Community Opinion: Thoughts on ATLA and Korra Shipping

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Hello Avatar fans, Airspeed Prime again, this time with Community Opinion 9. With a severe lack of Avatar information coming out of late, hopefully this post can start some discussion and get us through this lull in Avatar news.

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So lets get straight into this months topic:

Awesome Korra Shipping Artwork

Awesome Korra Shipping Artwork by Sarinja (Camilla), A member of our Avatar Community!

Shipping in Avatar: Good, Bad or Both ?

*Shipping of course being where fans of the show become fans of a certain relationship and Ship that relationship

The Kiss

A ship ended the show, so it is clearly an important topic amongst fans, but were certain fans too intense and mad about it ?

I asked people to give their thoughts on their experiences and thoughts on Shipping in Avatar, is it fun and interesting or is it too intense, serious or in some cases gross. Then for their thoughts on Shipping in Korra, what they expect.

So let’s begin!

Airspeed Prime (Super Moderator/Facebook Administrator/Popular Post Writer)

Ah Shipping, it will forever be associated with ATLA now, but has it been good or bad for the fandom ?

In my opinion, a bit of both. On one hand it really shows just how passionate the fans are that they will argue to the death in defence of their particular pairing, but on the other hand it means that the fandom is full of heated arguments which do not help the fandom as a whole.

More specifically I think shipping, especially in relation to Avatar comes down to 2 things, Canon and Non Canon, what happened and what people wanted to happen. KATAANG and ZUTARA are the key ones, KATAANG is canon and was from 101 to 321 and onwards into Korra now we know they got married and had kids, while ZUTARA is Non Canon and despite what anyone says was never hinted at in the show ever. I have no problem at all with people liking ZUTARA, but when people were trying to convince others that ZUTARA was canon, that is where I think Shipping goes to far. At stages while the show was airing it was near impossible to discuss relationships that were happening like KATAANG without people barging in saying that ZUTARA was better, it is just as worse for people who wrote ZUTARA fan fics and had KATAANG fans come in complaining. There has to be a distinction between ships that are/could happen and ships that people want to happen/will never actually happen.

Shipping did make the fandom interesting at all times, but the way that that scene at the end of “Imprisoned” when Zuko picked up Katara’s necklace started a ship that even by the end of the series had nothing to back it up, a ship that people argued tooth and nail for to say it is canon, this is the aspects of shipping I do not like.

What I like about shipping is that it meant there were some excellent discussions about the various relationships, since people were so into them, these were few and far between with people shipping these non canon ships coming in and messing up some great discussions as they descended into arguments.

My personal shipping preferences is that I accept what happened on the show, I love KATAANG, I saw nothing to even suggest ZUTARA, SUKKA and MAIKO were interesting and added to the various characters. The only vaguely “weird” ship that I mention wherever I can is THE DOPH (The Duke and Toph), because there is some evidence that it may happen with the hug in the finale and the bonding on the subs. I was in ”Β the fandom during the “Wars”, but I chose not to get involved, because I just thought the argument was so absurd. Not just from the ZUTARA shippers arguing for a ship that was never going to happen from so early on in the show, but also the KATAANG fans who took this as a slight against them.

Now with Korra coming in just less than a year, I am sure that shipping will once again return. From what we have seen so far there is one clear ship, Tenzin and Pema, they are already married and have 3 kids with another on the way, so there is no arguing this one. But what Korra may be doing with Korra , Bolin and Mako is giving us a conflict of interests, a situation where Bolin and Korra or Mako and Korra could happen. This would be a similar yet different situation to KATAANG and ZUTARA, similar in that they would be 2 conflicting ships, different in that both would (if it happens) be equal and an actual fair “Shipping War”. If the creators do this I think this would avoid any arguments the likes of ATLA, in that rather than 1 ship coming from nowhere, both would be present in the show and it could be a great plot point.

I may come across here as quite negative towards certain aspects of shipping, but I really do not like a little thing called “Negative Fandom” where the negative aspects and people in fandoms completely drown out any positivity and people just enjoying the ride. Star Wars recently has been hit by this, over the Blu Rays, where some minor changes have been so hated that people are forgetting about the 40 hours of never before seen bonus features. I do not mean that everything must be positive in fandoms, but just focusing on little things in the massive picture and just screaming about how bad that is is not helping the fandom as a whole. Thankfully the shipping wars more or less stopped when the finale aired, and the more positive aspects of the fandom shone through. Never in my life have a been in a fandom like this where everyone is so into the show and so passionate, Avatar fans pretty much stole the show on the day of the Korra panel at SDCC, with other show creators even noting to Mike and Bryan just how awesome Avatar fans are.

