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Avatar: The Last Airbender reimagined in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 25/May/2020 23:34

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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Avatar: The Last Airbender fans are bringing their favorite Nickelodeon animation to Animal Crossing: New Horizons with some epic creations that’ll give you a serious urge to go and watch the show.

Despite ending in 2008, The Last Airbender is one of the most popular animations ever made, capturing the hearts of millions around the world with its epic story. It follows a monk named Aang who is the Avatar and the last of the Air Nomads after being frozen in ice for 100 years.

The show has won several awards, including the prestigious Peabody Award for the way it handles difficult themes such as war, free choice, and depression. It is still so popular today, that Animal Crossing fans are recreating scenes from the series in the Nintendo game, proving just how much of an impact it’s had.

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Aang gets trapped in ice for 100 years, becoming the last Airbender left.

Avatar: The Last Airbender in New Horizons

Without spoiling, Aang, Katara, and Sokka visit the Spirit Oasis at the end of Book One, and Reddit user ‘demonica12‘ decided to bring the tranquil location to their Animal Crossing island.

They included the pond, which even houses fish like it does in the animation, and the archway. The location is a lush, secluded area filled with various greenery, which the fan replicated by using bushes and flowers. They even dressed up as the Waterbender to pull the whole thing together.

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The Spirit Oasis reimagined in New Horizons.

Another fan, ‘ItsPronouncedOiler,’ recreated one of the show’s most devastating scenes with uncle Iroh in Book Two – again, we’ll keep it spoiler-free, but if you know, you’ll know it’s impossible to get through it without a dry eye.

They used a tea set, a plain wooden shop sign, and an incense burner to set the scene, not forgetting to overshadow everything with a tree.

“Leaves from the vine. Falling so slow. Like fragile tiny shells. Drifting in the foam.”

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It’s crazy how just a simple image can break your heart.

User ‘submerging‘ reimagined the Ember Island Theater from Book Three in their town. It’s featured heavily in the series’ iconic re-cap episode where Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph watch the hilarious play The Boy in the Iceberg.

Using Custom Designs, the fan recreated all of the characters’ outfits and displayed them on stage, as though the scene is really playing out in real time.

They even included the seats so villagers can come along and watch the action any time they please.

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The infamous play from Book Three is one of the best acts in the show.

If this has made you want to go and watch Avatar: The Last Airbender, you’re in luck as Netflix has just added it to their service, meaning you can binge it to your heart’s content – just don’t forget to bring tissues.

The streaming platform is also making the animation into a live-action show. For everything we know about the highly anticipated reimagining, click here.

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Why Animal Crossing’s hairstyles are dividing the community

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:45

by Alice Hearing

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons players appear to be quite divided on one part of the new winter update, as it allowed for a more inclusive range of hairstyles.

On November 19, Nintendo enabled the game’s winter update. Excitement has revolved around new hip reactions that will let them sit on the ground, do workouts and yoga, like many have seen their villagers do on their islands.

The content refresh also includes six new hairstyles: afro, afro puffs, cornrows, buzz cut with faded sides, voluminous curls, and even a bald look. New additions have been a welcome change for people of color playing the game, who wanted to see themselves represented.

Previous versions of the game came under fire for a lack of representation. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, some players were forced to play around with the tan feature to give their characters their actual skin tone.

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Nintendo added six new hairstyles to the game in its Winter update

While New Horizons finally represents a far wider variety of skin tones, players felt that not enough had been done for representation and even created a petition in August asking for more inclusive hairstyles.

The campaign ended in victory, but the update has actually been dividing the community on Twitter. A debate has erupted as to whether it can be deemed cultural appropriation if white players use some of the new hairstyles.

It all began on the day after the update launched when user stardewleaf tweeted an image of a white in-game character with what they called “Space buns”. It has sparked a huge debate with many people taking offense that a white user was using a hairstyle added to represent people of color.

One user responded: “They’re not space buns, they’re afro puffs made for POC”, while another explained why people had taken offense, adding: “The reason people are p**sed off is because we don’t really have a lot of hair options that represent us in Animal Crossing, and you do. Then you specifically choose that one, despite what you others pick from.”

Another person defended the style, saying: “As a white person with curly hair, these could in fact be what a white girl’s bun looks like. They’re both afro puffs and buns, games are games.”

Several other people commented that they felt the debate as a whole was ridiculous and trivial: “No one who gets mad at another person enjoying a hairstyle in a video game is worth listening to.”

The original tweet now has more than 5,000 responses and the number still continues to grow.

In general terms, the decision to have additional hairstyles and more representation incorporated into the Animal Crossing world has been a popular move.