By Rachelle-Ann Esmele
The Legend of Korra is an animated series that continues from the popular show Avatar: The Last Airbender. Viewers have eagerly anticipated this series, which they hope will conclude the open-ended stories from the original series. Both series are created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.
The Legend of Korra premiered April 14 and is now on its 7th episode. The show airs every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. on Nickelodeon.
The story takes place 70 years after the protagonist Avatar Aang (voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen) defeated the antagonists Lord Ozai (Mark Hamill) and Princess Azula (Grey DeLisle). In the new series, Aang has created a place called Republic City that keeps balance between the 4 Nations. Even though Aang has passed away, Republic City still remains as the heart of the 4 Nations where all 4 Nations come together and create peace and balance.
If you haven’t watched the first series of Avatar: The Last Airbender then you don’t know what each bender can do. There are four different types of benders because there are four different type of elements; Water, Earth, Fire, and Air. Waterbenders are able to control any liquid element, including water and even blood. Earthbenders are able to control dirt, rocks, and metal. Firebenders are able to create fire using their fists and legs. Last but not least, Airbenders are able to create strong gusts of wind. The Avatar is able to control all four elements by learning them in a certain order; she or he is also able to connect to the spirit world and the avatar stage.
The series is focused on Korra (Janet Varney), the new Avatar, a Waterbender from the Southern water tribe, who is the reincarnation of Avatar Aang. She has already mastered all the elements–Water, Earth, and Fire–except for Air. She seeks help from an Airbender named Tenzin (J. K. Simmons), the son of Aang and Katara (Mae Whitman), who are characters from the original series. Although she has trouble learning how to airbend, she still progresses to master it.
“I like that [Korra] is feisty and not portrayed in a sexist manner,” said senior Kevin Nguyen. “She is strong and very outspoken.”
In the original series, the Fire Nation was oppressing the other nations. But ever since Aang defeated the Fire Nation and created balance, there are new enemies. In this fictional world there are regular people who can’t bend any of the four elements. They feel oppressed by the benders and they are starting a riot against the Avatar. They are called the Equalists, and are led by Amon(Steve Blum), who has amazing powers that can be very deleterious towards the benders.
There are many changes from the original series. Aang was the only surviving Airbender, but now he has three children who are full Airbenders, and grandchildren who are Airbenders as well.
The show is based in the 1920s; the clothing has changed a lot. Transportation has changed too. In the original series the characters used flying bisons, or boats; now they have cars and motorcycles. They also use water, fire, and earthbending as a game to compete against other benders in a tournament.
“The first series had some unfinished business and it would’ve been better if they answered all the questions,” said Nguyen. “But it would be better if they had a side story of what happened to Aang when he grows up, now that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
The Legend of Korra is a great television show. It gives you action, romance, and comedy in every episode. This series deserves a B+ because it gets more exciting each episode, especially during the exhilarating action.