cryinnnnnnnng. LOOK AT THIS DUCK-PUPPY!!! he’s so blown away, being in the presence of THE AVATAR. THE AVATAR! aka KORRAAAAAA. and omg, her pose here, how confident and serene and frankly cheerful she looks, like, she isn’t smirking or scowling, just kind of grinning, because yeah, she is the avatar, and she’s totally and completely not just at peace with being the avatar, but proud of it, comfortable in it. and something i’m loving about korra is how, from everything we’ve seen of her, in many ways her personality is coded in ways that are traditionally masculine (proud, aggressive, independent???) whereas aang was coded in ways that are traditionally feminine, e.g. he’s empathic, humble, struggles with balancing his needs with the needs of others (which he often prioritizes above his own needs), etc. which is so exciting!!!!!
anyway the point is BOLIN IS A CUTIE BABY AND I WANT TO RUFFLE HIS HAIR AND PINCH HIS CHEEKS AND MAKE HIM COOKIES AND CALL HIM RUDE NAMES AND BOSS HIM AROUND AND HUG HIM CLOSE. my big sister instincts are going haywire!!!
Now, this is somewhat difficult to wrap your head around, as we typically think of a living thing as being a single entity. But when you see mushrooms, you’re not seeing the whole organism. The fungus spreads underground, sending out roots that grow up into mushrooms here and there. Scientists discovered that honey mushrooms growing in a forest in eastern Oregon were genetically identical. Once they began probing around they discovered that the mycelia (the roots of the fungus) of these mushrooms was spread over an area covering 2,200 acres, or about 3.5 square miles. It’s a single living thing, but it’d take you more than half an hour to walk from one end of it to the other. The fungus is believed to be about 2,400-years old, which means it has outlasted the Romans and was devouring dead rodents before Jesus was said to be turning bread into fish.
I think that what may possibly be my favorite thing about the Legend of Korra
even more than the fact that it is basically an Asian-inspired steampunk cartoon about revolutionary factions with a brown female lead (and wow did I never think I would be typing that sentence)
is how there are so many completely devoted fans.
I mean, this is PROOF that a lead doesn’t have to be a euro-descended male to garner a huge following. this is PROOF that the network execs and commentators who say ‘well we’d love to have more women, more Asians, more brown people in our shows—we’d love to center a show around non-western systems of belief and cultures—but unfortunately the public is racist/sexist/xenophobic and they just won’t bite! CAPITALISM.’
all of the people who say that, both inside and outside the industry