Sunday, April 22, 2012

Avatar: The Legend of Korra: Nostalgia Reborn

*Note: I am not a professional TV critic nor do I claim I'm the most knowledgeable in the world. These reviews are strictly for entertainment and informative purposes only. All images/video belong to the network and or their respective copyright holders. Please don't sue me. Seriously. This review is more of an initial impressions rather than a full review.*

When you think of TV shows and spinoffs/sequels, your probably think of pieces of crap or that they're mediocre. Normally, you would be correct, however, this is about an exception to that expectation. The Legend of Korra is one heck of an amazing TV show and I can say that it faithfully stays true to the original series.

I can tell you now; it's worth watching.

At the time of writing and publishing this, there have only been three episodes aired so this is more of a first impression review rather than a whole view as stated earlier. Even though that's the case, I feel that these episodes are good omens of what's to come. If you've never seen the original Avatar series, don't fret. You can still jump into the show.
My question then becomes; why on Earth haven't
watched the original series?

This series takes place about seventy years after the events of the original Avatar series ended. While there is no longer any war(s) between the fire nation and the other elemental tribes (Earth, Air, Fire, and Water), there is now tension between those who can bend these elements and those who can't. When I say bend, I mean control these elements to a certain extent. These non benders feel as though they are being treated as second class citizens and now are demanding for change and equality. The Avatar is the only person in this universe who can bend all four elements and is supposed to bring balance between the four different tribes.
Fairly simple concept.

Korra (voiced by Janet Varney) is the Avatar reincarnated. She's a very stubborn and rebellious individual despite the job description of being the Avatar. In many ways, she's someone you can relate to even if you're not a girl. Or someone who can't bend all four elements. Or one.

She's awesome. 

Mako (voiced by David Faustino) is a firebender on what is known as a professional bending team called the Fire Ferrets. He's calm and collected most of the time. 

He's an okay guy by my standards.

Bolin (voiced by P.J. Bryne) is the earth bender on the Fire Ferrets and the brother to Mako. It's very clear he and his brother are close. Bolin can be best described as a easy going guy and a fairly happy guy too.

He's funny to watch, too.

Tenzin (voiced by J.K. Simmons) is the youngest son of the last Avatar (Aang). He's is a calm and fairly traditional in the sense that he has that old man kind of personality and he kind of is one. 

He doesn't have gray hair, yet.

Amon (voiced by Steven Blum) is the the leader of the non-bender revolution. He knows how to give a speech, is very reclusive, and wears a mask to hide his face. While he cannot bend any'll see for yourself why he's the main antagonist. Hint: He's evil.

I don't know if anyone has told him, but
facial expressions are nice if you're giving a speech.

While this isn't a complete list of all the characters, these are the major ones to look out for. 

So, what do I think of this show? Well, you already know the answer; I. LOVE. IT. The writing is fantastic, the animation is eye-catching and jaw-dropping, and the voice acting is perfect. There are a few jokes here and there that children won't get, but some if not most teens and almost all adults should get and laugh at. Go watch it. Now.

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