Sunday, April 26, 2015

What's Next On My List? The Legend Of Korra

The spin-off continued with a new Avatar, a young girl from the Water Tribe who has to face adulthood sooner than she was prepared for it.

Book One - Air: Korra of the Southern Water Tribe is the next avatar after Aang. She is kept hidden for several reasons until she masters all of the elements, but her airbending training cannot start without Tenzin (Aang's son). Tenzin, however, cannot leave Republic City as the nonbenders are turning on the benders. Korra decides to move to the city - against Tenzin's approval - only to find that a man named Amon is guiding the nonbenders in a revolution. Amon is capable of taking others' bending away and as his power and followers grow stronger, so does he. Korra tries to fight him with her new found friends - brothers Mako and Bolin and a nonbender called Asami - make up Team Avatar! Korra, however, seems to be outmatched. She is unable to unlock her airbending and she has a problem with connecting to the spirit world. Aang sends her visions, dreams and she finds out that Amon is really a waterbender who learned how to bloodbend with his mind. His father was stopped by Aang and Amon feels like he is avenging not only his father, but the way he treated him and his brother all those years. Forcing them to bloodbend each other and to be away from their mother for years to learn something that is prohibited by law. Amon tries to run away with his brother, but the latter is ashamed of what his brother had done and blows up the boat they try to escape in.

Book Two - Spirits: Korra has a new problem to face. As Republic City is rebuilding itself, her uncle Unalaq asks for her help to control the balance between the living and the spirit world. During one trip to the Spirit World, Korra gets to know the legend of the first Avatar. Wan was a boy who didn't do much good in his life, until he was given the power of firebending by a great Sea Turtle Lion. Wan was supposed to give back his powers, but he understands that his kind treates the spirits in the forests unfairly. He gets onto a journey and encounters Raava and Vaatu - the spirits of good and evil - and he is tricked by the later and frees him from Raava. He learns that the two cannot be separate, or evil will become more powerful. Wan decides to find the other Sea Turtle Lions to gain bending of all elements in order to stop Vaatu. When Korra awakes, she realizes that Unalaq plans to release Vaatu again and give in to the power of the spirits. With Raava's help she manages to stop him, only to find herself disconnected from her previous lives but with spiritual energy overwhelming her world.

Book Three - Change: During the harmonic convergence Republic City gets inhabited by spirits and many nonbenders around the world wake up with the capability of airbending. Tenzin - moved by the idea that he and his children are not the only airbenders left in the world - travels around the world with Korra to gather the airbenders and teach them how to use their powers. Unfortunatey, one man achieved this power, who uses it to get free and go after Korra. This man is Zaheer, he is part of the Red Lotus - and organizations whose ideals resemble that of anarchism - as opposed to the White Lotus who swore to protect the Avatar. Zaheer goes after Korra with the help of his old crew: an earthbender who can bend lava; an armless waterbender who uses water like an extension of her arms and a firebender who can cause explosions with her mind. Zaheer also masters an ancient technique: that of an airbender monk who was able to fly. Zaheer tries to kill Korra in her avatar state to break the cycle of the Avatar. Korra fights off Zaheer, and they get the poison he injected into her out of her body as it is metal based. She is, however, broken for what seems to be forever.

Book Four - Balance: During Zaheer's attempt to find Korra and rid the world of leaders, he killed the Earth Queen and the whole Earth Kingdom is now in ruins. One of the most powerful earthbenders, Suyin Beifong of the metal clan (daughter of Toph and the sister of Lin Beifong, the chief of police), is asked to bring back balance to the Earth Kingdom, but she refuses as she finds that giving another ruler to the Kingdom is not the answer. Her right hand Kuvira, however, feels that they should and she heads out to restore balance, but driven by the power she grows to believe that Earthbenders are the greatest nation and she wishes to divide the world once again - the way it was a houndred years ago when the Fire Nation attacked. Kuvira has to be stopped, but Korra is missing. She seeks to find herself in a spiritual forest, where she encounters Toph. Toph tells her that the reason she keeps seeing nightmares is that some of the poison is still in her. Korra has to remove it herself and decides to visit Zaheer, who - realizing that with his actions he created an evil far worse then the one he was fighting - helps Korra to reach her spiritual self. Kuvira is finally stopped in Republic City - which occupies a land originally part of the Earth Kingdom - and in during their fight a new spirit portal opens up right in the heart of the city.

