The Facts are These:
After the death of the previous Avatar another Avatar is born to take their place and keep the balance of the world. This is where we meet Korra, the new Avatar. A young Water Tribe woman who is travelling to Republic City to train under the Last Airbending master Tenzin, son of the previous Avatar. While there she learns of a group called the Equalists, who want to eliminate the benders and create a new balance. It is up to Korra and her friends to eliminate their leader Amon and save the benders.
Legend of Korra season 1 did not live up to the expectations left by the Last Airbender, that is not saying it isn’t a great series. The Legend of Korra made an interesting set of characters with Korra, Mako, Bolin, and Asami. Korra is different than Aang, with Aang we see him as a child burdened with responsibilities of rebuilding a nation and saving the world. Aang is a carefree soul, who knew what must be done with his discovered determination. Korra is a teenager dealing with the problems that come with being her age, falling in love, and how the pressure of her role in life effects her and others. Most normal teenagers deal with the pressure of school and people of the opposite genders. She has to deal with that and the big villain as well as mastering the last element air. They are both competent Avatars, it just took me some time to adjust to her because I had not really known another Avatar (not including the past avatar spirits).Their plots are similar and the Legend of Korra feels like it the proper continuation from the previous series. The first the three books in Avatar the Last Airbender are Water, Earth, Fire and the first book in the Legend of Korra is Air. So it makes a complete circle where we have now seen how to master each bending style.
Now to talk about the villains, Fire lord Ozai versus Amon. Fire lord Ozai was intimidating and was shrouded in darkness literally till the final season. Amon was shrouded in darkness while being on screen. We as an audience wanted to know why he was doing what he was doing and how he was taking away a person’s bending because the only people who knew how to take a person’s bending away were Aang and the lion turtle (and he doesn’t look like a lion turtle.) The Legend of Korra had a more adult tone than The Last Airbender. Aang’s was more of a magical adventure trying to save the world from a tyrannical ruler, with the legend of Korra trying to fight an extremist revolutionary trying to change the world under corrupt ideals.
Behind the Scenes:
The series was created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. The show was produced by Nickelodeon and the animation was done by Studio Mir (The Legend of Korra and The Boondocks). What happened to this series is that it was meant to be a 12 episode mini-series, however because of the popularity of the show it brought to a 52 episode series. Nickelodeon was initially reluctant to approve the show because they weren’t sure that boys would watch a show about a girl, but were convinced to allow it.
A Brief View of the World:
The world of The Legend of Korra is a world where people born to specific nations have to ability to control certain elements. The Fire Nation can use fire bending, The Water Tribe can use water bending, The Earth Kingdom can use earth bending and the Air Nomads can use air bending. However, not every person can bend their respective elements. The series takes place in the newly made city, Republic City, and takes place 70 years after the original series.
I enjoyed the series, it was a good successor, Though The Last Airbender will always be my favourite. The show had great comedy, animation and character development everything you would expect from an Avatar series, it had the same feeling as the original series, but a much more mature tone.
This show is extremely rewatchable, it is short and easy to watch. You can plough through this show in around four hours.
Avatar The Last Airbender – The Prequel and a great series overall.
Young Justice – A great cartoon that was cancelled too early.
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