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@takashichea:

‘Legend of Korra’ Creator Reveals Official Korrasami Art, You Gotta Deal With It

Article: http://screencrush.com/the-legend-of-korra-korrasami-art-bryan-konietzko-official/

The Legend of Korra made history by the end of its official series finale, implicitly confirming a bisexual relationship between two of its lead characters, a surprise move that creators Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino expanded on at length afterward. Now, all the Korrasami feels can be yours, with official artwork of an Avatar date night.

Konietzko revealed the “Turtle-duck Date Night” artwork over Tumblr, adding that the piece was drawn and painted for the March 7 Legend of Korra / Avatar: The Last Airbender Tribute Exhibition at California’s Gallery Nucleus. Both DiMartino and Konietzko will be on hand to sell and/or sign the 100 exclusive prints, Konietzko’s proceeds of which will go to an LGBTQ suicide prevention hotline.

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This video really did a number on my emotions

The Next Avatar (A Korrasami Fan Comic)

Attack on Korra

And this was done by the same person who did Korrasami Spirit World Adventures- Oh Honey Be Okay, located in the above post

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@takashichea:

Don't know if this is real, but if it is, yes yes and another yes :):):):)

https://twitter.com/SongExploder/status/553676737913966592

UPDATE:

Unfortunately me hoping it was a new episode has been shattered :(:(, it's NOT a new episode but a podcast where they interview musicians, and they'll interview Zeremy Zuckerman about the about the music of the finale, since Bryan mentioned that he specifically asked the music for that scene to have a romantic touch.

Still it is something

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@takashichea:

Thanks, and that it did and very well considering what they were allowed to do, and I'll take a look at the link.

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@takashichea:

I'm fine with the ending of Korra. I think what the creators had did with ending, restrictions or not was good enough. I'm not interested in signing a petition to alter something that has been done already.

I loved what they did too, it was brilliant I wouldn't be posting the the stuff I posted if it wasn't, and even if there's no more, I would be sad, but, I would be ok with it left like it is, And once the comics start being released, I can pick them up, I'm sure it would be explored there.

Be careful when you called Korra, a western animation, here in this community. Back then, this site has a struggle with its scope on what's anime or not. We did allowed Korra to be in the wiki here by the skin our teeth.

Sorry didn't realise, I'll refrain from calling it that from now on. Although it's odd that it would be an issue since it had an anime influence.

What's wrong with it being created by a eastern company? I don't believe only a western company should do Korra. Any company can make Korra if it comes to it for the creators or the fans.

I'm sure they would, I guess I want to keep it here because that's were it's life began, keep it within the family as it were, but if it does go to an eastern company I would be ok with it, but only if Bryan and Mike keep creative control.

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@takashichea:

I would agree with that, Neflix does concentration more on movies and ongoing series than anime, while the companies you've mentioned are capitalising on anime's popularity, What I meant was that Neflix could be the company to produce the show not just stream it, since they have that experience of producing their own shows, while the others simply stream, and while there are companies that have more experience creating anime, they mostly located in Japan. Avatar is still a western animation and should be produced by a western company like Netflix, and if by any chance they do take it on, Bryke the creators will not be restricted but it being categorised as a show for kids, that would mean they would have the freedom to expand on the subject matters they want. for example the would actually be able to explore the Korrasami relationship in more detail than would be able to under Nickelodeon.

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@takashichea: I personally don't subscribe to either HULU or Netflix, but have seen some of the work Netflix has done and they seems to have what it takes to produce more shows.

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@takashichea said:

@animehunter:

Wow, that's a great video. It look official, too. Didn't know it was made by a super awesome fan. Thanks for sharing that.

You're welcome and it does doesn't it, if I didn't know it was fan made, I would have thought it was an official clip for the next episode/season.

Also there's a petition to get Netflix to takeover the franchise, they currently have over 9,800 signatures.

https://www.change.org/p/netflix-pick-up-the-avatar-franchise-and-release-as-a-netflix-original-series?after_sign_exp=member_sponsored_donation

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@takashichea:

With what had been created by fans, I thought I'd place them in order of how they might flow

Source: http://imgur.com/xWg5JPR

Source: http://drakyx.tumblr.com/post/106247090162/really-okay-ive-always-wanted-to-see-what-the

Created by Natalie or HalanneeFrom Youtube, showing what could have happened after they entered the Spirit World and I can say for a fan made it's actually pretty well done, if I was someone who didn't know the series ended and they didn't mention it was fake, I might have thought this was a clip for the next episode/season.

what the publisher said:

two best friend dorks embark in the spirit world for some adventures and stuffs. i cant draw, so this was the next best thing. i masked and digitally edited almost every scene, so yes everything is fake.