(This bit also appears in my review of The Last Airbender, so if you to read that first, skip to the end!)
From a critical point of view: I watched The Last Airbender series while I waited for the second season of Korra. I loved this a lot, for several reasons, but I noticed a huge difference between the two shows. All of my friends seem to have preferred either one to the other, but not me. I saw the genius behind both of them and I enjoyed the evolution from one to the other. Be honest, if they would've copied the first series it would not have been nearly as good. And I will debate anyone who doesn't feel that the first was excellent ground work for the second one!
That being said, when you watch both series, you will realize something: Korra barely has any non-benders. On one side, this is not a problem because you will also see that Korra brought bending to a whole other level! And the non-benders? They are kickass too. But, they are still limited. Asami (a beautiful and smart girl), Pema (a fierce mother), Varrick (a backstabbing business man who really only does good in the end) and his assistant Zhu Li (a bad-ass girl with the brain of a genius). And if you don't feel connection with either of these characters, you are somewhat bound to be left out, you know? Think about Sokka, the Kyoshi Warriors, the Air Acolytes who learn about the nomad cultures of airbenders, the inventors and just a series of people who have never needed bending in their life for it to be full. I think, or at least I have seen, that people found it easier to get lost in this world - or feel like they are a part of it - when they could be one of those humans themselves. And I get that. But I am for full fantasy all the time, which means, that the less it has to do with sucky reality the more I love it.
I will tell you this, however, that you should watch both series and I would even recommend starting with Korra. Why? Well, people who started with Aang's adventures had problems with the other that I never quite got my head around too - besides the ones mentioned above. Also, there is something fun about seeing what was the origin for a series. The Legend of Korra took it to a next level with several nods to the old series and a lot of inside jokes, but ultimately, you know the story is good because it stands on it own! Imagine, if you will that Korra is the era in which you live in, while that of Aang is inside a history book that comes to life when you open it. If you check out the first series while watching the second, I think you will find it a lot more fun. Getting answers to questions while they are being asked is a wonderful feeling!

If I am completely honest, if you grew up with Aang, then you should be grown up enough to enjoy Korra. So, if you don't... I just have no clue what is wrong with you. This series was spectacular: You had a fierce strong girl as your leader who admitted to having her own faults and who grew up right before your eyes. I dare you to name any female characters who are this badass! She fears death, like we all do, she loves and protects her friends, like we all do! She depends on her family as much as they depend on her and even if sometimes she thinks she is stronger than she is, she gets knocked right back into reality! It's smart, beautifully written and something I just can't wait to share with my kids! Korra is truly my hero!

Make sure you check out these four awesome seasons!

Until the next item on my list!
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Korra - Janet Varney
Bolin - P.J. Byrne
Tenzin - J.K. Simmons
Asami Sato - Seychelle Gabriel
Lin Beifong - Mindy Sterling
Suyin Beifong - Anne Heche
Tonraq - James Remar
Zaheer - Henry Rollins
Amon - Steve Blum
Kuvira - Zelda Williams

Monday, April 13, 2015

What's Next On My List? (Comic) Avatar: The Last Airbender

People loved this series, and I am glad that they did because it also gave life to a series of comic books that took the time to continue the original story and give answers to questions that were left open. This is a summary of the first four series of stories that are already available, with a fifth coming later this year (2015)! I will try to summarize without giving too much away, but a few things will be discussed in more detail about the stories!

If you want the short version: You love this series? Read the graphic novels: NOW!

The Lost Adventures
The first installment was an extension of the three seasons with extra adventures among the ones we all knew from the cartoon. The idea behind it was to show more thoroughly how the relationship among the four main characters developed, as well as giving us an insight to the fact that they barely got any rest between fighting with the enemy and getting from point A to B. The novel is divided into the three books, like the series, and contains almost every character from the cartoon. We can see how the others taught the Earth King to live in the wild with his bear; what happened when Zuko encountered again the girl who knew him as Lee in Ba Sing Se; we can also read Katara's journal on how they saved Aang and got a hold of a Fire Nation ship with her father at the command. We can also see the return of Sparky Sparky Boom man (Combustion Man); Zuko practising sword fighting with Sokka, and a duel among Toph and Bumi to decide who is the best Earthbender of all time. The graphic novel contains the art work of several artists with stories ranging from the adventures of Momo and Appa, to smaller bickerings among Zuko and Azula. If you long for the old series, I highly recommend reading this while doing a marathon!

The Promise
If you watched The Legend Of Korra you will know that Republic City is a place where benders and nonbenders from all nations of the world live peacefully together. But how? If you recall, at the end of the series people were pretty set on getting rid of the Fire Nation everywhere. But a 100 years can make a lifetime of difference! The colonies have changed, in a lot of cities Fire Nation men have made up families with the Earth Nation, and vice-versa. And even if there is peace, Zuko realizes that people now hate him for forcing the citizens of the Fire Nation back into a home they no longer have - didn't have for years, as a matter of fact. But Aang becomes angry, as he feels that Zuko's refusal to go along with the reconstructionplans may have something to do with him being his father's son. Zuko takes the time to open Aang's eyes: They no longer live in a world where nations have to be separated. Slowly Aang to realizes that perhaps to live in peace together, they should indeed live together! Zuko's struggle with his demons as well as the continuous presence of his father in his mind costs him his relationship with Mae. The graphic novel had three installments and it is a great basis to understand how Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko created Republic City together for future generations.