So in summary, Shipping was a bit of a double edged sword in ATLA, but I think now that the fandom has had some time to look back on the “Shipping Wars” and realise how silly certain arguments were, and hopefully now with Korra everyone will be able to discuss the relationships in Korra in a civilised manner. I just want some fun Shipping discussion, and there are some fun ships out there, KATAANG is fun to discuss because of the journey from them seeing each other for the first time to the kiss that ended the series. Sokka’s successes and failures with the ladies, and I think everyone felt a little bad for Jin when Zuko left. I hope people do not take it too seriously in Korra, as there is so many opportunities for great discussion that stem from shipping.

Tracy (Moderator)

When it comes to the shipping wars, I think they range from pretty intense, to really silly with no basis.

I think some fans weren’t happy with the outcome of the relationships, and that’s why they tried to see potential in other characters. Also, some people, obviously, had some really warped ideas.

On the whole, I think they are entertaining, but I do think people get out of hand. I think it’s good for fandom in the sense that it keeps people talking about it, but to a newcomer, it can be confusing.

Judging from the amount of fan art I’ve seen already, I believe that there will be as much shipping, if not more, in Korra, and I have no doubt that it will get downright intense. I have no doubt people will argue and debate as to whom Korra herself, should/will end up with. After all, it hasn’t even come out yet, and people have already decided.

Airbender Prodigy

Wow,this will be a big one.
I go for all cannon ships, that doesn’t mean I can’t see the good and bad of other ships, Azulaang, for instance, is completely out there, makes no sense whatsoever, but it interests me. At the end of the series, the great finale, I was not surprised to find that Kataang happened, I was pretty happy actually. Thing is, I got in to Avatar a little late then most people, Feb. 2010 to be exact, so by the time I started looking online for fanfictions, people had more intense arguments on the different shipments, which influenced me a little to be honest, I think I even went Taang for a while before switching back. If you think about it, it would be completely possible if Katara was out of the picture.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is that people went WAY overboard with the whole shipping thing. Insults and some intense conversations and arguments would continue over days, main topic? Guess.
It was Zutara, or Kataang.
As you may know, I make Avatar AMV’s on youtube. In one of my earlier videos, I actually had to break up a heated argument on the topic. On rare occasions, when I make a video specifically dedicated to one shipment, I get flames and insults from other people who don’t go for that particular shipment, it does get pretty frustrating.

Overall Main Shipment views:

Cannon:
Kataang: After spending the whole series developing this relationship, I found myself rooting for it, obviously. Though it seems unlikely, Katara definitely has her reasons for kissing Aang at the end of the series.

Sukka: Not much interest in this ship, they only really got into it during the third season, which didn’t give me enough time to actually pay attention to it.

Maiko: No opinion on this one, it just happened, kind of unexpected to introduce Mai to the story and ultimately give Zuko a mate, but it happened, so *shrugs*

Non cannon:
Zutara: The ultimate rivals of Kataanger’s, probably the biggest ship base out there, plenty of fan fictions and fan art, They say Zuko and Katara belong together because of the few moments they actually spent together, and their motto is definitely appropriate: Opposite’s attract.

Taang: One of my favorite ships, only because it seems so plausible. Kind of going by the Zutarian motto, if water rivals fire, then Earth must rival air.

Tokka: I don’t think this is really a ship, it’s was apparent that Toph had a small crush on Sokka, and as much as they might look cute together, the whole thing doesn’t really click with me.

Toko: I never really grasped this one, it makes no sense that Toph would go with Zuko.

Love Triangles:

Taangara: So, I guess some people got tired of fighting each other over who belongs with Aang. Can’t say that this ship doesn’t interest me, Two of my favorite ships together? Awesome.

Zutaraang: Who didn’t see this coming? Katara has to pick someone”Β :D
Fan fictions for this particular ship are actually VERY amusing.
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Korra!

What Avatar: The Legend of Korra proves,
Kataang, did in fact happen. This sent some Zutarians on a rage rampage. Trolling on several forums and typing in all caps about how mad they are, trust me, I’ve seen it everywhere.

Ships for Korra?

I’m not sure yet, I want to get to actually see the series and evaluate each character before pairing them up. To randomly pair someone up would be pointless.

