Yeah, I guess so, I'll admit that's what it's more like for me, I mean I'll probably throw some comments or something out there about things that need to be fixed in an article, but I don't really feel entirely comfortable doing that sort fo thing myself :/
Mhm, I've never been able to get how to do that either, coding and such is not my strong suit at all...heck, I'm fairly incompetent when it comes to figuring out most technology, hehe.
Heh, I've only just now been able to figure out what your avatar is, for the longest time I thought it was a bird (like a robin or something) with a rainbow afro or one of those rasta (sp?) style type hats XD
o_O well that's not me at all * goes in to medicine cabinet and starts reading subscription on pill bottle*
"Nuedexta (dextromethorphan hydrobromide and quinidine sulfate) has been approved in capsule form by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the first line of treatment for uncontrolled laughing or crying"
Ugh, god, I know right? It's just all so, bleugh. Heh, fandumb sort of stuff and other just dumb has already driven out all my hope for the human race >_> I decided I was going to be a Sangheili instead (best/coolest race in the Halo series if you ask me) :P haha
East Coast of the U.S. is where I've lived my whole life and where I am now :P If left alone with no one forcing me to get up though I usually tend to sleep half the day away :P haha. I'm more of a nightowl sort of person, I stay up really late and then sleep in really late.
Heh, sounds interesting, MS, why all the traveling? I've always wanted to visit Scotland or Ireland...be nice to my lands of origin...seeing the rest of the U.K. would be really cool though too.
Yup, my dad went to Switzerland a couple times and brought some Swiss candy back with when he came home, they're definitely good chocolate and candy.
I am not a morning person...like at all. I echo Korra's sentiments about the morning >_> Especially if I have to get up before 9...unless I have to go to class or something like that, 9 is the earliest I can tolerate getting up, even if I don't stay up late the nigth before :P
Heh, I actually kinda liked the Fortune Teller episode :P But yeah, Meng, Mang? Whatever her name was kinda creeped me out too...though it's funny that they got away with her basically calling Katara a "b***h" by using "floozy" XD
Hey, how 'bout them Equalists? What do you two think of them and their goals and whatnot? Personally I think they're for the most part of full of it and none of their claims are really backed up by the evidence we're presented with.
While the equalists are fighting for a 'good' cause one can't claim the moral high ground. They're essentially terrorists and using such tactics to achieve their equality. When looking at amon's rhetoric the message in it of itself holds merit. The equalist revolution is similar to that of the civil rights moment in that they're fighting for equal rights. Though, Amon is less like Martin Luther King and more like Malcom X, if you will.
The claims of preferential treatment of benders and oppresion of non-benders is supported throughout the show. In "Welcome to Republic city" we witness three triad members extort money from a non-bender shop owner. We witnessed a corrupt metal bending police force unlawfully apprehend non-benders and refuse to allow them due process. The council as of now only has benders in which the rulings are clearly bias in favor of benders. The council excluding Tenzin voted for all non-benders to be given a curfew. It seems that the Dragons Flats borough is primarily an area where the lower to middle-class non-bender citizens reside, portraying a segregation between benders and non-benders. It's the poverty stricken town we witnessed the non-benders get apprehended. And finally the fact that the equalists are such a large organization is proof in the pudding that the oppression exist. People don't wake up one morning and decide to join a cause unless they feel it holds merit.
I don't feel the equalists are full of it. They can't be classfied as a hate group because aren't blindly hating on benders but rather they have just cause to their hatred. They have a warped sense of justice. Hate groups consist of people who plead ignorance as to hate anyone who are different than them in order to fulfill their superiority complex(racists, sexists, homophobes etc.) The equalists don't feel superior to their bending counterparts but they feel inferior and are thus seeking retribution for the oppression they've endured.
I think they can evolve in to a peaceful movement because as I've mentioned before though they are using terrorist tactics their motives for doing so are pure. If they could adopt less of a Malcom X attitude and adhere to the teachings of Martin Luther King or Gandhi, then their cause would be worth while.
