sorry i cant hear you over my freedom(:
sorry i cant hear you over my free health care(:
if you cant hear guess there’s a problem with that healthcare
squalo rejects someone on a date
squalo gets in a rowboat
squalo turns pimp
squalo starts a lawnmowing business
squalo is sad
squalo is fish eggs
squalo plays minecraft and walks through cobwebs
squalo turns into a deer and becomes female
squalo becomes short
squalo pushing a door that says pull
squalo turns into homer simpson
squalo making cosplay of himself
squalo uses a leafblower
squalo sells progressive car insurance
squalo didn’t pay enough federal taxes
squalo buys a nightlight
squalo turns into dirk strider
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arcobalenocchi asked: If you stare at the... black holes? long enough (or not), they seem pretty.... well.... it can be pretty inappropriate :3
oh my god
KHR 399: Handsome Man Redux
“Also by far the most modest. Gosh I’m just so great.”
A very horrible part of me wants Tsuna to be blind forever
oh my god I know right
Oh my God I was trying to teach my six year old sister how to sing Row Row Row Your Boat as a round (you know, like she jumps in one line after me), and she kept jumping in to sing the same line I was singing (“gently down the stream” instead of starting in with her own “row row row your boat”), so finally to show her what I meant, I recorded myself singing and then played it back and jumped in after myself. And when I finished I looked at her expecting her to be like “ohhhhh!” but instead she just looked at me and was all like, “uh, you did it wrong.”
KHR 392: Revenge of the Reaction Panels
Korra was going to kill herself.
That’s what the slow motion shot of the tear falling off the cliff meant.
If she’s the avatar and she can’t bend she might as well die so there can be a new avatar.
Or else the world would be without an Avatar and there’d be another hundred year war.
So by deciding that suicide was a good idea she had given up all worldly attachments (including Mako) which was what Aang had to do unlock the Avatar State as well in season 3.
This is exactly how I saw it. It wasn’t that Korra thought she was completely useless as a person without her bending, but that the entire world would suffer without a fully realized Avatar, meaning one that is a master and controller of all bending elements, not just one.
Korra’s entire life had been about being the Avatar and being there to protect the world and those she loved, and that had all been taken away from her. As the other Air Nomad Avatar had told Aang, and Avatar’s duty is to the world. Perhaps it is part of an Avatar to change their self worth and base it upon how fit they are to serve the world, which is probably how Korra was viewing the situation. Whatever it is, Korra showed immense strength, albeit in a very sad way, at even considering giving up everything to give others a chance for peace. She believed that the only way to keep peace and balance in the world - and therefore, the only way to protect those she cared about - was to pave the way for a new, fully realized Avatar. And she was willing to give up everything for the sake of the world.
And despite what many others have said, I believe Korra got her bending back on her own by giving up earthly attachments and doing what she thought she could never do - reaching the spirit world and calling upon the legacies of those that were inside of her to help. If Korra had been a weaker person, none of that would have happened. Korra stood proud and strong at the end of the finale through her own strength, which also consisted of accepting that sometimes she may need to accept the strength of others to get to where she needs to be.
Now, I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure the show doesn’t really portray Korra giving up her worldly attachments? Her despair comes from that the fact that she think she’s useless without her bending - IIRC, she says as much to Tenzin when Amon scared the shit out of her, something like, “What good am I if I don’t have my bending?”. I, personally, didn’t interpret this as her thinking of her Avatar duty, but of her own self-worth. Yes, Korra was raised to be the Avatar and I’m sure duty was drilled into her, but it didn’t come off as her worrying about her duty to the world, it came off as I, as a person, am useless without my bending, I cannot live without my bending. Korra still has her spiritual side to act as a bridge between the spirit world and physical world, and despite being blocked from three elements, she is still the Avatar and capable of mediation. But Korra has never really excelled in negotiation, as her default tended to be toward the physical, and she didn’t change much in that regard over the course of the show.