Dom

I only discovered Avatar: the Last Airbender last year over the summer, when I reluctantly allowed a friend to show me an episode off of Netflix. Not having watched the show while it aired, I missed out on all these -shipping wars” that took place ΓƒΒ’Γ’β€šΒ¬β€ I didn’t even know they existed until after I finished watching the series and joined this forum.

This time around, it’s completely different. Now a major fan as we anxiously await the new series, I have the opportunity to observe (and participate?) in these epic shipping wars. After learning about them indirectly here in the forum as well as through Tumblr and DeviantArt, I honestly couldn’t of imagined how intense these things got. I’m going to be frank first by saying to get overly emotional about shipping people is foolish. My opinion may be biased because as I watched A:tLA, I was always rooting for Kataang. I feel that even if I was rooting for Zutara, though, I wouldn’t have resorted to tantrums or tirades after realizing who Katara ends up with.

Nevertheless, I honestly feel like shipping wars are a vital aspect of a great show. Just as the plot and cultural contexts of A:tLA and LoK are important to the show’s greatness, so too are the relationships that we watch develop. It’s easy to get captivated by a great show because the characters have such depth. They have thoughts, hopes, dreams, feelings, and emotions that all seem too real, and this is where shipping wars (I feel) manifest. When people get so caught up as to lose sight of the show’s separation from reality, they let their emotions get the best of them when a character doesn’t end up with who they had hoped.

I honestly don’t have any -predictions” to share for The Legend of Korra, because we don’t know about the personalities of the characters yet, and also because I don’t wish to fall victim to shipping wars. I’m confident Bryke has cooked up something magnificent for us once again, and I just can’t wait until it airs.
– Dom 8)

Arthan (Moderator)

ATLA Relationships, I think this topic has been heavily discussed and there will be few things not already said about it, but I will face it without searching or reading anything previous so I hope you can forgive me if my thoughts are redundant.

There are some relationships in the -old” series that intrinsically form part of the story and it would be different without them. The first and most important is obviously the Aang-Katara ship, all of us have -suffered” Aang’s struggle to express his feelings to Katara, all the evolution of their love: since Aang’s first crush on Katara practicing the waterbending techniques to the final hug and kiss. What a journey!”Β ;)

There are other relationships not so intense but also important, from my point of view, in order of importance they are: Sokka-Suki, Sokka-Princess Yue, Zuko-Jin, Zuko-Mai, Longshot-Smellerbee, Pakku-Kanna well, we don’t have too much information about the last but I’m sure it’s a story worth to be told”Β :D

With Sokka’s ships we can see how his heart is broken for Yue loss and how Suki picks the pieces up and mends it. About Zuko I see more important his relationship with Jin because this marks the changes to goodness he is experimenting.

All these are essential parts of the series that make it even better, not being only a fantasy and action series but in a subtle way introducing typical elements of the soup-operas, if you know what I mean.”Β :)

Another topic is the so-called -shipping wars”, a lot has been told about the triangle Aang-Katara-Zuko, I think the series creators have set a quite subtle wink with Zuko and Katara, the love triangles always works making a story more interesting. Some people have taken this too far in my opinion, fighting tooth and nail to defend his or her subjective point of view, but it’s something that can be expected from a so varied audience.

I’m sure this action line will be kept unchanged with Korra since it enriches the tale while we are asking to ourselves who she yearns for.

Atry

Since I arrived to the fandom rather late (this year) I never experienced the shipping war first-hand. But stories from the war has reached my ear, and I have a clear picture that shipping in itself is here to stay in every form.

Personally I never got caught up in an inner conflict about the relationships since I watched through the whole series in only three months. The only thing that got to me was that I yearned for Aang and Katara to get together, cause I felt like they were star-crossed lovers. Other than that the only thing I hoped for was for Zuko to get together with someone cause he was my favorite character at the time. By the very end both of my wishes came true, another reward for completing the series. I might have hoped for a bit more love in the show, but overall I think the relationships were handled very well. The love was always there of course, but since they were in the middle of a war it’s understandible that it took to the end for them to settle down. Katara’s role was to protect Aang so he could fulfill his destiny, and Zuko had much more on his heart than love. So of course it was the hardest for them, the slow build made it believable whilst at the same time not excluding it.

So I’m satisfied”Β :)

But from what I hear that’s not entirely the case for many fans. If I’m to be honest, I had never heard of shipping before, I really had no idea it was part of fandom to play around with the relationships. From some fan art I had seen of Star Wars: The Clone Wars I had a clue, but I just assumed it was nothing but wild fantasies (which it is). So when I heard how the characters of ATLA had been shipped back and forth for years I honestly cringed, even the idea of Zutara had never crossed my mind, not even after the scene in the cave. Now of course I’m fully aware of the shipping, my distaste for it has vanished and I pretty much just enjoy it for what it is. When it comes to the shipping war, I find it crazy but interesting.

