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Aang is a anime/manga character in the Avatar franchise
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When I first saw The Last Airbender, starting out of sequence, from Earth, probably the episode of the Face Stealer, I was immediately taken in. The characters, the cliffhangers, the weird animals and the world building. The movements were all martial-artsy. But most of all, the style of animation was what gets to you. Isn't that what it's known for, after all? An American cartoon drawn in the Japanese style? Naruto was blamed for "the death of Toonami" and hugely unpopular, while Avatar: The Last Airbender is acclaimed as the best animated series in decades. But they have so many similarities and I'm wondering if they have some connection. And this connection if it exists, would be one of lightning, orange jumpsuits and scarred faces.

The 5th element

I think the most notable similarity in the 2 cartoons is the use of elements to delare the different peoples and political systems of their worlds. However, how common would it be to use the law of elements? I might as well compare Avatar to Pokemon by that logic. But the thing here is that they both use elements to desribe politics. Yet, they're not exactly the same. Naruto was FROM the Konoha, a village in the land of Fire, while Aang fought AGAINST the Fire Nation. In Avatar, there were cultural differences between the peoples, (such as Fire Nation gathering under the banner of it's Lord and striving to take everyone over, Earth Kingdom presumably being stable and economically well off, under it's King or emperor, the Water Tribe forming it's familly bonds and Air Nomads wandering, living in temples and dying,) while all the sects in Naruto pretty much had the same political system, except for their use of resources and economy.

Apart from the traditional 4 elements of Water, Wind/Air, Fire and Earth, Naruto recognizes a 5th, that of lightning. Now, the Chinese Zodiacs recognize different metals and wood as elements, but lightning (although used in other places) is not one of the regular elements, and is used by Kakashi and Sasuke for the speial move Chidori. Avatar too recognizes this element, a little later in the show, I think by the last episode of the first season, first used by Azula. As explained by Zuko's uncle Iro, it's "refined fire", and not a separate element, but they're both present together.

Another thing about elements that they both use, is sand. Gaara of the Sand village, and later it's Kazekage, could manipulate sand, and was a huge deal. But his attribute is wind, and would be equivalent to what is an "air bender" in Avatar. Sand is light and easily lifted by the air, and how would you recognize winds, essentially energy, if not for particle matter? You may remember in one of the episodes of Earth, Aang finds a library in the desert, and Abu the Air Buffalo gets kidnapped. The people who kidnap Abu are sand benders and where lothes not too different from Gaara's buddies, but they both also reflect actual clothing used by actual sand people.

Characters

The two main characters both wear orange, Aang a little more so than at least what Naruto wears in Shippuden. They both have insignia on their forehead representing where they come from. In Aang's case, he's the last of the Air Nomads and is therefore unique, and also the only person with an arrow tattoo on his head. Everyone in Naruto has a headband. But both the arrow and the spiral "leaf" serve the same purpose. One character has hair and the other one is bald. Speaking of the arrow tattoo, which lights up when Aang goes into the "Avatar state", Naruto reaches a "Sage Mode" that's close to it, but way later.

Both of them have the orange colour in common with Goku from Dragonball. In fact, Aang's stick makes him more of a Goku than a Naruto, (and Naruto's Super Saiyan hair makes him a Goku) They also share other character stereotypes or "stock characters" with DB. Both Naruto and Aang surround themselves with a group. Now you can't compare Sokka to Sasuke, exept for their names, beause one's a badass and the other is a joke, but Sakura and Katara may have something in common. But all anime have certain recurring characters. A promiscuous monk, like Miroku. The funny old man who turns out to be the strongest of them all, (Roshi, Iro, Jiraiya) a friendly girl sidekick who is the first to discover the main character (Bulma, Sakura, Katara) and is a healer, but that comes from sword and sorery too. There's also the strong rival, (Sasuke, Azula/Zuko) who is not always the same in DB, though Yamcha, Kuririn, Tien and Picollo Jr have all played that type of thing, and Vegeta even more so, for longer. Vegeta may have lent that haircut to Sasuke.

But, the Sasuke/Azula/Zuko comparison is a little stronger than mere rivals. Zuko's eye, what's the deal with that? It's just one damaged eye, with a story behind it, a FAMILY HISTORY, and it's comparable to two people in Naruto. Kakashi, the one eyed ninja also carries Sasuke's family trait, the "Sharin gan" in one eye, his damaged eye. Sasuke has it in both. Kakashi and Sasuke are teacher and student, and Kakashi passes on his Chidori to Sasuke, which is lightning, like what Azula uses. Zuko himself had a mentor for most of the story, his uncle Iro, who helps Zuko with his lightning. Groups in Naruto work in 4s, until Naruto's team loses Sasuke, while Aang starts with 3, until Toph, the blind badass, makes a fourth.

