Why it was impossible for Aang to be a bad father.
… Besides, you know, his very personality and that kinda unimportant stuff.
Kya’s teary little rant actually made me kinda angry LOL— Seriously, Aang neglecting her and Bumi is just so OOC that it fills me with this WHOLE-CONSUMING RAGE.
FIX IT, A:LOK CREW. FIX IT.
By nature he is kind and loving.
But by nurture he is nomadic and separate from others.
It makes sense in a kick to the nads kind of way.
I tend to compare the relationship to the family in the Foxtrot comic strip. There are three kids and the dad is often seen bonding with the oldest son because they have similar interests and much more in common than the other two, such as sports and overeating. It doesn't mean the dad loves his other two kids any less, it's simply just easier for him to bond with his oldest.
1. He never had any parents. He was raised by the airbending monks, so he ever really had a role-model. True he did have Master Eyatzue, but he got taken away from him while Aang was still young.
2. You can kinda understand why Aang loves that Tenzin is a airbender. AANG IS THE LAST AIRBENDER!!!! If they don't get some new blood soon, airbending would die out!
All set aside I love this drawing, especially how Katara handled the situation. LOL! Great job.
Do I love this comic, yes
Do I think that this is more realistic? hell yeah but still I like the idea that Aang neglected his other children.
Tenzin is a much better man than his father, a better father and a great brother to his siblings
Bumi will probably someday be an airbending master like his brother
Varrick is a genius on the level of Asami and Hiroshi (Hiroshi gives his life up to save the republic), and while he's completely nuts, really does care about others and wants to do the right thing
Wu turns out to be an excellent leader and may end up a President of the new Earth Nation Democracy
Basically only Mako and Aang are shown to be failures as men
The men in this series, as a whole, were very used. Several of them were...let's just nicely say were either not too bright or overly arrogant. You have a masochist cousin who loves to dominate men. The father whom Asami hates. There were two avatar yin/yang spirits--and the good was a female while the evil was a male. Mako was shown as a boy toy for the sake of furthering pathetic teen-romance-drama triangles (though this seems like a waste for an otherwise interesting character. Further development of his and his brother's background, bond, etc, were never really touched on). Korra determined that she didn't need to have a romantic, significant other to strengthen her--oh wait, they took that back. Apparently if it is a girl significant other, she can be strong since only Asami can "understand" her...Talk about undermining the entire 2nd and 3rd seasons. Kuvira makes a fool of Baatar Jr. by using him. Tenzin is overbearing and is eventually proven wrong by everyone because he has to just back up and let Jinora and Korra go so they can be stronger. Aang (a former admired protagonist with a heart of gold) suddenly defies 60+ episodes of previous development to abandon his previous nature and become a horrible father and role model (a bit forced as well). Jinora proves that apparently she is one of the best air benders ever and is able to become one of the youngest air bending masters--previous avatar excluded, of course (and what's up with the whole arrow thing, anyway? Even the little kid air benders had them in the original. It wasn't the sign of a master...)--it was just one long political animation centered around feminism. It's for this reason that I often dislike 90% of female leading protagonist characters. They always feel like a point has to be made.
It would have been far, far, far better and more enjoyable if they had just animated the conclusion of the original series. Or, to make this one more successful, they should have: deleted Wan, Asami, and possibly the corny avatar tapeworm characters Raava and what's-his-name (they really do look like tapeworms), thrown in 2-3 episodes of flashback about Zuko's mother, left out ALL couples (it's really just annoying to couple characters up), included Zuko's daughter and grandson a bit more (I so thought they were going to do this since they introduced them), developed the potentially awesome Bolin and Mako bond and background, told a story instead of teaching a political agenda, and somehow tied the 4 seasons together instead of it being 4 separate battles against separate antagonists. Korra has had more difficulty and antagonists on the job than any other avatar.
(...yikes this got long quick. Sorry for the long read, lol)
And the idea that she was supposed to be detrimental is ridiculous, why would she need to be a detriment? She was one of the good guys, and yeah she played an important role, both as a foil and friend to Korra at first, and eventually a lover. As well as someone who could supply Korra and the gang with the necessary gear they would need.
In addition she was to be someone who could handle herself in a fight and capable of running a business.
No, her personality was never intended to be as over the top as Varrick's, but that's not the issue, the issue was how she fit her roles and her importance to Korra's story.
The point wasn't your attachment to Hiroshi's but her attachment to him and how his death affected her.
Mako was never interesting, every dislike you level at Asami would be better suited to Mako, completely without personality or redeeming quality, he was at best just a way from Korra and Asami to become friends. He could have died in season one and the story would not have been changed at all. He didn't really serve any greater role, everything he did could have been done by Bolin without harming the story.