The fact that fans can get so intense and creative about something like this really shows how passionate they are. They really get their imagniation going with it and explore so many places, and there’s no limit as to were the imagination can take you. So in itself I have nothing against shipping, or the passion of the fans. However, to let that passion evolve into a grudge and just spill it out in conflicts ragin across the internet, and actually start a war out of your own ideas. To me that’s overdoing it, fandom is suppose to inspire appreciation not hatred. A war leads to nothing but hurt, especially when it’s over nothing which I feel this war was. Essentially the war was about the Kataangers and the Zutarans arguing violently about which ship was canon, well if that’s the case then I see no point in it. Zutarans can have their favorite ship, but their opinions as to why it was canon were ridiculous. I apprecite the creativity and understanding of fans, but these Zutarans were the exact opposite. They never learned and never listened. I know that they started the war, but I don’t know how great a role the Kataangers played in keeping it up, I don’t know if they sometimes might have picked on the Zutarans. In one way I feel the war was too intense, couldn’t they just have appreciated each other, and if they couldn’t then why didn’t they just stay away form each other? But another part of me wonder if maybe the war was inevitable, considering the differences is taste and the passion of the fans.

So when it comes to if it was good or bad for the fandom, I feel it’s a bit of both. I might have served it’s purpose in promoting the fandom, and like I said before shipping in itself makes for a very rich fandom. But being a fan should be an enjoyable experience, not a nasty experience. It should be about finding friends and be open-minded, not making enemies and be narrow-minded. I can’t say what should be and what shouldn’t be since there’s so much variety, bit if I’d been part of the fandom back then I would have stayed out fo the war (even if I would have gotten a laugh out of reading it from time to time).

So what does the future look like for shipping in Korra’s wake. I definetly think shipping in itself will continue, and it’s inevitable that certain fans will have certain preferences. Like everything else in the fandom things will get more intense as we get more to revolve around, but another war? Maybe there will be a new war or maybe not, but I think chances are small there will be a new war, and if it would happen then it will probably not be as intense as before. Cause this time we are prepared for dealing with the intensity, the fandom had gained experience. Also, considering the years that has passed fans might have grown more appreciative of each other and are now more willing to be open-minded rather than start a conflict.

What ever the case I look forward to the new relationships and shippings that will come with Korra, maybe this time there’ll be more of it considering that the new show will be a bit more mature. Hopefully the show will handle the relationships well and make it believable but at the same time enjoyable. As for shipping in itself, let’s accept it as a part of fandom, and let it shine and prosper.

Joe Raines (Facebook fan)

I really liked how they did it in avatar. I did not want zutara though, Im glad that relationship didn’t develop physically. I feel for aang because he likes a girl who doesn’t really notice him like that, and he is kinda awkard around her. For example when she said she needed time and he kissed her lol. I felt bad for him, he reminds me of me in that sense so of course I wanted him to get the girl. I liked how zuko went on the date in tales of ba sing se, that was amazing I wish that Jin would have continued in the series. Sokka’s a g and his exploits were g like so I don’t mind him much. I really don’t like how fan girls want to create relationships and names like that but what can you do? =)

Tyson A. Nicholas (Facebook Fan)

Honestly, I thought it was a little over the top in the third season. But I guess they had to keep the appeal for the hormone induced teenagers as well. Katara ending up with Aang was a no-brainer, while the relationship with Zuko and Mai caught me completely off guard.
I didn’t read the comic that explains what happened between seasons 2 and 3 so it was strange to me when watching that episode. Throughout season two, Mai just seemed like some sort of average fangirl with a crush on the Prince, there was never any indication that Zuko felt even remotely the same way.
As to the Legend of Korra, I really hope they don’t go too overboard with it. Most good stories need a little romance to keep that connection with the viewer and the characters, but too much can damage the overall story and dissolve a character’s growth. For example, just take a look at the Twilight series.

Admin/Jordash (Site Administrator)

I think Shipping is mostly pretty harmless fun.

I don’t really get too involved in it but I love watching people talk about it and mostly love to see how it plays out in the show.”Β  I think the creators are so good at capturing real life relationship / dating problems on screen, which is probably one of the major reasons people are so drawn”Β  to the show from all walks of life.

It’ll be awesome to see these new (older) characters pan out in that regard.

