Review: ‘The Legend of Korra’ is a legendary successor

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Nickelodeon Animation Studios

It has been six years since the final episode of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” officially aired on Nickelodeon. Ever since then, the show has become an animated classic.

Fortunately, fans were treated with the excellent spinoff show “The Legend of Korra” in February 2012. Now “The Legend of Korra” has reached its end with its final episode released in December 2014.

Since all four seasons (called “books”) are now finished, it can be said that the series has everything that fans loved from the original show, thanks to the its story, characters, animation, and soundtrack.

The concept of “The Avatar” franchise tells of a world where certain humans can control one of the four natural elements (earth, fire, air, and water) through a mystical art called “bending”; these humans are known as “benders.” However, in each generation, there happens to be a bender labeled as “The Avatar” who may control all four elements. Once an Avatar passes away from life, its Avatar essence gets reincarnated into the next Avatar.

The setting of the show takes place 70 years since the final episode of “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” The show follows the next Avatar, a southern water tribe female named Korra (voiced by Janet Varney).

The show kicks off with Korra leaving her home to move to the capital of the United Nations, Republic City, in order to become a better Avatar. Korra is first seen as naive and reckless. However, throughout the series, Korra must face new challenges and deadly advisories so that she may bring balance to the world, which causes Korra to adapt and mature into a great Avatar throughout the series.

The show is full of amazing characters to watch (with too many of them to even count). It mainly follows the protagonist’s group (called Team Avatar). There is the Avatar Korra; the fire and earthbending brothers, Mako and Bolin; industrial business woman and engineer Asami Sato; and Korra’s air-bending mentor Tenzin. It is fun to watch Team Avatar and many other characters be a part of the show, as many of the character have something that make them unique characters.

The show’s co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino constantly makes the show engaging with some clever storytelling, writing, humor, and awesome choreographed action. Admirably, Konietzko and DiMartino are also brave enough to push the boundaries of their story by including adult themes that most young animated shows would never consider including. The show is to be able to use these subjects effectively in the story, while still keeping its light-hearted nature.

Without any spoilers, the final moment in the series finale is beautiful, unexpected, and pleasing to fans, and it pushes the boundaries of storytelling in young animated television for the better.

The writing of Konietzko and DiMartino is fortunate to be accompanied by beautiful animation. The animation is a great fit to the world that Konietzko and DiMartino has created, as the Japanese animation style fits perfectly with the settings, especially since most of the show is based around western Asian culture.

The music (composed by Jeremy Zuckerman) is just as fitting as the animation. Just like the animation, the music has a hint of western Asian influence, which makes it fit with both the tone of the scene and the world that the characters inhabit.

Overall with its great characters and storytelling, along with excellent animation, “The Legend of Korra” is not only a worthy successor to “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” but it is an engaging and artistic show on its own and is enjoyable for all ages to watch.

Our Rating: A
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Creators: Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
Producers: Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Studio Mir

All episodes of “The Legend of Korra” are available for purchase on the major video download sites (iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, etc.). Full episodes can also be found on Korraspirit.net