If any character was worthless in the series, it was Mako.
No being a fun loving kid, doesn't make you a good father, so Aang being a crummy father doesn't come across as forced at all. In fact the lack of a real father figure as he grew up helps to explain why he was such a bad father figure.
Sorry but your final comments just sound like a bunch of head canon wants, and would have resulted in a medicore story far worse than TLA, instead of a series that eventually surpassed its predecessor in every way
It was lazy to not finish the original series--which is why their ratings started plummeting after season 1. But that aside, in regards to the Mako / Asami character thing, let me clear that up.
First, it's best to understand what I mean about their development by looking at the original team avatar. Each one of them was very unique even while being very imperfect. Because of this, they all had specific roles that only they could do--making good character chemistry for a good plot line. Their strengths assisted the others' weaknesses.
Aang- Super-powered, kind-hearted, very trusting, a little naive, vegetarian, optimistic, very sensitive and in-touch with others' feelings (which is why he accepts Zuko and cannot kill the fire lord).
Sokka- Sarcastic, pessimistic, told bad jokes (it was almost his trademark), not physically very strong but a strategist, very non-vegetarian, had a strong drive of duty, and was pretty good with a boomerang--like, freakishly good. He also later branched out by trying something new and practicing sword.
Katara- Slightly naive (but not as much as Aang), adventurous, weak but up-and-coming water bender, very maternal, at times over-protective of those she cares for, strong willed, stubborn, jealous, unforgiving, realist, and later healer.
Toph- Blind, amazing earth bender, grumpy, strong-willed, rebellious, tough but still occasionally like being girly, confrontational, wanting acceptance.
Zuko- Initially he is an okay fire-bender (not the best, but not everyone is. He grows later), pretty good physical fighter, extremely proud so much it hurts, lonely, somewhat dark originally and dealing with a lot of conflict of conscience (grows a lot actually, now that I look back), and awkward around women as all get-out.
Most importantly, all of their characteristics were built on a reason. Toph was such a strong bender because she was blind, causing her to take a flaw and make it a super-powered flare. Sokka had a strong drive of duty and was very "men rule" because he was forced to be the oldest male role model in his village. Likewise, Katara was weak in water bending and very maternal because she was the last water bender and forced to be "mom" when their mother died. She was very "girls rule" because she grew up with her brother. Zuko's pride was because his father had humiliated him, etc. They all had a reason that made their unique traits because these characters had development. This is not always true in LOK.
Most of the characters in LOK lack this development and chemistry severely--especially Asami. For Mako, it's like they started to develop him, and then just stopped.
Therefore, I find Asami's personality very boring. She doesn't seem like she feels much--as though she is made to be a little too perfect, too pretty, no flaws, etc. Whatever she sets out to do, she always is able to do it. She did hate her father. She said she never wanted to see him again because what he had done was inexcusable. (Which is dumb, since we knew that grief of his wife's loss and fear for his daughter is what spurred his actions to begin with. So the entire "I never want to hear or see you again" bit was a bit overly pushed--and I feel that is because they wanted to make it more impactful when they killed Hiroshi). No one said that her personality had to be like Varrick's--but some personality to begin with would have been helpful. She had no major skills--not really physically, not as a bender, and as I said, her "genius" ability was gimmicky given we already had more than one "genius" character. She honestly feels more like fan service than anything else.
Mako's personality after season 1 was annoying and somewhat boring. He wasn't really a "couple up" sort of character--and doing that sort of went against the personality they gave him and made a weak plot centered around "who will Korra / Mako date next?" However, he had been developed originally with more personality and interest for the first season. He was shown that he was a loving brother who would do anything to protect his younger brother--even if it meant giving up a relationship with a girl he liked (despite her being really pushy) because he knew that his brother had feelings for her as well. It showed that growing up on the streets and dealing with a somewhat too-trusting and light-hearted brother made him overly cautious and suspicious. He was shown to be pretty strong, too, and could defend himself as needed as well as having a strong sense of intuition and common sense. However, a lot of this changed. Starting in season 2, he wasn't the same character they originally developed. He was inexplicably moody, at times cold to his brother without reason, whined (a lot), and seemed to get shown up in battle and in social conversation way too easily. They somewhat tried to redeem his character later, but were unsuccessful because they had already gone too far the other way. However, the character originally had great potential.
Sadly, because of the lack of development, conflicting interests, fan service, and reaching for sensationalism, Legend of Korra feels more like a fan-fiction than actual cannon.
