It's not dead! Ha, you thought it was that easy to kill me? Six months without a peep from this story, okay, some people might consider that enough, but not me! My waffling and lame excuses over, it's Party Time.
In hindsight I made it sound like I had a problem with the video being posted, but I was really just trying to solve the problem of pointing out that Ironbender's thing had nothing to do with what he was quoting from me without actually talking to him.
To be honest, I don't watch enough of him to have an opinion. Too many people doing video essays to watch them all, y'know? That video was a good topical addition, I didn't mean to imply otherwise.
Kind of? I think shonen isn't a genre, but a demographic. Avatar & to a lesser extent Korra share a similar demographic, they're action shows, & they're anime-inspired, so in a sense you could say they're "like shonen."
But they also have more serious plots & character focus than a lot of shonen, which anime fans sometimes describe as being "more like seinen." But there's not exactly a shortage of shonen series like Fullmetal Alchemist, Attack on Titan, Bakumon, & so forth that don't really fit that mold, plus even a lot of the "standard shonen shows" like Naruto & Bleach delve into more serious territory while some anime classified as seinen, like Hellsing, are just mindless violence fests. So, that's why I don't really think shonen & seinen are genres.
Now, if I were to compare it to an actual "shonen" (as shonen refering to the classic action anime), I could compare it to One Punch Man, where the protagonist is, by default, the most powerful and the one supposed to be unbeaten; like Gigguk putson his video, it's the "Power Ceiling".
The Avatar, in the Avatar State, or the Dark Avatar as well, does that perfectly by making Raava and Vaatu by default the strongest spirits EVER, and while the Avatar should be stronger than his counter part given that he controlls the four elements, while the Dark Avatar (in this obvious case, Unalaq).
That makes me raise a question: "How strong really is the Avatar?". In my fanon, 've explored the possibility of "weaker" spirits (weaker as, not-strong-as R&V), to be fusioned with humans, fusions that I personally denominated "Jubians".
I don't know what I was trying to say at this point since I'm in a rush for personal reasons, but I'll talk to you later.
My goal with Hikar is to do something similar to Legend of Korra: a deconstruction of the legacy.
Legend of Korra deconstructed the legacy of Aang piece by piece: Book 1: What's Korra without her bending? Book 2: What's Korra without her past lifes? Book 3: What's Korra without a place in society? And Book 4 cleverly remakes the whole series of AtLA: facing a tyranical leader (Ozai/Kuvira) with a giant army (Fire Nation/Earth Empire) and a weapon of massive destrution (Sozin's Comet enhanced Firebending/Kuvira's giant mechasuit + Spirit Energy Cannon).
In HSC, I'm doing a similar approach. Aang rejected his identity as the Avatar, Korra embraced it, and Hikar, just grew up with it for the three years of his puberty, with the final result being an inconcious embracement and making him the Avatar a part of his identity. In Book 1, Hikar has to deal with the rests of the past, the Red Lotus that Korra never defeated, and once he defeats it, it subverts his position as the Avatar, but at the same time, he discovers an anomaly: Aria Sato, an Air Jubian.
Hikar accepted him being the Avatar because it made him unique, because people would say Avatar and immediately think of him. But, what is the Avatar, and what makes it UNIQUE? The spirituality? The control of the four elements? The influence on society?
Book 1 also centers on the question "How do people see the Avatar as? A super-hero, or a weapon of mass destrution?" If you haven't read further, the answer is here in case you want to see it, but beware, spoilers:
Book One Finale Spoiler
If you opened this and haven't read the Book One finale yet, you're an idiot, because I warned you.
Now the thing, Yurei, Book One's main antagonist, is someone who sees Hikar not just as his student, but as the only person in the world who people would trust the most. That way, he thinks he can USE Hikar so people would surrender to him, but that would go against his principles of avoiding Hikar to become the Dark Avatar and being in a position where no one could defeat him, something the Red Lotus doesn't want at this point.
In the end, Hikar is now concieved as both, but he now know that people can think of him as a weapon, and not a normal human being, what he will try to look like in the next months by becoming a social media celebrity and tossing awya that topic, but the splinter and fright to lose his perception will always be there.
Let's recap the LoK opening line: "Only the Avatar, can master all four elements, and bring balance to the world."
Notice how Tenzin said, "Only the Avatar…", from Book Two onwards, whatever only the Avatar could do, another one will succeed, and slowly make Hikar less unique, and more like "one of the bunch".