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I figured I don't need to write you an essay on why I ship it. You can just take a look for yourself. (There's definitely a theme here, though, and I hope it came across clear enough. The image is sort of supposed to document the progression of their canon dynamic and then I kind of just take some artistic liberties from there.)
This is a wonderful glimpse into a relationship that "could've been".. but never really had a chance.
You did a great job incorporating what happened in the series (the fight at the North Pole and being stuck together in the crystal chambers under Ba Sing Se) and creating a whole new world full of love and even a family.. had Katara and Zuko actually gotten together.
The 12 parts that you have presented in this piece work with each other perfectly and have a very natural flow. The part I feel that you took advantage of the most is when Katara and Zuko go after the man that killed Kya. After moving on from what happened between each other in the past, they were able to form a very strong relationship with each other. You did such a fantastic job putting everything together that I found myself adding my own narrations to the story.
And honestly, it's extremely believable. Could you imagine a debby-downer like Mai and an OCD freak like Aang getting together?.. the answer to that is definitely no. ^_^
I believe that anything could have happend,even somthing such as a zutara pairing. To me it just seems natural for them to be a couple, she is the strong and fierce warrior, but also a compassionate and gental healer. zuko was the haunted, battered soul that was beaten and scared who neede this "healer". They would have made such a beautiful couple ,but alas there relationship is too complicated for some people. Again I understand it's a children's cartoon, so I can see why they would choose the easier pairing. But must I remind you children grow up and realize that nothing is easy, especially love. The love between aang and katara is cute and simple, possible one between maybe best friends, something like puppy love . zuko and kataras love would have been one built on trust and forgiveness. It would have passion, pain and even harmony. Lots of people say these two are soul mates, but I must dissagre. There relationship is deeper then that of a soul mate, which is more of aang and Katara. Zuko and katara would be more of a twin flame relationship.polar opposites yet they need each other to survive. We all see that Zuko was not treated as a child, especially by Katara, he was her senior and could handle himself; he was built to withstand pain. Katara and Zuko, although very much different, are also alike in manny ways. They are both passionate about there countries , have lost there childhoods,have witnised the loss of a mother and have faced what they feared to become(zuko with his father and katara with Hama). They are both formidable benders with powerful elements,(fire and water,the sun and the moon). Both can destroy or bring life if chosen, they are equals. She can bring out the softer side of zuko and can also put him in his place, while he can bring out the fierceness in katara but also allow her to open up and feel safe. He never judged her or tried to control her, he understand that she had her own path and that she had her own deamons, he was there as a form of support, even if he knew of her will power to stay strong.This my friends is why I chose Zutara. Although complicated,it's worth the struggle. I love how together Katara and Zuko help each other grow as characters, it's make the story and show more enjoyable, it makes one think out the box lol. I also loved the entire opposite attract situation who says the bad guy can't change? Why can't the "bad guy" get the girl and have a happy ending( Zuko was never bad, but simple confused and hurt).I feel that only Katara could sooth and wash away Zuko's forever burning flame and his pain. (She got him to think and change who he was). she was one of the first people he opens up to and she even touched his scar( it is a burden to him, and holds pain,guilt and shame in place) he allowed her to see his weak points. All I have to say is that these two have a deep spiritual meaning, one that causes you to think and analyze deeply, they will forever be my OTP and something that speaks out "true love" .
I like to think Katara had feelings for both Zuko and Aang in the beginning but ultimately fell for Aang all the way in the 3rd season. Like, if you look at Zuko and Katara's relationship in the 3rd season. Yeah he did some bad shit, people didn't like him but Katara literally acted like a teenage girl would when a guy she likes fucked up. I feel like after their moment in jail she definitely fell for Zuko. Like if she didn't care about him that much or have any feelings for him at all she would have been like the others and yes dislike him but not go through so much to show how much she hated him or how i like to view it, "disappointed" in him for pocking the wrong side (at the time) This was all probably the creators teasing the hell out of us with that ship, but yeah.
More evidence of her having feelings for Zuko. She was totally clear about her feelings for Aang when they kissed before the invasion, but what happened when she and Zuko patched things up? She was confused and didn't know where her feelings were. After all, she was just a teenage girl, it wouldn't be a surprise if she had feelings for 2 people at the same time.
Aaah these are all over the place but my last piece of evidence, we see how katara treats guys she has feelings for who hurt her. Just look at her and Jet. As Toph revealed Katara definitely had feelings for Jet but after he did that stupid thing she basically treated him with the same level of anger and for a lack of better words "meanness" as she did Zuko.
I think aang and katara are cute but i will for ever love this ship XD I think the creators screwed up when they decided to not make Zuko Katara's love interest. Random fun fact: Did anyone notice how Zuko and Katara always had a moment together in the finale?
I'm sorry if i offended any Kataang shippers or people who aren't a fan of Zuko and Katara, and if you bothered reading this thank you so much XD Also it's really late so pardon what ever grammatical mistakes are there XD
This quite feels like a progression from rivals to friends and then almost unexpectedly to more than. The first few "beyond canon" images feel like they could simply be Katara and Zuko being BFF while he's trying to sorry or this whole running a country thing, and she seems oblivious to the looks he gives her, how he is different around her. Then she gets it in some panel we don't see, and they become. .. more. No idea if this is at all the story you were imagining, but either way, the images certainly do create a narrative all on their own.
Pumpkin-SpiritFeatured By OwnerApr 15, 2013Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job incorporating the story development, character development and the relationship! It tells a fantastic "what if" story. Amazing job on telling the struggles from foe, to friends, to love interest within very well thought out poses. I love this piece. And I'm not even a Zutara gal!
*w* I love Zutara... I clearly have no reason why I ship these two.. I saw them during my ATLA absence and plus these to are the reason why I'm watching Atla.. They are really cute together.. I guess that could be my reason? And it's also a fire/water kind of deal xD
As what everyone is saying, I completely agree :] The scenes really do flow together, and the color variation in the background enhances each individual set : D You did an amazing job on this! It's beautifully done and making me tear up :,D
Love it!!! And I really enjoy the other outfits that your created for Katara and Zuko as they get older and older (totally makes me want to cosplay some of them! ). Amazing job and this is so heartwarming!
Oh. My gosh. I have no words. I love you. That's it. Ok words again: I thought it couldn't get any better/sweeter/more PERFECT than the Sokka and Katara 'Remembrance' piece, but I was wrong, this is just as fantastic, if not even better.