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The showdown that was always meant to be. by viria13 The showdown that was always meant to be. by viria13
Finally! I have planned this for like a while now, but there was always something I wasn't satisfied with. I still am not exactly satisfied, but at least I seem to quite like this...I guess.

Anyway, the most breathtaking and amazing fight scene in the history of animation *_*

Hope you'll like this..I hope I didn't mess it up too much haha

It's been a long time coming
And the tables turned around
Cause one of us is going
One of us is going down.

this song kind of inspired everything.
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EdwardX1 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Then Katara ruined it.
ReminiscentLullaby Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I was looking at this beautiful piece of art, being overwhelmed with feels and memories of this perfectly executed fight scene and then scrolled down and read that comment in the most blunt voice imaginable. Died. XD
EdwardX1 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Lol, I get ya. I did really love the battle because I had been waiting for it for two seasons. It was the battle that had been built up more than any other fight in the series. It was the battle that was meant to be.

Then for some reason Katara stole the show. It seemed kinda anti-climactic and forced in just to make sure Katara wasn't useless. 
ReminiscentLullaby Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Katara had grown so much in her skill over the show. I rewatched episode 1 and was baffled I was seeing the same person. Back then, she couldn't even maintain a small orb of water for long without splashing someone. She definitely needed to play a role in the fight against the fire nation, but pitting her against Azula may not have been the best choice, especially since it took away from the emotion of brother vs sister in a fate-deciding showdown. I just don't know where else she could have been useful. 
EdwardX1 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Note: I love Katara. I just have some problems with how she was handled by the writers.

Katara's growth in skill was kinda bull if you ask me.
It's not that I preferred her weak. I do like that she was not a useless female character.
But she spent the entirety of season one rather untalented and normally would rely on her heart and wits.
Then right at the end of season one, she surpassed Aang and a number of other well trained benders within the span of a week at most.
I felt kinda robbed.
I was so excited to see her train and gradually become a master, but instead we pretty much skipped over he training and suddenly she's like the best water bender who can defeat even Azula despite Azula being a natural talent her entire life. And before you say it was because Azula was crazy, I'm talking about when they fought at the end of season two. Some how she got a hold of Azula and Zuko had to save her. I called bullshit because not even Aang (despite Katara and Zuko both pointing out how Aang is a natural talent) or Zuko (who has been working hard his entire life) could ever get a hold of Azula.
It kinda became apparent to me that the creators favored her over everyone else and really were trying to push the "girl-power" thing on Katara real hard.
It kinda made her feel like a Mary Sue.

That said, I don't hate Katara. I just think she could've been better written. Several attempts to make her stronger or more interesting sorta resulted in her outshining everyone or acting out of character, and she never seemed to ever be confronted on her flaws. 

So yeah, I think it WAS necessary to give Katara a big role in the finale, but it should've been elsewhere. Like, maybe make her fight a dragon. I don't care. But Zuko and Azula's fight had so much build up towards it while there was hardly any build up around Katara herself.
ReminiscentLullaby Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Fair enough. It always did bug me how she managed to so easily overpower Hama and break from her blood bending hold almost as if it was nothing. She even had to throw in that line, "my bending is stronger than yours". Yeah, I get your frustration.
EdwardX1 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, it always bugs me when characters do that. It doesn't ruin the characters for me, but it potentially could. As a kid, I was so pissed that Katara stole Zuko's fight with Azula, the fanboy side of me hated on pretty much everything she did. Buuuuut, that was dumb, and I remember episodes like "The Desert" to remind me why I liked her character to begin with.
Zuko is still my favorite, though. He had the best and most gradual character development. Even though at some points it felt like the writers were holding him back rather than it actually looking like he should be weak.
ReminiscentLullaby Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Zuko's my favorite too!
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silverfoxtails1264 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it made me cry....
bluetsumetoboekiba Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The final Agni-kai
Cacah05 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
How can you make such an awesome drawing????
SIOUXSIE1 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Took one look and my jaw dropped straight to the floor.  It took me forever to pick it up again.
Akela-Nakamura Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Going Down by Sick Puppies is the perfect song for this. I never even thought of it.
Solseithis Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
I recently watched this scene again and it was as amazing as I remembered. *manly tears of manliness*
BlueIndigo101 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
AGNI KAI!!!!!!!!
Drahaka Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Its like a Phoenix is going against a dragon.
The-Ace-Of-Knaves Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
This is amazing and awesome looking!

