Tagged by bemynew-obsession to say what I like about myself so okay whatever.

And say my 10 favorite followers.

  1. I can draw okay
  2. Not terrible
  3. I can cook things
  4. eh
  5. *shrug*

My ten favorite followers are shortazn97, xhoneythief, hazatheraider, iku-nagay, chuunisenpai, lightdragonman1, a-lesbillion, uxoriosis, writingfail and lostlead8r

shortazn97:

cviperfan:

cviperfan:

shortazn97:

ok now that the lok hype in me is dying a bit

can we talk about how the air acolytes and zaheer’s “airbending philosophy” is probably the most insulting thing to Buddhism ever?

like I think I saw one ep of s2 and the acolytes were just fucking obsessive fans…

To be fair apparently Zaheer’s backstory involves him being a brawler so it’s entirely possible he’s always studied Airbender katas and incorporated it into his fighting, so when he got Airbending five-realz it was easier for him to adjust to, but that feels like the fandom filling in the gaps for stuff Bryke forgot was important.

It’s almost like we should have spent more time fleshing out the villains than not at all like even that leap from apparent circus performer to brawler to Senator Armstrong from Revengeance is kinda vital to actually get

Also, I guess we have to consider that most people (all people?) aren’t used to fighting Airbenders, so even that coming from a guy who up to now had no bending would be a considerable advantage even if he wasn’t very good with it.

Airbending as a whole has been kinda fucked since Korra magically unlocked it to space-punch Amon in the face at the end of Season 1, and that in this season you literally have it being a deeply spiritual ascetic way of life that requires a completely different mindset that most people aren’t used to and requires a great deal of meditation and study on one side and a convenient non-conventional power-up for the baddies on the other side is deeply reflective of this dissonance.  Like I get the sense that part of the deal is they’re trying to show just how dangerous Airbending can be in the hands of someone without an Airbending philosophy holding them back, but because of Airbending’s deep connection with spirituality being a block to just using it the way any other bending discipline would (which they established way back in book one of this series) it shouldn’t work like that but who the fuck knows anymore

He was a BRAWLER? I don’t even remember that shit because they don’t even go deep into their backstories. And the styles of fighting they use for all the bending seems like a messy mesh of everything with no distinct style, ESPECIALLY airbending which is supposed to incorporate lots of circular movements and avoidance. Like when Aang would just avoid people and they fuck themselves up. The signature airbending style is “NOPE”.

But Korra can totes just air-punch Amon and Zaheer can access airbending katas that I’m pretty sure are very very hard to find if possible at all.

The villains have no depthhhh its so disappointing. I want a Zuko-type devlopment.

I think Brawler!Zaheer was a thing that was revealed as part of his backstory outside of the show, like Bryke said it or something along those lines.

It’s funny because I felt more this season like they were kind of getting back to Bending forms = actual martial arts disciplines a little bit more than it’s been in S1 and 2— Season 1 in particular was guilty of forms not really mattering as much.  Originally I kind of thought that might have been a consequence of modernization and different fighting disciplines blending together in a melting pot like Republic City, like instead of Tai Chi or Shaolin Kung Fu, it all comes closer to a sort of Mixed Martial Arts.  But as the series has gone on it seems like making the bending impressive and flashy and generally *bigger* has overshadowed its more grounded origins, though maybe it’s a little of both.

I agree about wanting richer, slower-boiling plots and character arcs, but on some level the 1 season = 1 story structure inherently goes against that, which is doubly weird since they’re actually trying to tie the seasons together into a sort of cohesion.  Like that works for something like American Horror Story because each season is designed and written to be a completely self-contained narrative with no important connections to any other season, and the structure of Avatar (specifically ATLA) actively benefits from a larger-in-scope story with smaller arcs that still contribute to that grand whole.  Each season has a beginning middle and end, but the final goal looms over everything.  Korra has no descernible ‘final’ goal, but rather than try and change that starting with Season 2 they just adhered to the one-season-one-story structure.  I literally cannot imagine what Season 4 is gonna be *about* and I don’t mean that in an anticipatory way.

cviperfan:

shortazn97:

ok now that the lok hype in me is dying a bit

can we talk about how the air acolytes and zaheer’s “airbending philosophy” is probably the most insulting thing to Buddhism ever?

like I think I saw one ep of s2 and the acolytes were just fucking obsessive fans…

To be fair apparently Zaheer’s backstory involves him being a brawler so it’s entirely possible he’s always studied Airbender katas and incorporated it into his fighting, so when he got Airbending five-realz it was easier for him to adjust to, but that feels like the fandom filling in the gaps for stuff Bryke forgot was important.

