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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Wed, Nov. 12th, 2008 10:44 pm
Avatar Book 1, Disc 1 – Spoiler-friendly reaction post

This post and the comments may contain SPOILERS for later discs.


Chapter 1: The Boy in the Iceberg

Haha. I'd really forgotten how adorably obvious Aang's crush on Katara was from the beginning. It's also interesting that when Aang is dealing with the shocking realization that he's been in limbo for a hundred years and the world he knew has been replaced with a drastically different one, he finds comfort in the "bright side" that he did get to meet Katara.

The water village. Is this all of the southern water bending tribe (sans fighting men), or are there other villages? I can't remember if that ever gets explained. Also, why does Katara say she's the only water bender in the southern tribe? I thought GranGran was a bender, too?


Chapter 2: The Avatar Returns

Wow. I'm really struck by Katara's decision—at least at first—to banish herself and, in Sokka's words, choose Aang over her own family. I wonder if the writers intended for Zuko's decision in Book 3 to be a mirror of Katara's choice in the very first storyline.

Joie

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orcapotter
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Orca キンバリー
Thu, Nov. 13th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)

It's certainly implied that their village is the only group of Southern Water Tribe people. Compared to the Northern Tribe, it's pretty pathetic, huh? I just assumed they were mostly wiped out by the Fire Nation. We learn later on that they were ravaged during a search for water benders.

I never really considered her decision to leave as "banishment" -- more like, she really believed Aang was the answer and that if she didn't do anything, things would only continue to get worse. Her tribe seemed to accept this. -- Or I could be wrong, it's been a little while since I've watched the first episodes.


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hymnia
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Joie
Thu, Nov. 13th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)

In the very first scene, the village is angry that Aang's presence lured the Fire Nation (none of them yet realize he's the Avatar), and the adults pronounce him banished. Katara is angry at losing her chance to learn from another bender and says something like, "Then I'll be banished, too!" Then Sokka says something like, "Would you really leave behind your home and your family for Aang?" She backs off after that, and then it's not until the end of the episode, after Zuko captures Aang and it's revealed that he's the Avatar, that both Katara and Sokka decide to follow him.


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orcapotter
orcapotter
Orca キンバリー
Thu, Nov. 13th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)

Ahah, that's right XD Yup, it's been a little while. I knew they banished him, but I thought they sorta went back on what they said. Now I need to do a marathon, too!


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peachespig
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peachespig
Thu, Nov. 13th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that village is the whole Southern Water Tribe at this point; I think I'm basing it on things Sokka said to Yue, but it's been a while.

Good point about Katara's willingness to "banish" herself from her people, in contrast to Zuko's unwilling banishment. Of course, Aang also tried to run away from the airbenders, and then they were all killed, so in a sense he banished himself and the banishment became permanent. And (since this is a spoiler-friendly post) Toph also eventually "banishes" herself from her parents to join with the Gaang. I detect a theme....


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hymnia
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Joie
Fri, Nov. 14th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
Levels of evil in the Fire Nation

This was too spoilery to post on the other thread, so I'm replying here instead.

I thought you made an interesting point about how the contrast between Zuko and Iroh vs. Zhao and Ozai made it easier to sympathize with Zuko and Iroh. I would say that to some extent Azula also contributed to that, in that she was a more evil/corrupted character than Zuko. But she was also, if not exactly less evil than her father, at least more--what's the word?--understandable? I would say if Zuko is like what Draco-fans wanted Draco to be, Azula is more like what Draco actually was: not redeemed at the end, but at least humanized.

(I would also say that Azula made Mai and Ty Lee more sympathizable by comparison.)


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