Toph triumphant.

Not quite an anime topic, I realize, but it is tangentially related to anime, a distant cousin whose exact relation to anime is not quite clear, but nevertheless has Something To Do with anime in a curiously definite way. It is related, it is influenced, it is inspired, it may even be esque.

I've been marathoning all three seasons of Avatar The Last Airbender, and I have to admit that it is Good. I haven't yet pinned down exactly why it is Good, but it entertained and interested me, which is Good Enough. I can understand its popularity now, and I am at least leaning towards being a fan, if not especially keen on joining the fandom. If nothing else, there is always the appeal of Original Characters in fanfics: it's always fun to come up with characters wielding the powers of the elements, albeit more classical than periodic.

It is intriguing that I keep hearing that it's "like anime". If I were flippant, I could make a big deal about how anime is simultaneously seen as a sign of Serious Storytelling and mere Tentacle Porn, but that is so inaccurate it makes my head hurt, and I would rather not inflict that piece of stupidity on anyone else. (Instead, I'll inflict other stupid stuff.) If I had to guess, I'd say that the art style, particularly in the large eyes, are what makes it "like anime". And yet I get the impression that others believe in some undefinable quality, some mystical aether, which suffuses anime, or at least anime that others (not being, like myself, members of Creepius Fanboius) would admit to watching to, and which Avatar and shows like it have deigned to partake of.

It is a mystery.

On another note, despite her sometimes abrasive personality, I find the title of "favourite character" to be pretty much owned by Rock Loli Toph. Possibly because, as I've mentioned on my Twitter, every time she pokes a rock, I expect her to yell "BAKUSAI TENKETSU" or something.

4 Responses to “Except For The Slapstick”
  1. GreyDuck says:

    "ROCK LOLI"! That is awesome. (So is Toph.)

    Hmm, I wonder if there's a B-52's song parody in there somewhere…

  2. Silverdragon15 says:

    Debates about calling this an anime are quite common. In my opinion, call it what you like. It's a cartoon with a story, or an American anime. Either way, it's good.

    Uh…about the fandom…be careful. I hear some bad things about pairing wars…I hate those…

    On another note, Toph is pretty awesome. Rock loli…what tags can you attach to the other characters?

  3. Qwerty says:

    Bakusai Tenketsu, how'd you dig that up? It certainly made me laugh though.

  4. DKellis says:

    I only really figured out just whom Ty Lee reminded me of in the last episode, but "Tylequin" doesn't have the same ring to it.