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korraspirit
korraspirit:

This image has surfaced the internet directly from Comic Con 2014 thanks to avatar-mom. It appears to be a younger Suyin & Zaheer in the circus.
In Book 3 episode 3 The Metal Clan, Suyin mentioned that she joined the Circus. Here is a quote taken from the episode:

When I was sixteen, I left home to explore the world. I sailed the seas on a pirate ship, joined a traveling circus for a while, and lived in a sandbender commune in a desert.

Coincidentally, screenshots show that Avatar will be travelling to the Misty Palms Oasis (which is in the desert) and other desert locations in a future episode(s). Zaheer and Suyin in the Circus together, Suyin stating that she used to live in the desert & Team Avatar travelling to the desert as a relevant part to the plot. Could this all be somewhat linked?
This part isn’t really relevant to the rest of the post, but: It should be noted that the official Book 3 trailer hints at their desert trip being a defeat for Korra as you can see in these two screenshots [ X & X ] that Korra & Asami are escaping the desert and Korra is collapsed into Asami’s arms.

I knew it! I saw that photo when the Episode first aired and that guy immediately sprang to my attention! Glad I’m not the only one who is suspicious of Suyin and her (possible) involvement with the Red Lotus.

korraspirit:

This image has surfaced the internet directly from Comic Con 2014 thanks to avatar-mom. It appears to be a younger Suyin & Zaheer in the circus.

In Book 3 episode 3 The Metal Clan, Suyin mentioned that she joined the Circus. Here is a quote taken from the episode:

When I was sixteen, I left home to explore the world. I sailed the seas on a pirate ship, joined a traveling circus for a while, and lived in a sandbender commune in a desert.

Coincidentally, screenshots show that Avatar will be travelling to the Misty Palms Oasis (which is in the desert) and other desert locations in a future episode(s). Zaheer and Suyin in the Circus together, Suyin stating that she used to live in the desert & Team Avatar travelling to the desert as a relevant part to the plot. Could this all be somewhat linked?

This part isn’t really relevant to the rest of the post, but: It should be noted that the official Book 3 trailer hints at their desert trip being a defeat for Korra as you can see in these two screenshots [ X & X ] that Korra & Asami are escaping the desert and Korra is collapsed into Asami’s arms.

I knew it! I saw that photo when the Episode first aired and that guy immediately sprang to my attention! Glad I’m not the only one who is suspicious of Suyin and her (possible) involvement with the Red Lotus.

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jaclcfrost

jaclcfrost:

i’m frequently visited by three spirits at night

  • the ghost of i fucked up
  • the ghost of i’m currently fucking up
  • and the ghost of i’m probably going to fuck up in the future

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The A.V. Club
Television needs shows like The Legend Of Korra. To start, it has one of the most well defined casts of females in children’s television, and they’re featured in stories that appeal to an audience far larger than the advertisers’ target. Both Avatar and Korra tackle real political, philosophical, and personal issues in ways that make the lessons accessible and enjoyable for a huge range of viewers, and it would be a true shame to lose this series because of mishandling by the network. Having seen the next episode (which was originally supposed to air tonight), I can say that this season is even more ambitious than we initially presumed, and while we’re past the halfway point of this season, the storyline of Zaheer and the Bad Benders is building to something that can’t be contained in just five more episodes. The writers are playing the long game here, and they shouldn’t be rained out when they’re performing this well.

Oliver Sava in his review of “The Terror Within” for the AVClub. His reviews for Korra this season have been excellent and this is his best one yet, and contains good omens for next week’s episode, which he apparently got as a screener. (via dongbufeng)

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winchesterboysss

I don’t take parts because they’re for the sexy girl. I take the sexy girl parts and try to give them something else and make them a character. I just know that, at some point, you have to choose between the two. We didn’t take Charlize Theron seriously until she did “Monster” and became physically ugly. I would love to see women be able to be powerful, complex, smart, opinionated and taken seriously, even if they are beautiful. Even more, I would love to see women held to different standards, other than the superficial ones that we’re held to.

I don’t take parts because they’re for the sexy girl. I take the sexy girl parts and try to give them something else and make them a character. I just know that, at some point, you have to choose between the two. We didn’t take Charlize Theron seriously until she did “Monster” and became physically ugly. I would love to see women be able to be powerful, complex, smart, opinionated and taken seriously, even if they are beautiful. Even more, I would love to see women held to different standards, other than the superficial ones that we’re held to.

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ladywindupbird

ladywindupbird:

I do not care for the argument of “oh, if Anakin was just shown ~love~ while he was with the Jedi then he wouldn’t have fallen to the Dark Side”.

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Well damn.

dongbufeng.net

Opinion: Nickelodeon cannot maintain a culture of fandom for Korra

dongbufeng:

Nickelodeon’s interactions with Avatar and now Korra’s online fan community and even just fans of the shows in general have long been a tale of two starkly different sides of the network. On one side you have a network that recognizes the vast and intense fan appreciation of this Avatar franchise, and often acts with those fans in mind. On the other side you have a longstanding network that does not feel the need to acknowledge viewers outside of their target demographic and is too entrenched in their old ways to change this approach.