Doesn't fit anywhere, but still

Source: http://ladygt.deviantart.com/art/Lok-The-End-501334739

SPEED PAINTING VERSION HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9gb-TzaQPI

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@takashichea:

That would be cool to see, they did say they were only allowed to go so far, maybe they created this scene but were unable to use it and they're leaving it for the, as you said, the Blu-Ray/DVD release. one can dream.

Just a shame that there won't be 5th, 6th, 7th....... book, I would have liked to see how the relationship would have developed on the small screen, at least we'll have the comics, just hope it won't take too long for their release.

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@takashichea said:

@Supreme Marvel:

Should have ended like this:

That would definitely be hilarious to see

and it

Just so happens someone created this extended ending

Source: http://imgur.com/xWg5JPR

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Korrasami Confirmed

My thoughts:

Simply put, I am VERY happy this happened finally. I never thought I'd ever see something like this not in what supposed to be a kids show. so I lift my hat tot he Nick and the creators, especially the creators, in being brave enough to do this, although it didn't too far, which I suspected to be one of Nicks conditions, still, it was I feel a move in the right direction.

WELL DONE BRYAN & MIKE, WELL DONE, while I would have liked for them to carry on with the show, the way they ended it was not only brilliant, brave, but also beautiful.

With the creators Bryan Konietzko & Mike DiMartino confirming that Korra and Asami are OFFICIALLY a couple, I was wondering what's everyone thoughts on it were.

For those wanting more confirmation

Here is what the creators post on their Blog or Tumblr

http://bryankonietzko.tumblr.com/post/105920055427/michaeldantedimartino-korrasami-confirmed-now

http://bryankonietzko.tumblr.com/post/105916338157/korrasami-is-canon-you-can-celebrate-it-embrace

http://mikedimartinostory.com/2014/12/22/korrasami-confirmed/

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Korra » Thoughts on the confirmation of Karrasami relationship

My thoughts: Simply put, I am VERY happy this happened finally. I never thought I'd ever see something like this not in what supposed to be a kids show. so I lift my hat tot he Nick and the creators, especially the creators, in being brave enough to do this, although it didn't too far, which I suspected to be one of Nicks conditions, still, it was I feel a move in the right direction.

WELL DONE BRYAN & MIKE, WELL DONE, while I would have liked for them to carry on with the show, the way they ended it was not only brilliant, brave, but also beautiful.

With the creators Bryan Konietzko & Mike DiMartino confirming that Korra and Asami are OFFICIALLY a couple, I was wondering what's everyone thoughts on it were.

For the full ending of the Final Episode

Official quotes from the creators

Mike DiMartino

Korrasami Confirmed

Now that Korra and Asami’s final moment is out in the world, it seems like an appropriate time to express how I feel about it. I didn’t want to say anything right away so the audience could experience the finale for themselves.

The main themes of the Avatar universe have always revolved around equality, justice, acceptance, tolerance, and balancing differing worldviews. In subtle and maybe not so subtle ways, Avatar and Legend of Korra have dealt with difficult subjects such as genocide, child abuse, deaths of loved ones, and post traumatic stress. I took it as a complement when Joanna Robinson of Vanity Fair called the show subversive. There were times even I was surprised we were able to delve into the really tough stuff on a children’s TV network. While the episodes were never designed to “make a statement”, Bryan and I always strove to treat the more difficult subject matter with the respect and gravity it deserved.

And over the years we’ve heard from numerous fans, in person and online, how Avatar and Korra have influenced their lives for the better or helped them overcome a life struggle or setback. I am always humbled when people share their personal stories with us and I am grateful that my love for telling stories has been able to help people in some small way. So while Avatar and Korra were always meant to be entertaining and engaging tales, this universe and its characters also speak to the deeper humanity in all of us, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, culture, nationality, or sexual orientation.

Our intention with the last scene was to make it as clear as possible that yes, Korra and Asami have romantic feelings for each other. The moment where they enter the spirit portal symbolizes their evolution from being friends to being a couple. Many news outlets, bloggers, and fans picked up on this and didn’t find it ambiguous. For the most part, it seems like the point of the scene was understood and additional commentary wasn’t really needed from Bryan or me. But in case people were still questioning what happened in the last scene, I wanted to make a clear verbal statement to complement the show’s visual one. I get that not everyone will be happy with the way that the show ended. Rarely does a series finale of any show satisfy that show’s fans, so I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the positive articles and posts I’ve seen about Korra’s finale.