Edit: This turned out a lot longer than I expected... I need to learn how to talk less :D lol
Feh, don't sweat length :P I'm a long talker on this sort of thing as well, haha. It sure won't bother me anyway, more talking means hearing more of what the other side thinks and figuring out where they're coming from.
Yeah, don't get me wrong or anything, things can always be improved from where they are and all, but yeah, the Equalists sure aren't going about getting what they want the right way at all.
I personally wouldn't really count the Triads for much, organized crime is going to happen regardless of bending or no bending, and benders aren't really immune to bullying or targetting by other benders either >_> The triads are definitely a problem, but they're one for everyone, I don't really view it as legitimzing Equalist claims too much... Well, as I've said to a couple other people when talking about the Equalist subject. The only reason Tarrlok's law involving the curfew and everything else he proposed there was only in reaction to the Equalists and their actions, if they weren't staging an actual revolution and trying to pursue their goals through violence and essentially an armed uprising, then Tarrlok's laws would never have even come up or been passed. That doesn't make them right, but the only reason they even came up is because of how the Equalists went about doing things in the first place. It was a reaction to all the crazy going on, as the saying goes, "violence begets violence".
We didn't see much of the Dragon Flats, but it looked about as well off as any of the other parts of the city that weren't the city-center. I definitely agree though that the whole Council situation could be greatly improved on, even though I don't think it's any more oppressive than your average government. We sure didn't see any problems from them before the Equalist problem escalated >_> And I would actually argue from Amon's rhetoric that it's his opinion at the very least that non-benders are superior to benders...maybe our definitions are differing more than a bit, but I would describe the Equalists right now as something of a hate group, whether they have legitimate issues with benders or not, they're blaming the whole of bending and anyone who is one for the deeds and/or misdeeds of some :/ I don't want to derail into politics in the real world, but it's similar to saying that all Muslims are terrorists because of Al Quaeda.
As I said at the beginning of my post, I definitely feel that things can be improved on because that's always true, but I don't think non-benders are being oppressed any more than benders are >_>
"I personally wouldn't really count the Triads for much, organized crime is going to happen regardless of bending or no bending, and benders aren't really immune to bullying or targetting by other benders either >_> The triads are definitely a problem, but they're one for everyone, I don't really view it as legitimzing Equalist claims too much..."
But, we haven't witnessed the triad gangs target anyone who is capable of defending themselves. We're given one scene in which we see them extorting money from a defenseless shop owner. In the real world criminals take advantage of those who either have a mental disability or physical impairment. If I'm a gang member and can shoot fire out of my fists would I rather catiously approach the guy who can generate lighting or the non-bender who isn't an abled individual? I think it's a safe bet which I'd choose if I were in this hypothetical situation. XD
"The only reason Tarrlok's law involving the curfew and everything else he proposed there was only in reaction to the Equalists and their actions, if they weren't staging an actual revolution and trying to pursue their goals through violence and essentially an armed uprising, then Tarrlok's laws would never have even come up or been passed. That doesn't make them right, but the only reason they even came up is because of how the Equalists went about doing things in the first place. It was a reaction to all the crazy going on, as the saying goes, 'violence begets violence'."
And this is where it accounts for both sides. As you've mentioned just because it was a retaliation doesn't make it justified. To qoute Tenzin "You can't punish all non-benders for the actions of a few." Just as the equalists shouldn't be wreaking havoc on Republic city due to any oppression they've experienced. As the political leaders of Republic city the council has a duty to keep the city in order. To quote Tenzin again "A move that aggressive would only further divide benders and non-benders." If the council members weren't so busy sitting on their @sses playing pai sho they'd realize this. XD It was still oppressionand they enforced these unjust laws on innocent civilians.
"We didn't see much of the Dragon Flats, but it looked about as well off as any of the other parts of the city that weren't the city-center."
