Maybe this is why Kya and Bumi didn’t have the fondest memories of their childhood.
Someone take photoshop away from me.
Unalaq what are you doing
You can’t choose what stays and what fades away
And I’d do anything to make you stay
No Light, No Light - Florence and the Machine
Okay, I need to complain about part of the latest interview:
There’s also continuing interest in whomever Korra is dating. Diane Pangilinan @twinklelydy asked “do u have any plans for developing Korra’s love life?”
Konietzko: It seems to me that people are uninterested in that. They get completely angry when we have fun with the teen romance stuff. I don’t know. I’m going to leave that alone.
It may seem a little weird that people would be interested in a cartoon character’s dating habits, but I think some fans do really care.
Konietzko: This is my new theory. Fans are more interested in imagining relationships between a myriad of pairings. But they’re profoundly disinterested in seeing any of those things manifest themselves on the show. So who knows, whatever. Mike and I as writers, we wrote it the way we found it to be entertaining, and that struck a chord with some, but maybe not with some others.
Okay, I’m not going to lie. It really upsets me that this is what they think.
The fans love shipping. To pretend that they don’t because they were upset with how the romance is written in Korra is completely missing the point.
I think there are two main problems with romance in Korra, and they have to do with
1) Plot balance and relevance and
2) Objectification of female characters
Fans also don’t want the romance to overshadow the main plot. That was a big problem in Book 1. I would not have had nearly as much of a problem with the love triangle in Book 1 if it hadn’t taken screen time away from the equalist plotline, which it clearly did because the ending was rushed and there was a lot that was unresolved. The romance balance was great up through episode 3, after which everything went to hell. I love Asami a lot, but it would have been better if she was introduced as something other than Mako’s love interest. I don’t mind Asami and Mako having a relationship, but I do mind Asami being defined by her relationship to Mako. They could easily have introduced Asami in another way and then worked the romance in later.
Also, there was a huge problem in Book 2 with the treatment of women as romantic objects and nothing else. This was blatantly obvious with Ginger, but it also happened with Eska. Ginger was my biggest disappointment with Book 2: Bolin kissed Ginger without her permission, royally pissed her off, only to have her magically fall for him in the end? She played literally no other role in the storyline other than to be Bolin’s plaything, and that bothered me. Why didn’t she have more of a backbone? Why couldn’t she slap some sense into Bolin and tell him that not every girl is magically going to love him and that he doesn’t have the right to kiss her without her consent? She started to tell him that but not only did he not listen, but she seemed to just forget her disgust with him which seemed really shallow. Her character was just so irrelevant that I don’t know where to begin.
Then we have Eska. Why did she have to treat Bolin so badly? Why did the romance have to be her only relevance to the plot? She was honestly so unnecessary that it could have just been Desna and it wouldn’t have changed anything about the story. Couldn’t she have done more? There were some great examples of romantic subplots in A:TLA that did this perfectly. Example 1: Yue. She and Sokka had a thing, but she was also a strong, devoted leader of her people who made her own decisions and put her responsibility above romantic feelings. Example 2: Mai. She was in a relationship with Zuko, but she was introduced as a friend of Azula’s and her character dynamic involved a lot of tension with her family, with Azula, and yes, also some romance. But she was not a romantic object. There are plenty more, but you get the idea. So far the only woman in LoK that isn’t defined by who she is dating is Korra…and that’s kind of sad.
If any of the creators see this, I want to be clear that I am a huge fan of Korra and I love the characters and the story. I will never love a series more than A:TLA and I have been closely following Korra with much enthusiasm. But I think it is important to not discount what the fans are saying. Sure, during A:TLA a lot of the fans complained about not seeing “their ship” but that is not what the complaints are about with Korra from what I have seen. The important thing I’m trying to say here is that just having a female protagonist does not mean the show is progressive or feminist, and that when writing a romance, keep in mind that the female characters are people and need to be complex.
Tl;dr Romance is fantastic as long as the female characters involved have agency and plot relevance and are not defined by their involvement in romance.
How To Make Your Own Varri-cakes!
