According to SuperHeroHype (who heard it from, well, Nickelodeon themselves), there will be a new series for Avatar: The Last Airbender! If you haven’t heard, Avatar (nothing to do with James Cameron’s blue-skinned fan favourite film) was this awesome cartoon series (spanning three seasons) that told the story about Aang, the sole remaining airbender (someone who can do air magic), who also happened to be the Avatar, a powerful being able to bend all four elements (fire, water, air, earth) and who was supposed to be the one who would bring an end to the war between different countries in that series’ world. The cartoon was quirky, hilarious at times, had decent animation, lovable characters and a heck load of drama and action and inspired an upcoming live action adaptation directed by M. Night Shoiasmdoamslkfnfjhawldkjsd (which I heard is pretty terrible but I’m still gonna catch it anyway because I’m such a fanboy).
It also was (still is, actually) one of my favourite animations of all time. And now, there’s going to be a new series with a new Avatar!
This is apparently Korra, the new Avatar. She, or at least her back side, is apparently just a hardcore, fey-erce version of Katara (the female lead from the original series). For those who want to know her story, here’s the Cliff Notes version:
The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang – a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra. With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water, and Fire), Korra seeks to master the final element, Air. Her quest leads her to the epicenter of the modern “Avatar” world, Republic City – a metropolis that is fueled by steampunk technology. It is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive. However, Korra discovers that Republic City is plagued by crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to rip it apart. Under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin, Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large.
So, firstly, a new Avatar means that Aang is dead! Although I’m pretty sure he’s going to turn up in a billion spirit cameos like his predecessor Roku did, that’s still pretty sad. And secondly, since she’s from the water tribe, I’m going to assume the series is not going to contain “The Last Airbender” as a subtitle anymore. The description of her makes her sound like one of those generically brash, hot-headed anime protagonists who will bumble their way into things and learn to “grow up” along the way which, if you ask me, is way less interesting than Aang’s caught-in-an-iceberg-and-has-to-start-from-scratch thing (although he was pretty brash too). Still, as long as they keep up their irreverent brand of humour, have loads of affable characters and continue to serve up the Chinese-mythology-inspired action, I’m going to be hooked.