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  1. worldstraveller Said: Comment by worldstraveller on October 20, 2011 at 7:01 am | Permalink
     

    I guess a little bit of both and same thoughts like you guys said,though I’m a newcomer, it didn’t surprised me the least, when I started watching which was 1 or 2 years ago (yeah kinda late), so I didn’t catch up with this shipping war, but I had the same experience but with another show, anime in this case.
    not pleasant…
    I know how it works very well, so nowadays when comes to this stuff, I prefer to avoid, and stand by liking the couples I like simply.

    as for Korra…unfortunely I witnessed something similar, creating shippings before the show was out, but time difference was big, the one I witnessed it was 2 weeks before the show was out, while Korra is half year or so… =_=
    so I face it like this:
    I’m not shipping anybody until I watch the show which until there is a couple that makes me pay attention, it can be not with Korra or somebody else.

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    As I said in my opinion, I don’t think Korra will have Shipping Wars, but rather proper discussion.
    For ATLA the War was effectively KATAANG Vs ZUTARA, which really at the start and end was never even a discussion as to who would win.
    With Korra while as you say it is very early, we know there will be romance and with the characters slightly older than in ATLA and knowing that Korra will be around Mako and Bolin a lot, it could be an actual conflict of interests and could bring us the good side of shipping assuming they go down that route.
    Also I don’t think anyone is seriously shipping anyone for Korra yet, just some speculation and the odd weird one for a laugh.

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    worldstraveller Reply:

    I know it will have romance, but still worries me a bit :s…
    because I have read comments (in DeviantArt), few of them was bashing a character, in this case, Bolin because of Makorra…I think it will happen but not as intense or not having much, since like you said Korra gonna be around Bolin and Mako, and bring good side, if it goes with conflicts of love interests, because maybe will be a little harder to guess who likes who, Korra can be more inclined to Mako as much to Bolin, go to 50/50 unlike Kataang and Zutara which is 90/10, if it goes 50/50 maybe then won’t have much or little fights. maybe.

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    Atry Reply:

    That other anime show with a shipping war, what was it called?

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    worldstraveller Reply:

    the anime was, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, YuseixAki (famous names, Yuaki – faithshipping and junkshipping) (already ended in japan), I was one of the fans the couple, it was people against the couple, put everything in the same bag (as if all of them were to the extreme, when it wasn’t) to the point of making an “excuse” couple…(some were yaoi fans and others not)
    and this is 3rd Yu-Gi-Oh! series, that’s why I don’t understimate this kind of stuff, I prefer to expect anything :/

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  2. Tracy Said: Comment by Tracy on October 20, 2011 at 9:14 am | Permalink
     

    One ship I could do without. Maiko. *Spit* Yuck. I see no purpose for Mai except that she was a decent assassin. There was absolutely no depth to her character whatsoever. I think it’s a stretch when people try to see something that wasn’t there. *Shrug* I think it was a bad call on the writers part to throw her with Zuko, it just never made a whole lot of sense, and it wasn’t a nice even flow to the story. I would rather have seen him with anyone but Mai, except Jet, Sokka, and Azula, and those ships are really twisted but rampant online. *Shakes head*

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Glorious, Jealous Zuko fangirl anger, lol

    Seriously though I can see why some people do not like her, myself I think she and Zuko are good for each other. She calms him down a bit and he brings out her emotions.
    I like it because of the backstory of them growing up together and the childhood crush.

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    Tracy Reply:

    Ha ha. You are hilarious.

    She had the crush, he just saw them all as crazy girls. I still say Jin would have been good for him. And she was pretty, too. Mai looked like a man, she kinda was drawn like Zuko. It was creepy. LOL

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    Atry Reply:

    Maybe Mai could have been a better character if they emphasized more on what appeared to be a shyness we saw in the flashback, and might have been mentioned in the comic where she’s actually a bit more joyous than in the show.

    Mai looks like a man? Well, I’m sure Sokka would agree πŸ™‚

    Amylee Reply:

    OMG! LMAO! She really does look like a man and I totally agree with you! She had ZERO depth and character development. And I don’t want to hear, “Oh, she stood up to Azula!” NO, she didn’t change or grow as a person from that. To be honest, I don’t think she really feared Azula. Her character was useless and unnecessary.

    Tracy Reply:

    @Amylee You are so right about that!

    Arthan Reply:

    I agree with Tracy, no one should trust a person who doesn’t hesitate to expose her little brother’s life.

