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Mar 25 2010 5:40pm

Avatar: The Last Airbender Re-Watch: “The Warriors of Kyoshi” (episode 104)

In this episode...

Aang leads the group to Kyoshi Island, where he hopes to ride the elephant koi. Shortly after his ride, Aang and the others are captured by a squad of elite female warriors who live on the island. Aang learns that the village of Kyoshi has stayed neutral in the war between the nations and is named after one of the previous Avatar incarnations who was born there centuries ago. The villagers are suspicious at first but once Aang proves he’s the Avatar, the embrace him. Aang lets their adulation of him go to his head. Sokka offends Suki, the leader of the Kyoshi Warriors, then apologizes to and befriends her, and starts learning their ways. Word of Aang’s presence in Kyoshi spreads quickly and it is not long before Zuko learns of his whereabouts. Zuko’s forces invade Kyoshi, nearly destroying the village in the process before Aang and the others (with the help of the Kyoshi Warriors) fend them off. Aang realizes that everywhere he goes, destruction may follow. 

Jordan

I love Aang’s arc in this episode. Of course, I love the introduction of Suki, but this episode is all about Aang for me. The episode picks up following the gang as they continue Aang’s desire to apparently ride every awesome creature in the world. That leads them Kyoshi Island and the Unagi. Aang spends the first few minutes of the episode trying to get Katara’s attention with his marble bending. She’s not into it. The thing of note about the episode is Aang’s ego and acceptance of being the Avatar. Three episodes ago, he didn’t want to admit who he was to himself. Halfway into this episode, he is surrounded by adoring fangirls and basking in the glow of being the Avatar. THOSE girls liked his marble-bending... until it got old. Katara reminds Aang throughout the episode to keep his ego in check. Unfortunately, Aang’s openness about his identity brings Zuko right to him.
 
SIDE NOTE: How awesome is the storytelling in this episode showing how Zuko finds out Aang’s location? You follow a fish across the world. From water to market to cook all the way to Zuko. BRAVO on that, creators!
 
Once Zuko attacks, Aang sees the consequences of his decision to be open about who he is. It is something that will follow Aang and the gang throughtout the series. For the most part, wherever Aang goes, destruction follows. While on a quick trip to ride a fish, Aang ends up causing the destruction of Kyoshi. But in the end, he manages to tame the Unagi and hoses the village down. It doesn’t make up for all of the destruction, but he does take responsibility for what he caused. So in the course of one episode Aang goes from giddyness to being the Avatar to sobered about his responsibility.
 
CUTE TALLY: The cutest thing in this episode for me was very subtle. When Appa is first seen in the episode, his bangs completely cover his eyes. Later on you see him covered in girls grooming him. In the end, you see that he got his bangs trimmed. Considering future episodes, I’d say those girls of Kyoshi really know how to take care of a flying air bison.


Matt

This is the first episode that plays no part in Aang’s main quest: to master the elements and defeat the firelord. And yet, so many aspects of this episode come back later on. I won’t say which ones to avoid spoilers, but the foresight on the parts of the creators is commendable here.

It’s pretty amazing that packed into this same story about Aang coming to terms with his celebrity is an equally weighty story about Sokka falling in love and learning to respect women, all in twenty-three minutes. He grows in this episode. At the beginning of the pilot he thinks he is a great warrior and then he gets his butt whooped by Zuko. After the Kyoshi warriors whoop him, he is humbled again, and he starts the long journey of learning to be a better warrior—one that we will watch for the remainder of the series. When Sokka faces Zuko in this episode, he gets his butt handed to him again, but he seems to last a couple seconds longer. Maybe we should chronicle all the fights that Sokka and Zuko have over the course of the series, and count how many seconds Sokka lasts in each one.

There is one scene in Sokka’s story that jumps out at me. Sokka finally accepts the Kyoshi way and proves to Suki he can hold his own in a fight. Then Aang pops in, looses a wry remark, and scoots on his merry way. Then an interesting thing happens. Instead of staying with Sokka, we follow Aang into the next scene, where he gets into an argument with Katara. This is a classic literary technique, to show two characters in their separate plotlines crossing at a certain point in the story where one character is high and the other character is low. Tolstoy was the master of this. Kurosawa did it brilliantly. And it is executed well here.

