The Avatar is again and this time she is a young person who is much from calm and peaceable.
In comparison with Avatar: The Legend of Aang, this sequel has its personal enchantment: it is actually energetic, that includes largely metropolis environments, has an older forged than the one in Aang, and simply has an general sooner, flashier, and extra forceful tempo than its predecessor. That makes it loads of enjoyable, and a really thrilling present, however at occasions it additionally makes it onerous for me to heat as much as the forged, and onerous to simply take a second of contemplation, peace, and leisure like I’d with The Final Airbender.
Visually, like “Aang”, this present is beautiful. Stunning, intricate, and distinctive environments, with a lot of fluid and well-crafted movement. Superior soundtrack with the sequence’ trademark mixture of japanese and western music, however “Korra’s” music is extra rocky and jazzy, to match with the present’s tempo, than “Aang’s” clean and calm scores. The storyline appears to be selecting up fairly properly as nicely, with civil battle brewing up in Republic Metropolis. The present is unquestionably making its personal path and tone, and setting itself other than “Aang”.
However I nonetheless discovered myself actually lacking “Aang’s” serene environments, gentler characters, and the lovable, quirky humor. Actually, I form of discovered it onerous to heat as much as the characters in “Korra”…Korra is general a really cool character however is simply too aggressive and forceful. I hope that modifications all through the present, like Avatar, all the time present the evolution of its characters. Her newfound metropolis associates, as nicely, should not that likable and their friendship is a bit distant — Aang, Katara, and Sokka’s friendship was as naturally progressing, enjoyable, and shut as they get. I additionally actually miss the foolish humor! Who can overlook the cabbage vendor from “Aang”, and Sokka’s silliness? With “Korra”‘s older forged and a really severe battle and villain already launched and confronted, I actually need extra humor to steadiness the present out.
I feel the present must settle down a bit, take a breath, and let its characters meaningfully work together a bit extra earlier than ramping up the motion to the a thousandth diploma. Nonetheless, a flaw as a consequence of extra is healthier than a flaw as a consequence of lack. The Legend of Korra is a wonderful and well-crafted present, and I stay up for seeing it type right into a sequence worthy of its predecessor.
Beautiful animation can’t masks weak writing
…Or at the least it should not. I used to be shocked on the 8.6 score this present has. Now earlier than we get to the overview let me say this: I WATCHED THE FIRST SEASON OF KORRA BEFORE I EVEN TOUCHED THE LAST AIRBENDER SERIES. I had no bias, no expectations. I used to be drawn to Korra by its stunning animation, the darkish plot, and the Nineteen Twenties-inspired setting. I had heard of ATLA and had associates who have been followers however I actually was by no means till I watched this present. At first, it was trying to be one of many best-animated packages on tv, good for youths and adults alike, however because the season wandered on, the standard plummeted.
The principle plot itself is nice: a number of non-benders are becoming a member of a terrorist group after being mistreated by the benders for many years and there’s a query as as to whether or not the avatar is even related within the fashionable world. You’d assume the writers would have had a subject day with this idea. They don’t. As an alternative, they waste time with one of many worst love squares in fiction. I feel the writers did this due to the followers’ curiosity within the romance of the primary sequence, arguing over whether or not Katara belonged with Aang or Zuko. I say let the followers’ do all that romantic hypothesis and save the cleaning soap opera plots for his or her fan fiction. In the event that they wished romance, then they need to have saved all of it low key.
The characters had a lot potential to be nice. Korra is the anti-Aang: extra bodily than religious, impulsive, and aggressive. It will have been cool to see her develop as a personality, however as a substitute, she will get the whole lot handed to her on a silver platter by the season finale: she loses most of her bending skill and we’re tantalized with the concept that the subsequent season will contain her getting in contact together with her religious aspect, slowly regaining her energy. Nope, as a substitute, she sheds one tear, and unexpectedly ghost Aang exhibits up saying, “Congratulations, you’ve got gotten in contact along with your spirituality! Listed here are all of your powers again after which some!” Silly.
Mako and Bolin are terribly dealt with as nicely. Mako is actually appalling, stringing one woman alongside after which abandoning her for the primary character. He would not break a sweat when his brother (whom he’s supposedly protecting of) is kidnapped by terrorists, however when Korra is taken he flies into hysterics. And the creators need us to love him. Yeah proper. Bolin begins out cool however slowly devolves right into a watered-down model of Sokka who exists solely to pine after Korra and make wisecracks whereas the opposite characters do the heavy lifting.
After which there’s poor Asami, the one first rate character of the primary 4. She’s misplaced her mom, develop into estranged from her father who disowns her as soon as she refuses to just accept his radical political opinions, and now has to cope with Mako, who tells her he loves her while he makes out with Korra whereas Asami’s sleeping just a few toes away. He by no means even takes accountability for it. Poor woman… Fortunately many of the minor characters are fascinating, particularly the antagonist Amon and Toph’s daughter Lin, a metallic bending police chief.
For individuals who say the writers have been handicapped by having solely twelve episodes to work with, let me offer you an instance of why this assumption is hogwash. There’s a superb anime referred to as Princess Tutu (2002) and its first season is in some ways a self-contained narrative. With solely 13 episodes to work with, they packed in as a lot character improvement and plot as they might, and did it extraordinarily nicely. Korra has no excuse. It mustn’t have wasted its time with a lot filler and teenage hormones if the writers have been so involved about having solely twelve episodes.