raw and improvisational. You can tell that what was beginning to take place in A;tLA with the different kinds of bending blending into each other (see Iroh using a waterbending technique to redirect lightening) has developed by the time we reach the age in which Korra takes place. Globalization in the bending world is similar to our’s, except we share technologies instead of bending forms.
People have been criticizing how bending is now less serious than in A;tLA. It’s not for defence, or economic development, transportation, etc, there’s now pro-bending, it’s for entertainment as well. (granted there was bending for entertainment in A;tLA as well BUT MOVING ON) Bending is used for a variety of things, serious and less so in the LoK time period just as technology is used for a variety of things today.
Can you imagine the great minds that brought me the ability to use computers, the internet, skype, etc. and how they feel about me using that great power and technology to talk to make silly faces at my boyfriend in real time across 4 provinces? It’s probably how the original great benders feel about bending being used for thievery or entertainment.
So Korra’s style of airbending may be very different from how we think airbending should be, but it’s another way in which bending and the society of the four nations has developed between A;tLA and LoK.
In the Avatar State, you are at your most powerful.
…Okay, maybe I’m the only person who thinks this, but I didn’t think this scene above was Korra’s mastering the Avatar State at all? I thought her entering it at that ending was a confirmation of her finally getting in touch with her spiritual side, not a symbolic representation of them saying she’s done with her journey. She unconsciously calls Aang when she needs help the most; his (and the other Avatars’) appearance was, I thought, meant to represent the importance of that contact, something she’s struggled with the entire season, not to say “good job you’re done” but more to say “this is just the beginning,” and her entering the AS afterwards was more of a result of it, a triggered side-effect of her first contact with the previous Avatars, not her mastery of it. She still needs to master airbending, and after that comes mastering and controlling herself while in the AS during an emotional/traumatic time like Aang did, so no, she’s definitely not done. If Bryke was planning to end here it… idk, it doesn’t feel like a resolute ending like Aang’s story does: they left it open enough in AtlA to give the audience an idea of how the gaang’s adventures continued, while here they (I assumed, at least) let us know that her story (her “legend” if we want to get technical) isn’t over just because it’s the final episode. When I was watching it I wasn’t thinking “Oh yay now she’s a fully-realized Avatar!” (because she isn’t lbr), I was thinking “Oh YES now she’s gotten in touch with what she’s been struggling for the entire season and now she’s ready to start understanding and controlling it.”
But… maybe I’m the only one who thought that? Okay…
Okay, this does make it a bit better.