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The Legend of Korra

Korra, the new Avatar, has mastered the elements water, earth and fire. Now in Republic City, she has to study with Master Tenzin, the final element, air.




IsoRod, Published on Jun 04, 2012
Updated July 15, 2012.

The series first premiered on the Nickelodeon television network on April 14, 2012. Eight episodes have aired at the time this post was written. The show is a sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender and has the same solid story and comic quirkiness. Fans and critics have praised the show, both agreeing that fans of the show and those new to the Avatar universe can enjoy it.

Avatar Korra's story takes place seventy years after the end of the Avatar Aang's quest. Most of the heroes from the previous adventure have passed away and now their children are the ones who will help guide the new Avatar. After the end of the Hundred Year War, Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko established Republic City as place benders and non-benders can live together in peace. It's far from prefect, with criminal bending gangs and an anti-bending revolution rising up, the young Avatar will have her hands full. With all the trouble brewing in Republic City, will Korra be able to complete her training and save her predecessor's dream?

Nicklelodeon has done something amazing by providing access to previous episodes, on their website, even though its for a limited time. Currently, as of the writing of this post the first seven of the eight episode aired are available. If you have a Netflix account all three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender are available on video streaming. The movie release released in 2010, The Last Airbender pales by comparison to the animated series.

Update:

Legend of Korra has been renewed for 26 more episodes, bringing the total number of episodes planned for the series to 52. The episodes will be broken into four seasons or 'Books' as they are known. The information was released shortly before the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con.

The show like its predecessor is a very well written and is known for its strong female characters. Another great thing about these shows unlike the animated shows I grown up with they actually come to a conclusion. In the past, animated show would abruptly be taken off the air leaving the story and characters you were following in limbo. These shows are also very good examples of storytelling and character development. They do a great job at pacing the story and building up suspense/anticipation until the final resolution of season's main conflict. Another plus is that these shows can be enjoyed by people of all ages from children to adults.

There is video of a fantastic panel from the Comic-Con where the cast did a table read of various Book One scenes, a preview of Book Two:Spirits storyboards and answering a few questions about the show and it's production. You can see the video of the panel here. The most surprising thing I found was Mako is voiced by David Faustino best know for his role as "Bud Bundy" of the televisoin sitcom "Married with Childeren".

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