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Avatar Korra, a headstrong, rebellious, feisty young woman who continually challenges and breaks with tradition, is on her quest to become a fully realized Avatar. In this story, the Avatar struggles to find balance between tradition and modernity, the bending and non-bending world, and within herself.

Customer Reviews

What is to Come (Long review, Written for new and old viewers)

I realize that writing a review for a series after only the first 2 episodes is not ideal. The quality of the show could completely change! And I hope it does.

If you watched Avatar: The Last Airbender, there was a huge jump in quality between the premier and the finale. Where it ended up being was far better than where it started. I hope the same happens with The Legend of Korra, not because it needs to recover from a weak start, oh no, but because it started out on so very strong a note that if it shows even close to as much growth as A:TLA we will have the privilege of watching what might become one of the greatest shows of all time.

If anyone reading this doesn't know much about Korra, but did watch The Last Airbender then you need to know that this isn't a true sequel. Set 70 years after then end of season 3 this is a new show about a new avatar.

For those of you who haven't seen The Last Airbender, I strongly recommend it. If you are put off a little by its seemingly childish tone, try and stick with it, it gets much better. If you just can't then rest assured knowing that this new Avatar is designed for a slightly older audience. You'll miss out on some awesome references (like Zuko's mom), but you will also have no problems following the show. Knowledge of the Gaang and their adventures is not mandatory.

Actual review time!

Visuals: I was a little worried about the fact that most of the show would take place in one city. A:TLA was all about travel and seeing all the amazing locations in their world. Would we not get bored stuck with just one city? Probably not. Republic city is stunning. It's some sort of mixture of New York, steam punk and the orient. Everything is bigger. Just this one city can now have more locations than we can probably visit in this series. Again, this is after only 2 episodes but I don't see this city getting visually repetitive.

The character models also appear to have gotten improved. I think this is due to both an increase in detail and the fact that the leads are older teens as opposed to young teens. Their proportions feel more realistic, less cartoony.

That doesn't mean it isn't still a cartoon. They still make those hilarious expressions we came to love and it still has some of the same brilliant slapstick (Though you will be missed Sokka).
Review: 9.5/10

Bending: I put this next because technically it could go under visuals, but I felt it needed its own section.

(If you watched A:TLA, skip down 2 paragraphs)
For those new to/contemplating this series, Bending is this show's "magic". Many, but not all, of the people in the world are capable of manipulating one of four elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water). This manipulating is called "bending". What makes this series' elemental manipulation unique/interesting is that bending is closely tied with martial arts. This isn't just two people standing there throwing rocks at each other. The characters are constantly in motion, flowing from attack to attack. Oftentimes bending will give way to actual hand to hand combat.

I'm sad I have to mention this, but don't assume these fights are like what you usually see in cartoons. There is no rapid repetition of punches like dragon ball z, nor is there two people flying through the air at each other, a flash of light, and suddenly we have a victor. The animators are actual given lessons in martial arts so they can better draw the fights.

(Here) Now, if you knew all that and were curious about its use in the new series you won't be disappointed. It's all back and just as great as ever. What's more, we now also have "Pro-Bending". This is a version of bending done as a sport. 2 teams of 3 (one earth, one water and one fire bender each) try and knock each other backwards out of an arena. You might think the seeming removal of fighting would make for boring bending, but it doesn't. This puts a much larger emphasis on ranged attacks and dodging and creates a different kind of tension since it's a sport. I'm excited to see where they take it.

And don't worry, there are still plenty of real fights to be had.

Review: 10/10

Sound: This one is a bit harder to review, since the soundtrack isn't out yet, but everything I've heard while watching is a complete and total improvement on the first series...and the first series had darn good music! Everything still has the oriental theme to it, but since we're in basically a 1920s city, there's big band style music, some jazzy stuff and even more that I'm not sure what to call it. But all of it is great. Every one of my friends who I've talked to about this premier has raved about the amazing music.

Review: Instabuy the soundtrack.

Characters: The topic most hurt by my writing an early review. They've had no time to grow, and heck, we haven't even met all the characters. They have potential. Korra is very different from Aang, and Mako and Bolin currently fill the serious and comedic roles, and while I like them, I can't grade them. To do so would be unfair.

Review: N/A

I'm running out of review space, so I'll wrap up.

Avatar: The Last Airbender was an amazing show. It started good and only got better. Korra is starting out at about the same level the first series ended on. And while we've only been promised 26 episodes, we've also been promised 26 amazing episodes.

Regardless, what we have here is a fantastic premier. The music, the animation, the action the comedy all of it is top notch. And history says it's only going to get better. A lot better.

5/5 stars, you won't be disappointed.

An Amazing Plot Just Got Better

When I first saw Avatar: The Last Airbender, I was completely amazed and inspired by the amout of work and quality that was put into it. It may have seemed like a kids show, but it had a deeper meening to it that everyone could enjoy.

This show is no different. It has the same, fantastic world as the old show, but with a great new twist. There is more technology, to start out with, but don't think that will ruin the plot. The inventions shown here make a wonderful starting point for a rich storyline, not to mention the bending to add on to that. The antagonists hae a lot of potential, and though they seem to be a desperate cause they are actually very formidable. The main characters are also very relatable, and I found no trouble in picking out a favorite right away. (They also add humor, so the show isn't just dark and gloomy).

I don't want to say to much about this show without giving it away, but if you saw the first series (and even if you didn't), you are going to enjoy this. An easy 5/5 stars.

Waiting so long

I have been waiting so long for something like this to come out. Cousins and I have been talking about it for a year. I hope we find out what happened to Zuko's mom.