Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sharkbate the Shark and His Obnoxious and Surprisingly Annoying Reviews - Avatar: The Last Airbender

Hey guys, Storm here. Recently, (by recently I mean last Friday) I visited my pal Ethan's house and borrowed his DVDs of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I was binge watching this show until Monday, when I woke up with a sinus infection, a 99 degree fever (which is pretty high, my normal is 95), and since then I only watch like 8 episodes at most per day. Anyway, since AVATAR: TLA was divided into different sections using Books, I feel reviewing each book first and then the series in total is the simplest way of doing this. NOTE: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW. IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW THAT, YOU'RE EITHER STUPID OR JUST THE KIND OF PERSON WHO JUST READS AND DOESN'T REALLY PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT JUST HAPPENED.

Book 0: Pilot
For anyone reading who hasn't seen the pilot, you can watch it by clicking these five words.

The pilot's storyline is very confusing, but very simple. Aang, Sokka, Kya (Katara), and Momo were flying around on Appa and they land on some island for some reason. It turns out that Zuko, the banished prince, was on that island as well. Then, Sokka goes out somewhere to find some food. He finds some red berries, and decides to eat them.... for.... some.. reason..... He turns around to find Fire Nation soldiers (voiced by the same person who voices Zuko) riding rhinos. The soldiers capture him because.... Uhhh... Can I have some help here please? Why they were just wandering around, I don't know, but that's not important. They take Sokka into custody. Aang and Kya get suspicious and find Sokka in the construction site for a Zuko statue. Sokka and Kya are thrown into a prison pit. Aang fights off Zuko... In a way. Kya notices that water is leaking into the pit from above, and uses the water to flood the hole and escape. Aang grabs Sokka and Kya and flies away. Whilst flying, Aang flies directly above Momo and a basket of food, forcing Sokka into them both. They then fly away. The pilot ends at this point, roll credits.

Wait a second, did I say simple? WHAT KIND OF A PERSON AM I?
A terrible liar, I guess.

Where were they headed? I don't know.
Where did Momo come from? I don't know.
Why didn't they have food? I don't know.
Why did Sokka eat the berries that could potentially be poisonous? I don't know.
Why were the soldiers just walking through the woods? I don't know.
Why did Zuko just throw Sokka and Kya into a pit instead of a cell? I don't know.
Why was Kya's name changed from Kya to Katara in the real show? To mess up my mind and get her name mixed up with my friend Huntara's name, which is a pretty bad reason to change a character's name.

Also note that Aang is voiced by a different person in the final series.

Book 1: Water
Now, I'm not going to explain this one's plot for you, you are going to have to watch for yourself.
I like the first chapter very well. I like how Huntara Katara just straight out yells at Sokka for being immature 6-year-old brat. I like the animation on how the boat was smashed. You know, it's the small things that count, or however that saying goes. I like the penguin sliding part. The second chapter was also excellent. The scene in Chapter 3 where we see the Avatar state and Monk Gyatso or however it's spelled was very surprising and if your mother wanted you to turn off the TV and go outside during that scene, I would be sure that at least one person would chop off someone's head with a giant guillotine. The Kioshi Island chapter was completely necessary, but came too early in the series. The Bumi ending of chapter 5 was quite surprising. Not a disappointing surprise, like I get almost every time I get a surprise, but a happy surprise. It was awesome to see Aang in the spirit world in the Winter Solstice double-episode. It was very satisfactory watching the Blue Spirit chapter, and watching Zuko kidnap Aang as the blue spirit. It made you think a little. Why would he kidnap him? So he can bring him to his father and earn his honor back, or so he believed. As for the Siege of the North chapters, they're too good for words. What a coincidence that Sokka and Katara's grandmother was engaged the waterbending master!
Book rating: 9 out of 10, I wasn't a fan of the Northern Air Temple chapter.