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Yo, so I saw your opinion on the style for the new sailor moon anime. I have to say you have a pretty valid point but, you know, they say the anime is staying true to the manga which never really had a perfectly good style to begin with. Even so, it's really hard to achieve and It didn't make it any less beautiful. Point is, again, it's staying true to what sailor moon originally was. There is nothing with lackluster craftsmanship. Ikuko's style? It's great but now is better.

Anonymous

Hey Anon! I commented on the relationship between Crystal and the original manga in my second post regarding Crystal’s new animation style. Check it out if you like:

http://goannavanessastuff.tumblr.com/post/84976663222/everything-thats-wrong-with-the-new-sailor-moon

~ Vanessa

Thoughts on Mamoru's design and him being a high school student now? Looks like pretty much every high school love interest I've ever seen :/

Anonymous

Hi Anon! Yes, in the meantime I’ve seen every bit of promotional artwork that has been released prior to Crystal as well as the actual (two) episodes.

Mamoru being younger this time around doesn’t present any particular problem to me - which might be due to the fact that I never really cared about this character in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not at all a “Mamoru hater”, he just never really sparked my interest as a character. What I’m saying is: I never watched Sailor Moon for Mamoru. To me, he was simply the main protagonist’s love interest and occaisionally turned into awsome mode when he showed up as Tuxedo Mask, threw his rose and delivered yet another hilarious speech about pseudo-philosophical stuff like love, friendship and justice. Civillian Mamoru, on the other hand, first behaved like a jerk in season 1, broke Usagi’s heart in season 2, had his best moments in season 3 (he was mostly well written here), played an even minor role in season 4 and was basically absent in most of season 5. In my opinion the writers never really cared for him either (especially ofter season 1); his overal importance for the story’s progression and the Sailor Moon franchise in general pales in comparison to the girls.

Now in the manga Mamoru was written quite differently; he was much more vital to the story and fought actively alongside the other Senshi. As Crystal claims to be much closer to the original manga I’m curious about what they are going to do with Mamoru this time. Making him a high school student (instead of a collage student) seems to be a first step in that direction. Since the age (and maturity) gap between him and Usagi isn’t that big any more, I’m hoping that this time the ensuing relationship between these two is more based on equality than (civil) Mamoru being clearly superior to (civil) Usagi (as it was the case in the old anime).

It might be entirely too soon to say so, but my “problem” with Crystal’s Mamoru so far is that we’re two episodes in and he basically showed up two times, each time wearing a fancy tuxedo in broad day light (he does the same in the manga, I know) and acting rather stiff and unfriendly towards Usagi:

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In the orginal anime Mamoru initially acted arrogantly as well, but the writers added another vital quality to him: Hes’ not merely unfriendly towards Usagi, he is teasing her. Maybe that doesn’t make him a better person in a moral sense but it means a lot regarding his characterization. His and Usagis constant bickering becomes something like a running gag throughout the first season of Sailor Moon:

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The manga characterizes Mamoru in very similar way, although he appears to be much “cooler” and aloof here:

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Ha! Apparently manga Mamoru has a wicked sense of humor, too! All of these little, personal quirks are lost when it comes to Crystal Mamoru (so far). I may have never really liked Mamoru’s personality (i.e. the way he was written, especially during large chunks of the 90s anime), but at least both in the original manga as well as in the 90s anime he had a personality.

~ Vanessa

I just watched the first episode of sailor moon and knew there was something weird about it and i felt disappointed because even though its supposed to be the same characters they didnt seem like the original ones! Then i read your post and i agree on everything they feel very meh and less quality on them and it sucks how usagi doesnt seem as energetic and similar personality wise as she was in the original anime which was 20 years ago but had more attention to detail. I wish it looked better

Hi Coppikatt,

first off: thanks for reading my posts! (◡‿◡✿)

I can very much understand your disappointment regarding the art style of Crystal (so far) and there really isn’t much that I can add to your statement. It saddens me that so many fans seem to be deeply disappointed with the new series when there was a time when we all squealed in anticipation and couldn’t wait to get a glimpse of the new show.

My hope is not lost on Crystal, though. Yes, viewed objectively, the animation is lacking in quality - and there really is no arguing about that - but, as I said a few asks ago, that might change over the course of time! We’ve already seen some indicators so far, e.g:

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A new animator?*

And this (in-)famous shot has already been fixed by the animation staff:

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So maybe, just maybe, Toei heard us and is already trying to make changes for the better. It would be truly apprecited.

There is no doubt, though, that the new series is very successful and that it sparked a true “Sailor Moon Renaissance”. My guess is that Crystal is here to stay.

I would also encourage everyone who loves the new series to continue to do so. I, myself, might have several issues with Crystal so far but I still give it a chance - out of curiosity about what they are going to do with the original source material and because I’m also curious in which way the animation might change during the course of time.

I hope my answer helped you a little, Katt, and eased some of that sad disappointment.

~ Vanessa

*Gifs don’t belong to me, btw; borrowed from: http://dinah-queens.tumblr.com/