    Zuko should be warned. πŸ˜€

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Now that you bring that Up, I nearly forgot she did that. After what she does in Book 3 that seems quite out of character, what she did to her brother.

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    Tracy Reply:

    That’s one thing that always bugged me about her.

  3. Starbender Said: Comment by Starbender on October 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Permalink
     

    I’m Back! I know i havent been here for awhile but I have been INSANELY busy. I think that Ya’ll forgot about me.

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    Arthan Reply:

    Hi Starbender!
    A few days ago ago I was wondering where you were… πŸ™‚

    I hope you can make some time to be on our Site.

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  4. Melxed Said: Comment by Melxed on October 21, 2011 at 2:29 am | Permalink
     

    Sometimes I think that ATLA could do completely without the ships. Their fun, but their disaterous as well.
    I liked Maiko~

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  5. Red Clayton Said: Comment by Red Clayton on October 23, 2011 at 12:16 am | Permalink
     

    We Avatards are a very special kind of people. I both hang my head and smile when I say that.

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    I would hang my head more over that fact that a lot of our fandom willing call themselves “Avatards” than any shipping discussion.

    I don’t see what is wrong with “Avatar fans”

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    Red Clayton Reply:

    I use that term with the highest degree of respect and love: like calling somebody a geek. To each his own, though. But the shipping before the LoK is even a hue on the dark horizon is a bit much. I’m a canon person, meself. As such I’d like to see what the show has to say about it. I’d also like to see a female character who doesn’t have the agenda of hooking up with a man as the dominant part of her story. Don’t become Disney, Bryke! Give Korra something better to do!

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    As mentioned in the post itself, No one is seriously shipping anything for Korra yet, just suggestions.
    I doubt they will go down that route with Korra, more likely that it will be Mako and Bolin pursuing her if it is that way they go.
    Also what is wrong with Disney ? Not all disney movies have a relationship go exactly as you say, they happen in many other ways, so it may just turn out that a relationship in Korra may happen in a similar way to a disney movie, there are only so many ways a relationship can happen and disney have done a lot

    From what we know so far she will definitely have a lot to do, learn Airbending, deal with Crime and an Anti Bender Rebellion, competing in the pro bending leagues and a spot of teen romance thrown in πŸ™‚

    Atry Reply:

    How about Avadiccts?

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    I think I will stick to Avatar Fans, we do not want to be like the bronies in the My Little Pony fandom.

    Atry Reply:

    And how are the bronies like?

    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Well they are an internet Meme already and the show is only about a season old. From what I have seen, the hardcore bronies go around various forums and just posting nothing but ponies no matter how off topic they are.
    My thing would be the fact that bronies and “Avatard” gives off this bad fandom vibe, doing the sort of thing I mentioned.
    I guess I just don’t want these terms to be used so much that people outside the fandom refers to Avatar fans in general as “Avatards”, the fandom is well known for the Shipping War in a negative way so the term would most likely be used negatively.
    I also just prefer to refer to people who like the show as fans of Avatar as opposed to a name like that because there are some people out there who think they are bigger or better fans than others because they are an “Avatard”
    Avatar fan just avoids a lot of conflict, the same with some of the Bronies, the name is pretty much the reason they go around forums off topic all about ponies. They do it because they are part of this group.
    Obviously Avatar fans are not that bad, but the name can be seen by some as a bit offensive. Like some may find Geek or Nerd offensive.

    I really don’t care too much about people calling themselves an “Avatard” , I just hope it doesn’t become the name of our fandom.

    Atry Reply:

    I’ve never liked the name Avatard myself.

    To me it makes it sound like Avatar fans are idiots who know nothing better than shipping wars and being trolls on people who don’t like the show. I understand that many bronies are like this, and that’s just stupid.

    I go with Avatar fan as well, it sounds more positive and also leaves room for fandom of other things.

  6. Claire Said: Comment by Claire on October 23, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Permalink
     

    I consider myself a Zutarian. I also like checking out some other ships like Smellershot. I love looking at comics, AMVs, pictures, and fanfics for Zutara. LOVE it!

    That being said, even though I’m a Zutarian, I ship all canon ships. I have an enormous amount of respect for Mike and Bryan. Once something hits the screen and is declared ATLA, I always love it! I think ‘playful’ fan wars are fun and I also love debating for and against ships. I love all of this.

    Full on fighting though, I do not approve of.

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  7. Atry Said: Comment by Atry on October 28, 2011 at 2:09 am | Permalink
     

    By the way, if it turns out that one of Amon’s main objectives is to capture Korra.

