Avatar: The Legend of Korra is a 2012 American animated series that is a direct sequel to the series Avatar: The Last Airbender. The Legend of Korra is set 70 years after the last series and the world is very different. Medevil technology has been replaced by an industrial revolution filled with cars, streetlamps and even mass media. The world even has a new avatar: Korra, a young woman from the water bending tribe.
In this episode we dicuss the first 13 episodes of Legend of Korra which constitutes the shows first season. It felt like it was the show’s entire run, but it has since been confirmed that it will have another season.
You get the most out of this show if you’ve seen Avatar: The Last Airbender but it’s not required. The show can definitly stand on its own merits. Korra, the show’s protagonist, is an awesome female character. Heck, even her character design is awesome. How often do you get a female character with drawn arm muscles without them being some kind of parody? Korra looks like someone who has been trained since she was small to fight. Her personality is great and a fun contrast to Aang’s passifism.
The creators excelled at world building in the last series and they reach new heights in this one. This is a world that is so well realized it feels like it would really work. The effects of the industrial revolution are well integrated within the existing world. For instance, the world now has electricity, but their power stations are fend with lightning bending. Amusingly, lightning bending is not the stuff of legends it was in the previous series. They must now teach it in schools. Similiarly, Toph has went forth and taught the secret of metal bending which is now used by the police.
Some of the side characters characterization suffers from the low episode count of the first season. Mako and Bolen, Korra’s best friends, rely a bit too much on a few key personality quirks. Furthermore, the last two episodes of the series feel REALLY rushed. But overall, the series was fantastic and everyone should try it out especially fans of the previous series.