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23
Aug
2014

Korra Book 3

thewindbeneathyourweavesaid: ooh what are they?

Mainly the almost…. sorta lackluster writing?

I guess we are upset that while a little scenes here and there and characters (like Jinora or Asami) really shone this season — the actual conflict this season just felt… not there?

Sylar and I were scared by Amon. He was introduced to us as an idea, a meaning. He was a threat that took us to the edge of our seats each episode. We knew the fear Korra knew when she saw Amon. Not only was the idea of not being able to bend scary — but it was also scary because Amon had valid points for wanting a world that way.

The scariest thing about Amon is that he made Korra (and us) question what was right and wrong. In an extreme way — but enough to get a lot of good people on his side. Oppressed people, people with actual problems that we saw in the Avatar world and environment. And his ideal was very threatening and real thing. (I mean, the ending kinda jipped that whole nuance but it was still an effective story)

We didn’t get that with the Red Lotus. We actually…. didn’t really get anything. On screen they either fought, made a joke, or Zahere preached so fanatically it just wasn’t relate-able. And despite them pulling some crazy stunts like killing the earth queen they just didn’t scare us. We felt no attachment to Korra’s right way (which wasn’t a way, it was just against them) and theirs (Which was just causing chaos for balance?). 

We had no back story to any of the villains and no real explanations for their motives. They were just bad because they were is what it felt like. And their individual appearances and powers didn’t seem to matter. You could change all of them to be just water benders or just airbenders or gave them no special powers and it would have made no difference to the story. 

It seemed like they had cool bending powers to excuse cool fight scenes. Which just isn’t… great writing. 

So with no conflict to care about there’s no drama. And no drama in a pointedly Drama genre show… Everything else sorta falls flat. 


Not to mention there just wasn’t any resolution with some of the random things introduced. No pay offs. You learn in writing and cinematic storytelling that every scene should progress the story or character development somehow. And that just didn’t show. 

Bolin seemed to have a character arc building with Opal —- only for her to be sent off screen halfway through the season. Her presence didn’t even effect his confidence either way… so why exactly was it set up?

Lin and Sue had an interesting conflict between each other… that was solved in two episodes. And afterwards they fight together… but would they not have otherwise? Their new resolve with each other wasn’t really mentioned again. 

Mako found his family?  We were introduced to his grandmother, which could have posed a great arc for him except that it doesn’t in any way. Aside from giving Mako and Bolin something to do on screen when they aren’t with Korra.

And while we love Korra and her character — she doesn’t really have development of any kind. We’re just watching Korra react to bad things happening to her. Nothing happens that makes her make choices she wouldn’t already make. (Not that this has to happen — but not even this happened). And its upsetting to see her hurt and put into tragedy — but beating up a character isn’t an arc, its a set up to one. (We’re hoping this pays off next season.) 

This is all not mentioning the big fact of Book 2.  Wasn’t opening the spirit world suppose to change everything dramatically? All we saw were some overgrown vines and shooing spirits off doorsteps. 

We wouldn’t be surprised at this point if the chaos in the Earth Kingdom was side commented about and forgotten about in Book 4

The only characters who seemed to have a consistent and meaningful arc throughout this season (and all the books) was Jinora and Tenzin. Who wanted to become a better master and wanted to restore the Airbenders respectfully. That’s why everyone seems to be reacting most to them, we think. 

Just our two cents. We still love Avatar, and its always beautiful to watch. We wouldn’t be harsh on it if we didn’t care, I don’t think. 


P.S. I mean, we even saw Zhu-li and Varrick working on a machine to combat metal bending… and then never heard from or saw them again. So where was the pay off to showing them at all?

Things like that make us feel like a lot of things were thrown in for a ‘hey look at this cool/funny/nostalgic things’ sake and not for the sake of the story. 

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05
Aug
2014
Thanks to Alan for the photo! Cosplay by us!

Thanks to Alan for the photo! 

Cosplay by us!

Posted 4 weeks ago396 notesFiled Under: #varrick #zhu li #zhu-li #avatar #legend of korra #lok #korra #cosplay #aicosplay
03
Aug
2014

Our Varrick and Zhu-Li as shot by Eurobeat! 

Posted 1 month ago9,551 notesFiled Under: #zhu-li #varrick #avatar #legend of korra #lok #cosplay #aicosplay
18
Jul
2014

It’s my brother’s birthday today!!! So I’m posting our brother/sister cosplay as brother/sister: Zuko & Azula! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ZUZU!

