When I was in elementary school I would occasionally flip to Nickelodeon and see the TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender. Somehow I had the bad luck necessary to see the same episode each time (The Great Divide), but I still thought that Avatar was a pretty cool show. Last summer I saw all 3 seasons within a week and really fell in love with the cartoon. Now the Legend of Korra, the sequel to Avatar: the Last Airbender, has been released and I’m here to tell you guys why it’s every bit as awesome as the original show.
In Avatar, Aang is the last Airbender in the world after a series of events that led to him being frozen in ice for 100 years. The Avatar is the only person in the world capable of learning all 4 bending arts: fire, earth, air, and water. The Avatar is reincarnated each time they die into a new body and a new nation, and Korra is the new Avatar after Aang dies. The Legend of Korra details her adventures as Aang’s successor in the new world that he helped create and the conflicts that continue to occur even after peace was attained in Aang’s time.
I think that this show lives up to Avatar in every single way. The characters are just as lovable and humorous as the ones in the first show, and the conflicts that Korra faces are completely new. The setting is also very different from the one that we saw in Avatar. In Avatar, Aang traveled around the world to generally rural villages. Korra takes place almost exclusively in Republic City, which is modeled after (I believe) a fusion of the 1920’s and China. In some ways, I think Korra even surpasses Avatar. The cinematography is absolutely incredible and I am consistently blown away by the quality of the show’s animation. The creators put a ridiculous amount of effort into the show and it really clearly shows. The art has also evolved with the style of the animators- in Avatar the characters were younger and tended to have larger heads. In Korra, with an older cast, the show has a more mature style and more realistic character proportions. The music is also just ridiculously good.
The show has just started, with 6 episodes released so far, so there really isn’t much to say so far, but what I’ve seen so far has been impressive and I am incredibly excited for the rest of the show! Korra is loveable and her two pro-bending buddies are serious just the best. I think everyone, and especially Avatar fans, should definitely watch this show. It’s just amazing seeing the world that Aang and his friends created because they really did save the world! I usually hate sequels with an entirely new cast because I miss the original, but for some reason Legend of Korra is different. If you have some time, you should check it out Saturdays on Nickelodeon! The series is rated PG-13.