The Search
Remember Zuko's mother? Remember how Ozai told Zuko that she is alive? Well, he wasn't lying. The next adventure brings Zuko and his friends to a small town in the Fire Nation, near to an enchanted forest where a spirit lives. This spirit, Mother of Faces, has the ability to give a person new faces and erase their memories. For this adventure Zuko decides to bring Azula along with them, who turns out had hidden a letter of their mother's that points at her being the rightful heir to the throne, but how? In the forest the gang comes across a sister and her brother, who reveal that there are five lakes in the forest, and the Mother of Faces appears from the one in which a big wolf spirit drinks from. Each time, however, they were at the wrong lake and have waited for years. When the Spirit appears, Azula uses the wish of the sister and brother to find out the location of their mother, while Aang begs the spirit to help the siblings too - but she grows tired as humans keep wanting and wanting. However, when she finds out that one of the siblings was the victim of Koh, the Face Stealer, she reveals that he was her son and she does not condone his behaviour. She helps the siblings and the gang reaches the town just in time to get Azula. I won't tell you whether or not they do find their mom, because trust me, you'll want to read this one! You'll also find out what happened to their grandfather before Ozai was coronated!

The Rift
We move to Toph, who as you know has had her share of oppression over the years. On a trip to honor an airbender tradition Toph grows tired of Aang telling her what she is supposed to do and how she is supposed to pay her respects. Even more she grows tired of Aang not even remembering what the festival they are honorating is about! They move onto a valley to continue the route of the festival when they see that there is a town there along with a factory that seems to be polluting the area around it. The workers of the factory tell Aang that they have nothing to do with the pollution, and indeed, they discover that there was also a mine underneath the surface which functioned illegally. But more problems arise, when Toph recognises her father as one of the owners of the factory and she feels the need to confront him, but he sends her away. In an accident, however, everyone except Aang falls in a trap underground and he remains on the surface, awaiting the arrival of a spirit who wishes to reclaim the land that the humans have ruined on the day of the festival of his long lost friend. Do you think the others make it out of the cave? Or that Toph can talk it out with her father? One this is sure, you'll have to read it to find out!

I loved all of these because they stayed true to the characters and although I have my imagination as to what happened between the two series, it is still fun to discover and see what the creators actually had in mind! They know the material and they know the audience they are dealing with! 10/10 to all of them! But, if I had to choose a favorite, I will go with the one that is about to come out:

What's next? This September the next trilogy will be made available, which features Mae on the cover so I am very excited :D Maybe we'll see them rekindle their relationship? I really hope so, I loved them!

Until the next item on my list: The Legend Of Korra! Stay tuned!

Want more? There is one more story that was made available at the end of Star Wars: The Assassination of Darth Vader, a one-shot comic released on May 4, 2013, as part of the annual Free Comic Book Day. This short, entitled Rebound, focused on Mae, her living in a small Fire Nation town, still very much in love with Zuko, but on a date with a nice boy. The boy really likes Mae, but he has ulterior motives, as he was told to get her to a secret layer where she is trapped by her father. Her father tells her that there is a small group within the Fire Nation who still wish to rule, but Mae has had enough war for a life time. She tells him off, and then fights off his henchmen and finds her little brother in the layer as well. She takes him with her, but we never find out where she goes. Will we in the next series? I sure hope so! :)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Building with CsorEsz: Húsvéti Tojások

Idén is rám jött a kreatív öt perc és csináltam három szép tojást. Itt van pár tipp ha ti is akartok ilyeneket! Csak temperára lesz szükséged, én egyszer használtam plusz díszítő elemet, de az egy kihagyható lépés! Jó szórakozást!

Szívárvány tojás:
- Minimum 7 színre lesz szükséged.
- Döntsd el a sorrendet, és kezd el színezni!
- Lassan szárad a tempera, szóval légy türelmes!
+ Én a végén még egy arany glitter temperával befestettem, de anélkül is szép!
+ Ha egyszerű csillogó effektet szeretnétek, akkor használhattok lakkot!

Minion (a Gru-ból - Despicable Me):
- Először is sárgára fesd be a tojást!
- Majd, kékkel fesd be az alját, és a kis Minion-nak a nadrágjának a szíját is fesd meg!
- Ha megszárad vagy fekete temperával vagy fekete filc tollal rajzold meg a cipőjét.
- A cipő után fesd be a kezet és a száját. Ezeket húzd ki feketével!
- Szemüvegnek használj ezüst filcet vagy készíts szürke színt feketéből és fehérből.
- A 3D hatás miatt én kis szemeket* ragasztottam az enyémre, de ha nincsen otthon ilyen, semmi baj, fehér alapon feketével meg tudod csinálni!
*Ha mégis ilyen szemeket szeretnél, találsz ilyet bármelyik hobbi boltban a városban!

Saint Patrick - lóhere minta - tojás:
- Két különböző zöldet használj.
- Döntsd el, hogy sötétre szeretnél világosat, vagy fordítva. Én ajánlom, hogy mind a kettőt próbáld ki!
- Ha megszáradt az első réteg, utána rajzold rá a mintákat.
+ Megint befestettem arany gliterrel a virágokat, csakhogy kiváljon a háttérből!

Remélem tudtam adni ötleteket jövőre, és tetszettek az én ötleteim!

Kellemes ünnepeket!