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Avatar: The Last Airbender creators exit Netflix live-action adaptation

Published: 12/Aug/2020 20:13 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 14:20

by Alan Bernal

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The creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, have left Netflix’s live-adaptation project, citing creative differences in a “negative and unsupportive environment.”

Two years ago in 2018, Netflix announced plans to create a “reimagined” version of the beloved animated series, with the two creators at the helm as executive producers. Since then, there’s been a deafening silence around the project with not much news around its production.

However, it seems the first bit of meaningful news out of the project in a long time isn’t what hopeful fans of the show were expecting.

DiMartino and Konietzko issued separate statements hours apart from each other explaining why they had left the Netflix project.

“Netflix said that it was committed to honoring our vision for this retelling and to supporting us on creating the series… Unfortunately, things did not go as we had hoped,” DiMartino said. “I realized I couldn’t control the creative direction of the series, but I could control how I responded. So, I chose to leave the project.”

Series partner Konietzko echoed similar sentiments but went a bit further about the environment within Netflix surrounding the latest version for the Last Airbender.

“When Netflix brought me [and DiMartino on board], they made a very public promise to support our vision. Unfortunately, there was no follow-through on that promise.” he said. While early discussions might have been optimistic for Konietzko, “the general handling of the project created what I felt was a negative and unsupportive environment.”

This comes on the heels of the original series debuting, again, on Netflix in May. The positive reception to the show spanned generations as nostalgic adults reminisced while newer generations tuned in for the first time.

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Well, friends… there you have it. Big sigh. ?⬇️? I’m sure many of you will understandably want to know more and will ask me questions in the comments, here and on subsequent posts and live-streams and in-person encounters and everywhere else ad infinitum. I wish I could explain things in greater detail, but the above statement is really all I can say about the matter so I won’t be answering any of those. I encourage you to head over to my partner Michael DiMartino’s account to get his take on our departure too: @mike_dante_d Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of the Avatar: The Last Airbender fans, and I’m sorry our involvement in the live-action project did not work out. Time to get on with my life. Onward and upward. ? Love, Bryan #avatarthelastairbender #cocreators #michaeldimatino #bryankonietzko #bryke #atla #liveactionseries #netflix

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Back in 2018, longtime fans of the franchise were apprehensive about the streaming giant’s live-action plans. The burn from 2010’s film still left many uneasy, but knowing that the original creators were attached to the new show was encouraging, to say the least.

DiMartino and Konietzko are still hopeful that Netflix’s direction will be to the liking of old and new viewers, although they will no longer be working on it.

The two will still be involved in their Avatar universe. As Konietzko said, he’s still going to explore Avatar “projects that give me the most fulfillment, and where I am afforded trust and respect.”

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Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp

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A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.