Wednesday, April 18, 2012

T.V. Casual Talk: The Legend of Korra on Nickelodeon "Like The Cycle of the Seasons, The Cycle of the Avatar Began Anew"

The premiere of The Legend of Korra on April 14, 2012 at 11:00 am was fantastic! The Legend of Korra the sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender promises to continue the amazingly excting series of the Avatar world we all fell in love with (me included!). For this viewer the humor that is pure genius in making you laugh held sway much like in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Avatar: The Last Airbender which aired was an animated t.v. show that had this world that was obviously fantasy-like that managed to bring with every episode some incredible diverse adventures and life lessons to life by creators:  Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Avatar: The Last Airbender followed Aang a young boy with the ability to work the wind which is often referred to as airbend making him an airbender. Who also happend to be the last of his kind after the ruthless people of the Fire Nation who are people who can control fire wipe out his people. He also happened to be the Avatar who's master of all four elements of air, water, earth, and fire. His destiny involves keeping peace in the world and along the way he meets Katara a girl who's a waterbender and happens to believe he can save the world from the oppresive Fire nation.

Avatar: The Last Airbender, also known as Avatar: The Legend of Aang, is an Emmy award-winning American animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon and the Nicktoons Network. The series was created and produced by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who served as executive producers along with Aaron EhaszAvatar's setting is in an Asian-influenced world of martial arts and elemental manipulation. The show drew on elements from East Asian, South Asian, and Western culture, making it a mixture of what were previously traditionally separate categories of Japanese anime and Western domestic cartoons.
The series follows the adventures of the main protagonist Aang and his friends, who must save the world by defeating the Fire Lord and ending the destructive war with the Fire Nation. The show first aired on February 21, 2005 and the series concluded with a widely-lauded two-hour television movie on July 19, 2008. The show is now available on DVD, the iTunes Store, the Xbox Live Marketplace, the PlayStation Network, and the Zune Marketplace, Netflix, as well as its home on Nickelodeon. - Avatar: The Last Airbender

So you can imagine my surprise when heard on Nickelodeon as they previewed The Legend of Korra which promised to revisit the world we had so widely grown captivated with except now we see a generational jump (70 years have passed since the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender), much more modern surroundings, new enemies, and , of course, a new Avatar. The new Avatar proceeding Aang is Korra who just so happens to be a 17 year-old girl this time around in her teen years and in quite a few talks ,  Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko , mentioned they wanted Korra to be much older as in teen years unlike Aang to bring in a much more mature vibe where it shows a generational gap that is different from Aang's time. Aang's time was much more in the think " old days" while Korria's time is around  something that's more modern. A real difference which The Legend of Korra upon watching on April 14, 2012 at 11:00am noticed was pulled off but still felt that it was in the world of Avatar just has evolved from Aang's time.
Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko stressed that their vision with The Legend of Korra was to bring a much darker feel with even , yes, cheesy teen romance which should appeal to older audiences of girls around the ages of perhaps at a guess 9-18 or people who just love beautiful pictureque animated shows. The Legend of Korra had all of this from both instances of "Welcome To Republic City" and "A Leaf In the Wind" which appeared in Episode 1 and Episode 2 of The Legend of Korra which lasted an hour. The animated t.v. show was very, very anticipated by this blogger and if you want to know if it disappointed me as in in any way then the answer is no. It only increased an already huge passionate appreaciation for this franchise. Thank you Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko! You guys make viewers enjoy quite an animated show. The Legend of Korra had originally been auctioned for 12 episodes in total but was given even more episodes with a total of 24 episodes! Perhaps even proving that this is a show that many out there really enjoy watching it. I know when it was and since then saw the pilot episode where thought it was going to grow in to a big thing since it had so much creativity in its characters and world. It felt like a world you were lucky you could witness. In other talks ,  Konietzko , mentioned that also the reason for having more episodes was to better craft the episodes. 
The Legend of Korra (Find info. on how The Legend of Korra is being planned and about the overall world)

 You can be sure The Legend of Korra is in good hands and it proved itself in its first worldwide premiere on April 14, 2012 (11:00 am, U.S. time) on Saturday.
The Legend of Korra began with its introduction actually of how Tenzin , the son of Aang, had always heard stories of how his father The Avatar and his friends were courageous and worked hard to together defeat Firelord thereby ending the 100 Years War restoring peace to all of the four nations. The water benders, earth ebndevs, fire benders, and even newly emerged metal benders could be joined together equally without oppresion and prejudice. Everything was changed from where we saw it in Avatar: The Last Airbender. The four nations are very intermixed even though individuals still where the clothes of their dominant country or where their bending comes from. 

