The double episodes were awesome, and I love how they explained a bunch of things. Now we know why the Avatar learns the elements in the order that they do, and why the current spirits look so different from the way they did in Aang's time. It was also nice to see another element besides Water get an unique ability and Korra get her own Flying Bison. So now it seem clear that Unalaq is working with or has some sort of deal with Vaatu, thus explaining his control over the Dark Spirits and need for Korra. And it appears that Korra has realized what's important. I'm guessing Korra is probably going to the Air Temple before heading to the Southern Portal, explaining how Jinora teams up with her to go into the Spirit Realm.
The only downsides were that once again they never really gave an answer to the social issue they brought up, and no more gorgeous Studio Mir animation for the rest of the season.
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As expected, Korra and Jinora finally head into the Spirit Realm and Unalaq is working to free Vaatu. Poor Tenzin, nothing ever goes his way. Still, glad to see he got an apology from Korra. Interesting to see how desperate Unalaq was getting, and even felt a little for the twins.
Varrik is such a cool villain, silly yet still poses a considerable threat. His threat to and then framing of Mako was great. The only problem I had with this episode is how easy it seem for Lin to suspect him. Well that and Asumi falling for Mako again.
Enjoyable episode for me but kinda slow in all honestly.
The republic city stuff just doesn't seem important anymore after the big Avatar origin story. Which is just exacerbated by the whole Asami being all over Mako while not holding it against him, in the least, that he unceremoniously traded her in for Korra at the end of last season. I get that she's trying to grasp any remnants of her life as things seem to slip away, but no girl I've ever met wouldn't be absolutely @#$#ing furious about that until the end of her days (and rightfully so). Then there is Beifong whose obliviousness to her two obviously corrupt detectives is just getting frustratingly stupid.
My favorite part was probably the bit between Unalaq and the Twins actually, that man's got some problems.
I wondered how long we'd have to wait before Jinora's encounter with Wan's statue came up. I wonder at what point though, that Jinora became spiritually aware to see these spirits? Was it ever shown or hinted at before? It felt to me that a lot of it came out of nowhere and fast. Besides the adventure in the Avatar statue room.
Really felt sorry for the twins too, Unalaq's hunger for power has blinded him to anything beyond opening the portal and ruling/dominating.
Don't even get me started on the Beifong thing. It seems like her character has lost quite a few braincells since last season; being reduced to the role of the superior officer who is unaware of her officers corruption. :/
Jinora being able to see spirits did come out of nowhere, through I can't really think of a time before now that it could have been shown.
Was anybody else bothered by the animation?
To me it looked...flat somehow. But that just might be my prejudice against Studio Pierrot and the hangover caused by the awesome tiny bit done by Studio Mir.
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Because if I see one of those 15 second looped gif style fighting animations I may just completely lose my mind with rage.
I'm absolutely dreading it, because this is the pivotal part of the scene where we're expecting the best fights and actions.
I wouldn't worry about that. I doubt they'll pull something like that. Plus, they're only around for five more episodes.
Reading up on it a bit that really is not the case and I can't describe how much the relieves me. Turns out this was Pierrot's last episode of the season; possibly the series.
I also came across a very interesting article about how Studio Mir and Studio Pierrot came to both be working on Legend of Korra. It sounds like the reason Studio Mir was brought back in was that they aware of Studio Pierrot's shortcomings (naming being bad animators). And rumor seem to be that Books 3 & 4 will not have any Pierrot work at all.
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To be fair, as much malice as their work on Naruto and Beelzebub caused me to build up, they didn't actually do that bad. The worst thing that happened was some hit and miss facial detail.
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Wow, that's surprising. I had heard that Mir was only doing the flashback episodes, though that was at the beginning of the season so that's perhaps why. I mean, I knew that there were problems with the Japanese Studios due to another series I watch, Wakfu, but I hadn't know there was a rift between the Japanese and Korean animators. Now it makes me wonder what other animation issues were due solely to the animators...
Just read the final volume of The Search. For anyone who is interested about the basic plot points...
The important bit to me is that Azula was last seen wandering into a forest full of spirits.
That's where your wrong Zuko, there can never be enough Azula.
Last edited by Jammin; November 08, 2013 at 11:56 AM.
Oh I forgotten to ask you guys about it. Stumbled upon a YT video of the Search.
Oh, hell yes!
There is so much awesomeness condensed into this week's episode I don't even know where to begin. This week's episode was everything that last week's wasn't.
Last edited by Jammin; November 08, 2013 at 11:35 PM.
Iroh and Wan Shi Tong? Way to much Epicness for a single episode. And I have to say that Unalaq went up a level in my book with how completely evil he showed himself in this episode. And most interesting, Wan Shi Tong appeared to know and support the idea of freeing Vaatu, which means either he's not aware of what Vaatu really is (unlikely), a supporter of Vaatu bringing an era of darkness due to his dislike of humans (possible), or there's more to Vaatu or Unalaq's plan then we have been told (most likely). Anyway, I enjoyed Korra's growth this episode and hope she sticks to it in the coming episodes. And definitely hoping to see a father vs father match between Unalaq and Tenzin now.
Nice to "see" Professor Zei again. Loved Wan Shi Tong's belief about tiny people in the Radio.