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Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra

Jennifer Dimaano

Legend of Korra

My two-cents


Being an avid cartoon/anime show viewer, I could not consciously process how much I loved the show. It somewhat filled the nostalgia I had for its predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender. The two shows are no doubt, both great in its own sense. Avatar: The Last Airbender was a bit more innocent, but you see the growth and development of it’s young protagonist, Aang. Aang was born an air bender in the Southern Air Temple, which explains his frivolous nature in the beginning of the series. Aang starts out as a naive go-getter who is doubtful of his Avatar status, but eventually learns to cope with the responsibilities of being the Avatar.

Korra on the other hand, was born as a water bender from the Southern Water Tribe. She is fierce and is not afraid to take situations head-on. Unlike Aang, she embraces the duties she has as being the Avatar. From the get-go, when her air bending master, Tenzin had to return to Republic city instead of staying in the Southern Water Tribe to train her, she and her polar-bear dog, Naga become stowaways on ship headed to Republic City. As soon as she steps foot in Republic City she is greeted with anti-bending activists and a fight.

The show is reflective of the each of the protagonist’s personalities. Avatar: The Last Airbender prolongs the development of the Avatar’s identity. While in The Legend of Korra, its main character is stubborn and steadfast. You don’t see much action in Avatar: The Last Airbender unlike The Legend of Korra. Viewers see more sentimental moments between Aang and his peers while Korra she’s prone to action-packed scenes with her friends.

Again, this is what I thought of the two shows. I enjoyed watching them as each their own and cannot wait until Book 2 comes out. I just hope questions from Avatar: The Last Airbender will be answered in the next season—writer’s please throw us a bone about Zuko’s Mom!

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