This episode is dense but not rushed. Not only is there tons of physical action, but we are introduced to Suki, the Warriors of Kyoshi, and Avatar Kyoshi. As the end of the episode approached, I thought “Wow. Zuko hasn’t even shown up yet.” And then he does show and his sequence doesn’t feel rushed at all. This episode could have been an hour-long movie. Instead it’s twenty minutes. That’s amazing. (Side note about Zuko’s arrival: how much would it suck to be one of the dudes riding on the back of the fire nation dewbacks? The guy in front gets the reins and the spear. You just sit behind the other guy. Lead warriors, attack! Rear warriors, snuggle!)

In my write-up of episode 102, I talked about how Aang’s love of fun makes him a better Avatar. In this episode, he is able to save the village because he tamed the Unagi. He has tamed the Unagi because he was riding the elephant koi. He rode the koi because he loves fun. Of course, at the same time, if he hadn’t made an irrelevant pit stop in Kyoshi Village, Zuko never would have gone there.

If I have any complaints about this episode, it’s the line “Thank you, Avatar,” that the village elder says at the end. As a writer I found this line really weak. Clearly it was inserted by the writers to make sure we don’t hate Aang for bringing destruction to the village. Hosing down the village does not seem like fair compensation for bringing all the fire. 


John

This episode expands the feel of the world a lot. We meet the Kyoshi Warriors. At this point, we don’t really know what kind of adventures Aang is going to be getting into week to week. Here, we get a better idea of how many people in the world can bend. No one in Kyoshi can bend, so it seems like it’s much more rare than I initially might have thought. 

It’s funny how Aang’s desire to travel around to play with the various animals, like the elephant koi, actually help them evade Zuko for a while. I don’t think I noticed that the first time around. I guess that’s more evidence supporting Matt’s hypothesis about “fighting the Fire Nation with fun.” 

A few favorite amusing moments from this episode: 

  • I love the part when Aang reveals he’s the Avatar and the villagers start celebrating and that one guy starts foaming at the mouth he’s so excited.
  • The part where the girls are chasing Aang over the bridge is amusing but a bit too silly for my taste. But when the painter is painting Aang and every time he looks up there’s more people posing with him is quite funny.
  • I love when Aang is showing off for the girls by doing pushups, then one handed pushups, then NO HANDED pushups. It’s one of those examples subtly showing the rich worldbuilding of the series. OF COURSE young airbender males would try to impress girls that way.
  • And finally, I love how Aang keeps trying the marble trick even though no one cares. It’s endearing how awesome he thinks it is. 

This is a good episode showing how much growing up Aang is going to have to do if he’s going to fulfil his destiny as Avatar. He starts off by leading them to Kyoshi specifically so he can ride the elephant koi, then spends most of his time in the village playing with his flock of admirerers. Then, when he tries to recruit Katara into having some fun with them, he’s much more interested in having fun than being responsible and cautious as Katara advises. Not listening to Katara almost costs the villagers everything. 

Nice touch showing a new trick a waterbender can perform: reviving someone who has nearly drowned. At first i was thinking, that seems like a pretty advanced technique for Katara, but it seems like the sort of thing that would  be very valuable to those of the Water Tribe, so it would be one of the earliest tricks a waterbender would learn.

They do a good job of tying the silliness of the episode into the plot of this one, since Aang would perhaps not have been able to save the village from total destruction if he had not rode the elephant koi and thus encoutered the Unagi. (Of course, the village would not have been threatened in the first place if not for Aang going there so he could ride the koi.) Aang using the Unagi to put out the fires in the village was kind of cool, but I’m not sure how much sense it makes. It’s a very kind of cartoon solution to a problem that is not the typical way things are solved in this series. It’s a little too easy; Aang wrestling with it before doesn’t quite make it seem like he should be able to now manhandle it into spouting water almost at will. However, the Avatar does seem to have some sort of abilitiy to communicate with animals in a way maybe others can’t; or at least he’s certainly more in tune with nature and wildlife than your typical bender. And the heroic Avatar music is playing when Aang does that, so is he using some kind of ability?

Obviously, if he had not used the Unagi, it would have been a waterbending sort of thing to save the village from fire, but Katara of course is not a strong enough bender at this point to perform that kind of task, and Aang hasn’t learned any at all. However, he’s quite the airbender—surely he could have used airbending to put the fire out?

