March 10, 2013

Avatar The Legend of Korra - Book 1:Air (Part 1)

The Legend of Korra focuses on a new Avatar called Korra, with many changes in the execution of the story. Korra is not only older than Aang, but also the complete opposite of him. She is more furious, prideful and fearless, at least in the beginning. Not only the main character has matured, but the story itself is now more complex and darker, much to my liking :)

After the fall of the fire Nation all Kingdoms became one big Nation. Without a fearful enemy the people began to life in property and harmony, but over the years a gap developed between benders and non-benders, who had it harder to get jobs. Non-Benders are challenged by being normal and have a harsher and harder life to live. They felt left behind and wanted equality for humanity. Thats the conflict that give rise to a terrist group and their leader Amon, who has the ability to banish bender powers. Korra must face a gruesome enemy, who could take away her bending, which defines who she is.
Taking place 70 years after the events of "Avatar: The Last Airbender," this story follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang - a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenage girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra. With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water, and Fire), Korra seeks to master the final element, Air. Her quest leads her to the epicenter of the modern "Avatar" world, Republic City - a metropolis that is fueled by steampunk technology. It is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive. However, Korra discovers that Republic City is plagued by crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to rip it apart. Under the tutelage of Aang's son, Tenzin, Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large. - Written by Nickelodeon Publicity,

The creators changed the style of showing the world. They just don't do it anymore. They don't wander around the world, meet new unimportant people every time and doing nice little things. Instead they focus solely on one big story plot, with several light hearted moments and a love triangle set in a single place. The story this time is much more darker in theme and art style. Its focuses on racism, intolerance and Korra overcoming her complexes and fears. There are far more intrigues and betrayals going on that make the story more complex and varied. On the other hand, we get these hilariously jokes and moments of jealously, which make all of the characters more likeable. There isn't a single one i hated or didn't find at least interesting. There are even a few references to the old cast, which was cool and nostalgic. We see some descendants like Zukos child or flashbacks with the adult versions of the old team. The world even though it is not much shown or explained looks unique and fresh. A combination of asian culture and steampunk influenced by magic bender powers. The art style itself is also gorgeous in HD ready - 720p with its fluent animation movements. Fighting scenes were nicely choreographed and exciting. A lot of Animes should take this series as a example. In Part 2 of my post i will focus on the ending and what i disliked about it, but now i will stay at the positive side of this incredible masterpiece.

What did you like about this story and how well did it in comparison to the original series?

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