The Legend of Korra is a new Nickelodeon animated television series occurring in the same world as Avatar: The Last Airbender, some seventy years after the end of the first show. This time around the new avatar is Korra, as you would expect from
the title of the show. Prior knowledge of Avatar: The Last Airbender isn’t necessary to understand and enjoy Korra but I would recommend that anyone that hasn’t seen that show yet to go ahead and give it a try. It is very compelling and I found it not only kept the interest of my whole family, but that I could also feel good about us watching together.
The legend of Korra thus far (three episodes in) lives up to the reputation of Avatar in every way. The animation style is the same as with the previous show with an anime inspired look and feel that maintains a realistic quality. The voice cast is excellent and do a wonderful job bringing their characters to life in combination with the animation.
Thus far the few episodes I have seen do a good job of mixing action, drama and comedy to keep the story rolling at a good pace. Korra spent the first years of her life living with the Southern Water Tribe, where she was born, and being trained by masters of water, fire and earth. As the story begins Korra is now ready to begin learning to bend air, the one element she has never been able to bend. In order to do so she moves away from the only home she has ever known to go to Republic City, the capital of the nation created by the main characters of Avatar after the end of the series. Here she is to be trained in air bending by Tenzin the air bending master and youngest son of Aang and Kitara (for those of you who watched the first show).
The main antagonists in this series are the Equalists, a group of people fed up with being subjugated by benders who take advantage of the power they have over non-benders. This lends an interesting twist to the show and should make for a compelling story. No one appreciated being bullied or given unequal treatment simply because they were born without an ability that other have been given, so there is an immediate sympathy for the cause of the Equalists, but are their methods and ideologies too extreme? We will all just have to watch Korra and find out.
We will definitely continue to follow Korra and her friends every Saturday at my home and I don’t think you will be disappointed if you do the same, whether you are 3 or 103 this show will keep you entertained interested to find out what happens next.