Aang being at this village costs the villagers much. There are consequences for the people who harbor the Avatar. The additional burden he has to carry is that he needs the help of other people, but the people who help him will have to suffer. That’s pretty dark for a kids show.

I can’t help but think this point may have been reinforced a bit more in this episode had we seen at least a single person die or be seriously injured in the battle (perhaps one of Aang’s young admirerers?). For all the destruction the invasion seems to have caused, it looks like no one was hurt even a little bit. 

I didn’t have a problem with the village leader saying “Thank you, Avatar,” as I don’t think it was just to tell the viewer that it’s okay what Aang did, but that the villagers are thankful to him because he restored hope to them that the war may someday end.
 


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Matt London is an author and filmmaker who lives in New York City. He is a graduate of the Clarion Writer’s Workshop, and a columnist for Tor.com. His fiction is forthcoming in the anthology The Living Dead 2. He holds a BFA in Film Production from New York University.

Jordan Hamessley is a children’s book editor at Penguin Books for Young Readers where she edits the Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Chaotic publishing programs, as well as developing original series. She is also an assistant editor for Lightspeed Magazine. She can be found on twitter as @thejordache.

John Joseph Adams (www.johnjosephadams.com) is an anthologist, a writer, and a geek. He is the editor of the anthologies By Blood We Live, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Living Dead (a World Fantasy Award finalist), Seeds of Change, and Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. He is also currently the fiction editor of Lightspeed Magazine, which launches in June 2010, and the co-host of Tor.com’s Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.

17 comments
Confusador
1. Confusador
You guys have all pointed out details that make this episode work so well, I feel compelled to add. My favorite is that the technique that Katara uses to save Aang is basically the same thing that she was practicing when Aang came to tell her what he was doing. And of course, the whole series is that way! This episode alone sets up several key points down the road.

I think the riding of the Unagi at the end is really key to Aang's arc here. The episode is about his coming to terms with being the Avatar, and he progresses from forgetting it, to reveling in the praise, to realizing the responsibility that he carries. His expression right before he jumps seems to me to be one of realizing that it's not all going to be fun, sometimes he's going to have to do crazy things. And it's the first time we see him do a crazy avatar thing without being in the avatar state.
Kate Nepveu
2. katenepveu
The humor in this episode was pitched too young for me, and Katara/Aang makes me go LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU, but Suki! I actually went and rewatched her awesomeness in "The Boiling Rock" just because she is so awesome.

Also, Appa paw catch! Yay, Appa!
René Walling
3. cybernetic_nomad
The relationship between Suki and Sakka is just so cool. And for those who don't know, suki (and koi), is one of several Japanese words for love.

Because of this (after Momo in the last episode), I was worried that the main cast would be gaining another member every episode for a few episodes and that she was the one this time. Luckily things turn out to be different (and way better).

I think this episode is important because Aang, Katara and Sakka all take a first step towards what they will become: Aang starts to realize what being the Avatar means, Katara bending water out of Aang also foreshadows the way she will learn to heal with bending as well as bloodbending, and Sakka starts training as a warrior.
Matt London
4. MattLondon
Here are some spoilerized thoughts on this ep:

Suki is such a fierce character. I've spent a lot of time trying to come up with other characters from TV, film, and literature who resemble her personality and place in the show, but there is no one who quite captures the intricacies of the brave Kyoshi Warrior. (If anyone can think of a character, shout her out.)

She is Sokka's first love interest, then disappears; he has other experiences, and then reunites with Suki. But she doesn't make it too easy for him. She can't bend, but holds her own in a fight. She is supportive, but independent. I kept thinking about the season two episode "Appa's Lost Days." Suki gets some serious personality in that episode. But maybe that is because I was already invested in her. I love her voice. She's sarcastic. She's a really good counterpart to Sokka. At the end of season one, when Sokka is hooking up with the moon, I'm like, "Sokka? What are you doing hooking up with the moon? She's engaged. And you've got a babealicious warrior back on Kyoshi Island."
Confusador
5. Jmvreality
I wonder which animal the Waterbenders learned from——we find out that Firebenders learned from the Dragons, Earthbenders from the BadgerMoles, and Airbenders from the Sky Bisons. But we never find out about the Waterbenders, do we?