No she didn't hate her father, as the scene in the park showed, she was hurt by what he had done, but she truly still loved him, because he was her father and there had been a time when they had been happy together.
People say a lot of things when they are angry at someone, and she was angry at her father for what he did, and what he did do was inexcusable, regardless of the pain he felt over his wife's loss, he turned against all benders for the crimes of a few, that is a dangerous and very reprehensible decision to make.
You're welcome to your opinion, but her skills as a fighter and as an engineer/designer have been shown many times in the series, so you're on very flimsy ground when you say she has no skills.
Here is the problem with Mako, any of the scenes he had that didn't involve Bolin could have been done by another character, any other character, even a random one shot
even in season one, he existed really only as a way to get Korra and Asami to meet and become allies
Truthfully they could have and probably should have killed him off in season one and used that as a catalyst to make Bolin grow up faster.
To be honest, the most entertaining characters for me were Bolin, Toph, Varrick, Zhu Li, and Pema. Oh, wait--and Pabu. Boomi was okay, I guess. All this "so-and-so should love so-and-so bit and everyone else should die" gimmick + the predominating theme of "Women don't need men" truly represents why the series took a huge hit to the ratings after season 1.
I gave plenty of reasons why Asami is a boring character more than once. She is not unique. Her skill is owned by other characters. She does not show a lot of emotions. She is too perfect and very predictable. She does not show complex thought but somewhat superficial ones. She is fan service at best--which is insulting (the end of the series somewhat further proved to me that she was fan service). She makes no large contribution to the story. She is, for all intended purposes, created just to be a "I'm a love interest" character. That's it.
And the whole "Mako" rant just says that you are probably a Korra x Asami fan--meaning (as I generally have seen) that you have a bit of a bias based on fandom instead of a literary standpoint. Therefore, there really is no point talking about it if you're not going to look at it in an unbiased way. There was a saying my professor use to say--if you're too emotionally attached to a character to remove yourself from it, then you won't be able to stand back and look at it fairly.
Sorry, but I was trying to give your points a fair rebuttal.
Pema was extremely underdeveloped, she just came across as a put upon mom and wife, trying to deal with her crazy family.
Now I agree Bolin was awesome, I'm not as sold on Varrick, yes he was funny, but not much else, and Zhu Li was his straightman (erm straightwoman), he provided ridiculous comic relief, but wasn't really interesting beyond that.
Toph was great because she acted as a crotchety Yoda character, who doesn't love that
Not really, there is no one character who is a genius and a skilled fighter, some are one or the other (but that's true of pretty much every character)
You're back on opinons with your view that she is lacking in emotions and is too perfect/superficial, you're welcome to them, but I disagree on all those counts.
She is a much bigger influence on the story than Mako, sorry, but it's true, she is the one who makes bigger contributions to the story that cannot be done by other characters (at least not believably)
Mako could be replaced easily and without any damage to the story.
You know I could say similar things to you about your bias towards Mako and against Asami, but I won't since that's just lazy arguing, which you seem to use a little too often from what I've seen.
Wanna cheer Katara on
Wanna do to Aang what his wife already did
Not sure what I wanna do with Tenzin....hugs I guess.
And honestly, it doesn't make too much sense that Aang would knowingly leave two of his kids behind, even though he was an Air Nomad... Focusing on Tenzin in his lessons? I can totally picture that. Teaching him the philosophy and stories of his people more than Kya or Bumi? Sure. Having to spend only a little time with all his family due to being the Avatar and everything that entails? Indeed. Just leaving Kya, Bumi, and Katara behind to travel everywhere with just Tenzin? ...I can't really imagine that.
On a side note, it always creeped me out that some 12 year old was in a "serious" relationship with a 14 year old...and making out with said 14 year old at the end of the series. I mean...seriously? If they were older, the age difference wouldn't be as big a deal, but there is a lot of mental and emotional development between those ages at that stage. I work with 13-14 year olds at work everyday and let me tell you--not realistic at all, ESPECIALLY if the girl is the older. Sokka on the other hand...yeah. That pretty much sums up the average 14-15 year old. No complaints there.
So, in short, I guess I can actually see it possible that Aang was the sort of father to play favorites. But I do think that Katara would have been able to fix that, lol.
Plus, the Kataang sibling bickering in S2 makes their teamwork in S3 all the more amazing.
Come on, LOK. We're not buying it.
Oh my gosh, this is a cartoon people, A CARTOON! I didn't really know what to tell my 7 years old cousin when he watched that episode from LOK. It should stay as a cartoon and not become a drama/soap opera as there are kids watching it too.