...and you included lines from one of my favorite songs in the description!
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RoguishBard Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"I can't place it, but something's off. She's slipping."

"What's the matter? Aren't you going to try your lightning? Or are you afraid I'll redirect it?"

"You want lightning?! I'LL SHOW YOU LIGHTNING!"

I just loved how Zuko could practically smell the crazy on his normally tactical sister. XD And it did have the most intense conclusion with Azula thrashing around like a toddler in a tantrum, all chained up.
asdfneingag Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Student General Artist
I really need to finish this series! TAT
FreakyFanatic101 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I won't lie; the entirety of their showdown made me cry.
hefeigal Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, the colors are really fantastic and the perspective looks great! :D
angelfabeth Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Great perspective :)
BookLION Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
This scene was kind of sad, really. But Azula IS a monster...
Thesleepywolf Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
This scene :iconhurrplz: it was filled with so much... so muchness that I'm pretty sure I was foaming at the mouth.
Giddo11 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
What i found a little intriuging when the series ended, was that the battle between zuko and azula felt a lot more intense than the fire lord and aang. They way they Zuko and Azula's more dramatic with their violin and slow-mo. Probably better than the actual "to save the world" fight... :P
BananaWork Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree! I hear that the creators felt the same way too. The music and the way Azula had snapped at the end... just breathtaking...
Giddo11 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
It carried a lot more emotion too. Becuase we saw a lot more of Azula and Zuko's conflicts, even beginning from when they were children. This boiled down to their final fight being a lot more tense than Aang and the fire lord, because we knew he was the BAD guy but there wasnt much of a spark behind their battle. Aang had to do it, firelord had to do it..pfft what ever. But the sibling's battle was personal, giving that deeper feel :C

....end of my analysation :P.... 
BananaWork Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I completely agree! It made such and intense battle... :O
pomnabo Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This was by far my favorite scene in the entire series! It truly was just the most breathtaking! I still get goosebumps when I watch it!!!!
theCurlyGeek Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
The greatest scene of the show (which is really saying something!)
ThaRandomGeek Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
personally, this battle was my favorite. and you did a great job portraying it!
Mackz58 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! I loved this scene! :D
tammyfromhell Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice job :D
and sick puppies are awesome too :)
Likes-2-draw Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
I get the chills every time I watch this scene! :D
woozle9 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Oh yeah Zuzu, kick some ass!
CommanderKip Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just finished the series for the first time, and the finale totally blew my mind. 'Specially this scene. Crazy Azula is frikkin' terrifying.
steamwolf97 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
omg i love this scene sooo epic and love the song to
Majeh4108 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I just wish Zuko had been the one to finish it. He and Azula had such a history together. For the creators let Katara be the one to bring her down would be like having Toph or Sokka take down the Phoenix Lord.

I'll definitely remember this piece.
linearthoughts Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
this has really nice contrast and cast lighting, as well as good perspective and composition.
Your elemental forms need to be just a bit tighter, though.
LaracaPop Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
" the most breathtaking and amazing fight scene in the history of animation" that's so true T_T was amazing see it
KichouTenshi Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Artist
I've re-watched this fight so many times :P
JaynaMarie Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student General Artist
thePRINCESSofFANTASY Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AGNI KAI!!!'re on...

just. so. epic!
NotCras Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This looks gorgeous. That's all I have to say
mangasockattack Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantabulous work! Great colors~
IamHollingsworth Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
so good!
WolfyFaic95 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Akadendoel Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I loooove this intense colours... and the scene! *-*
catpain Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really amazing! but i need to know wich brushes you used for this picture. it looks so neat. i just want to knoe ;)
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