oops i amv’d
basically it’s just an amv about book 1 and it’s “ACTION ACTION DUBSTEP OH LOOK AT THIS TIMING HAYLEY WORKED SO HARD ON IT”
yeah i hope you guys like it i really do
Okay but seriously listen to this. Just press play, even if you don’t know what it is. And if you do know what it is, quiet for a moment and listen to it again.
This is one of the many musical scores for Avatar: The Last Airbender and the upcoming Avatar: Legend of Korra. Yes, this is that cartoon about Asian people fighting with elemental martial arts. But just listen. There really aren’t that many animated programs out there nowadays — or even many live-action shows or productions — that give this much attention and produce this much talent through the music alone.
It starts off kind of creepy and ominous. We hear horns, a soft sort of mystical tone that almost sounds like a voice floating through the back of a room. And a drum starts thumping. This is just… not what you normally think to find most cartoons, yet this is so perfectly fitting to the show’s magical, supernatural, and spiritual elements that it’s hard to imagine anything else.
And then it changes halfway through. No more of that soft sugar-coated stuff: this is hardcore shit we’re dealing with. Fast-beat drums and the horns pick up the pace. This is an action show, there is fighting, there is danger. People will get hurt and the bad guys are closing in and — holy shit, the rhythm’s changed again, and this time the good guys are fighting back.
It’s just… been a very long time since a score has been able to affect me this much.
I don’t even have “nightblogging” as an excuse this time
I may just be delirious from lack of sleep but I genuinely just fell of out my chair laughing
Book 1 Episode 6 - And the Winner Is…
Korra cosplayer girl is my favorite
Book 1 Episode 1 - Welcome to Republic City
Korra’s Spirituality: Avatar Aang’s Guidance
Location: Cliff, Southern Water Tribe, The South Pole
I loved this part. Book One: Air of The Legend of Korra began featuring this beautiful, confident young Avatar, effortlessly fulfilling her role as an Avatar in training. There was this instant implication of precocity and ease in Korra’s life. She was prideful and powerful.
I see the series of events presented this season as the first instance of conflict and struggle in her life. She can’t Airbend: her inability to do so and her constant failure in overcoming her spiritual block resounds the entire season. She is repeatedly thwarted by her opponents and rivals; she fails in her first romantic endeavors. And here she really is at her lowest point.
I think a lot of people might misunderstand Korra’s feelings here. She desperately wants to feel normal, to relish in her little victories with Mako and unlocking her Airbending, but it is all overshadowed. She may have won the war, but she lost the battle. She feels stripped of her potency and identity, what shaped her since the unripe age of seven, an identity and essence she gripped and held so tightly. It was everything for her. And yet in losing it, in experiencing this utmost sense of loss and despair, she breaks down and comes closer than ever before to the true purpose her possession of The Avatar Spirit is really meant to serve. She accesses her untapped, untouched, locked, and hidden spiritual reserve, that which was perpetually buried and unapparent to her because of her nature and attitude as an intensely physical and temporal individual. She calls Aang to her. She solicits assistance from the very last hope, an improbable and unlikely savior.
I can just imagine how many times Korra called upon Aang in her times of need this season, hoping against all hope that he’d just appear, possess her, or that he’d come and unlock the Avatar State for her and permit the use of the safety net, the security mechanism to which all other Avatars had emergency access. And now, finally, Korra is answered. All that she was is broken. She retains not a single vestige of her former self, her former pretension and hubris. She is humbled and desperate, and finally answered.
Thus, I credit Korra in this restoration of her bending, just as much as I credit Aang. I see Aang as this leader of Avatars, this paragon, initiator of this Avatar Spiritual Renaissance. He rediscovered Energybending, and here he gifts the ability to Korra. It is a direct transmission, and Korra, with all her shields lowered, is the perfect candidate for acceptance and enlightenment. This was as much Korra’s victory as it was her salvation by Aang’s assistance.
So many fans are jaded in the “message” of these last moments. However, Korra’s bitterness, rejection of Mako, and complete lack of self-worth doesn’t imply that without your bending you are worthless. I should hope Lin’s beautiful sacrifice would’ve taught us exactly the opposite: that there are many things more important than possessions we hold most greedily. It’s about love and honor, yet in the moments before Korra’s call for help she is incapable of accepting love or feeling worthwhile because she has lost herself. She has fallen into nothingness and uncertainty, the kind of uncertainty that provokes authentic self-discovery. She has been crushed, but that was what was necessary. The destruction of this former, hot-headed, pugnacious, and arrogant persona was an absolute requisite to her quest for Spiritual Enlightenment. She needed to detach herself from everything around her, and here, at her lowest point, when she was least herself, lost in a tumultuous sea of emotions, she comes to her knees, and from within calls to Aang, brings her quest to an end, and earns her own salvation.
This is how I translated this scene, though I am unable to explain it as eloquently.
Can it now be canon that whenever Gen. Iroh gets in a vehicle, IT WILL EXPLODE?