I’ve already read some heartwarming and incredible posts about how this moment means so much for the LGBT community. Once again, the incredible outpouring of support for the show humbles me. As Tenzin says, “Life is one big bumpy ride.” And if, by Korra and Asami being a couple, we are able to help smooth out that ride even a tiny bit for some people, I’m proud to do my part, however small it might be. Thanks for reading.

Bryan Konietzko

Korrasami is canon.

You can celebrate it, embrace it, accept it, get over it, or whatever you feel the need to do, but there is no denying it. That is the official story. We received some wonderful press in the wake of the series finale at the end of last week, and just about every piece I read got it right: Korra and Asami fell in love. Were they friends? Yes, and they still are, but they also grew to have romantic feelings for each other.

Was Korrasami “endgame,” meaning, did we plan it from the start of the series? No, but nothing other than Korra’s spiritual arc was. Asami was a duplicitous spy when Mike and I first conceived her character. Then we liked her too much so we reworked the story to keep her in the dark regarding her father’s villainous activities. Varrick and Zhu Li weren’t originally planned to end up as a couple either, but that’s where we took the story/where the story took us. That’s how writing works the vast majority of the time. You give these characters life and then they tell you what they want to do.

I have bragging rights as the first Korrasami shipper (I win!). As we wrote Book 1, before the audience had ever laid eyes on Korra and Asami, it was an idea I would kick around the writers’ room. At first we didn’t give it much weight, not because we think same-sex relationships are a joke, but because we never assumed it was something we would ever get away with depicting on an animated show for a kids network in this day and age, or at least in 2010.

Makorra was only “endgame” as far as the end of Book 1. Once we got into Book 2 we knew we were going to have them break up, and we never planned on getting them back together. Sorry, friends. I like Mako too, and I am sure he will be just fine in the romance department. He grew up and learned about himself through his relationships with Asami and Korra, and he’s a better person for it, and he’ll be a better partner for whomever he ends up with.

Once Mako and Korra were through, we focused on developing Korra and Asami’s relationship. Originally, it was primarily intended to be a strong friendship. Frankly, we wanted to set most of the romance business aside for the last two seasons. Personally, at that point I didn’t want Korra to have to end up with someone at the end of series. We obviously did it in Avatar, but even that felt a bit forced to me. I’m usually rolling my eyes when that happens in virtually every action film, “Here we go again…” It was probably around that time that I came across this quote from Hayao Miyazaki:

“I’ve become skeptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and girl appear in the same feature, a romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship, one where the two mutually inspire each other to live - if I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love.”

I agree with him wholeheartedly, especially since the majority of the examples in media portray a female character that is little more than a trophy to be won by the male lead for his derring-do. So Mako and Korra break the typical pattern and end up respecting, admiring, and inspiring each other. That is a resolution I am proud of.

However, I think there needs to be a counterpart to Miyazaki’s sentiment: Just because two characters of the same sex appear in the same story, it should not preclude the possibility of a romance between them. No, not everyone is queer, but the other side of that coin is that not everyone is straight. The more Korra and Asami’s relationship progressed, the more the idea of a romance between them organically blossomed for us. However, we still operated under this notion, another “unwritten rule,” that we would not be allowed to depict that in our show. So we alluded to it throughout the second half of the series, working in the idea that their trajectory could be heading towards a romance.

But as we got close to finishing the finale, the thought struck me: How do I know we can’t openly depict that? No one ever explicitly said so. It was just another assumption based on a paradigm that marginalizes non-heterosexual people. If we want to see that paradigm evolve, we need to take a stand against it. And I didn’t want to look back in 20 years and think, “Man, we could have fought harder for that.” Mike and I talked it over and decided it was important to be unambiguous about the intended relationship.

We approached the network and while they were supportive there was a limit to how far we could go with it, as just about every article I read accurately deduced. It was originally written in the script over a year ago that Korra and Asami held hands as they walked into the spirit portal. We went back and forth on it in the storyboards, but later in the retake process I staged a revision where they turned towards each other, clasping both hands in a reverential manner, in a direct reference to Varrick and Zhu Li’s nuptial pose from a few minutes prior. We asked Jeremy Zuckerman to make the music tender and romantic, and he fulfilled the assignment with a sublime score. I think the entire last two-minute sequence with Korra and Asami turned out beautiful, and again, it is a resolution of which I am very proud. I love how their relationship arc took its time, through kindness and caring. If it seems out of the blue to you, I think a second viewing of the last two seasons would show that perhaps you were looking at it only through a hetero lens.

