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I hate the nick player because it’s absolute crap but the show needs the support. Anywho it froze at this one part with Toph in this position and I really thought that she was turning up for something. So I made some crap edits of Toph doing just that. 



This feels like a very cynical moment, but I think there’s more going on than just that. I think what Toph is really saying to Korra is that if you derive your self worth solely from your accomplishments, then you are going to wind up pretty empty as a human being. Because our accomplishments, huge as they may seem in the moment, ultimately don’t amount to a ton in the grand scheme of things. Granted, Korra did save the Air Nation and the world from 10,000 years of darkness. But she’s gotta find other reasons to keep going.

Toph doesn’t think her police work really “solved” anything, but she also doesn’t seem like she’s a shattered human being. Rather, she’s made peace with the vanity of human pursuits (dukkha) and has chosen a spiritual path. She is literally the bodhisattva beneath the banyan tree. 

I knew there was something more to this than sheer cynicism, but I couldn’t quite put it into words. When you say it like this, though, it makes a lot of sense.

I’m not gonna lie; I have felt slightly underwhelmed by the last two episodes of Korra. I’m not sure if I got my expectations too high from book 3 or what. It’s entertaining but I’m not feeling the intensity, do you know what I mean? I don’t feel a sense of suspense or urgency. Maybe the episodes just aren’t long enough. Kuvira is cool, but she’s also very predictable and I don’t like that in a villain. I was entertained by the parts with Toph but they didn’t seem to actually contribute anything super valuable to the plot. There were definitely a lot of entertaining moments in this episode but nothing shocking or super important

And it’s not even taht I don’t like Toph—I love her! Contrary to that, I actually don’t think there was enough Katara in Korra Alone—there was so much potential there for a flashback or Katara talking about her own experiences, but nothing. (Okay maybe I just really want a Katara flashback but still…)

Don’t get me wrong—I’m not saying I didn’t like the episodes, just that they weren’t as good as I expected them to be. There was a lot more exposition than plot, which I think is definitely part of it. Most of the episodes in A:TLA had a very clear beginning, lead up to a climax, and conclusion, sometimes with a cliffhanger. The recent Korra episodes don’t seem to have that same written structure. Like, what was the “big” moment of this last episode? It wasn’t Wu’s coronation. There were no major fights or anything. With Korra Alone I suppose it was the fight with her other self vision in the swamp but episode 3 didn’t really have a “big” moment like that. I’m hoping that the exposition now means there will be less exposition and more plot later.

Also maybe I’d be slightly less frustrated if the streaming quality on Nickelodeon’s website didn’t suck so badly, heh.


The fourth chakra is located in the heart. It deals with love, and is blocked by grief. Lay all your grief out in front of you. You have indeed felt a great loss. But love is a form of energy, and it swirls all around us.The Air Nomads love for you has not left this world. It is still inside of your heart, and is reborn in the form of new love. Let the pain flow away.


Now, don’t you worry about my strength. I have plenty.

I’ve never had a girlfriend to hang out with and talk to before…This is nice.

I’m always here for you.

I know I didn’t write any comments about the most recent episode because I’ve been busy all weekend but THIS


That is all.

"Close your eyes. Visualize yourself walking over to Naga. Can you see it?"


"Now… Take that first step."

… What am I going to find if I get through this?”

"I don’t know, but won’t it be interesting to find out."


katara and the avatar

Then & Now
Aang: Toph, I'm a 40 year old man, can't you stop it with the nicknames?
Toph: 'Fraid not.
Korra: I've died and have come back as a 21 year old woman. Can you stop with the nicknames now?
Toph: Lol no.




Aang’s all grown up

I really enjoyed this.

Our portrayals of adult Aang up to this point had always been so serious. We though this was a perfect opportunity to show that deep down he was still the same fun-loving trickster. P.S. Ryu drew both of these, something like 9 years apart!