This is my first entry in the 12 Days of Anime holiday blogging tradition, where anime bloggers write about their twelve favorite moments of anime from the preceding year in the 12 days before Christmas. I’m cheating by starting a day early because screw the rules I’m such a rebel and because this entry isn’t technically even a moment in anime SO IT DOESN’T COUNT, OKAY.
Whoa, sorry. Lapsed into 13-year-old-girl mode for a second there. That’s probably because the subject of this post is The Legend of Korra. There is no work in any medium that I have ever consumed that can transform me into a 13-year-old girl as ruthlessly and efficiently as its predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender (about which I coincidentally wrote a post earlier this week). There is something about Avatar and its characters that puts me into such a state of giddy glee that my mental faculties regress in years and swap genders under the strain.
Even among such a formidable sea of characters, there is one that stands out from the crowd, a character for whom my one-sided infatuation is so strong that it crosses back over my brain’s self-induced gender confusion and sets my icy heart ablaze. With all my disinterest in everything the waifu craze has ever stood for, if I had to pick one character to be my very own cartoon waifu, this character – more than any character in any actual anime – would be my no-hesitation, hands-down, number one pick. That character, if you haven’t guessed by the massive picture atop this post, is none other than
Uncle Iroh Toph Beifong.
Watching the Legend of Korra this year gave me somewhat mixed feelings. On the one hand, I was enjoying myself. The show had a solid story, great animation and music, and I liked how it really dug into several of the elements I loved about the world first series. As a companion piece to the original, it’s pretty darn good. But on the other hand, I never came even close to the highs I got while watching, and rewatching, and rewatching, and rewatching Avatar. I was starting to wonder if maybe I’d grown out of the franchise – if maybe the 13-year-old girl within me was no more. Until suddenly, episode 9 came along. And this happened.
My heart exploded.(screencaps of Avatar seasons 2-3 taken from dongbufeng.net’s glorious archive)