How Avatar: Legend Of Korra Changed The Animation Game
by Ari Iris
Avatar: The Legend of Korra (LoK) serves as a sequel to the popular Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. An avatar is someone who can control the four main elements water, earth, air, and fire, and they also have strong connection to the spirits of their world. Korra’s story takes place sixty years after the previous avatar, Aang, returned balance to the world. Her story starts where she has already mastered all of the elements except master air. Korra has never left the South Pole, even at sixteen years old due to potential danger, (it’s explained later in the series.) Korra is a very strong willed, tough, and physical fit avatar compared to the gentle peace loving Aang.
Here is a small synopsis of LoK:
The Legend of Korra is set in the fictional world of Avatar: The Last Airbender, 70 years after the events of that series. The world is separated into four nations: the northern and southern Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. The distinguishing element of the series is “bending”, the ability of some people to telekinetically manipulate the classical element associated with their nation (water, earth, fire, or air). Bending is carried out by spiritual and physical exercises, portrayed as similar to Chinese martial arts.
Only one person, the “Avatar“, can bend all four elements. Cyclically reincarnating among the world’s four nations, the Avatar maintains peace and balance in the world. The Legend of Korra focuses on Avatar Korra, a seventeen-year-old girl from the Southern Water Tribe and the successor of Avatar Aang from The Last Airbender.
Season three and four are the best of series. Korra is the type of character who doesn’t take any nonsense. During the best seasons of the show (three and four) seasons of the show, we see Korra mature into a young woman, and rise to become a hero. From mastering air, to battling a madman who tries to take away her powers, her uncle who wants to destroy the world, or fighting against fascism and anarchy, Korra has truly been through the ringer.
The show made ‘history’ not only by being one of the only female lead animated series on nickelodeon, but to be the first in a canonical same sex relationship (confirmed by the series creators themselves). At the end of the series, Korra takes off into an adventure with her new girlfriend Asami Sato for the spirit world for a vacation. She is a powerful being with a human nature anyone can relate to. She will always step up and fight for what’s right. We get to see her go through a range of emotions, and so many hard situations. We see Korra at her weakest point and she suffers so much because of it. When Korra regains her strength and is once again back on top, as a fan, it’s a great thing to witness.
Korra is an inspiration to a lot of young females. She represents for LGBTQ and women of color by leading her own show and saving the world. This is why Avatar: Legend of Korra will be a show I will never forget.