Book 2: Earth
Read the first sentence of my review of Book 1 before proceeding.
While the Avatar State episode was quite annoying and disappointing, the next episode, the Cave of Two Lovers involved a later-famous song, Secret Tunnel. The Return to Omashu wasn't that bad, and it saw the return of a few side characters. The Blind Bandit was one of those episodes that you can't miss or else you have no idea what's going on. Very entertaining indeed. As for the Zuko Alone episode, I don't see why they couldn't just use these as like half of the episode with another story involving Aang and the other people. The next episode was titled The Chase. In this episode, uhhh, Azula hurts her relatives. I don't really remember much more than that. I give this episode a thummz down. The episode Bitter Work resolved some conflicts and taught some message of some kind. The message was: If your friend is gone too long, look for him. I LOVED The Library. The owl was creepy, omnipotent, and omnipresent, making him more creepy. We also discovered some valuable information. This episode started a longer plot as well: The hunt for Appa. So they look for Appa over the next few episodes. During these episodes, Toph hopes to die, some kid is born, the Fire Nation try to break into Ba Sing Se, and some other stuff happens. They find Appa, and Aang visits a Guru to learn how to control the Avatar State. He then opens some door thingamajigs (I never actually caught their name) so he can control the Avatar state. For the last thingamajig to open so he can enter and exit the avatar state at will, he needs to let go of all he loves. He finally learns to do that. But then he sees that Huntara Katara is in danger, and he needs to go. The guru then states that if he quits now, the last door thing will be locked. He leaves anyway. So eventually Huntara Katara is in this one bunkercaveprison place under the lake and it just so happens that Zuko is there too. I don't really remember too much from this episode, but anyway, continuing, Aang and Sokka show up at the cave and Azula shows up at the cave and I think General Iroh shows up at the cave as well. So then Azula fights Aang and Aang dies and everyones sad now and the book is over.
Book Rating: 8/10 I wasn't too happy when the baby's name was Hope in the Serpent's Pass. That name is the 233rd most popular name. Yeah. I looked it up. Most of the episodes weren't very memorable, and looking at the episode list to see which ones to review, I had no idea what most were about. I forgot in less than 2 weeks. That's like 15 episodes. Forgotten in less than 2 weeks.
Toph Literally Wants to Drown, No Kidding

Book 3: Fire
This was probably the best out of all of them. Aang with hair is pretty weird, though. It tells a decent story. It features not only a double-episode story, but also a 4-part episode. Zuko joins the gang, surprising many. The design of the western air temple is quite creative as well. The lion turtle seen in the pilot has returned and is better than you, so shut up and leave it alone. The ending was quite creative, and it was very nice to see the heroes get what they deserve. The Fire Nation is defeated and the war is over. Zuko is the Fire Lord. ZUKO IS THE FIRE LORD. It was crazy how he was only on the good side for less than 15 episodes, and we still liked it when he became Fire Lord. Why? Because the writers know what they are doing. Most writers don't have a clue about anything and have never been so unsure about anything in their life. Michael Dante Dimartino and Bryan Konietzo did well, and we will be forever thankful.
This has been Avatar: The Last Airbender. If you were wondering why Books 1&2 were reviewed so differently from Book 3, books 1&2 were reviewed around April 10th, and the Book 3 review was written on May 17th and I was busy with softball and school.
Until next time, this is Storm signing off.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Here's Why I Haven't Been Posting Lately

So, no introduction sentence. Let's get down to business. I'm moving June 1st, and it will take a couple weeks to get my stuff packed up and then moved and then unpacked. My problem is, my house has wayyyyyy too much stuff in it. I would have a pic ready, but my camera and my phone are dead and they take forever to charge. So lately I've been packing stuff up. I've also had lots of school stuff to do. For example, yesterday was the track meet. It lasted for 8 hours. Next week I have softball practice every day except for Wednesday, and the tournament is on Saturday. Don't worry, though, as I will be posting at least twice a week starting sometime in Late June to early July. Bye!