So after watching the 1 hour special of The Legend of Korra about episode 11 and 12 I noticed that Lu and Gang were eating on these cakes called Varri-cakes! And since I like baking I decided to make these cakes ヽ(^。^)丿So lets put our chef hats on and lets get started!
NOTE: Before I start I would like to say that this is the vanille cake recipe I like the most and mostly use for my vanille cakes. If you want to use boxed cake mix or any other vanille cake recipe that is fine. If you are using another recipe you can skip the first 4 steps. Also since I am from Europe I use liters, grams and Celsius since that is more confient for me so be wary of this. If you want to convert this you can click HERE, HERE, and HERE.
What you need for the cake:
- 375g of flour
- 440g of granulated sugar
- 530g of custard
- 160ml sunflower oil
- 2 ½ tsp of baking powder
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- ½ tsp of salt
- 4 eggs
- 240ml of whole milk
What you need for the filling and decorating:
- Rasberry jam OR strawberry jam
- White frosting (recipe if you need it)
- Silver or black food coloring spray (optional)
What utensils you need:
- Baking spray
- This cake pan or any other square shaped cake pan
- Mixing bowls
- Electrical beater/mixer
- This template (optional)
- A round tip for the decorating bags
- Decorating bags
- Preheat the oven on 175 °Celcius.
- Mix the flour, granulated sugar, custard, sunflower oil, the baking powder, the vanille extract and the salt together for a few seconds on low speed and follow up with medium speed and mix it for another minute until it creates a smooth mass. (Be aware you will need a big mixing bowl because with this recipe you will get a lot of cake batter)
- While mixing add one by one the eggs in with the mass. Add the next egg when your previous egg has disolved into the batter. Mix another minute after all your eggs have been added.
- Put the mixer on low speed and add the whole milk into the batter in two portions and mix for another minute.
- Your batter is now done, congratz! Now spray your baking pan with baking spray or alternatively grease your pans with butter and flour. The first thing you want to do is fill your baking pan with half of the batter. Now put the rasberry jam/strawberry jam in the cavity. Once this is done put another layer of cake batter on top of the jam.
- Now put them in the oven for about 25 minutes. After your cakes are done let them cool off for about 30 minutes. If your cakes have cracked you can cut the top off in order to make a flat surface.
- Take your cakes and your decorating bag of white frosting. What you want to do is make a zigzag patter on top of the cake with the frosting so the top will be filled with only frosting.
- Now this part is optional but it would make these cakes an offical varri-cake! You are going to take your template and cut this out of the paper so you are left with a large piece of paper with this shape cut out off. Now take your silver or black food coloring spray and put your cake under the template and spray this symblom on the cake! Congratz you now have the Varrick Global Industries logo on your cakes! and with this your cakes are also done! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧
Phew this really was a tl;dr ;_; ah well I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe on how to make your own Varri-cakes! I hope this helped and enjoy making your own Varri-cakes :) Also additional thanks to Zephyr16 for the template (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧
One of our Moderators made this.
Have fun baking your own Varri-cakes!
Kya: You think you’re some savior who has to carry on dad’s legacy.
Tenzin: Who else is going to do it?
Kya: How about all of us?
Bumi: Yeah, we’re Aang’s kids too!
~There are seven chakras that go up the body. Each pool of energy has a purpose, and can be blocked by a specific kind of emotional muck. Be warned…opening the chakras is an intense experience, and once you begin the process, you cannot stop until all seven are open.~
Okay I’m going to try and translate my feelings into something coherent.
It broke my heart to see the connection with the past Avatars severed. I think a part of me died inside when I saw Vaatu tear away Korra’s connection to my baby Aang. AANG.
But this is so important to Korra’s character development. In fact it had to happen.
Because all her life Korra defined herself as being the Avatar, and all she could see in herself was disappointment for not being able to live up to her past lives’ legacies.
But in the finale it was HER spirit that held the power, not Raava’s. It was HER spirit that won the battle, not the spirits or wisdom of the past Avatars. She made an unprecedented decision at the end to leave the portals open. She is her own person. She isn’t just Korra, the Avatar after Aang, she’s Korra, a spiritual leader and strong young woman. She finally connected to her inner spirit and found herself.
