[Image: Cap from the Legend of Korra trailer, two adult characters standing together in 20s-ish garb. One has a goatee and sideburns and is wearing a shoulder holster and a gold locket under a trenchcoat-like garment as well as a sort of porkpie-esque hat.]
these designs are legit killing me, guys
GOD this show is going to be a fucking eyegasm sdfhdsf
MAYBE UNPOPULAR OPINIONS: I looove how modern it is. Think about the differences between 1830 and 1900- between 1900 and 1970. Shit can change REALLY FAST. It makes it feel less like a story, fixed for narrative consistency, and more like a real, shifting universe.
seconding what @ayries said because this is probably going to be something that i will fall in love with when i watch this show: how this world is changing. it makes sense because, uhmn, just look at how things have changed throughout history; just see how fast things progressed in the USA from 1900 ‘til now when it comes to technology, fashion, etc. yes, sometimes the progression is slower and at other times it is ridiculously fast, and korra definitely shows how in a short span in time a world can grow and change and alkfjdj;fla I AM GOING TO LOVE SEEING HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED FROM THE WORLD WE LOVED IN A:TLA TO THE WORLD IT IS NOW.
YES. You guys I love worldbuilding/anthropology sooooo much I can’t even, and Avatar’s is some of my favorite. Like, when it was on I was kind of obsessed with the Fire Nation as a culture that had been at war on three fronts for a century (yet accomplished relatively little). First off, why they committed to the war in the first place — because with firebending they’re already closer on a technological level to combustion-based machinery, which put the FN at the forefront of an industrial revolution with only the resources of a small island. Then they go to war to fund this growth and the next three generations grow up as soldiers living abroad, their home population sparse and suffering under a stagnant militaristic culture. Elsewhere you have the decimated Southern Water Tribe having lost all but the barest bones of their culture and utterly isolated from their northern cousins (who are cut off from everyone else), and large portions of the Earth Kingdom (lol I have such a bone to pick with that name; it may have been a single political body before the war but by the time ATLA rolls around it’s a bunch of city-states with barely any connection beyond sharing a continent; better to call it the Earth Kingdoms) have been ravaged and colonized by the FN. And yeah, Ba Sing Se’s isolationist policy which has bred a formalistic society that I’m thinking now is really the yin to the Fire Nation’s messed up yang.
So to set a story in this world 70 years in the future doesn’t only invite the normal progress 70 years can make, but the massive change resulting from the bursting of a century’s cultural bottleneck. We already know that there are brothers bending different elements, indicating mixed parentage; and we know that Korra is a waterbender first which means that unlike Katara, she must have had some sort of support or education. So now think of a Ba Sing Se without walls, or the Southern Water Tribe rebuilding their architecture like in the north, or the probable baby boom and renaissance that the Fire Nation experienced under Zuko’s rule, or what technological advances could be made with pooled resources — this will be a world very, very unlike that which we’ve previously seen. And that is amaaaaziiiiiiiiiiiiing.
dssjkdfshjsd cannot wait
^^^^^^^ ALL OF THIS
(also I edited the image description because I am INCREDIBLY TAKEN with that dude’s outfit and I feel everyone else should be too)
but yeah, um. it’s as if somebody sat down and said ‘what sort of things does Re like? fantasy, early 20th century history, brown-skinned indigenous heroines, diverse representations of Asian aesthetics, the politics of deviance and resistance, urban spaces…yeah, I think we can do that.’
it is basically hitting ALL MY BUTTONS
literally the only thing I can think of that would possibly improve this is textual queerness. and maybe another female main character, but…I have faith that that will happen eventually!
The sheer amount of world building that has gone into this cartoon is simply staggering. Pile on top of that excellent character and story arcs, beautiful art and genius writing across the board and it’s no wonder that many hail AtLA and LoK (already) as the best animated series. Period.
I was going to say something well-thought-out and considered, but then I realized the above commentary basically says everything I was going to say, so instead, I will say this: I’M SO FUCKING EXCITED FOR THIS SHOW AAAAAAAAH