Other than appearance, the core of the title characters have something in common too. Naruto is the self titled "number one, knucklehead, hyperactive" ninja, the one who always barks first, driven by emotion and loyalty, and optimism. Although Aang is over a 100 years old, he too is a kid at heart. When Aang starts out on his journey, he likes to try stunts in the air, play with balls made of air and he sets up his route so he can travel to exotic places.

Line of succession

Both the Avatar and the Kages, be it Hokage, Kazekage or Raikage, are lines of succession. Naruto aims to be a Hokage, his father is a Hokage and he befriends Konohamaru, grandson of the Third Hokage (who he also annoys the heck out of). In his spirit state, Avatar Aang could speak with the old Hoka- pardon me, Avatars. Jiraiya teaches Naruto something about the same, and writes a book of encrypted secrets, which may have been passed on to Naruto.

Volcano scene (non-Naruto related)

In Dragon Ball, there's an episode where the "Z warriors", the B- listers of the team, Yamcha, Kuririn, Tien and Chiaotzu have to save a village from a lava flow. How they did it without any powers, I cannot remember. You can see the same thing in Avatar, except it's all of them, Aang, Katara and Sokka, maybe Toph. 3 benders and a non-bender, but Sokka definitely plays a central role here. Come to think of it, Aang kinda looks like Kuririn. A LOT actually.

But how do we judge this? Dragon Ball and even Thundercats had obvious references to Superman. The cover of Death of (Ultimate) Peter Parker mirrored Death of Superman, in homage. The Fantastic Four are based on the elements, and Superman may look like Jesus. So can any work of fiction then be completely free of influences by other sources? but how far should something be allowed to copy off another?

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So most of us have heard by now that the second season of legend of Korra is preparing for it release. I am one of those people who isn’t particularly excited by the news, more like waiting tentatively to see whether this second season strikes a cord with me. Not that i particularly hated the first season. It was decent as far as anime/cartoons go if i was to weigh it as an individual series. However as a sequel, i can’t help but feel underwhelmed, especially in comparing Korra’s first season and Aang’s first season.

To put it in blunt terms,where Korra could be described as a bullet, the original season of avatar was an explosion, and it only got bigger from that point on. Maybe it’s because avatar was new back then; it was a unique adventure and each new episode was a new opportunity to better understand the world of avatar.

With Korra one could say that there is no mystery. There was something exciting about seeing Toph metal bend for the first time, and the mention of bending lightening was nothing short of mind blowing. IN Korra where such occurrences are common place, it feels like something is missing. There is a lack of mystery and discovery. Basically there is a newness missing.

Which is why i have hope for this upcoming season. It seems like the writers are going into new territory, returning to avatar the adventurous spirit it lost. I for one wish we had just continued the air bender storyline, with the characters we loved instead of entering a new adventure.

Anyway, last air bender was nothing short of quality, the best animated series to come out of America ever, and what i am listing below are most amazing and mind blowing moments and events that the series had to offer during its three season run. I will not rank them because that would take time, though i will briefly state which stands above the other.

So, without further adieu, this is my list of the best moments in Avatar: The last air bender:

1. Sozen’s comet--- If anyone actually requires me to spell out exactly what about these two hour extravaganza makes it the best thing in last air bender, they need to go back and watch the series. I have watched quite a lot of anime since last air bender wrapped up a few years back, but i can honestly say that i can count on one hand the number of anime series that have had a finale as epic and satisfying as Sozen’s comet. We re talking about a set of four episodes that managed to wrap up most major plots in last air bender while delivering a barrage of out of this world action scenes.

Whatever one thinks of last air bender, there is no denying that this finale stands miles ahead of so many other series that should be its better because of this epic finale. So many moments come to mind that i am tempted to refer to the whole two hours as simply too epic to comprehend, but three moments/events stand out among the four episodes, which are pretty much the three best moments in last air bender. Let me just add that i love how the flames were animated in this finale.

1.A--- The final battle- there are no words to describe just how epic this fight was, how many moments had me mentally and sometimes physically skipping about in excitement, that moment when Aang and Oozai were earth bending entire columns of rock at each other in such an intricate fashion, when Aang had to roll himself in rock armorfrom a face cliff to deflect a fire lord attack, when Aang was forced into a corner and had to roll into a ball of rock to defend against epic fire attacks from the fire lord…this battle was epic moment after epic moment.

