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Jun. 24th, 2012

Fatherhood and Brotherhood in AtLA and LoK

And also the absence of motherhood in both series.

Spoilers for the Legend of Korra finale )
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Jun. 20th, 2012

So, a week(ish?) ago, I happened to get into a fan discussion about Reborn!/KHR on Plurk. Now, all I know about the series is from friends, but it's about Tsuna, an unlikely Japanese schoolboy discovering he was the heir to a Mafia family and that it started as a gag comedy manga but the author eventually decided to try to plot something. One of the points of Tsuna's characterization was that he was a good kid who was determined to not compromise that even if he was the head of a Mafia family.

So my Plurk friend was ranting about how fans of the series were all 'Mafia = serious business' and therefore that the logical thing would be for the series to crush Tsuna's innocence until he had to act all ruthless and how a Mafia boss should act, rather than have the plot be about Tsuna's conflict between duty and idealism* and let that take it where it may.

I commented this is a lot like how some Avatar fans reacted to the end of Season 3 of Avatar: the Last Airbender.

Spoilers here! )

And I'm still going! )

* I mean, this isn't an uncommon theme, especially in shounen anime/manga. The protagonist is an idealist. Usually he has an ally or rival that is a pragmatist. When he confronts the antagonists, he has to choose if he wants to compromise his ideals for a better shot at winning, or try to stick to his guns and win.

May. 15th, 2012

Korra!

So, um… thoughts! About Legend of Korra!

Spoilery thoughts! )
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Jul. 25th, 2011

Oh, fandom...

So, Comic Con had the first trailer for The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra*.

Spoilers for the trailer and interview )
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Nov. 1st, 2010

Another storytime dream...

This time I get epic A:tLA AU fanfic for my dreams. Probably because I decided against doing NaNo.

So, it's set sometime between when Toph shows up and Appa gets bison-napped.  )

Oct. 17th, 2010

30DoS.28: A pairing that you will never understand? Sokka/Azula

Forgot to post this last night...

Day 28 - A pairing that you will never understand? Sokka/Azula

That's really the only scene Sokka and Azula have, where he's taking a chance when her firebending is turned off to interrogate her about what she did with his girlfriend, and she's provoking him to stall so he and his friends <em>don't</em> chase down her father. )

Oct. 15th, 2010

30DoS.27: A pairing that you loved and ended up hating? Zuko/Katara

Day 27 - A pairing that you loved and ended up hating? Zuko/Katara

Well, actually I went from 'it could be interesting' to 'lordie, what now'?

A:tLA was pretty short on female characters in the first season. We got Katara, Yue, and a couple of one-episode badasses who later came back (Jun, Suki, Smellerbee...)*, while there were three major young men (Aang, Sokka, Zuko) and two older ones (Iroh and Zhao), plus the requisite arc characters and one-episode characters who later return. So, it's probably not surprising that Zuko/Katara became a ship, even if Zuko's only real scene with her was when he found her necklace and used it to track Aang. Most of Zuko's scenes were with Aang, Iroh and Zhao -- he barely seemed to notice Katara and Sokka besides 'the Avatar's friends'.

Then second season came around.  )

Jun. 11th, 2007

I am a Masochist

So, I spent an hour cataloging my fics (well, I still need to do the drabbles and ficllets, which is most of them). Eventually I plan on using PHP/MySQL to retool my website's archive into something cool, but it means having a database ready -- that's not the masochistic part, but I'm getting there. Which means fic word counts. Which means getting the counts. Which means opening a lot of stories I haven't read in years...

... my God, my old fics sucked! And, no, that's not an invitation to go read them and tell me otherwise. I'm kind of glad my first two (finished) fics aren't on the net anymore. Though my third fic (the only thing I saved from my time in Digimon fandom) is at least a 'if I gave it a total rewrite, it might be better than half the stuff the fandom puts out'. The other stuff that's about its age is probably in the same boat -- it was mostly written in my silly fanbrat stage.

No, I'm not deleting them. Someone, somewhere, might like them -- after all, they are properly spelled, of a reasonable length, somewhat shippy and have enough characterization that a name swap would be noticable. For fandom, that's not that bad.

Also, eee! My Avatar: The Last Airbender boxset came today! (As in, I had to pause to sign for the package while writing this entry.)