It's canon fact that Hiroshi Sato was a former resident of the Dragon Flats district. And I pull yet another quote from the conversation Hiroshi Sato had with Mako in episode 4. "Please, call me Hiroshi. So, I understand you're dirt poor. Young man, it is nothing to be ashamed of. I too came from humble beginnings. Why, when I was your age, I was a mere shoe-shiner." Implying that the area he'd grown up in was a poverty striken area. If you're "dirt poor" you can't afford to live in a area such as Beverly Hills. And this is our world's version of the 1920s. Comparatively, during that period in the USA, minorities including african americans were given "sucky" labor such as shoe shining in order to get by. Then they'd invest what little change they made in to the Stock Market in hopes for a better life. Which is resembling somewhat how Hiroshi came to be succesful. He had an idea that someone invested in thus making him the rich man he is today.
Did we scare Mako's Scarf away by bringing up the Equalists? O_o And I hope I don't ever come across as flamey or trying to be offensive or anything, definitely not my intention. I don't want to cause any bad-blood with anyone >_> :/
"But, we haven't witnessed the triad gangs target anyone who is capable of defending themselves. We're given one scene in which we see them extorting money from a defenseless shop owner. In the real world criminals take advantage of those who either have a mental disability or physical impairment. If I'm a gang member and can shoot fire out of my fists would I rather catiously approach the guy who can generate lighting or the non-bender who isn't an abled individual? I think it's a safe bet which I'd choose if I were in this hypothetical situation. XD"
Well there is the fact that Mako and Bolin's parents got killed by a Firebender mugger, and I think the odds are more in favor of one or both of their parents being a bender seeing as both brothers are benders of a different type. Now that mugger was never said to be a Triad member, but it's still an indicator of non-benders not being the only ones targeted. And if you ask me, any of the benders in Republic City not involved with the Triads or legitimate positions requiring fighting (like the military or the police force for instance) are not likely going to be putting up too much of a fight or be a significant threat to the Triads. It may be true that criminals target the weak like what you mentioned, but really they target anyone who wouldn't be able to put up a fight against them...that's my observation. Anyways, I don't really consider the Bending Triads as evidence too much as the issue there isn't so much bending as human nature, there are going to be organized gangs and crimes beating up on and extorting those weaker than them with or without bending >_>
"And this is where it accounts for both sides. As you've mentioned just because it was a retaliation doesn't make it justified. To qoute Tenzin "You can't punish all non-benders for the actions of a few." Just as the equalists shouldn't be wreaking havoc on Republic city due to any oppression they've experienced. As the political leaders of Republic city the council has a duty to keep the city in order. To quote Tenzin again "A move that aggressive would only further divide benders and non-benders." If the council members weren't so busy sitting on their @sses playing pai sho they'd realize this. XD It was still oppression and they enforced these unjust laws on innocent civilians."
What part/which action of Tarrlok's is your second Tenzin quote in reference to? I want to say when Tarrlok moved for the creation of the taskforce, but I honestly don't remember :/ You're right, they do have a responsibility to keep the city in order, and personally as such I think some sort of, not necessarily violent, but firm response needed to be made in response to Amon and the Equalists who were upsetting that order, like the creation of Tarrlok's taskforce, I don't see anything wrong with the creation of that. Tarrlok's motivations for doing so and creating it are of course selfish and in line with his sleazy/quasi-villain character, but the taskforce itself was a good idea if you ask me. And honestly, I feel both Tarrlok's and Tenzin's positions had their significant flaws to them, Tarrlok's does not need mentioning as they're obvious and we both know them already, hehe :P But Tenzin, I feel he was a little too hesitant or timid in dealing with the situation, it all needed to be handled with tact and treaded carefully, but with something like that you don't want to be too cautious or hesitant, just as you don't want to go to Tarrlok's extreme either, something in the middle is what was needed. I think someone like Lin would probably be a good fit for the situation personally >_>
"It's canon fact that Hiroshi Sato was a former resident of the Dragon Flats district. And I pull yet another quote from the conversation Hiroshi Sato had with Mako in episode 4. "Please, call me Hiroshi. So, I understand you're dirt poor. Young man, it is nothing to be ashamed of. I too came from humble beginnings. Why, when I was your age, I was a mere shoe-shiner." Implying that the area he'd grown up in was a poverty striken area. If you're "dirt poor" you can't afford to live in a area such as Beverly Hills. And this is our world's version of the 1920s. Comparatively, during that period in the USA, minorities including african americans were given "sucky" labor such as shoe shining in order to get by. Then they'd invest what little change they made in to the Stock Market in hopes for a better life. Which is resembling somewhat how Hiroshi came to be succesful. He had an idea that someone invested in thus making him the rich man he is today."
