I’ve giffed this scene a couple of times but I’ve never really talked about how much I like it because look at the way Bolin is bending the earth. His footing is unsteady, and at one point he does a little hop off of the ground to get momentum. Even after weeks of the pro-bending arena being shut down he’s still incorporating a more light-footed style into his earthbending because of how long he’s been a pro-bender and how much he’s been trained in it.
While Korra barely uses waterbending outside of the arena and Mako has a rather unrealistic leap in his firebending skills, Bolin’s development from pro-bending style to traditional is subtle but surprisingly well-written. He doesn’t use any fancy traditional attacks outside of the arena- most of it is either throwing chunks of rock or raising columns of earth out of the ground- and because he’s skilled in being light-footed he can full off stunts like earthbending without being fully connected to the ground (bending in the car and tram, bending while riding Naga). As shown above his stance by the end of the series is still a little sloppy because even though he’s adjusted to using a traditional style he’s still an agile pro-bender at heart, but it still works and he can still wreck an entire airport because despite what some people think he’s not a weak bender. He’s just a light-footed, initially inexperienced one.
Some Avatwihard and/or troll at ASN was going off about how Bo was “struggling” here.
To that, I said “the hell he is.” He’s clearly still not entirely comfortable with the traditional style, but—as I’ve pointed out many a time—he’s got plenty of raw power.
Metalbending in Book 2, please?
(Source: leapingsensei, via rhazade-waterbender)