I have seen many an epic final battle, especially in an anime, but i do not think i can remember any that have satisfied me as much as this one did, at least not right now. Many pointed to the fact that Aang would obviously activate his avatar state in time to defeat the fire lord. It was classic anime story telling. But by the time i watched this finale, i hadn't wanted that much anime, and i didn’t think that Aang would re acquire his avatar state. Which means i was that much more blown away when Aang’s hand shot out of the rubble and grabbed Oozai's goatee. If you haven’t watched avatar, you should start right now if only to watch this final battle. Unlike many fans, Aang not killing the fire lord didn’t affect me in any way. In fact his alternative was much more unpredictable to me.

This was a great end to a great series.

1. B--- Zuko and Katara Vs. Azula- i have come across several forums disparaging this particular battle. I on the other hand loved it. Sure, it was more about quantity than quality, but that doesn’t make it any less spectacular, not to mention the haunting track that played during the battle, beautiful animation, especially with regards to the fire, the means with which Katara finally brought Azula done with masterful water bending. It was simply awesome. Plus i wanted to see Zuko finally put Azula in her place and in a way he did.

1.C--- Iroh and the fire bending masters take back Ba Sing se- These men might old but they are powerful as heck.

While most of them displayed an incredible level of power, especially that old fire bender, whose name i forget, that was sending walls of fire rolling down city streets, it is Iroh who took the cake with that massive fire bending attack. Even the build up to that attack was epic. Wikipedia has referred to that attack as the single most powerful fire bending attack ever displayed in the avatar universe, and i am inclined to agree. It was like a blast from a canon. It is worth mentioning that Iroh himself made the series better as a superb character, one of my favorite in fact; i always imagined that if Aang ever made it to his old age, he would be just like Iroh. I am one of those people who didn’t believe him when he said he couldn’t be the fire lord.

2---Zuko joins team Aang- Again many an anime fan will attest to having seen this coming. I didn’t. It was one of those events i had dreamt of ever since Zuko betrayed Katara in the mines (another epic finale by the way). I always thought that with its current roster, team Aang was a fairly complete and self sustaining group entertainment wise, but is was surprised by how much of an evolution occurred once Zuko joined the gang. His character seemed to signal incongruence for the team, and i have expected every episode after to devolve into a festival of brooding. Surprisingly though, Zuko breathed a fire into the team, especially with the individual missions he embarked on with each of the members (Katara’s was the best). And the jokes were funny, especially when Aang and Zuko would reminisce about his previous attempts to capture him.

3---Zuko and Aang master fire bending- besides the appearance of the dragons and a further exploration of the world of avatar and fire bending, i simply enjoyed watching Zuko and Aang’s diversely distinct personalities bond as they came to a mutual understanding.

4---Azula- Azula was just one large epic moment as a character.Every single scene she was in was filled with intense fire bending action scenes punctuated by her fiery dialogue, mostly threats. But though her many encounters with Zuko proved be jet fueled scenes of action, the most memorable was her first appearance in the avatar world, when she was on board her vessel, training as she made the first display of lightening bending. It was a unique moment that heightened the intensity of the threat she created. Plus it introduced the other variations of bending.

5---Katara/blood bending- this was one of those episodes were the simulation of water bending peaked in displaying just how powerful and deadly the art can be. And while the blood bending was awesome, the entire episode and its story proved to be superior in intrigue to me, along with the awesomely animated scenes of Katara and her opponent ripping the water out of trees and in turn reducing them to husks. I only marginally respected water bending until this moment, well this and the swamp scene where Katara displayed deadly accuracy against a pair of swamp benders.

6---Aang defeats the fire nation invasion- This was the moment in the season one finale where Aang wrapped himself in waves of water molded into the shape of a monster. It was carnage on an epic scale, the kind of display we had yet to see in the avatar world. Besides this moment was Katara’s first fight against her water bending master. It was also in this episode or the next that she finally beat Zuko all on her own.

7---Toph- Toph is another character who is just an epic moment in motion, constantly lighting up each scene she graces with her witty comments and snappy jokes. That along with her earth bending style, which just begs you to keep looking at it, make Toph my favorite character in the avatar universe (with Iroh a close second). My highlight with regards to epic moments doesn't, in this case, have anything to do with Toph but with her appearance, specifically the earth bending bending tournament and its wide array of cookie characters displaying a wide range of impressive earth bending skills.