I don't remember hearing that before, was that in the "Welcome to Republic City" mini-game that Nick released? Huh, learn something new everyday. Difference of interpretation I guess, but I didn't see his line necessarily saying that he was in the exact same position money-wise as Mako when he was younger, I did figure that he was from a poor background (the humble beginnings he mentioned), but I didn't figure him as really being at "street rat" levels, to it in his own terms. His calling Mako that may well have been motivated by his bender-prejudice, but it sounds from that comment to me that he might have been better off than Mako and Bolin were when he was growing up despite being poor as well. I still think that Dragon Flats didn't look that poor when Team Avatar was there. Little thing I thought I'd point as well, neighborhoods also improve, at least slightly, over time, and Hiroshi's time in Dragon Flats would have been at most 30-40 years ago. I think it could probably improve during that time. And as for it being a non-bender "ghetto" or not, I've noticed that people of like groups tend to sort of naturally...segregate isn't the right word, but something along those lines, people of like groups (racially, culturally, etc.) do tend to gather and group together from my experiences and what I've seen. So if it is an all non-bender neighborhood I don't think that's necessarily indicative of oppression and what-not either...
"Well there is the fact that Mako and Bolin's parents got killed by a Firebender mugger, and I think the odds are more in favor of one or both of their parents being a bender seeing as both brothers are benders of a different type. Now that mugger was never said to be a Triad member, but it's still an indicator of non-benders not being the only ones targeted."
We can't really account for what's not been proved as canon in the show. :/ Thus, that can't particualry be held as an argument.
"And if you ask me, any of the benders in Republic City not involved with the Triads or legitimate positions requiring fighting (like the military or the police force for instance) are not likely going to be putting up too much of a fight or be a significant threat to the Triads. It may be true that criminals target the weak like what you mentioned, but really they target anyone who wouldn't be able to put up a fight against them...that's my observation"
We're to assume that since the world is living in a relatively peaceful time that bending is more so a commodity rather than used for life and death combat such as bending being for entertainment(pro-bending), healing(waterbending) and I'd imagine earthbending is useful for construction work. Anyhow, though bending is more modernized it isn't necessarily less powerful. Though, every person isn't a prodigy as was seen in team avatar. We're to assume that people are on average about as a good as Haru. But, at least you agree with my point that criminals would normally target those who'd present less of a challenge for them. I still feel in a world where people are walking around with a convenient weapon while others don't have it is aHUGE advantage on the benders part. It'd be silly on their part to not take advantage of it. If I have a a loaded shot gun am I going to aim it at the equally armed civilian or the person who is without defense? Peharps, we're at a deadlock when it comes to this issue. :/
The retaliation on the equalists was fine but not the innocent non-bender civilians. So, we agree.
It was listed on some page on the wiki that Hiroshi lived there. Anyhow, the fact that he lives there and said he came from "humble beginnings" implies that it is a poverty sticken area that convenietly is home to most non-benders. I'd imagine non-benders don't have as much job oppurtunity due to their lack of abilites which is why they're prominent in that area.
