Inuyasha AU where everything is exactly the same but Sesshomaru is a tiny foof dog.
I’d been wanting to do a manga panel of this scene for years and finally got around to it.
Hah, I’d wondered why my comment count had suddenly seen an uptick. XD. Thanks for letting me know, Kuro-kuro.
In which I attempt to mimic Takahashi’s style for a Memoirs image and scare myself with how close I get.
Merry Christmas from Inu-papa.com!
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(I can’t read the credit on the bottom of the page. It’s just too damn small!!!)
No problem. Glad I could help! Because of this and a couple other posts, I’ve actually started another Tumblr called Inuyasha Fanon where I’m cataloging a lot of the common mistakes and confusions surrounding the show’s terminology, as sort of a one-stop guide for stuff that shows up a lot in the fandom that didn’t originate in the series.
…painfully underscores how much ‘The Legend of Korra’ underserves Korra as a character.
In both Book 1 and Book 2 of TLOK, the narrative hinges on Korra communing with a past (dude) self that relates key backstory to her that fills in all of the information she needs to know. Book 1 reveal is ‘there’s this bad guy, Yakone!’; Book 2, it’s ‘oh right, the potential apocalypse is happening NEXT WEEK (wtf! shouldn’t someone have like, mentioned this to the avatar a little while ago). Korra has very little… role here. She passively consumes information, then goes and punches things*
In ATLA, Aang’s interactions with his past selves (and his actions overall) reflect a greater sense of agency. Yeah, Roku filled Aang in about Sozin’s comet, but so much of the other plot development — figuring out that the eclipse would take away firebending, for example. Plus, that crucial moment on the lion-turtle, with Aang weighing advice from Roku, Kyoshi, Kuruk et al… and deciding to forge his own path.
In both book 1 and 2, Korra doesn’t seem to react to the new information in any real way, it just gives her a new… quest station. The other characters are hardly better. Mako’s sting operation was neat, but got immediately undercut thanks to the most active character in the show thus far… Varrick. Gad I love Varrick. Let us hope he doesn’t get squandered like Amon.
Anyway, this all stems from a much larger problem in TLOK in that the show still hasn’t really given us a well-developed Korra. Here, do the exercise that the Red Letter Media guy used in his “Star Wars” prequel reviews, where you describe a character without using their job or physical appearance:
My description of Korra’s character without referring to bending or her being the Avatar: bold to the point of rashness, um…. not much else stands out?
My description of Aang’s character without referring to bending or him being the Avatar: goofy kid, learning responsibility, occasionally stubborn on moral points — for good and for ill, doesn’t like hurting people, loves animals, atoning for guilt
Notice this: Wan and Aang both have these strong personal drives, tied to guilt — Wan feels terrible for cutting Vattu loose from Raava, Aang feels terrible for abandoning the world and the Airbenders. Korra doesn’t really have a big personal motivator. There was a lot of stuff that COULD have functioned thusly but is only briefly mentioned, then dropped; her isolation by the White Lotus; her awakening to the state of nonbenders in the world and realizing that she’s their Avatar too, etc.
Plus: is anyone else feeling kind of worn out by TLOK? It is nowhere near as FUN as ATLA. We have had two books thus far where ALL the episodes have been part of this complex plot. In ATLA they gave us SO MANY good one-shots where the writers fleshed out the world — and the people in it — and gave us time to breathe. Even if TLOK sticks a beach episode in there somewhere, I doubt it’ll make much difference.
My friend and I had pretty much the same reaction at the end of “Beginnings”. It was a great backstory and all… but did absolutely zero to further Korra’s character development. It was all, “Oh no, she must go on a spiritual journey to reconnect with her Avatar spirit or she’ll die!”, and at first we were like, “Great, she’ll finally have to reflect on herself and understand her roles and responsibilities.”
But, no, it ended up just being “Float around and watch Wan’s home movies, and then you’re just suddenly all better without having to reflect, learn, process, or DO anything yourself.” The Fire Sages were all worried if she could handle it, but she was nothing but a passive observer to the entire process.