8---Toph/mental bending- This was the moment that Toph first displayed mental bending. This you just have to see, as well as being a fan of the show, to understand its epicenes. I just realized it; water has blood bending, fire has lightening, earth has metal bending; what does air have? I just have to say again how awesome Toph is. I am reminded of that moment in the last episodes, on the fire nation ship where she sort of rolled herself into theship, merged with steel armor and unleashed a beating upon those poor fire nation soldiers.

9---Aang’s wrath- This was that moment in the dessert where a bunch of fools had the gall to steal Appa and Aang went crazy, reached the avatar state and nearly obliterated them before Katara calmed him down. I am not sure what about this moment sticks to mind, but i know it was awesome. Maybe it’s because it was one of the first time we saw the avatar state in most of its glory. There was also that moment when Aang nearly destroyed an earth city fighting the king who was determined to test his limits.

10---Bumi- I am guessing that that is his name, that crazy earth king that was also Aang’s child hood friend. I remember this being one crazy episode of constant fun. The action was different, this time placing the team on the defense against what they rarely face, a stronger opponent than them. The battle with Aang was awesome, but what proved to be more impressive was the moment when King Bumi, captured and defeated by the fire nation, broke out of his cage (was that telekinesis?) and single handedly took his city back. If Iroh is king among fire benders then Bumi is king among earth benders standing above even Toph in his awes striking power. You have to wonder what the fire bending masters were thinking not ending the fire nation’s campaign instead of waiting on the avatar. Between the five of them, the fire lord didn’t stand a chance.

11---The blue spirit- this was the moment when Zuko first began to grow in me, to show that he was more than just a scarred villain, when he donned

a mask,

twin blades and saved the avatar. That is one of those twists that struck me like lightening. I didn’t see it coming and it first showed the possibility of a friendship between these two, as well as showcasing Zuko’s fearsome sword skills. Nearly as good as this was that moment in the earth nation when Zuko, separated from Iroh and attempting to make friends with a poor family, finally revealed himself as the prince of the fire nation and annihilated an earth bending bandit.

12---The first invasion- this was the invasion that took place during the eclipse, when all the allies came together to stop the fire nation. It also off set Zuko’s departure from the fire nation at a time when he had finally earned the respect of his father, and thus allowed him to develop further as a character. We also saw his gentler side when he had an opportunity to kill his father and chose not to.

13---Sparky sparky boom boom man- I do not think there is anyone out their that can call themselves an avatar fan who didn’t wish that this fellow had survived until the end. I would have loved to see what this guy could do with the comet on his side; he would have probably burnt down the earth kingdom on his own. Sparky was an anomaly in the avatar world, with his ability to shoot fire from his fore head. You could say that he had taken the whole fire bending thing to a whole new level, morphing him into the sort of destructive force Aang and gang rarely face.

No best avatar moments list can end without mentioning Sokka at least once. i can’t remember anyone specific moment that allowed Sokka to shine besides the episode when he mastered his sword skills and acquired his black meteor sword. Sokka was simply a joy to watch, and a character that is yet to be replaced in legend of Korra, at least for me.

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Nickelodeon is preparing to air Legend of Korra Book 2 in the near future.

Back at last summer's Comic Con, co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko machine gunned some teaser facts about what's to come

  • Team Avatar will travel to the Southern Water Tribe.
  • Concept art for the Southern Air Temple was also shown
  • Book Two, called Spirits will take place six months after the events of book one
  • It will explore and even visit the Spirit World with a look at how the "Avatar" lineage began
  • Korra was previewed traveling through a storm to find a glowing iceberg very reminiscent to the iceberg Aang was trapped in.
  • New costumes were also showcased
  • Asami is now the head of her dad's Future Industries
  • Tenzin's brother Bumi has a larger role
  • His sister Kya is also a new regular
  • Korra's expanded family will be introduced. The creators mentioned that Korra was inspired by MMA fighter Gina Carano, which explains her build.

From Crunchyroll

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Due to Legend of Korra being the big buzz in June and July of 2012, I had this idea that is similar to a battle thread where you guys and gals talk about who is the better Avatar. It's a bit late, and I apologize for it.

Synopsis

First off, let me do some background info on these two series.

For those who are new to series, the original Avatar series revolves around Aang who is the new Avatar that disappeared from the world 100 years ago. Katara and Sokka find Aang imprisoned in an iceberg. After freeing Aang, the siblings aid Aang to help him master all of elements in order to defeat the Fire Lord and to end the war.