Edit: I'm sorry if this didn't make any sense. I'm very tired right now XD
@Mako's Scarf: Hahaha, yes, they are very long posts XD I love reading good long posts if they're grammatically correct and actually inteligible as long as they have good arguments or at least interesting things to say. Good that we didn't scare you off :P
@EccentricChild (would you prefer I call you EC, Eccentric, or Child when shortening your name?): Yeah, it would seem we kinda have reached impasse/deadlock on Equalists. Mainly I feel like the Equalists are over-reacting and/or making s*** up because of how Bryke portrayed things, if they actually wanted most of the Equalist claims to accurate or obvious then I'd be inclined to say they did a poor job of portraying their intention because from what I saw most of the Equalist rhetoric looks like they're making stuff up and overexagerating what does exist >_> That's why they don't feel all that legitimate to me, because Bryke didn't show too much in way of any kind of evidence to really support them :/
I hope this doesn't start any fights, but I don't think it will, we're responsible, mature (enough) people... Have you two seen all the big stink being made about Chic-fil-a recently? (thought of it because it's what I had for lunch today :P woulda brought it up earlier if I'd come in here earlier today) A lot of it feels/looks as bad as the Mako-hate around here >_>
@OrderedComa You can call me whatever you'd prefer to. And it wasn't overt oppression that they were experiencing like in the in 1900s where the racial divide in US was evidant. I think it would've been good if they'd had a scene with non-benders in tattered clothing living in a poverty stricken area talking about how they can't get jobs or something of that nature >_> And yeah I'm glad we can be sensible about this sort of topic. Truthfully, the equalist subject is like politics; each side goes round and round without ever coming to any resolution no matter how irrational the arguments. But, I enjoyed this it was good debate pratice :-) And all I've heard about chick-fil-a is they're protesting their chain because they don't support gay marriage(?) I don't see what that has do with chicken biscuits.. but ok XD
@Mako's scarf I wouldn't say it was poorly written. I could really partake in the plots excitement but the finale let me down a bit. And as bad as people say the romance was I think it could've been handled a lot better had they fleshed out the relationships. My issue wasn't too much romance but that their wasn't enough time. Instead, everything was crammed in that last minute.
@Eccentric: Ok, cool, and you don't have to call me "OrderedComa" all the time if you don't want to either :)
I'm sure it's not, but yeah, it would have been nice if Bryke had actually included more scenes to give the Equalists at least a little bit more legitimacey. That's my main complaint with the whole "oppression" argument, that we didn't really get shown too much that could be taken that way :/ Yeah, it really is, haha...almost any argument is sort of like arguing in politics though, very seldom have I ever seen anyone I'm arguing with converted to my position. The main reason I ever argue is to raise the counterpoints to what I see and hopefully I can bring the people either neutral or on the fence about it onto my side, I almost never argue to prove the other guy wrong and bring him to my point of view. Mhm, so did I, it's always fun having a nice debate when I know the person I'm debating and myself can keep level heads and we won't start essentially screaming "you're wrong" at each other over and over again with many insults thrown in XD
That's basically it, people are protesting Chic-fil-a for it giving money to organizations that don't support gay marriage and that the whole chain itself doesn't. It's all well and good if individuals want to boycott Chic-fil-a for it, but something like that I don't think should be having such a big stink raised over it. Like supposedly the mayors of Boston and Chicago wrote, from what I've heard I haven't actually read their supposed letters, very scathing and one could almost say intolerant (I always find it kind of funny how "liberal" (I know not all liberals are the same, hence the quotes :P heh), political-correctness, tolerant people are always so seemingly intolerant if someone doesn't agree to fall in with their view....and most of it sees to be focused on people/groups/organizations having to do with Christianity >_> I mean, in the Muslim countries homosexuals are supposed to be executed...I don't think I've ever seen anyone raising a huge stink over that though....it all seems to be focused elsewhere...But yeah, if someone wants to boycott Chic-fil-a for choosing to spend their money on not supporting gay-marriage, good on them, but we don't need to see it being thrown around everywhere or bashing the people who choose to either outright support or still buy food from the restraunt >_>
@LoK being poorly written: Yeah, I'm kinda with Eccentric on this one, I don't think the writing was done that poorly at all, all the writing was very excellent. The problem was having too much going on for a very cut short season...they couldhave pulled it all of easily with a full length season. I think Bryke really just bit off more than they could really chew by trying for a complex romance arc being done all in one season and something as complicated as the Equalists. They did an all around pretty good job though I think, I sure enjoyed the first season for Legend of Korra than I did the first one of the Last Airbender anyways :/
i'm not against the script, just that there were a million ways to make it better and less awkward. mako didnt have too end up with korra in a hurry, and neither did korra have to master the avatar state by one glowy thingy.