She’s independent. She’s strong.
The past does not define her.
Aang’s statue being torn down was a necessary symbolic gesture. As much as it pains me to say this, this series isn’t about Aang. It’s about Korra.
Baby I’m so proud of you.
And his voice projected even without the microphone.
Major milestone for us today as we mixed the final episode of Book 2. FINALLY! You guys will see this in under two weeks, hot off the presses. This episode, and the remaining ones leading up to it, are sonic smorgasbords, thanks to Jeremy Zuckerman (music), Ben Wynn (sound design), Aran Tanchum (foley), and everyone working with them. Mike and I would especially like to thank our outstanding mixer, Adrian Ordonez (pictured above), at Levels Audio. OK, back to work on Books 3 & 4…
Also random puppy!
I’ve been thinking about this more and more, and the more I consider it the more it seems to fit together in my mind.
When Korra and Jinora fall into the hole in the spirit world, they are separated intentionally—almost too intentionally—by whatever forces are at work in the Spirit World. It reminded me of when Aang, Katara, and Sokka got separated in The Swamp—no one knew what caused the twister that made them fall from the sky and become separated, but they all went on much needed personal spiritual journeys during their search to find each other again.
So Korra and Jinora fall down the unpredictable winding river, which splits in two just at the right moment to tear them apart from each other. There’s all kinds of potential symbolism that could be represented by water, the most obvious of which is rebirth. I’m not sure that’s what they were going for here, and I’ll probably leave the discussion of symbolism in this episode to another post, but either way, Korra and Jinora are sent on their own paths.
Then, Jinora just so happens to come across the spirit library, a complete dream for a bookworm like her. It was like the biggest temptation that she could have been presented with, and it kept her distracted from finding Korra, giving Wan Shi Tong the opportunity to find Unalaq.
On the other hand, Korra gets transformed into her younger self and meets Uncle Iroh. I love Iroh and I think his presence here was good, and Korra definitely learned some important lessons, but her time with him significantly delayed her search for Jinora, leading to the situation at the end of the episode.
What I’m trying to say is that both Korra and Jinora found themselves separated and presented with the perfect distraction, which kept them from their mission just long enough for Unalaq to come in and make his move. I don’t think this was a coincidence. It’s almost as though the Spirit World wanted this to happen, that it was setting in motion the events that would inevitably lead to Harmonic Convergence from the moment Korra and Jinora entered the Spirit World.
Finally, just look at the title of the episode: “A New Spiritual Age.” It wasn’t immediately clear what the title meant from the events of the episode, but it would make sense in terms of the Spirit World pushing towards the next Harmonic Convergence. A battle between Raava and Vaatu would bring about a “new spiritual age.”
A few people were noting how Wan Shi Tong was a little too quick to take Unalaq’s side in this episode. But I think that may have been intentional. Here are a couple of theories/thoughts I have:
1) The dark energy that has infected the Spirit World has warped Wan Shi Tong as well. Sure, he didn’t look all distorted like the other spirits, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been influencing him. He is a more powerful spirit, so maybe it affects him differently.
2) Wan Shi Tong doesn’t take sides in human conflicts, but Harmonic Convergence is not a human conflict, it’s a spirit world one. Maybe he wants to ensure that Harmonic Convergence happens. Harmonic Convergence does concern him, because it takes place within his world.
3) Wan Shi Tong called Unalaq a “friend to the spirits.” I find that a bit odd? I wonder what he means. Unalaq was clearly shown to bring a darkness to the Spirit World in this episode. I feel like this is important but I’m not sure why? Is Unalaq right, and there is something more to what he is doing than we understand? That doesn’t make him not evil, but it would explain a lot. Also, Wan Shi Tong reported to Unalaq, which is even more odd. Wan Shi Tong doesn’t seem the type to call anyone “boss.” Unless Unalaq is being possessed by a more powerful spirit?
4) Maybe Harmonic Convergence is inevitable. Maybe the portals have to be opened and the battle has to take place or else something even more catastrophic will happen.