Avatar’s return makes a splash


If some people didn’t watch Nickelodeon as a child, then I’m sorry. They were deprived of the opportunity of watching “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” It was such an amazing show that was original, creative, had cliffhangers and was overall intriguing. The show had funny moments in almost every episode which was enough to make me happy.

Now, the creators, Michael DantaDiMartino and Bryan Koneitzko, have created a sequel series, “Legend of Korra,” that’s just as good as its prequel. It came out spring of 2012 and hasn’t aired since a few weeks ago. In it, the nonbenders rebelled with Amon against bending and the Avatar.

“Book 2: Spirits” is about the new Avatar, Korra, and now that she has learned airbending she feels ready to move on. Since she is the bridge between the mortal world and the spirit world, she feels that she should learn more about the spirits by training with her uncle, Unalaq, chief of the Northern Water Tribe. This leads to traveling into a spirit forest and opening the portal linking the two worlds.

There are many subplots apart from the main plot. Korra is dating Mako. Asami is running her father’s company. Tenzin is on vacation with his family. Bolin’s dealing with his new girlfriend, Eska, who never seems to leave her twin brother’s side.

The voice-acting and animation match up perfectly. The voices themselves are out of the ordinary, meaning that they actually sound like people. The voice for Korra is Janet Varney along with Adrian LaTourelle who plays Unalaq. Dee Bradley Baker, who has also done the voice for Perry the Platypus from “Phineas and Ferb,” does the voice for Naga the polar bear dog.

Jeremy Zuckerman is the composer for “Legend of Korra” and Ben Wynn is the mixer. The music they make adds so much to the show. I don’t even really notice it because it is so expertly placed. Viewers don’t realize how the music makes them feel the emotions the composer and mixer are trying to send. It’s not too much that it overpowers the show but it’s just enough that people feel the suspense even more than without the music. They are successful at what they do.

Composer for “The Walking Dead,” Bear McCreary, said that “Legend of Korra” has “clever style mash-ups, great orchestration and luscious melodies.”

The show is also “family friendly.” It’s also considered an anime, meaning Japanese animation. It’s full of action, has an adventure theme to it, involves love interests as well as having Korra trying to figure out who she is as the Avatar.

The show is funny and has both an intriguing and creative storyline. I mean, people that can move earth, air, fire and water? Amazing. I don’t know about everyone else, but personally, I know no one that can bend.

“Legend of Korra” is original, creative, and overall interesting. This is why I give this show a five out of five stars.