I’m watching Avatar: The Last Airbender for the first time. wow it’s not bad, how come no one ever mentioned this

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oh so they’re doing like a whole “learning how your emotions influence your powers” thing okay cool

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do my ears deceive me or is that rene auberjonois

why, it is!

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it’s Rene Auberjonois again oh my

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yes, obviously Avatar: The Last Airbender isn’t a “real anime”, obviously

it’s far too well-paced

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Fire nation has to be like, 90% professional engineers right? like as a percentage of their economy or whatever. who else would be designing all these electorate mechanical vehicles?

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announcement: this account is now a Dee Bradley Baker stan account, thank you

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oh so they’re depicting fire nation as outright fascist, cool cool cool cool

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like only state-approved art and no personal expression and all that

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kids need more cartoons depicting how much fascism sucks, imo

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freaking, white lotus club or whatever

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how is this show so good, it’s from 2005, nothing from 2005 was any good

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Okay so throughout my watchthrough I’ve been comparing Avatar to Steven Universe a lot, because I don’t watch a lot of cartoons generally but I know SU pretty well. And I think they have a lot in common; specifically, both shows ask the question “can people change or are some people irredeemable?” That’s a really cool theme, and they approach it differently!

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If I have one criticism of Steve Universe, it’s that it comes down a little too hard on the “yes, every one *can* be redeemed” side of that question. It’s never cast in *too* much doubt. When a character asks for forgiveness, they’re generally given it – and usually very quickly. Their forgive is always utterly complete. Literally, *literally* every villain gets redeemed by the final episode, despite some pretty horrific crimes.

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Avatar spends a lot more time ruminating on what it is to change, to grow as a person.

While Steven Universe likes answering to the question of “can everyone be redeemed?”, Avatar is more interested in asking the question, and then asking follow-ups.

Granted both shows have different formats and audiences, and obviously I like both a lot. Halfway through the final season of ATLA.

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Avatar seems cast specifically to give me “wait, I know that voice...” syndrome

Head of a corrupt secret police? He’s the bad prison guard from the Shawshank Redemption.

Manic mechanist? Odo from DS9.

Full moon witch? She’s Seymour Skinner’s mom on The Simpsons.

Water Tribe second in command? He plays Redge Barclay’s boss on the episode of Star Trek: Voyager that ep when Starfleet contacts the ship.

I’ve been spending a lot of time on IMDb 😅

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“My first girlfriend got turned into the moon.”
“That’s rough.”

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Okay! I’m all done and my conclusion is that Avatar: The Last Airbender is really good. It has a very satisfying ending, which is more than most television stories.

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time to watch video essays about it

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I’m just kidding, I would never,,, unless? haha jk... or am I?

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@ashfurrow ah ha! I send you "Scott Pilgrim: The Last Airbender":
youtube.com/watch?v=qpzkDnu-nT

- which isn't even remotely as good as the show, but still fun. ^^

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@ischade that is fun! I’m glad waited

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@ashfurrow I wanted to send it to you yesterday, but I think there's like 6 seconds of a spoilers, and I resisted. ^^ I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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