In "Welcome To Republic City" (Episode 1) - Book One: Water
Tenzin in voice over also informs viewers that even though new things were accomplished by Avatar Aang. 
Slowly  the cycle of the seasons went by Avatar Aang (who's his father) where his life finally ended and so the cycle of the Avatar began anew. Meet Korra who is the Avatar of the current generation after Aang. She's from what you first see is hotheaded and impulsive. As a adventure seeker Korra looks to bring her bending training to completion not in a boring way but to supplement it with fun ways that often gets her in trouble. The comparisons to Aang are easy to make in a fun way considering her instructors often make note of how she excels in the physical side of bending but not in the spiritual. Aang was much more spiritual than heavily involved in the physical side of bending. What was different of Korra compared to Aang was while he was level-headed Korra isn't so much she's something of a hot-head although she is as goofy as Aang. Another thing of notice is she looks much like Katara when she would have been which was nice of to do as a character, who's the lead character design keeps you remembering the good times of Avatar: The Last Airbender while also embracing a new more modern take. Although Katara does appear in The Legend of Korra but she's very old now. She also seems to affectionately care for Korra. From the beginning noticed from the voice ove of who, yes, is in fact is Aang and Katara's son that the Avatar's spirit reincarnates and it seems that Katara sees a lot of Aang's personality in Korra. Korra is getting ready to learn airbending which she has never before even been able to do. (Aang and Katara's son) is going to be her airbending teacher but he can't since he's holding off since he's trying to keep control over Republic City the city that his father wanted along with Firelord Zuko to keep as a center of peace and unity for all people of all four nations. He's having problems with since the city is having major growing uprisings with Equalists a group of bending haters who believe benders-only opress. Korra though feels her training shouldn't be put on hold and that she should train with in Republic City and also help him with problems of the uprisings of Equalists. Tenzin only opposes for the reason that he doesn't want to put her in danger especially since Aang put him in charge of her protection. Korra with Katara's blessing though travels to Republic City to see for herself what is going on over there. Once there she she's the beauty of it which is gorgeous but also how very out of whack it is from Avatar Aang's original vision of it. With the the world changing now in Korra's time it would mean she's going to have take a different approach to find peace for the world that is now her responsiblity.
In this episode we really see that their is an enemy who has already risen against Korra , Amon , who's the leader of the Equalists. The episode have to say was so beautiful in its animation that was super crisp and bright. Republic City looks like San Francisco with one place in particular looking like The Gate Bridge. Everwhere you look there are beautiful backgrounds, new characters as well as old ones: Katara, and landscapes as well as building structures that captivate.  And the character intevactions are just as bightly realized. In "Welcome To Republic City" we are carefully put into not Aang's world but Korra's time now.  
Run time: 30 min.

In "A Leaf in the Wind" (Episode 2) - Book One: Water
In the episode of "Welcome To Republic City" realized in the end that Korra is now the new Avatar and must become the one to bare responsibility of keeping peace and none is better than in Republic City. With a fast intro to Republic City Korra is rather welcomed to the city even though man want to know what will be her next move as the Avatar. Korra lets everyone knows she doesn't really know but she has a lot of trouble learning the basics even. Her frustration mounts and Korra lives close to the probender arena and since she's quite taken with it decides maybe to take a visit.  Tenzin though finds the use of the game a lot of nothing. In a fit of frustration she decides to go to the arena of professional probending. While there she gets into trouble for being in the arena. One of the probending players is there so when he sees her he's there so when he sees her he's there to actually vouch for her and its obvious he does so since he sees her as a pretty special-looking girl. Bolin the probender guy shows her around the arena and its then that she also meets Mako who is the brother of Bolin who is the complete opposite of Bolin. He carries an air of indifference to Korra where Bolin is sweet and very upbeat. Korra and Bolin really get along nicely and it appears Bolin shows that he may like Korra romantically though it passes over Korra' s shoulder. Its when you see Korra and Mako that makes you think its what mentioned as cheesy teen romance. In a moment where surely they'll lose the probending match Mako really wins big in  the game and impresses Korra with his moves. Mako though doesn't see impressed with Korra being the Avatar until later when they are out of a team member and Korra joins implementing some cool airbending moves. Tenzin isn't happy with her getting involved with the probending Fire Ferrets team but he realizes that its actually a great way for her to learn to master airbending easier. He relents though not by much choice especially since Korra joined The Fire Ferrets permanently. The episode ends with Mako looking toward The Air Temple where Korra is and Korra looks to the probending arena where Mako resides in. Really implying a growing relationship between them. The show is looking good so far.
Run time: 30 min. 
"Welcome To Republic City" and "A Leaf in the Wind" where both part of the first episode and lasted joined together 1 hour.

Really looking forward to next Saturday at 11:00 am on Nickelodeon!
So would be following the animated series to capture the highlights.


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