It seems like the Unagi was Waterbending, though... maybe it's a common talent among the seamonsters of the Four Nations.
Confusador
6. Maac
The closest thing we get to a parallel is that Waterbenders learned from watching the moon pull the tides.
Confusador
7. jmvreality
Oh, that's right! I forgot about that.

It seems a little more wishy-washy than the other bending, though perhaps that's appropriate.
Confusador
8. Confusador
Maac beat me too it, but how awesome is that? "Who taught you guys?" "Oh, we learned from the Moon Spirit, you?" "Uh, some blind mole things."

Not that I'm biased at all, but seriously, you can kill a Dragon or a Bison or a Badgermole, but just try and take on the flippin' Moon... *ahem*
Confusador
9. Michael Schiffer
"...but just try and take on the flippin' Moon... *ahem*"

Zhao: "Now there's a thought..."
Confusador
10. SuchStrings
Decent episode, although not my favorite. I'm one of those people who hates to see the protagonist in a humiliating position. Defeated I don't mind, but I hate in when they look like a fool. And Unfortunately Aang plays the fool in this episode. Still this is a part of his character arc and makes it all the more satisfying when he becomes more mature eventually. As annoying as these 'kiddy' bits can be for the older audience, its something we need to see to appreciate the growth.

Also, Suki is pretty awesome although not my favorite character. One thing you got to love about Avatar is the strong women characters. Yet another reason why this show appeals across so many demographics.
Chris Meadows
11. Robotech_Master
Sigh. Meant to write this earlier so I could post it as the first comment again, but got roped into playing Mass Effect for 30 hours straight.

Anyway, here's my review of this episode. (I made sure to write it before reading anything here, so I could be sure not to be influenced by these reviews. Now I get to go read them, yay!)

It was inevitable that sooner or later Avatar: The Last Airbender would get around to a story with a moral—or "an Aesop," as TVTropes calls them. Most kids' shows have them; it's sort of a price of getting to be a kids' cartoon. Some character has to start the episode wrong-headed and come to grief in order to Learn His Lesson.

The reason is, of course, that thanks to anti-30-minute-advertisement advocacy groups and laws, kids' shows are frequently called upon to demonstrate redeeming qualities to counterbalance their popcorn-for-the-mind nature. And one way in which it can do that is by teaching some important moral value. (Can you imagine what it would be like if adult action movies and TV shows were required to push a particular sort of morality on their viewers? Deckard telling people to be nice to animals? Robocop reminding people not to jaywalk?)

Fortunately, Avatar is generally light-handed enough on the moralizing that its Aesops aren't the usual patronizing pain in the pants. This isn't always the case—we'll run into an episode late in the first season where the writers flub it pretty badly—but fortunately, "The Warriors of Kiyoshi" handles it pretty well.

The problem with Aesops, in my opinion, is that the character learning the lesson is often required to act like an idiot so that he can "learn his lesson". Sometimes the character spontaneously develops negative attitudes he never had before just so he can have them "cured" by a life lesson. This is a problem that is a bit less in evidence here, however. Even though Sokka has never actually come out and said he's a chauvinist, it seems to fit with some of his attitudes toward Katara in the first episode.

Interestingly, Katara seems to have gone along with it so far, taking on the "women's work" in her family in the Southern Water Tribe (including, famously, dealing with Sokka's socks) because that's what women in her tribe do. (This actually explains and excuses Sokka's attitudes to a certain extent—he's brought up to believe that tribal responsibilities are divided a certain way between the genders.) And she's still doing it now that they're away from the tribe, as she is seen mending Sokka's pants as they fly across the sea on Appa—until Sokka cops the 'tude that this is what GURLS are supposed to do.

Now, to give Sokka credit, he didn't come right out and say they were "supposed to" do it, he said that they're "better at" doing it. But still, Katara decided she'd had the far side of enough and threw Sokka's pants back in his face. And this led to one of the all-time greatest taken-out-of-context Avatar lines ever: "Relax, Sokka. Where we're going, you won't need any pants!"

And it turns out that Sokka isn't the only one getting Aesopped here, as Aang gets to learn a lesson about showing off versus taking responsibility. The first time Aang shows off, he nearly gets eaten by the Unagi. Subsequently, when he tries to impress Katara by doing more and more dangerous things, she doesn't bite—which leads to Aang nearly drowning until Katara bends the water out of his lungs.