Was it a slam-dunk victory for queer representation? I think it falls short of that, but hopefully it is a somewhat significant inching forward. It has been encouraging how well the media and the bulk of the fans have embraced it. Sadly and unsurprisingly, there are also plenty of people who have lashed out with homophobic vitriol and nonsense. It has been my experience that by and large this kind of mindset is a result of a lack of exposure to people whose lives and struggles are different from one’s own, and due to a deficiency in empathy––the latter being a key theme in Book 4. (Despite what you might have heard, bisexual people are real!) I have held plenty of stupid notions throughout my life that were planted there in any number of ways, or even grown out of my own ignorance and flawed personality. Yet through getting to know people from all walks of life, listening to the stories of their experiences, and employing some empathy to try to imagine what it might be like to walk in their shoes, I have been able to shed many hurtful mindsets. I still have a long way to go, and I still have a lot to learn. It is a humbling process and hard work, but nothing on the scale of what anyone who has been marginalized has experienced. It is a worthwhile, lifelong endeavor to try to understand where people are coming from.

There is the inevitable reaction, “Mike and Bryan just caved in to the fans.” Well, which fans? There were plenty of Makorra shippers out there, so if we had gone back on our decision and gotten those characters back together, would that have meant we caved in to those fans instead? Either direction we went, there would inevitably be a faction that was elated and another that was devastated. Trust me, I remember Kataang vs. Zutara. But one of those directions is going to be the one that feels right to us, and Mike and I have always made both Avatar and Korra for us, first and foremost. We are lucky that so many other people around the world connect with these series as well. Tahno playing trombone––now that was us caving in to the fans!

But this particular decision wasn’t only done for us. We did it for all our queer friends, family, and colleagues. It is long overdue that our media (including children’s media) stops treating non-heterosexual people as nonexistent, or as something merely to be mocked. I’m only sorry it took us so long to have this kind of representation in one of our stories.

I’ll wrap this up with some incredible words that Mike and I received in a message from a former Korra crew member. He is a deeply religious person who devotes much of his time and energy not only to his faith, but also to helping young people. He and I may have starkly different belief systems, but it is heartwarming and encouraging that on this issue we are aligned in a positive, progressive direction:

“I’ve read enough reviews to get a sense of how it affected people. One very well-written article in Vanity Fair called it subversive (in a good way, of course)… I would say a better word might be “healing.” I think your finale was healing for a lot of people who feel outside or on the fringes, or that their love and their journey is somehow less real or valuable than someone else’s… That it’s somehow less valid. I know quite a few people in that position, who have a lifetime of that on their shoulders, and in one episode of television you both relieved and validated them. That’s healing in my book.”

Love,

Bryan

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Korrasami Confirmed

Now that Korra and Asami’s final moment is out in the world, it seems like an appropriate time to express how I feel about it. I didn’t want to say anything right away so the audience could experience the finale for themselves.

The main themes of the Avatar universe have always revolved around equality, justice, acceptance, tolerance, and balancing differing worldviews. In subtle and maybe not so subtle ways, Avatar and Legend of Korra have dealt with difficult subjects such as genocide, child abuse, deaths of loved ones, and post traumatic stress. I took it as a complement when Joanna Robinson of Vanity Fair called the show subversive. There were times even I was surprised we were able to delve into the really tough stuff on a children’s TV network. While the episodes were never designed to “make a statement”, Bryan and I always strove to treat the more difficult subject matter with the respect and gravity it deserved.

And over the years we’ve heard from numerous fans, in person and online, how Avatar and Korra have influenced their lives for the better or helped them overcome a life struggle or setback. I am always humbled when people share their personal stories with us and I am grateful that my love for telling stories has been able to help people in some small way. So while Avatar and Korra were always meant to be entertaining and engaging tales, this universe and its characters also speak to the deeper humanity in all of us, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, culture, nationality, or sexual orientation.

Our intention with the last scene was to make it as clear as possible that yes, Korra and Asami have romantic feelings for each other. The moment where they enter the spirit portal symbolizes their evolution from being friends to being a couple. Many news outlets, bloggers, and fans picked up on this and didn’t find it ambiguous. For the most part, it seems like the point of the scene was understood and additional commentary wasn’t really needed from Bryan or me. But in case people were still questioning what happened in the last scene, I wanted to make a clear verbal statement to complement the show’s visual one. I get that not everyone will be happy with the way that the show ended. Rarely does a series finale of any show satisfy that show’s fans, so I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the positive articles and posts I’ve seen about Korra’s finale.

I’ve already read some heartwarming and incredible posts about how this moment means so much for the LGBT community. Once again, the incredible outpouring of support for the show humbles me. As Tenzin says, “Life is one big bumpy ride.” And if, by Korra and Asami being a couple, we are able to help smooth out that ride even a tiny bit for some people, I’m proud to do my part, however small it might be. Thanks for reading.

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