    I think I see a creepy ship coming this way πŸ™‚

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    NOOO, quick take it back, don’t start anything,lol

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    Tracy Reply:

    Yes! Shield us from the terror! LOL!!! What would that be, Amorra?

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    Steve Reply:

    that would be worst then the end of the world

    Atry Reply:

    Amon: Avatar Korra, I don’t care that you’re young an fiesty. One day you will be mine, and then you’ll show me everything.

    πŸ™‚

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    WOW, that is…. well I have no words to describe my reaction to reading that.
    I really hope no one starts to ship anything like that.

    Remember, this is a site for all ages, keep it clean. 8)

    Tracy Reply:

    That’s freaky to be sure. I would hate a ship like that…

    And don’t worry, my head isn’t in the gutter. πŸ˜› Just off in La La Land. πŸ™‚

  8. Jon Said: Comment by Jon on October 30, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Permalink
     

    I can’t believe that people would actually get in any arguments about ships. When I saw the Zutarra, Taang, and Tokka videos on Youtube, I was didn’t think much of it. I stuck with the Cannon ships throughout the whole series, but I didn’t fight about it. I must admit that the ship wars for ATLA shows the network that fans are deeply intrested in the show, but there’s no reason to freak out about it. The ship wars are fine if they are civilized debates. Unfortunately some fans took it too far. Well…that’s my two cents.

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  9. Tracy Said: Comment by Tracy on October 31, 2011 at 7:27 am | Permalink
     

    @airspeed I like Avatar Fan best of all, too. πŸ™‚

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  10. Veronica Said: Comment by Veronica on November 17, 2011 at 5:22 am | Permalink
     

    I really dont have an opinion on Korra shipping. I didnt even like canon shipping until I watched this show because I feel like Im gunna screw everything up.. and Ive had some people be SO out of character.. I alway end up asking people how Im doing like 5 million times cuz I dont wanna screw up the characters of the show. BUT Avatar was too good for me to resist and I think Im pretty decent..? ANYWAY. I dont want to start shipping Korra characters or anything until I WELL know their personalities.

    As far as A:TLA goes I dont really think the shipping wars are a big deal.. I mean honestly people keeping talking about not wanting to be ‘known’ for all the feuding over Zutara and Kataang and stuff.. but really, how much is someone who doesnt even watch the show gunna care? Im sure there are a lot of shipping wars going on in other shows that we dont even know about because we know NOTHING about the show and the characters. What are the chances that people who arent a fan of the show would even be involved in a conversation that was revolved around a shipping feud. I certainly dont wanna sit and watch two people fight over characters on a show I dont care about and I dont know how Id even get sucked into that convo in the first place.. Plus, every single person who says anything about either side of the war has CONTROL over what they are doing. People who say anything about the pairings are putting themself into an argument KNOWING they are doing so. I mean I guess some people are like ‘I like Aang and Katara’ and then they get flooded with arguments which is kinda lame.. but.. for the most part I think the people stating their opinion KNOW they are doing so, like me. Im prepared for rebuttle to this if someone wants to say something.

    Im a Kataang fan myself.. I really actually despise Zutara because I think.. Zuko is too good for her? I dont know.. I dont like Katara much cuz she bores me. I mean, I love ALL the characters but Katara in scale to the others, I just dont like her much.. so pairing her with my fav character (Zuko) KILLS MEEEE. Plus I LOVELOVELOVE Mai and I love how rediculously immature her and Zuko’s relationship is. Plus, I mean.. Katara was Aangs dream girl. Doesnt he deserve the girl of his dreams? He saved the freaking world. The two characters were made for eachother since the first episode when her face looks all dreamy in his eyes. They were made to be together.

    But I mean.. the main thing here is like.. why do people even feel the need to argue one pairing over the other.. There is the show, and then there is roleplaying. If you’re arguing what happened in the show, she ended up with Aang soo.. there’s really nothing to fight about.. and if you’re ‘shipping’ one pairing or the other.. Like seriously WHY does everyone care so much what other people are shipping? Its not like you personally are being forced to ship them.. Stick to your OTP’s and let others stick to theres.

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    I think the line in your final paragraph “There is the show and there is roleplaying” defines how I feel exactly about shipping.
    We all have to accept what happened in the show, I only get annoyed about shipping when something that did not happen in the show like ZUTARA comes into a discussion about the relationship of Aang and Katara and vice versa. It is just irrelevant unless the discussion is about the shipping wars like it is here.

