My Raava wig got here today, and I decided to do a makeup test. The lighting in my dorm is really crappy, but here are some pictures.
I’m probably going to loosen the curls on the wig and remake the forehead diamond thing to fit better to my forehead.
Good Raava wig? Y/N? http://www.epiccosplay.com/40-white-curly-wavy-extra-long-cosplay-wig-en.html
Debating to get that one or the silver one of the same style, since plain white is iffy for me—thoughts? The original wig I ordered from ebay turned out to be crappy quality and too thin at the top so I need a new one.
Updated cosplay progress: Raava and Vaatu
Vaatu dress progress, plus some attempted embroidery for the panel on the waistband of the Raava dress. I’m not sure embroidery is the best way to go with my skill level =P
Next step is going to be putting the other sleeve on the Vaatu dress, then I’ll switch over and make the waistband, sleeves and upper trim for Raava. Then I need to hem both and add the lower trim and figure out what I’m doing for the panels. Woo!
Part of me thinks it’s hilarious that the LoK fandom has collectively given up on shipping canon because of the horribly written romances.
It actually makes the fandom a lot more pleasant when people aren’t having shipping wars and just collectively loving headcanon pairings instead.
Raava cosplay progress.
Also, opinions wanted: I’m going to use the light yellow edging for something, but I haven’t decided what yet. Options:
(There is also going to be a Vaatu version of this dress!)
Go in peace.
I like that Korra bowed in the end. The gesture with her left hand (virtue, intellect, humanity) “shielding and containing” the right (gallantry, aggression, martial prowess), and the left thumb slightly curling inward, suggesting humbleness—means that the ultimate purpose of one’s physical power is to stop conflicts and prevent the abuse of power (“止戈为武”). Martial artists have been required to salute each other like this before and after a fight for more than 3000 years. It’s such a nice touch in the final.
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✧
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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.