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Beautiful Moments in Fake Martial Arts - Walking on the Edge
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Beautiful Moments in Fake Martial Arts
I think it had to have been over a year ago that spectralbovine told me I just had to watch Avatar: The Last Airbender because it was so awesome (ETA: and here is his post about it), and I said I planned to when I got some time, and lo, several millenia later, I finally have. AND IT IS AWESOME. (Sunil never lies.) So naturally I have to tell all of you to go watch it now.

If you haven't heard of Avatar before, it's an awesome cartoon with a strong continuing plot/storyline and a cast of really great characters. The concept is basically that there are four nations in the Asian-inspired world of the cartoon - the Fire Nation, the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, and the Air Nomads. Each of them has "benders" who can control the element of their nation, using techniques that the creators modeled after real martial arts. In the whole world, there is always just one person, the Avatar, who has the ability to master all four of the bending techniques, and is reincarnated whenever he/she dies. When an Avatar needs to draw on all of those techniques at once, as well as the knowledge and power of all the past Avatars, he can go into the Avatar state and do so. The job of the Avatar is to use these skills to keep the world "in balance."

In the series, Aang, an Air Nomad and the current Avatar, is discovered in an iceberg where he's been preserved for 100 years by his Avatar state. As it turns out, during that 100 years, the lord of the Fire Nation has used his nation's power to control fire to wage war on all the other nations. He's even wiped out all of the Air Nomads...except Aang, whom no one could find. Now, Aang, who has mastered airbending but is still just a 12-year-old boy, has to master the water, earth, and firebending techniques, as well as control of the Avatar state, if he wants to stop the Fire Lord from taking over the whole world very soon. In his quest, he's helped by the two Water Tribe kids who found him (one is a waterbender), his giant flying buffalo, and, along the way, a lot of other fun folks. Of course, not everyone is fun - Prince Zuko (banished prince of the Fire Nation) and the Fire Nation armies are trying to hunt him down and capture him. But hey, that just makes for fun adventures, right?

One of the most fun (for me) parts of the series is watching the characters use their bending techniques. Each martial art-style technique is different and created to "fit" with the element that's being used - thus, water bending is flowing and graceful, air bending is kinda zippy and floaty, firebending is a bit grandiose and sharp, and earthbending is forceful and heavy. It gets even more fun as the series goes on and Aang begins to master the different techniques and use them together. And when Aang finally gets the hang of everything...well, let's just say this whole post was actually inspired by watching the very last episode of the series, which is a series of beautiful moments in drama and (fake) martial arts. Seriously, it's awesome.

So anyway, if you haven't seen Avatar? GO WATCH. :)

ETA: And 0ccam has now reminded me that there is going to be an Avatar movie in 2010! Yay!

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spectralbovine From: spectralbovine Date: December 9th, 2008 09:37 am (UTC) (current file)
WOO!!! I'm so glad you love it. (Finally!)

So, tell me all your favorites! Characters, episodes, lines, fights, whatevers!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: December 9th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC) (current file)
Ohmygosh, there's so much! I have to admit, Zuko is a favorite, even though he's evil for part of it. I don't really get the him and Mai thing, though. I mean, she's so boring! But I guess that works for him. I think Sokka is my overall favorite, though, because his character made me laugh the most. But...Toph is awesome too. And, and...OMG, I really loved them all. Uncle Iro! Aaaaaaang! Of course Aang is a favorite. Hee. I dunno, almost every episode was awesome, so I can't really pick a favorite. All the times Aang went into the Avatar state were pretty darn cool, though. And of course the final fight with Ozai was my absolute favorite...

I'm so bad at choosing favorites, aren't I?

Hey, isn't there supposed to be a movie at some point, too?
spectralbovine From: spectralbovine Date: December 9th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC) (current file)
Ha! That sounds like a typical experience. It's all so awesome, indeed.

M. Night is doing a trilogy of live-action movies. And we're supposed to get some animated specials next year on Nick; we have no idea whether they'll be set post-finale or just stand-alone adventures.

OH MY GOD IT'S ALL SO GREEN HERE.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: December 10th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC) (current file)
Oooh. Well, feel free to remind me when the specials will be on in case I forget. :)

WHAT I LIKE GREEN! Anyway, it used to be really blue, so it's not really THAT different. :)
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spectralbovine From: spectralbovine Date: December 9th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC) (current file)
Here is the post that convinced her, if you want to know more about it and why it's awesome!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: December 9th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC) (current file)
Totally watch it! I don't know if it's on TV anymore (3 seasons, but it finished airing) but it might be on re-runs or you can get it on DVD. :)
vwlphb From: vwlphb Date: December 9th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC) (current file)
Did you watch the whole thing? That's another show I could burn for you, and I know I have all the episodes on hand this time.

You should come post about it on Snarkfest - there's a little group of us who are completely devoted to the show, including lezopez.
vwlphb From: vwlphb Date: December 9th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC) (current file)
Ah - reread the end of your post and saw that you did. I still can't get over the whole series - it was so perfectly and tightly plotted, and it actually ended, at least the overall story arc with the Fire Lord. Rewatching it, you can see how nearly everything is significant, and everything builds up to the finale.

Aah, I am such a huge squeeing fangirl over it. By the way, have you seen these? School Time Shipping and the Comic-con "Season Four" premiere? They are hilarious and made by the creators. Very tongue in cheek, kind of like the second to last episode with the play.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: December 9th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC) (current file)
I know, it really was a perfect story arc.

Hah, those videos are great. I hadn't seen them. I love "School Time Shipping." HEE!
spectralbovine From: spectralbovine Date: December 9th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC) (current file)
Icon!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: December 10th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC) (current file)
HEE. I need some Avatar icons.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: December 9th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC) (current file)
Oh, I'd LOVE to have it so I can watch it again! Please do! And I will, I'm just getting back to SF after being away for awhile.

Also, I just got your PM. How about maybe Thursday or Friday? I have some stuff I need to do tomorrow, but getting together would be fun. :)
0ccam From: 0ccam Date: December 9th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC) (current file)
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: December 9th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC) (current file)
I *thought* I'd heard rumors of a movie. Yay!
narfzz From: narfzz Date: December 9th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC) (current file)
OMG OMG OMG! I LOVEEEEEEE ATLA! I have the first two boxset and is waiting to get the third one. I love the characters, the storyline, and the humor, OMG I LOVE THE HUMOR. I have a lot of icons of ATLA and my mood theme is ATLA. Hee! I'm totally squeeing with vwlphb.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: December 9th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC) (current file)
I know, the whole show is fantastic! I need to get some ATLA icons, STAT. :)
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foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: December 9th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC) (current file)
We are legion, apparently. *g*
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