    I agree that the shipping wars really are not that big a deal especially now, it was really confined to a very few places online. Once the show ended the war effectively did to. The non canon will never happen ships now are either just funny or a bit annoying. Most people accept what happened.

    And the Korra part is just speculation, nothing serious πŸ™‚

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    Veronica Reply:

    WOW! I so did not expect a reply that fast, if at all! *is excited because only joined site yesterday and is total n00b*

    I only got into A:TLA this summer so… I really don’t know what all the arguing was like when the show was actually ON but it seems to me like there is still a fair bit of arguing.. and Im not sure how much it died down after the show… Either way though I think even if people are not talking about shipping and claiming that Zutara is canon or partially canon or whatever.. I mean.. I am ALL FOR speaking your opinion on anything and everything.. but it seems with how obvious it is that Zutara is not happening (with Aang and Katara having a kid) and with how crazed Zutara fans get.. it just seems not really even worth it to get angry over people claiming it was canon. Let them have their 5 seconds of emotional moment between Katara and Zuko, you know? I just don’t think its really worth the fight to even bother with Zutara fans, but its good to know people are so open to voicing their opinion on the show. It makes me feel like it’ll be alive forever. πŸ™‚

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    I was in the fandom while the show was still airing, I was not very active because I could never find a fansite I liked (this forum has only been up about a year and a half, finding here was amazing for me), but stuff was fairly intense right up until the finale aired and the final scene of the show ended the “war”. Yes as you say some people still argue, but it has died down massively.

    Oh and Welcome to the site, I look forward to seeing you around the forums. I am the site Super Moderator πŸ™‚

    Veronica Reply:

    Yayy thank you. πŸ˜€

    Tracy Reply:

    @Veronica Anytime. I’m a moderator here, always willing to help, the admin (Jordan) and the Supermod (Airspeed) are fantastic. All the mods are, I like them all. And the active members are all special. I remember back when I was a newbie here, it was around this time of year, and I was treated like a welcomed friend. Also, the more you participate, the more community points you gain, which is also fun. If you have problems or questions, feel free to shout out to any of us. πŸ™‚ I am so glad you jumped right in to conversation!

    Veronica Reply:

    Ohhyeaahh. Im huge on conversation soo. πŸ™‚ I plan to be around alot.

    Tracy Reply:

    @Veronica Well, there is Sokka’s Randomness if you like general chit chat about everything and anything, stuff that isn’t ATLA related. And there is Avatar World where we talk Avatar, There is a Korra section, there is a section to talk about the movies… Loads of sections. And someone is always willing to talk, so don’t be afraid to jump in. I was a newbie around this time of year, I think, and the warm reception I received was fantastic. That’s one thing you will like about this place, even if your ideas may differ, you still have a place to post them without feeling like an idiot. πŸ™‚

  11. Tracy Said: Comment by Tracy on November 18, 2011 at 9:41 am | Permalink
     

    Mike: Sorry to disappoint the “Zutara” fans out there, but we never intended for Zuko and Katara to get together, Maybe we’re just sentimental, but we always had a soft spot for “Kataang.”
    Bryan: Zuko and Katara might have shared some sparks, but sonetimes there are people along your “journey of love” who are there to teach you about yourself and what you really need, but don’t necessarily end up being your partner, Come on, kids! “Zutara” never would have lasted! It was just dark and intriguing.

    So, there we have it, straight from the horses’ mouth, so to speak. And by the way, welcome to the forums. This is a friendly group of people, you’re always welcome here, whether you are a newbie, or a seasoned ATLA fan. πŸ™‚

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    Atry Reply:

    How come that Bryan’s answers are always longer and more poetic?

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    Tracy Reply:

    Sometimes. I also have the interview with Azula if you are interested, if you want me to PM you with it, I’d be happy to. It should make you happy. πŸ™‚

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    Atry Reply:

    I’d love to.

    By all means, PM it πŸ™‚

    Tracy Reply:

    @atry I will try to get that as soon as possible, I don’t think their answers will leave you so bummed out. πŸ™‚

  12. Lola Said: Comment by Lola on December 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink
     

    I’m a Kataang fan myself, however it would’ve been more appropriate that they would’ve hooked up after the show, I mean.. he’s 12 at that point and yes 12 year olds can have relationships, but never serious ones like the one they were pointing out.

    I just think that a relationship of this caliber doesn’t feel real because of the age thing.. But yeah they belong together:)

    As for shipping wars, I agree what another post said, nobody other than the Avatar fandom really gets it. Like twihards have their discussions about Bella -Edward-Jake or whatever… Nobody else cares but us.

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