I don’t know if I thought the finale was cheap so much as rushed. Korra getting her bending back is fine, but it, IMO, happened way to quickly and without any self discovery on Korra’s part. She’s contemplating suicide, Aang shows up and goes, “you’re at your lowest point, you’re open to change!”, except how has she changed? I didn’t see her reach out to the spirit world in that scene at all. All of her self worth is still tied to her bending, or being the Avatar. Aang was the Avatar as well, but that’s not all he considered himself. Korra seems to think that being the Avatar is all she is, and the finale kind of supports that mentality. It’s been said before, but it would have been much more poignant if Korra had had to learn to accept herself through her lack of bending through a journey of discovery in season 2.
I think that is what disappointed me, ultimately. I didn’t feel like Korra had nearly the amount of growth that she should have considering the direness of the situation. It just felt like a lot of wasted potential.
Just my opinion though! I love the Legend of Korra: I just happen to critique the things I love. A lot. #englishmajorproblems
Well, I’m by no means certain of this so correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the entire first season already written and in production before the series was officially renewed for a season 2? So the first season had to be written in such a way that it could have functioned as a stand-alone miniseries if need be, meaning that everything needed to be wrapped up by the end. So they couldn’t leave Korra without her bending (well, I mean, they could have, but it would have been difficult as hell to get away with it in a Nickelodeon show).
As for Korra’s character development, to be honest, my initial interpretation was kind of in between yours and spacezombies’s. What I saw it as was that Korra was going to kill herself so that the Avatar cycle would kick in and a new Avatar would be born. But then she realizes she can’t go through with it. And as a result, she is finally forced to accept the fact that this is it, her bending is gone (newly discovered airbending aside), and with it the only real identity and purpose she’s ever known.
Keep in mind, Korra’s known she’s the Avatar for pretty much her whole life. On top of that, she was a prodigy from a very young age, and on top of that, she’s basically following right on the heels of the greatest Avatar of all time. All of this means she’s been under intense pressure her entire life—from others, but even moreso from herself—to be strong and perfect and to live up to this ideal of the Avatar, the wise and powerful spiritual leader of the world, the one who keeps balance. Throughout the entire first season we saw how much these expectations were burdening her when it came to the things she was ‘supposed’ to be able to do but couldn’t, i.e. airbending and connecting to the spirit world. She grew up with this fixed concept of what a perfect Avatar is supposed to be, and the idea of failing to live up to this ideal is literally her worst fear.
So when Amon takes her bending, he’s cutting her off from the only path she’s ever known to follow. It leaves her with only two options—either she kills herself, and kickstarts the Avatar cycle into gear again, or she accepts that in order to live from now on, she will have to find a new path. By choosing not to die, she opened herself up to that new possibility for the first time in her life. She was choosing to start over again not as the Avatar, but as Korra, even though she was terrified and even though she had absolutely no idea what that meant or where that journey would take her. She was choosing to take her first step toward the unknown, and it was very much a moment of letting go. And in that instant, she is finally able to open herself up to the spirit world for the first time.
For a person as strong and proud as Korra, to be able to let go of her whole identity and start from scratch, to make the decision not to give up, even at her weakest moment, to be willing to take a deep breath and go on even not knowing when or if she’d ever rediscover her purpose again—that was her letting go of her worldly attachments. She was relinquishing her own extraordinarily driven sense of purpose and was prepared to move on with her life and let the world guide her where it would. It wasn’t that she made a sudden magical character turnaround in that one instant—it was that she finally took that first step toward rediscovering herself. Basically exactly what Aang said—she became open to change for the very first time.
As for where she goes from here, well, that’s where the second season comes into play, I think. Because bending or no bending, that journey of self-discovery you mentioned is one that Korra is going to embark upon regardless, and I very much look forward to seeing it. I just don’t think this moment was meant to be about that. I saw it as Korra facing all the fears and doubts she’s had about herself throughout this first season, and taking the first step toward finally acknowledging and overcoming them.