So the Aaang gang (or, as fans call them, the "gAang") are ambushed by the Kyoshi Warriors—and despite being tied up, Sokka still manages to put his foot in his mouth. And the village elder accuses them of being Fire Nation spies, insisting on Kyoshi Island's strict neutrality in the war, until Aang proves who he is by airbending—and then shows the villagers his "impressive" airbending marble trick. (One of them actually foams at the mouth and collapses (…what the heck?), setting up the single-most delayed-action running gag in the entire show.)

Subsequently, the gAang is welcomed to the town, and Aang, despite his claim of being "just a simple monk," lets fan adulation go to his head. But the fans aren't the ones he really wants to impress. He's showing his first real sign of being majorly attracted to Katara and he really wants to get her attention—but she isn't biting, and to make matters worse Aang's efforts are actually annoying her.

So Sokka goes to see the Kiyoshi Warriors to assure himself that they really aren't All That—with predictable results. Seems that Suki et al are just as unimpressed by Sokka's self-importance as Katara was (and you can just see it coming, as Suki asks for a "demonstration"). It seems that the Kyoshi Warriors are, among other things, especially adept at jujutsu (which was originally developed as a fighting art for samurai to use when they had to go without their swords).

But here is where the episode gets really interesting.

When the series started out, I really wasn't impressed with Sokka. He seemed to be cut from the same "sarcastic whiner" cloth as one of my least favorite characters from my Saturday morning cartoon days, "Eric" the Cavalier from Dungeons and Dragons. Throughout the entire series, it seemed all Eric existed to do was be annoying, and provide comic relief by getting smacked in the face. I was afraid Sokka was going to go the same way.

But "The Warriors of Kiyoshi" changed my mind. Because after it had been demonstrated that Sokka was an idiot, rather than sulking for the rest of the episode he actually humbled himself, admitted his mistake (albeit with a classic "non-apology apology," "I"m sorry if I insulted you earlier" (emphasis mine)), and went down on his knees to beg Suki to teach him.

This was the point where I blinked and went, "Wait, what?" Characters in cartoons aren't supposed to learn anything, after all; they're supposed to be unchanging one-note stereotypes of specific character traits (like Eric) so that viewers have an easier time relating to them if they pick up any given episode without ever having seen the show before. That Avatar's writers were willing to show there was more to Sokka than whiny sarcasm speaks well for them.

So then we have Sokka forced to wear the Warriors' standard dressy kimono outfit and face paint (though you'd think Sokka wouldn't be too upset at the face paint, at least, given how he painted himself up in the first episode. Maybe he and Suki could trade makeup tips!). Standard embarrassment humor: Sokka's punishment isn't over even though he's admitted he was wrong. I can't help but think Suki and the others took a little too much enjoyment out of it, but on the other hand it was a chance to show just how much Sokka had changed.

Meanwhile, Aang continues to try to impress Katara, but still ends up missing the point. There's a nice bit of schoolyard repartee here, as Katara calls Aang's behavior ridiculous and Aang gives an "I know you are but what am I?" response. A little later, he gets so desperate for Katara's attention that he decides to go ride the Unagi, the giant eel-monster that nearly got him earlier, hoping to get a rise out of her—and all she says is, "Good for you." Classic child-wanting-attention vs. "parent" (or parental figure) too smart to give it to him.

And going from weakness to strength, Sokka demonstrates the Water Tribe versatility that makes him such a good warrior. Though some people will complain that Sokka learns too much too quickly at one point much later in the series, even as far back as this episode Sokka turns out to be adept enough at picking up the Kyoshi Warriors' fighting style that he is able to throw Suki (though she rather unconvincingly protests that she fell on purpose to make him feel better) after just a day of practice.

And then we have the episode's other Aesop, as Katara apologizes to Aang for not paying attention to him, and Aang apologizes for "being a jerk." And then the Unagi shows up, and Aang gets his ride after all. It ends poorly, and Zuko arrives, but at least Katara is able to bend the water out of Aang's lungs and save his life.

