Avatar The Last Airbender: The Complete Book 1 (Collector's Edition)
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For the Collector's Edition, if you've already purchased the previously-released Book I collection, you DO NOT need this edition. I repeat, you DO NOT NEED this edition. Inside the fancy box is a DVD with a 20-minute documentary that explores the origins of this series with its creators. Not a bad documentary, but not worth throwing an extra $30 on the counter. Also included in the set is a small booklet that shows some earlier sketches as well as commentary from the two creators. Again, nice, but not worth a re-purchase. And last, the previously-released BOOK I collection is what you're actually getting inside this box. They just took the old edition (box and all), put it inside another box along with a documentary and booklet, stamped LIMITED COLLECTOR'S EDITION on the box, and then jacked the price up $10-$15 dollars. The distributor is trying to take advantage of the up-coming movie. Don't be duped.
Season One of Avatar begins with a war going on between nations who control different elements through techniques called 'bending'. There's the Fire Nation, which, under Fire Lord Ozai, is attempting to take over the rest of the world. The Avatar, the only one who can control all four elements, is supposed to stop power imbalances between the nations, but the war started 100 years ago and the Avatar hasn't been seen since. And with the airbenders already wiped out and the water tribes being composed of tiny populations, only the great Earth Kingdom remains intact.
What makes this show great is a combination of character and plot. The characters aren't stereotypical. They act in predictable ways sometimes, but then there are episodes that really show their deeper sides (The Storm, The Fortune Teller, and The Blue Spirit are all examples of this.) The story focuses around the main characters Sokka, Katara, and Aang, the Avatar (returning to the world after being incased in an iceberg for 100 years.) There's also the Fire Nation's General Iroh, Price Zuko (a banished prince trying to regain his honor by capturing the Avatar) and Admiral Zhao. However out of these characters only Admiral Zhao seems truley evil. Zuko and Iroh however are in the gray.
There's some fantastic fight scenes in this series. The Blue Spirit, Jet, and Bato of the Water Tribe are all episodes with incredible choreography. Animation is top notch. There was only one episode where it went down a little.Read more ›
The animation is wonderful and the characters are well devoloped and engaging. The martial arts are fantastic to watch. The storyline is incredible - the writers for this show have a clear vision and every episode is linked. (Even now when I watch Season 2 characters from Season 1 will unexpectedly show up.) This is the only show on TV where you KNOW every episode is going to be pure gold.
Please don't underestimate this show because it's on Nickelodeon or you might think it's for kids. It has so many levels that it appeals to everyone. One episode and you'll be hooked - TRUST me! ;)
Great art/design, beautiful animation and color, realistic and thinking characters and a well thought out story. Great voice actors also. I noticed Andrea Romano of Batman: TAS fame is in charge of voice casting so it's bound to be good.
See, this is what we get when a network like Nick takes a chance and does something daring and different. Not since Zim has Nick done something even remotely innovative and different. Same old kiddie crap in my opinion. I realize it's their bread and butter but thank goodness theyre finally doing another Friday night type of show for an older crowd (Oh how I miss Invader Zim). Good for them....now do more, Nick!!
This is right up there with Venture Bros, Teen Titans and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends as my current favorite toons in production. Although all of these are quite different I will say.
I would also recommend this to any fans of Samurai Jack as well.
R.I.P. Mako. (voice of Uncle Iroh on Avatar; Aku on Samurai Jack)
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Avatar the last airbeender is an epic tale that the whole family can enjoy. It is the best animated series ever and will definitely stand the test of time.Published 15 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I've always loved it as a kid and growing up and I would never stop loving itPublished 16 hours ago by Amazon Customer