This scene still breaks my heart each and every single time I watch it.
Azula was a terrible, horrible person. She would have set the world aflame and laughed over the broken carcass of her brother.
But she was fourteen.
She was so ruined and twisted by her childhood and by her nation, driven to insanity by the expectations placed upon her.
Azula was bad and yet I can’t help but feel so terribly sorry for her.
"I don’t have sob stories like all of you."
SHE WAS FUCKING FOURTEEN WHAT
"My own mother….thought I was a monster. She was right, of course, but it still hurt.”
actually, i think one of the shows strengths is that they didn’t shy away from what a horrible tragedy this was. even though she was clearly a villain and did unspeakably awful things, this scene was still framed as sad. there was no celebrating- they just look at her sadly.
the music for the battle that leads up to this moment is sad too- it’s an epic battle, visually probably one of the biggest things done in the entire series, and they could have played it with thumping, energetic, dangerous music. but instead it’s quiet and somber. because the whole scenario is heartbreaking, and they know it.
i think the fact that a kid’s show had so much respect for it’s viewers and their ability to understand the complexity of this situation is what makes avatar great.
Located in the Western Coast of traditional Earth Kingdom lands and the main result of the Harmony Restoration Movement, Republic City is a place for all benders and non-benders to live in harmony regardless of Nation, Kingdom, or Tribe.
Surrounded by majestic mountains in the northwest coast of the Earth Kingdom, Republic City is the largest and most modern city in the United Republic of Nations. Following the Hundred Years War, there was much debate about what to do with the Fire Nation colonies in the Earth Kingdom. Rather than send the Fire Nation citizens home, Aang and Zuko established the United Republic Nations, an area of the world where people from all nations could live and prosper. Republic City became its capital, but to Korra, the city symbolizes freedom and a chance to start a new life.
The dragon is the original practitioner of firebending, capable of breathing fire. It passed on this ability to the Sun Warriors’ civilization, a precursor to the modern day Fire Nation. Nearing the end of the Hundred Year War, the dragon was thought to be extinct, due to General Iroh’s claim that he had killed the final one, following Fire Lord Sozin’s tradition of hunting them. However, Aang and Zuko discovered that two, Ran and Shaw were still alive, deducing that Iroh lied to protect the species.