rallamajoop: (Pissy Feferi)
Bleh. Wow, was that ever a let down.

Like most of Avatar fandom, I had high hopes for Legend of Korra. Loved the early episodes, but by mid way through, it was becoming hard to ignore the feeling that the writers had gone a little overboard in trimming out the superfluous filler material. The overall impression suggested nothing so much as the experience of watching a full ~26 episode season squeezed down to fit into a mere 12 parts, leaving an awful lot of crucial development of characters, setting and conflict abandoned on the cutting room floor. I'd hoped that if or when I got around to typing up some thoughts on the problem, I'd at least be able to temper it with comment to the effect of, "but hey, they still pulled it all together for an awesome finale!", but alas, the final episodes only compounded the problems a thousand fold.

Keeping the part with the actual spoilers under the cut )

There are good ideas all through the show, and good characters - I liked Tenzin and Lyn especially - and some gorgeously animated fight scenes. But Korra's 'team' never really get to develop beyond being less-emo!Zuko, earthbending!Sokka and RomanticComplication, and their relationships don't go far beyond teen romance cliches. The chance to show the audience around Republic City through Korra's eyes is largely squandered - even the technology is introduced on such an ad-hoc basis that we had no idea the Surprise New Tech in the last episode was meant to be a surprise until someone told us. The question of exactly how much truth there is behind Amon's anti-bender propoganda is left entirely to the audience's imagination, and likewise the question of whether there was any deeper significance to why Korra took so long to master airbending. And with the final battle such a bust, I'm struggling to think of a single clear, significant victory Korra has been allowed to have since way back in episode 2.

Incidentally, was it just us, or was the voice acting from episode 10 onwards all sorta flat? Everything about these episodes felt rushed - like watching the first draft of what would have been a good story crammed into far too little space and rushed out the door to meet a deadline. I really don't think we'll be back for season 2.
rallamajoop: (Ky cosplay)
It's going to take a couple of posts to get through everything during/post Wai-con this year. To start with I wanted to talk about that pretty damn epic Avatar group that won us the Best Group Skit Award on Saturday. Our secret weapon? Glowy twirly things on strings!

The lighting on stage was less than ideal, especially for capturing video footage, but that aside we're pretty pleased with the quality of this particular youtube vid, which captured the whole skit.



Inevitably, some lines get lost under the audience cheering, but [livejournal.com profile] velithya has already posted a full transcript which you can find here.

Cutting here as this is about to get looooong. Click for more videos, photos and a whole lot of other behind-the-scenes nonsense )
rallamajoop: (Ky cosplay)
Still haven't found the time to write up anything detailed about Wai-con, possibly because a week later we are still recovering (if we've both been suffering from mild but persistent cases of post-con blargh it would explain a lot). Fortunately a lot of the con experience can be summed up pretty well using only three photos.

Avatar, Birth By Sleep and Guilty Gear cosplay below )
rallamajoop: (Ky cosplay)
[livejournal.com profile] pinneagig, [livejournal.com profile] velithya, [livejournal.com profile] drayke_ and myself (plus a bunch of other friends without LJ accounts) have been planning an Avatar group for Wai-con for most of a year now, but as I guess tends to happen when you try to get organised that far in advance, not everything is going to plan. We've already had to find replacements for our original Katara and Mai cosplayers, but now it turns out :devyiji: who was supposed to join us as Toph probably isn't going to be able to make it either. And since we've got the whole rest of the main cast covered, plus Azula and minions and possibly even a Suki, it's going to be a real shame not to have a Toph to finish the set. :/

We realise it's short notice but we've not nothing to lose by asking, so if any of our friends reading this would like to join us as Toph at Wai-con, now would be a really awesome time to let us know! It's going to be for the Saturday, and we have some Rather Epic Skit Plans in mind, though we only have a few lines in mind for Toph (did I mention it's going to be a BIG group?), and with nothing actually recorded yet we're happy to shuffle details around if it'll help.
rallamajoop: (Syaoran)
Yes, I meant to write this as soon as I got back, now about two weeks ago. Instead, I let [livejournal.com profile] velithya rec me a couple of pieces of Inception fic, which is the kind of experience that you wake up from a week later trying to remember where all that missing time went (and the vague idea a spinning top is somehow necessary to help you figure it out) and not regretting a minute of it. But that's a whole other post.

So: Manifest. Quite the wild ride, and a bit of a mixed bag of what did and didn't go well, but skewed comfortably towards the positive. Details under the cut, but if you're skim-reading and not likely to get through all that, then the bit I need to point out first is this awesome-quality video of [livejournal.com profile] pinneagig's Azula skit which, despite all kinds of drama in the lead-up, went beautifully on the day.

The full report + a few photos )

So that was our trip. I would list everyone else who helped make the weekend – the sadly increasing list including all our old friends who've moved over east in the last few years, all the other awesome Eastern Stater cosplay people they've introduced us to since, not to mention all the others we met at the con on the day or the terribly nice people on the tables on both sides of us in the traders hall – but I'd still probably wind up forgetting someone, so suffice to say that no matter how questionable the organisation at these cons, the company always makes up for it. <3
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Two completely unrelated shows that I happened to catch up on recently: (spoilers, obviously)

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