Avatar The Last Airbender - Book 1 Water, Vol. 3
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Pirate, rebel, the Fire Nation, and feuding tribes contribute to the greater responsibility Aang faces as Avatar. Burdened and guilt-ridden because of previous disappearnace, we hear the surprising story of Aang's past paralleled with Prince Zuko's. Includes chapters 9-12.
The Avatar saga continues with four of the anime series' strongest stories yet on Book 1: Water, Volume 3, mixing goofy comedy with mythic drama in the spirit of Avatar's magical debut (Book 1 Water, Volume 1) and engaging follow-up (Book 1 Water, Volume 2). Volume 3 concerns the continuing (perilous) travels of Aang, the 12-year-old Airbender destined to heal the rift between the world's air, water, fire, and earth peoples, and his friends Katara and Sokka. "The Waterbending Scroll" finds Katara so jealous over Aang's quick mastery of complicated waterbending techniques that the trio ends up in trouble with a cluster of cutthroat pirates. "Jet" is an interesting story of an adolescent boy leading a Robin Hood-like rebellion against the firebending occupiers of his land. Charismatic and rakish, Jet makes Katara swoon and becomes a hero to Aang--until his true colors and agenda show up later. "The Great Divide" places Aang and company in the position of mediating a truce between refugees seeking assistance across a great canyon. Finally, "The Storm" is a superb piece which shows us, in parallel narratives, how Aang was fleeing his oppressed life as an avatar-in-training a century earlier when he became encased in ice, and how the driven, seemingly merciless Prince Zuko lost his own boyhood innocence before setting out to capture Aang. This excellent collection carries on the series' imaginative, graceful animation, making Avatar a real pleasure to watch. --Tom Keogh
- Chapters 9-12: The Waterbending Scroll, Jet, The Great Divide, The Storm
- Behind the scenes: The Voices of Avatar
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Young Aang is the Avatar - the one who can unite the spirit and human worlds. But when he found out his destiny at a young age, he feared it and ran away from his teachers and responsibilities - and was lost for 100 years. During this time much of the harmony among the different nations was lost as the fire nation sought to assert supremacy. As a result, there was much destruction and many people suffered. The avatar can help restore harmony.
The stories and characters in the series are complex and well conceived. And overall this is a very wholesome series. Some of the characters mature and some don't, just as in real life.
There are many teaching about the four elements - fire, earth, air and water - as well as the continuity of life through incarnations. The martial arts portrayed are based on real Chinese styles, each tailored according to the element of its practitioner.
After the Last Airbender comes the Legend of Korra, Aang's next incarnation. I just couldn't stop watching! Hope there will be more.
Some of the characters have mastery of one of the elements; these are called the "benders." The avatar, however, can use all four elements, but must still learn their deeper qualities in order to practice them effectively.
Most of the DVDs can be viewed out of sequence but it does help to start from the beginning.