hey, ~og1885, I took your advice and tried some fruit wine (I think it was just apple sparkling) ... and here is the consequence↑↑↑... Ok... I think that means... I am drunk now = = （because Azula never say sorry!）
Azula finally realized how wrong she was, she finally cried like a teenage once, and her big brother is trying to comfort her.
ok...I'm nearly Zucest... no good...stop there...
anyway... I insist to believe that Zuko can be a good lord and a good brother!! Once I accept the age setting that Azula is younger than Zuko, it offers me more possible way to express her...
It's ok, I like your commentary and I see that you did watched the whole very carefully. I'll give you a very good prop for it. Btw let's hope the comic series The Search be helpful for both Zuko and Azula.
I don't know if he would forgive her Azula and Zuko have a lot of issues stemming from when they were children and throughout their teens. Mostly the fact that they were jealous of one another Zuko was jealous of Azula for her early and natural ability at firebending and how much their father and everyone praised her for it. whilst looking at him as a failure. Zuko wanted to please his father but didn't possess the cruel nature about him like Ozai does and so he's viewed as a disappointment, that's why Zuko has anger issues and a bad attitude for so long.
Azula however is equally jealous of Zuko but because he had Ursa's love, which is something Azula secretly wanted but never got. They were brought up in competition with each other. Also Azula's main issue with Ursa seems to stem from the fact she preferred Zuko to Azula and spent time with him. Now remember Azula is only aware of her father's guidelines of how to gain someone's approval and love and for Ozai that is the displaying of power and ability, which is what Azula is known for yet her displays of ability and power never gained her Ursa's favour or affection, which is the only thing she knows to be strong.
Yet Zuko is weaker than her as a fighter and bender yet he had Ursa's love and her devotion up until she disappeared and to Azula that is incomprehensible, she can't understand what her mother sees in Zuko but not in her when she is stronger. Yet Azula has her father's favour over Zuko which is why she moves more and more towards his ways of thinking because he recognizes her achievements when it comes to bending. But even he the moment he's given a reason to care for Zuko again , is quite willing to discard Azula and replace her with Zuko because Ozai does want his son to succeed him and wants Zuko to be a strong ruler.
Azula knows this just as well as Zuko does the same pressure Zuko felt to be like his father, drove Azula to achieve more in order to continuing surpassing him and to keep her place. So their parents are what made they grow up secretly being jealous and wanting what the other had. Zuko being coddled by Ursa made him ill equipped to deal with Ozai solely as a parent upon her disappearance.
And Azula through Ozai learning his life lessons on cruelty and ruling people with fear and only respecting those who are stronger than you. And this is why Azula does not respect Zuko as her elder or on the battlefield. Because she is and has always been a much stronger bender and person than him and Ozai's own code Azula has no reason to respect him as her equal, thats why she mocks and makes light of what he does especially when he tells her he's off to capture the avatar, she laughs about it because she hasn't an ounce of confidence in him.
I've never thought she hated him, yes she tries to kill him without even blinking but that comes down to how she was raised, she also after that tells Zuko she will see he's allowed to return home, which she does and shows him mercy because he is her brother, and seeing she was given a choice this time and was allowed to determine for herself what to do (rather than following her father's instructions) she opted to aid him when she didn't have too.
And yes she lied and said Zuko killed the Avatar but she suspected (and for good reason) that Zuko was lying about Aang being dead, and protecting yourself before anyone else is just Azula's way something she would do again and again. And this mercy was thrown back in her face because Zuko left them and joined the other side. Leaving Azula to look like a fool because she aided him and brought him back just to be embarrassed when he fled.
We also see as a young child she can easily manipulate Zuko and get him to believe her. That's also one of the major reasons he dislikes her so much, along with the jealousy of her superior bending and wanting to be the better bender but also because she lied a lot to trick and manipulate him in order to get her way .
Their mother meanwhile looked at Azula and saw Ozai's cruelty already effecting the way she viewed the world and the people around her. This is quite clearly shown when Azula refers to her uncle as ''weak' because he grieves over the death of his son, and says that Ozai should take his place. Ursa scolds her and after Azula leaves says 'What is wrong with that child'.
She can't relate to her or undo the damage Ozai has already done mostly because Azula herself believes that Ozai is right and entirely justified in his methods, that is why she abandoned the notion of trying to relate to Azula or become close with her very early on.
Zuko however was viewed Zuko as the one she could reach and raise as normally and properly as possible, Azula was much to much of a 'father's way goes' view even as a child and she had already adopted Ozai's view of if you are not strong you are nothing. So all of these things would have to be address in order for Zuko and Azula to truly reach an understand, it is possible that after the series they may be able to reach and help her.
Azula's iron-like belief in herself was shaken apart firstly by the betrayal of Mai and Ty Lee, then Zuko became a much stronger bender after seeing the fire dragons to unleash his potential so he was no longer a weakling, then despite everything she did and all of her hard work and effort Ozai still discarded her in the end and left her behind to go off and fight the war they had spoken all series about. The final straw though was being defeated in battle by Zuko and Katara it demolished the final sliver of pride and self respect she had left. Leaving her a completely broken mess with no compass or guideline to follow anymore, which is where the childhood want for her mother surfaced after so much effort she lost all of her walls and ability to hide, until she was just plain Azula bearing her wounds and crying for the one thing she wanted most her mothers love and protection in that moment.
It broke my heart to see her so completely destroyed but it also gives her a chance to properly heal and fill the absence of someone to care about and love her in her life that she spent the entire time hiding from the world. It's what she needed in order for her to change to have nowhere to run or hide behind a mask of perfection. Zuko has a chance now to fix Azula and then comes the long hard road of realizing that both of them have treated the other coldly and that they are family, Azula might not understand the bonds of family for she's never had anyone truly love or care about her, but Katara, Aang and some of the others are well aware of what family means for better or worse, and Zuko should learn it too.
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