Yeah, if people want to protest it that's fine because as Americans we have a right to freedom of speech just as if people want to boycott gay marriage they're free to do so. I won't say which side I'm on for the sake of not getting in to a heated and rather controversial topic. Funny, I just ate chick-fil-a yesterday without even thinking about what's been going on XD Wat? it's good chicken >_>
About Lok yeah it was essentially being a bit too ambitious in trying to package plot,romance sub-plot, action sequences and character development all within the time span of twelve episodes. Overall, I'd rate the season an 8.5 out of 10. On an unrelated note; who are you guys favorite character? Mine is Lin and Tarrlok is a close second.
Edit: I would've prefered Korra going through some great philosphical struggle to achieve the avatar sate but it is what it is :/ And yeah the Makorra relationship was a bit rushed as was Masami. Hopefully, they'll develop it more next season.
@Eccentric: Indeed, I think the extents it's all gotten to is more than just a bit silly. As long they're not doing something outright wrong, like investing their money in terrorist organizations or something like that, I don't really care how a business spends their money :P I buy stuff from Chic-fil-a, just as I buy stuff from the businesses who choose to support gay-marriage or try to take an active role in improving things for that group. And oh yes, it is indeed good chicken, probably the best there is...though I think KFC might come pretty close, my favorite thing at Chic-fil-a though are their milkshakes ^_^ Oh those things are great.
I think probably my favorite character out of them all would have to be Korra, with Asami, Mako, and Lin all coming in at a very close second. Picking favorites is hard though, I like them all so much. Amon was definitely one of the coolest though, I felt he was the best villain the Avatar series has had yet ^_^ ...I don't get the problem people have with him being a bender secretely though, I think that just makes him all the more cool, that he doesn't need to use his bending to kick you @ss. I felt really bad for the Lieutenant throughout the whole show though...poor guy gets kicked around by pretty much everybody and their grandma :/ Though I did really love the part where Naga pretty much b****-slaps him down the cliff XD
KFC is good too ^_^ and OMG cookies and cream milkshake at chick-fil-a :3 <3!
My favorite(s) are Lin,Tarrlok,Korra, Amon, and Tenzin. I think Ikki and Meelo are hilarious XD Aww poor Lieutenant his weaknesses include teenage girls,little kids, animals and men who wear ponytails... XD
All three of Tenzin's kids are hilarious/awesome XD And they're so adorable too, I think Ikki is probably my favorite of the three of them...despite interupting Katara trying to tell us what happened to Zuko's mom XD -.- Oh well, we have The Search coming out for that. Lieutenant needs a big hug after getting so beaten up and pwned by everyone :P Guy's got like more lives than a cat...somehow I would not be surprised if he survived even his encounter with Amon XD
I never hated Tarrlok, but I wasn't too much of a fan of him before the finale...after all of that though, dang, dude really earned my respect if nothing else at least. Tarrlok is pretty cool though, he's certainly a political genious, and his bending brawl with Korra was pretty awesome too, even if it was more than a bit one-sided until he broke out the Bloodbending.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Lieutenant were alive but it was implied that he died. Amon said "You served me well Lieutenant" and since we know bloodbending can crush internal organs...
I'd liked Tarrlok's character before the finale he was so cunning and manipulative . He was like a watered down version of Azula. But, when I was watching the battle scene between he and Korra I was wondering why he didn't use bloodbending to begin with. That's a you-win situation. Then we'd heard the backstory and it all made sense. He was reluctant to resort to such an evil measure because of the physical and mental abuse he'd endured from his father. He'd spent years trying to proclaim the city as a hero in order to be the exact opposite of his father but in doing so he'd succumb to his father's wicked ways that'd still held a grip on his psyche since childhood. Once he lost the one thing that connected him to his father(blood bending) he'd meditated on his actions and realized the damaged that he'd done. He then saught solace in ending he and Amon's life in order to end the cycle of abuse. It was the most beautifully tragic thing I've witnessed in a cartoon. Arguably, the best scene of the finale .