It’s almost like we should have spent more time fleshing out the villains than not at all like even that leap from apparent circus performer to brawler to Senator Armstrong from Revengeance is kinda vital to actually get

Also, I guess we have to consider that most people (all people?) aren’t used to fighting Airbenders, so even that coming from a guy who up to now had no bending would be a considerable advantage even if he wasn’t very good with it.

Airbending as a whole has been kinda fucked since Korra magically unlocked it to space-punch Amon in the face at the end of Season 1, and that in this season you literally have it being a deeply spiritual ascetic way of life that requires a completely different mindset that most people aren’t used to and requires a great deal of meditation and study on one side and a convenient non-conventional power-up for the baddies on the other side is deeply reflective of this dissonance.  Like I get the sense that part of the deal is they’re trying to show just how dangerous Airbending can be in the hands of someone without an Airbending philosophy holding them back, but because of Airbending’s deep connection with spirituality being a block to just using it the way any other bending discipline would (which they established way back in book one of this series) it shouldn’t work like that but who the fuck knows anymore

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P5 coming to the PS4 also?  Awesome I don’t have to buy a PS3 then

And Bloodborne confrimed for February 5th in Japan, hoping for a late Feb/early March US date then

shortazn97:

ok now that the lok hype in me is dying a bit

can we talk about how the air acolytes and zaheer’s “airbending philosophy” is probably the most insulting thing to Buddhism ever?

like I think I saw one ep of s2 and the acolytes were just fucking obsessive fans of airbenders

and then zaheer “entering the void” and losing his “worldly desires”. He lost one worldly desire, but still desired to stop the avatar cycle and bring chaos and other fucking bullshit like that

It’s funny because I came to the conclusion that Zaheer was just a stupid asshole, since Airbending is a wholly nonviolent and deeply spiritual culture and almost the entirety of his using the teachings of Airbending masters to justify his Bane in Dark Knight Rises bullshit comes from interpreting it super literally rather than metaphorically.  ”New growth cannot first exist without destruction of the old” obviously has less to do with BRING DOWN SOCIETY and more to do with putting aside ingrained ways of thinking in order to cultivate new ideas and more constructive possibilities (an interpretation, ironically, that perfectly encapsulates the central conflict with the new Airbenders as represented by Tenzin and Jinora’s dynamic).

That’s actually not automatically a bad way to take him, because exploring the idea of faith systems that are established for inherently positive purposes being twisted and manipulated to suit people’s needs or justify their own agendas is a relevant one and I was honestly expecting something where Tenzin might straight-up call him out on this, or where they’d at least directly address this in some way.  I would honestly think that he if no one else would take considerable personal issue with this guy claiming to be a true believer appropriating their culture and teachings to sow chaos and destruction.  

(honestly I kind of liked the idea that Guru Laghima was in the Spirit World trying to pull him aside and be like HEY ZAHEER BUDDY GLAD YOU FOUND COMFORT IN OUR TEACHINGS AND ALL BUT UH KINDA WANNA TALK TO YOU ABOUT THIS WHOLE THROWING THE WORLD INTO CHAOS INTERPRETATION OF YOURS and Zaheer’s just all NO NO DON’T WORRY I GOT IT MURDER THE AVATAR AND ALL THE WORLD LEADERS JUST LIKE YOU WOULDA WANTED I’M NOT LISTENING LA LA LA LA)

But then the problem I’ve noticed with the villains in LoK as a whole is that they all follow the same arc (Unalaq to a lesser extent since he makes this shift much quicker) — they start off complex and ambiguous and as a challenge to Korra’s perspectives, but by the end their complexity has evaporated and they’re just Evil Bad Guys Who Are Evil.  Zaheer just *keeping* the Airbenders doesn’t make any sense with the exception of Tenzin, and building up his whole “I just wanted to show the Avatar a new perspective!!1!” BS means a lot less when their plan the whole time was “no lol we’re just gonna kill you in a very specific way.”  Like he’s straight-up become a Mustache Twirling Maniacal Laugh-having Cartoon Villain by the very end (which isn’t bad, look at Ozai, but the difference is that what we got with Ozai is what we were promised).  

The concept of an Airbender villain with a twisted interpretation of the culture’s teachings is inherently an interesting one, but to pull it off that requires a fundamentally different approach than having them be almost purely a foe that can be defeated through physical means which ironically enough was exactly what we were promised this season also.

Tags: lok crit

Now that Claymore is coming to a conclusive end I need to actually get back on reading it

Well with Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U and Dragon Quest Heroes for Playstation I think we know what to expect now

Get hype for Microsoft Warriors everybody

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