Thursday, July 22, 2010

"The Legend of Korra" -- 70 Years After "Avatar: The Last Airbender"

Image © Nickelodeon

Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko created one of the best animated television shows of all time with Avatar: The Last Airbender. As the series unfolded, viewers watched the adventures of a young man named Aang as he fought to bring peace to a world at war. The show's episodes were brilliantly written tales that balanced humor, romance, and drama in a way rarely seen in American animated televisions shows.

DiMartino and Konietzko just announced that in 2011, Nickelodeon will be airing a sequel to Avatar tentatively entitled "The Legend of Korra." Where the original series was a world-spanning road trip, "Korra" will have a great deal of its action take place in a central location called Republic City. Where the bending skills of the Avatar were admired by the good citizens of the world, "Korra" will adventure in a world where (according to the creators) there is a major "anti-bender" revolt going on. Where Aang had only mastered Air-bending and spent the series wandering the globe while mastering the other three arts, "Korra" begins the tale with Korra having mastered Earth, Water, and Fire and will receive training in Air-bending from Aang's son.

If past is prologue -- and it often is -- then 2011 will be one of the best years for television animation ever. It will see the return of "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" and the start of "The Legend of Korra."

In the meantime, we'll have to wait and watch episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender to fill our addictive cravings.

Now, if we can only get Nickelodeon to release an Avatar roleplaying game.

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