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Oh Yes It's Lady's Night [Dec. 16th, 2008|07:11 pm]
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I know there's not much left to talk about with the series being over, but for anyone still following I figured I'd share this recently uploaded gem:

If you've missed the previous puppetbender videos, they're made by this guys. This one is probably the best but the others are worth checking out too, especially if it's been way too long since your last Avatar fix:
The Original
The Promise of More
A Con Short
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Bechdel's test [Aug. 1st, 2008|02:27 pm]
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Charles Stross brings up an interesting test for popular entertainment.

Avatar passes, I think, but barely. Toph and Katara talk about their pasts and so on, particularly in "The Runaway," and Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee do alright -- but not as well as you'd think, given that the only episodes that significantly develop their characters involve their relationships with various boys...
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Wow. [Jul. 30th, 2008|01:57 pm]
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[mood |pleasedpleased]

The finale was absolutely amazing. I enjoyed this show so much, every single second. There was never a dull moment. I cried, I laughed, I got so angry I wanted to hit something, I felt pride, honor, and related to the interal and external struggles between 'good' and 'evil'. This series was about kids who were placed in very adult situations, forced to make life-altering, unbelievably difficult decisions, and with a little luck on their side, hopefully triumph over the hardships that prevent the joys of every-day life. 

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My thoughts on some of the Finale Fanwank [Jul. 20th, 2008|06:56 pm]
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[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

I've been happily lurking here for awhile, enjoying the Wank-Free zone, but after the finale I read some non-ship-related fanwank on my own flist that I feel I have to address:

Warning: FINALE SPOILERS ahead!Collapse )

As for the shipwank -- I am SO not going there. Those are some scary waters.
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Water. Earth. Fire...and BOOZE. [Jul. 20th, 2008|12:04 pm]
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So I have to know. Who had the boozebenders themed shots to drink at your viewing of the finale, and what did you think?

Multiple people at our party achieved the Avatar State. And since the party started four hours before the finale, some of them sobered up and then achieved it twice.

I only got halfway there myself because I was being careful-I did a fire shot and air shot. The fire shot was the coolest visually, because, well, fire, but it was extremely tasty, too! I had to gasp for air afterwards just to breathe, but it was tasty! Worth the fifteen seconds or so of oxygen deprivation, I'd say. Air wasn't bad, either, mainly because mmm mmm tasty whipped cream.

I'm told that everyone feared yuckiness for the earth shot, but it turned out to taste kind of chocolate syrup-y. I don't remem what they thought of the water shot, I think everyone was too eager to continue the cycle to really comment.

And just for fun, we toasted various dead/awesome characters with each shot: To Yue. To Bumi. To Iroh. To Gyatsu.

It was a good time! How about you, fellow boozebenders?
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Surprised By Joy: The Avatar Finale [Jul. 20th, 2008|12:52 am]
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Well, I'd better write my Avatar series finale reaction post.

Except, I don't know what to say. I need to watch it again to put the pieces together.

Instead, I want to talk in broad terms about the another narrative I experienced that affected me deeply, and how that experience differed from this one.

Some of you may be familiar with a series of illustrated books known as "Dinotopia." I read the first of these books -- a series by famous illustrator James Gurney -- when I was roughly 13. The art and story moved me deeply, and in the course of the one afternoon I spent reading the book, I fell in love, learned to fly, and found my true place in the world. And then the book ended, and I was devastated. I wanted so badly to be there instead of here. This is an experience I think is not uncommon among geeky kids. We love our stories a little too much.

As I got older, I stayed a nerd and got into all sorts of things, but nothing ever really transported me the way good old Dinotopia did. Only fifteen years later did I find something that would move me as deeply.

But not the same way. I don't want to live in the Avatar world (although that would be pretty sweet). Rather, what touched me about this was the simple fact that a narrative could surprise me again. That something wonderful might be right around the corner. That not everything can be great art -- but great art can come from anywhere. These characters will live in my head and in my heart forever, and the fact that the show itself was made -- which seems just so incredibly improbable in retrospect -- gives me hope for great things to come. Not just on TV or in comics, but in the world. Avatar has been a constant bright spot for me during its run, and its gift lingers even now.

Where Dinotopia pained me by highlighting what I lacked in life, Avatar has given me joy by showing me just what is possible in this world.

I hope to be surprised by greatness again, and now, thanks to Avatar, I know that it is possible.

Now with my spoiler-free and ridiculously overwrought gushing out of the way...

Was it good? Yes. Yes it was fucking good. SPOILERS HERE AND IN COMMENTS.Collapse )

I'm going to go ahead and say it: Avatar is among the greatest television shows ever created, anywhere, ever. I consider myself a better person for having experienced it.

That is all.
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We knew it was coming... [Jul. 19th, 2008|10:21 pm]
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[mood |recumbentand I'm spent]
[music |Liquid Soul--Ednaswap]

The Big Ending. Naturally, you can expect spoilers beyond this point.Collapse )

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Poor Zuko. He only has 22 dollars. [Jul. 9th, 2008|12:16 am]
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Zuko as a Rock Band character.

That is all.Collapse )

These shitty pictures don't really do the actual thing justice; Rock Band has an amazing presentation, and the characters act in wonderfully overblown ways on stage. You can even choose one of several personalities for a character -- Zuko got the "punk" one on account of how he's ANGRY. AT HIMSELF.
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I know what you're thinking. [Jul. 8th, 2008|09:59 pm]
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You're thinking, I want to play Rock Band, but only if I can play as my favorite characters from Avatar! Is this possible? Am I a mad dreamer for daring to wish it so?

Yes, and no. Behold.Collapse )

Apparently Aang grows up to be a slightly grumpy guitar god. Perhaps an Avatar of Rock?! Surely he's a multi-instrumentalist.

Oh shit, I just had a great idea for Zuko.
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The Gaang at Anime Expo 2008 [Jul. 8th, 2008|12:29 pm]
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I went to Anime Expo over the weekend and thought I'd share a couple of Avatar cosplay sightings. Pictures under cut.

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