The Legend of Korra - Book Two: Spirits
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But I was still looking forward to "Book Two: Spirits", hopeful that creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko could iron out the kinks and deliver a show that recaptured the magic of the original series. And they did! Or at least, they came extremely close, though "Avatar" is probably too dear to my heart to ever be fully eclipsed.
For those completely unfamiliar with the premise of the show, here's the gist: set in an Asian-inspired fantasy world where certain people possess the ability to manipulate (or "bend") water, air, fire or water, our protagonist Korra stands out as the only individual able to master all four elements. This ability identifies her as the Avatar, the reincarnated being whose task it is to maintain balance in the world.
Set seventy years after the events of "Avatar: The Last Airbender", Korra is the reincarnation of Aang, the last Avatar who saved the world from the threat of the Fire Nation and restored peace between the world's populations: the Fire Nation, the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom and the Air Nomads.Read more ›
WOW, I just finished the two part episode "Beginnings" and I have to say that not only is this the best episode of Legend of Korra so far, it is also easily one of the best episodes in Avatar history, including those from The Last Airbender. This was truly some Hayao Miyazaki level, eastern mythological storytelling. In this episode we are introduced to Wan, the very first avatar, and how he became the bridge between the spirit and human world, as well as how humans gained the ability to bend the elements. It even clears up some plot holes from The Last Airbender about the Lion-Turtle. At first the stylized animation threw me a little bit, but mid way through the first half I came to love it.
I absolutely loved the finale. The spirit forest was my favorite part, it was like Miyazaki and Tolkien had a baby together.Read more ›
Like I said, I really want to like it. And there are great parts to it. I plan to faithfully watch every new season. The sad thing is that I mostly just watch it for the Avatar nostalgia. Like I said, though, it's still pretty good. It can be laugh-out-loud hilarious, or heartbreaking. Both times I watched the book one finale, I cried. However, the main problem with Korra is that the writers quite often bite off more than they can chew. They raise really interesting, complex problems, but these problems are either resolved tritely or swept under the rug. I could forgive this in the first book. The producers didn't know they'd have a larger scope, so everything had to be resolved in twelve episodes. In this book, though, they knew exactly what they had to work with, and this season still felt over-packed. In Avatar, the focus was always on the characters, and that's what made it work. I feel like none of the characters in Korra have really developed. Korra can be pretty unlikable, Mako's frankly annoying, I love Bolin (Nuk Tuk!), but he needs more fleshing out, and Asami's pretty meh.
The thing is, for a "kids'" tv show, Korra's pretty great. It deals with some complex issues, and is very entertaining. Don't get me wrong, I would still recommend watching it. I just was expecting more from the team that gave us Avatar. I'm holding out hope for the next season. The book 2 finale gave us a pretty interesting set-up, and I'm still hoping for a Zuko appearance (how dare they tease us like that and then not have him show up). But Korra just doesn't have the emotional power that Avatar had.
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Great movie (may be a little scary for some younger children)! My kids enjoyed the "flashbacks" scenes where it revisited parts from the 1st Avatar film.Published 1 day ago by Stephanie M.
The last half was way overwritten. It's the worst book in the series (including Last Airbender)Published 1 day ago by Genesis1
Many people would call THE LEGEND OF KORRA a 'cartoon' but anyone who would do so probably wouldnt realize a complex, well-written, imaginative story that the Avatar... Read morePublished 1 day ago by M. Shawn Sizemore
One of the best animated series ever made. The animation and stunning visuals are in the same ballpark as Miazaki at his best. Well written, funny, thoughtful, inspiring. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Carl Houtz
Good show. Has the characteristics of the last air bender with a fresh new set of characters. Can't wait to see it through. Must watch if u liked the last air bender.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
After watching the Avatar the last airbender series, I felt as if this was an extremely crappy follow up. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Riley