The fire benders tear up the town, and the Kyoshi Warriors turn out not to be quite a match for Zuko and his forces. Aang gets his Aesop driven home—by showing off and taking advantage of the town, he brought destruction to it at the hands of the fire benders. Meanwhile, Sokka and Suki cement what appears to be a growing relationship (though not one they will have much time to consummate) as Suki tells Sokka that she's a warrior but a girl too. Aang somehow manages to get the Unagi to spray water over the town to put out its fires, and awaaaaay they go (and Aang gets the hug he was hoping for only after doing something "stupid and dangerous" but also helpful).

The episode is full of great comedy beats: Zuko proclaiming himself a master of calmness, then losing his temper when Iroh says they have no idea where the Avatar is. ("You really need to open a window in here.") Iroh saying that the Avatar is "a master of evasive maneuverings" and the music doing that "phonograph-record-slows-down" thing as the scene changes to Sokka accusing Aang of not knowing where he's going. Aang's "airbending trick" complete with comedy music sting. Aang remining Appa that he's tired ("Yeah, that was real convincing.").

Iroh's reaction to Zuko's learning where the Avatar is. ("Are you going to finish that?" "I was going to save it for later!") Sokka's conflating of a rant against being beaten up by a bunch of girls with appreciation of his breakfast. (Angrily: "Mmm. This is tasty.") Aang and Katara's rapid-fire "Great." "I know it's great!" exchange. Aang being chased around over and around the bridge like the Beatles in A Hard Day's Night. The village elder's consternation as the subject matter for his painting kept growing and growing. The soaking fire benders after Aang's Unagi spray. Just…lots of funny stuff.

Something else I liked was the use of the caught fish as a metaphor for the news of the Avatar's arrival on Kiyoshi Island. The news passes along with the very prominently-displayed caught fish as the fish goes from the sea to Zuko and Iroh's table. You don't often see such finely nuanced metaphors from a kids' show; they're mostly straightforward to the point of being dumbed down.

Most impressive of all is that the show managed to get not one but two Aesops across without coming across as heavy-handed or preachy, and at the same time giving the characters some much-needed development. (It was great to see there was more to Sokka than annoyingness.) It would have been nice to see more of Suki, but the show has enough of an ensemble cast already.

I only have a couple of complaints. For one thing, the Unagi seemed to be a little too biddable at the last. How is it that tugging its whiskers makes it spray water exactly where Aang wants it sprayed? Oh well, it's just a show. I should really just relax.

And for another, I know this goes against what I said earlier but thinking about it I can't help think that Sokka seemed to be way too easily convinced that his attitudes about "girls" were wrong. I mean, he's been raised his entire life in a tribe where men have certain responsibilities and women have others—but all it takes is getting tossed on his rump a few times by GURLS to make him suddenly adopt a Pee Cee "genders-are-equal" attitude? (I know, I know, Just A Show.)

Zuko and Iroh really don't get a whole lot of screen time in this episode, but that's all right—they've had more time in past episodes, and will in the future. This is the gAang's turn in the spotlight.

As an aside, it's worth noting that The Last Airbender's "enlightened" attitude toward women, as evinced by episodes such as this, has made it very popular with feminists—but, ironically, Mattel refused to make action figures of any female characters, since female action figures historically don't sell very well.

Anyway, it's a much better episode than by rights it ought to be.

My grade: A-
John Joseph Adams
12. johnjosephadams
"Can you imagine what it would be like if adult action movies and TV shows were required to push a particular sort of morality on their viewers? Deckard telling people to be nice to animals? Robocop reminding people not to jaywalk?"

Actually, in Robocop 2, he's reprogrammed to do stuff like admonish people for jaywalking.
Chris Meadows
14. Robotech_Master
@12: Yeah, but he doesn't turn to the fourth wall and admonish the viewer not to jaywalk.

Knowing is half the battle.
Zayne Forehand
15. ShiningArmor
I think my favorite part of this episode was the fan blast from Aang. Slo-mo is overused so badly in action nowadays but that was perfect for animation. It was also the first time for me seeing how much the circular motions were part of his fighting style.

Also, yes that is Foo Foo Cuddly Poops on my Icon.
Confusador
16. scrollie
@ShiningArmor, it was also pretty cool how he picked up those fan blades without actually *touching* them, eh?
Jennifer B
17. JennB
I didn't notice Appa's bangs, but your comment on them made me think about one of the things I really love about this series so far. The characters change. Their hair actually grows. They sometimes change their outfits. I am currently in season 3 and I swear one of the characters is taller.

Pretty cool for a cartoon.

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