For Legend of Korra, here's a synopsis written by Wales:

Seventy years after the Hundred Years War, Avatar Aang has passed on and the time has come for the new Avatar to be selected. Finding a young waterbender named Korra, it is evident she is the new Avatar as she sets off to begin her training of the four elements. Already having mastered fire, earth, and water at a remarkably early age, she has one element left to master: air. With a mass shortage of airbenders in the world, the responsibility is left to a man who knew Aang too well: his youngest son Tenzin. However, Tenzin cannnot train Korra in the South Pole so she must relocate to Republic City; the iconic city Aang and Fire Lord Zuko created to be a center of peace in the world between benders and non-benders.

However, Korra quickly discovers that beneath the beauty of the city lies the underbelly of crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to tear republic city apart. Knowing that her responsibilities involve keeping the city peaceful, she discovers new allies in the form of pro-bending brothers Mako and Bolin and an even greater threat than she ever could have imagined. The leader of The Equalists, Amon. Behind the mask is a scarred man who has a power that makes even the quick tempered and fierce Avatar crumble to her knees.

Aang

Aang
Aang

Personality: Aang is a pacifist at heart, and he tends to avoid conflicts and solve things without fighting. He is not a serious person. He would rather goof off and do things fun before getting down to business. Though, he is determined to protect his friends and save the world.

Bending: Aang didn't master all the elements. Firebending is pretty difficult for him. For advanced bending, Aang can freeze water, but he cannot bend metal like Toph or shoot lightning like Zuko.

Korra

Korra
Korra

Personality: She is the opposite of Aang. She's blunt, aggressive, and a bit hotheaded and rather use action to solve her problems.

Bending: Unlike Aang, she pretty had every element under her belt except for air. Due to her personality and fighting style, she cannot master airbending well or tap into the Avatar State. She does not have a strong spiritual self like Aang does. In advanced bending, Korra does not have any skills.

I'll leave it at the point.

Who is the better Avatar? We can talk about character wise, strengths, and more .

Thank you for reading this blog.

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Welcome everyone to the Avatar the Last Airbender wiki project where we have a spectacular team working on it last month. After the Legend of Korra season 1 ended, some of the wiki editors join up to make the wiki pages for the first Avatar series better.

Wiki Team

Wiki EditorDescription
FoxxFireArt
FoxxFireArt
FoxxFireArt is the top wiki editor in Anime Vice, a mod at Anime Vice, and a freelance graphic artist. He is the author of the community spotlight pages where he promotes the wiki pages, blogs, and reviews of the community. Also, FoxxFireArt is known for his wiki work on One Piece, Code Geass, High School of the Dead, and others. In terms of wiki editing, his strengths are balanced between different wiki pages.

He's the supervisor of the Avatar series wiki project and creates many necessary pages.
Wales
Wales
Wales is a veteran wiki editor and a young teacher. In addition to wiki editing, Wales also reviews anime and manga in his spare time. He is known for his wiki work in Eureka Seven, Legend of Korra, Bakuman, and others. In terms of wiki editing, his strengths are also balanced, and he is more geared towards working on character wiki pages.

He's the Ace Captain of the project who does characters and the 2nd season of the series, Book: Earth.
Takashichea (AKA Taka)
Takashichea (AKA Taka)
I'm Taka, a wiki editor, an Admin at Sket Dance Wikia, and a college student. I'm proud of my wiki work in Fairy Tail, Sket Dance, Shaman King, and others, and I enjoyed writing weekly reports to promote my team's works, news, and other special blogs. In terms of wiki editing, I'm more of an episode specialist, but I can work on any other types of wiki pages.

I'm the First Mate of the project, and I'm in charge of Book: Water, the first season of the series.

We welcome anyone who is willing to follow the wiki style on the project. Feel free to ask us. We'll help teach any new wiki editors who want to help out.

Goals

  1. To complete every episode with a synopsis, full plot summary, characters, image, and every associations added.
  2. To format and complete every character page. For minor characters, story arcs and creation is only needed.

New Wiki Pages

I will publish another blog for the new wiki pages using Daniel Newton's format. I just list a few for now.

Thank you.

Note: I wanted to use Daniel Newton's formal wiki project, but it didn't have a strong team component.

New Wiki Tasks

  • Katara - Wiki Formatting - Taken by Taka
  • Aang - Story Arcs
  • Azula - Formatting and Making an Article

Past Wiki Tasks

FoxxFireArt created these wiki tasks. Please check them out.

Thank you everyone. We hope to make these wiki pages the best.

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Fans of  Avatar the last air bender have been talking about a book 4. Well I am not sure if that will happen or not. I am however doing a fan fic production and I need all the help I can get so please help me out!!! I do not own any part of the last air bender
 
 
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