Yup, I think it's pretty strongly implied that he dead....him very dead, he ran out of extra lives by that point ;P I might keep the Lieutenant around in the crossover fanfic I'm working on though, thinking of having him become a reformer and new leader of the Equalists, at least at some point, pretty sure I'll be leaving him alive though, 'cause he's so cool and I feel bad for him XD
Mhm, kinda like a Waterbending Long Feng....he even has his own force of guys too :P Or when he Bloodbends Team Avatar and the Council into unconsciousness? He looks pretty darn horrified at what he's done as he's running out/away. Mhm, the scene where he blows himself and Noatak to bloody pieces was beautiful and kind of heart-wrenching at the same time. As much as I have a really big amount of respect for Tarrlok, I also have a big amount of pity for the poor guy...I think he might need a hug even more than the Lieutenant :(
You write fan fiction?! That's awesome :D I've never written a fanon myself as my style is more writing analytical essays and outlining a story. Albeit, I've never attempted story writing.. Anyhow, I thought maybe the Lieutenant would assume the position as the new leader of the equalists and don the mask as the new "Amon." His fighting skills aren't that bad as much as he's made to be a running gag XD But, he lacks charisma which is something Hiroshi Sato has as seen in the finale when he gave a speech. Though, Hiroshi isn't exactly in amazing shape >_> the Mecha-tanks would allow him to fight.
I'm not really in to the science fiction genre so I'm not a stars wars fan or anything of that nature. I don't watch animes either which tend to be rather annoying, in my opinion.
Yup, I certainly try anyways, sometimes inspiration just won't come though no matter how hard I try >_> But yup, currently working on a crossover between Legend of Korra and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and at some point going to begin working on a prequel to what I'm working on now set in The Last Airbender timeframe. I was thinking him as the new leader since he was the second in command to Amon...and since he's kind of a blank slate I can almost do whatever I want with him :P Which is kind of nice and daunting at the same time XD Especially if I have to name him....I hate naming characters, I'm so bad at it >_> Coming up with names has never been a strong point for me, much better at creating story.
Sci-fi and fantasy are my two biggest fictional loves, and they're just about tied, though one usually will take a higher interest at one time over the other, depends on my mood and such. Mostly though the only sci-fi I'm interested in are Star Wars, Firefly/Serenity, and Halo. Yeah, I'm not a huge anime fan either, only one I've seen is Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, which was just so amazingly awesome in everyway ^_^ You should definitely give that one a try sometime...I haven't seen the one just called Fullmetal Alchmist though, I watched Brotherhood because it's exactly the story from the manga down to the last detail...the original anime, the one just called Fullmetal Alchemist, deviates from the real story and the only real similarity is the hunt for a Philosopher's Stone and the fact that there's Alchemy involved heavily in the story.
I never really saw it as political based, there's certainly a high level of intrigue and cloak-and-dagger sort of stuff, but it's hardly political based :P The big bad has no ambitions of world conquest or anything...nooo, it's ever so much worse than that could ever be....
Actually thinking about it, maybe what you heard about was the original one? From what I've heard/read the "political based" description might fit that one more. 'Cause I certainly didn't get that reading from either the manga or Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (essentially an animated shot-for-shot retelling of the manga in televised format).
Just wondering...have you ever had it happen where you click "reply" or "add comment" and it won't ever load? It just sits there going "loading" and never does anything? I'm having that problem right now everywhere on the wiki except on comments on my wall >_>
I just watched all of FMA:B last week and holy cats, it is amazing! I see now why Bryke are such huge fans of it! And no, it wasn't very heavily politicized, although it did really emphasize a heroic military.
