That… really clarified things Charlie.

Just finished watching the first season of Avatar: the Last Airbender (yes, I’m really late to the Avatar train). I can see why people love this show; it’s really awesome with a lot of great storytelling. It might be because I’m so used to the Japanese anime storytelling style, but occasionally it felt like issues were resolved a little too quickly for my taste. I find that happens a lot when I start watching American TV shows. American animation tends to like episodes that have a distinct beginning, middle, and end to them, instead of, say, 30 minutes of a fight scene *cough cough* dragonball z *cough cough*. Because of this, a lot needs to be packed in to a short amount of time, and sometimes I feel it rushes the emotional arc of the characters. While I really enjoyed Zuko’s journey in the first season, sometimes a lot of the poignant moments just felt a little rushed, as if the directors didn’t want to linger in the moments and give the characters space on the screen to process. I sometimes feel that way when reading American comics too; the entire space of a page is filled to the brim with images so your eye doesn’t get a chance to rest, nor do the characters seem to get more than a panel to process emotions. I guess it’s that Hollywood entertainment idea where they’re afraid that people will get bored if they don’t keep throwing images at their eyes or have people ‘doing’ something on screen.