Posted 1 month ago474 notesFiled Under: #aicosplay #Azula #zuko #avatar #atla #the last airbender
03
Jul
2014
Starting Anime Expo in style!!

Starting Anime Expo in style!!

Posted 2 months ago1,346 notesFiled Under: #varrick #zhu Li #avatar #legend of korra #korra #lok #aicosplay #anime expo
03
Jul
2014
Zhu Li; not doing the FUCKING thing. #cosplay #lok #korra #avatar #aicosu

Zhu Li; not doing the FUCKING thing. #cosplay #lok #korra #avatar #aicosu

Posted 2 months ago218 notesFiled Under: #aicosu #lok #korra #cosplay #avatar
28
Jun
2014
Just in time for the Korra Premiere — Sylar’s Varrick is finished!!! (except the mustache, we want to make a real one!)

Just in time for the Korra Premiere — Sylar’s Varrick is finished!!! (except the mustache, we want to make a real one!)

Posted 2 months ago419 notesFiled Under: #avatar #korra #varrick #cosplay #progress #legend of korra #the legend of korra #lok
20
Jun
2014

To celebrate the Legend Of Korra Book 3: Change coming out NEXT FRIDAY THE 27TH — here’s a complete set of our Korra & Tahno cosplays!! 

Cosplay by Aicosu! 

Posted 2 months ago589 notesFiled Under: #tahnorra #tahorra #korra #tahno #cosplay #legend of korra #avatar #lok #aicosplay
23
Apr
2014

Zhu-Li is officially finished and ready to TO DO THE THING!

So glad that’s done. Both her and Varrick are done. The earliest convention we will debut them at is PCC (if we attend, still unsure) Anime Expo, and SDCC.

Posted 4 months ago206 notesFiled Under: #zhu li #avatar #legend of korra #cosplay #PROGRESS
23
Mar
2014

Varrick - Avatar, Cosplay Progress

Finished! It’s late and Sylar already left to San Fran so he can’t try it on… but Varrick is finished. It looks hella ridiculous on my mannequin, since it’s not made for a girl, but hey! Done. 

The jacket and tunic were made from scratch with my own patterns, and the pants are nurse’s scrubs! which are by far the best kind of pants for Avatar cosplays. I’ve used scrubs for Korra, Zuko, Azula and now Varrick. 

I’ll see if I can get Zhu-Li done tomorrow. 

Posted 5 months ago108 notesFiled Under: #varrick #cosplay #progress #avatar #lok #legend of korra
21
Mar
2014

Jackets for Varrick and Zhu-Li! 


Posted 5 months ago101 notesFiled Under: #progress #varrick #zhuli #do the thing #avatar #lok #legend of korra #cosplay
04
Feb
2014

Varrick Cosplay Progress! 

Posted 7 months ago73 notesFiled Under: #Varrick #avatar #progress #cosplay #legend of korra
19
Jul
2013
3 AM KORRA PANEL LINE OUT OF CONTROL!

3 AM KORRA PANEL LINE OUT OF CONTROL!

Posted 1 year ago106 notesFiled Under: #lok #sdcc #korra #tahno #avatar #aicosu #FUCKINGLINEBENDING
24
Nov
2012

It occurred to me that I never got to finish editing the whole photoshoot, so I went back and had some fun with FIRE!!!  

Azula cosplay by me!
And Zuko is my brother, Chez!   

Posted 1 year ago240 notesFiled Under: #zuko #cosplay #azula #avatar #the last airbender #atla #aicosplay
06
Sep
2012

xxbite:

This is pretty late I know, but awhile ago Sheila and Sylar were talking about a fem!lieutenant and I finally got the chance to draw it. o u o

And then I got bored and made her wink and blow a kiss xD Most likely because I can totally imagine Sheila doing that.

Okay so basically, I saw a lot of people draw her in an equalist outfit, but no one drew her in the spider rat outfit and I thought “Hey, why not?” so yeah…. Just a quick thing I did using one of my favorite art styles (kokuto-yuki’s) because I don’t have one yet. 8D

AND ITS ANIMATED!!! SO CUTEEE!

Posted 1 year ago20 notesVIAFiled Under: #fem!lieutenant #aicosu #avatar #avatar the legend of korra #genderbent #gif