Haha XD Feel free to leap in any time you want to :P lol
It is, I just couldn't stop watching it when I first saw it...it was incredibly aggravating when I didn't have the time to sit down and watch. But yes, it is indeed epic...I'm not sure if the Avatar series or Fullmetal Alchmist is my favorite animation :/ I couldn't put the manga down when I read it either...it was all just so well done, the right amount of tension, humor, and awesome all at once :D
Yeah...if you ever do sit down to watch it, Eccentric, make sure you have lots of time to do so, if it's something you enjoy...you probably won't be able to stop until it's done :P
Yeah, it certainly gave Avatar a run for its money in terms of which I think is better-written... both excellent, brilliant productions. I haven't read the manga, but Eccentric, Funimation has all 64 episodes subbed on their channel (which I would recommend; there are ads, but it's free and you don't have to worry about viruses from sketch anime sites). I think Funimation has parts of the English dub up as well, if you can't stand Japanese voices, but I don't think the whole thing is there. Personally, I prefer the original, but that's because I started learning Japanese before I ever watched an anime. I'm probably the only person who had to watch FMA:B with a notebook and pen, two dictionaries, a textbook, and Google Translate open in another tab :P
@MonkeyFeathers: Oh man, the manga is just as good if not better than the anime, if you loved the anime, you should definitely read the manga sometime, if for no other reason than just seeing the original source material. Yeah, Funimation had all of the episodes up in a subbed format when I went to watch FMA...I dunno about dubbed though, I only saw that they had the first episode of it dubbed >_> Which is kinda unfortunate, as that's what I prefer, dubbed versions :/ Haha, oh boy XD Sounds like an, um...interesting watching, haha :P
@Mako's Scarf: Sadly, no, I have never seen Deathnote, I've heard all about it though, and it does sound interesting to say the least. I'll probably give it a watch sometime.
If only subbed is there, I'd go ahead and watch it anyways. You'll soon forget that you're reading the words instead of hearing them :) Oh man, I never though I'd find a series that has such a balance of heartwarming, heartwrenching, and heartstopping. In places it's absolutely terrifying, in others it's absolutely hilarious, and it's so consistently badass that you believe it could never top itself. Then you watch the next episode and have to fix your Badass-O-Meter again... anyways, I'm really singing its praises here, but before I watched it, the name Edward was dead to me (because of a certain creepy-ass abomination), but now I think it's the coolest name ever.
And of course, make sure it's Brotherhood, because the one that follows the original storyline will always have a better ending. I haven't seen the 2003 anime, but I know it pissed a lot of people off.
Eccentric, I daren't give you any website preferences because I don't want to virus up your poor computer...
Yeah, haha, subbed is definitely better than nothing or having to try and figure it all out yourself XD ...my only problem with subbed stuff is I'm a little slow in reading and sometimes have to pause or backtrack, or both in order to read what was being said.
All of that is oh so true, ah, man, I could go on for hours about how much I enjoyed it...I couldn't even begin to try and describe the best part since the next bit almost seems to top the last. But yeah, sometimes you'll be bawling like a helpless baby over what happened, others you'll be wanting to scream and rip your hair out while wanting to strangle certain characters, or just jumping up and down with excitement and awesome...and often, it's all of them at once XD Yeah, make sure it's Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, it's the real story, I haven't seen the original anime so I don't know how good or bad that one is, but I do know that it's not the story from the manga. I never heard about the original pissing people off though >_> Were they people who maybe missed the movie that was meant to continue the original anime maybe? Conqueror of Shambala I think the movie was called? But yeah, anyways, make sure to watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
I'd like to put a special word of commendation in for the music, which was utterly spectacular. I believe it was composed by Akira Senju... Also, the characterization is marvelous. Just everything about it. Once you start watching, you can't stop until it's over. Even though I'm stuck in the middle of rural Utah, I still have a life, so it took me about four days to finish. However, a lot of YouTube comments looked something like "Episode 43... I haven't eaten or slept for a day and a half and I've only had two bathroom breaks, but I will press on!" What I felt really proud about, though, was when my little sister (who is a fan of Avatar but hates anything else "nerdy" or "weird" on principle, and anime definitely falls into that category) came to me because she was too bored. She finished it in three days while I caught up on all the sleep I'd missed :) I'm not a real fan of anime, but it's great to know I could do this to her again if I wanted. Of couse, I had to tell her that the creators of Avatar are huge fans...
I realized, as I was watching it, that I compared it to Avatar a lot. A lot of the alchemy is similar to bending and of course there's the obvious Lust/Asami resemblance. Although the overall storyline of Brotherhood is darker than that of Avatar, you can draw a lot of parallels between the two. I think some of that must be because they both have basic characteristics of kick-ass stories.