Yes, I do know that this show, by definition, is not an anime, but that does not make me like it any less. Though I must say, it has absolutely no right to be this good, it’s a fucking Nick show. When the first series aired and I was in 7th grade I fell in love. Nickelodeon decided to pre-release two episodes on the 23rd because they got over 100,000 likes on facebook (yes, one of those likes came from me!). Before you ask, no I did not see the live action movie; I did not want to see M. Night. Shamalamadingdong shit all over a franchise I love.
This series takes place 70 years after the original, and Aang has passed on, leaving a legacy that will be hard to follow. The new Avatar is a hotheaded water tribe girl by the name of Korra
Right away it is apparent that this series is geared more toward an older audience because where as Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph were 12-14, Korra is 17, rebelling against overbearing protectors (come on what teen has not dealt with that?). She has a completely different temperament then Aang did, and this is a nice change of pace. Where as he rejected the fact that he was the avatar, she completely embraces it. We also get introduced to other characters, Mako (totally the future love interest) and Bolin, bending brothers who are apart of the pro bending team, the Fire Ferrets. We still have connections to the original in the form of Tophs daughter, a talented metalbender and head or the Republic City police force, Lin. As well as Aang’s monk like son, Tenzen, and his three air bending children who will be teaching Korra air bending.
The animation is nothing short of superb, not at all a let down. The bending fight scenes were great, the choreography was original and well done. The metalbending utilizing the surroundings of Republic City were sick. Also the new series has a much different style, it’s more steam punk/20s, which looks great! I’m really interested in character design, so seeing steam punk style integrated with the Avatar world I already know and love is pure eye candy.
Throughout the two episodes my mature themes senses were tingling. The writers expertly pose the predicament of a bender ruled government that oppresses non-benders, and how the growing animosity between these two groups could rip their finally peaceful world asunder. These mature themes were accompanied by some genuine laugh out loud jokes. It is always nice to know that a series can do both effectively.
The background music was really effective in heightening the mood, and making the fight/chase scenes all the more heart pounding. I give the composers a hearty round of applause.
On a final note, the animals that reside in the avatar world are great, Korra has a giant polar bear dog, names Naga, and she is adorable.
Can’t wait until the next new episode!
Thanks for reading!