|The Legend of Korra-The Legend Continues (Book One)||1 out of 1 user found this review helpful.|
I'll admit that I got into Avatar way latter than I would have liked. I was at the point in my life where Nickelodeon stopped being entertaining to watch and I got a job but I heard the excitement like anyone else. After marathoning it in the Summer/Fall of 2009, I loved the characters, story, and atmosphere. Avoiding the movie like Elfen Lied, I got genuinely excited back in 2010 when they announced a new series that was a continuation of the Avatar story with the next Avatar, The Legend of Korra.
The Legend of Korra is the sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender created by Bryan Koneitzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. Set seventy years after the end of the Hundred Year's War, the new Avatar is crowned: a waterbender named Korra. The fiery seventeen year old has mastered the first three elements in rapid succession and has to travel to Republic City, the center of peace of the world built by Aang, as she must learn airbending from the world's only airbending master, Aang's youngest son Tenzin. However, Korra comes under a new threat of a group who want to even out the playing field led by an enigmatic man named Amon.
Right off the bat, Korra works well in a few selected areas. The action sequences this time around are in vast quantities as the first episode alone shows Korra is not a girl to be messed with. Unlike the meek and pacifist Aang, Korra prefers to let her fists do the talking and they do more talking than any other character. The animation is also done beautifully since the whole universe has taken on a vibe of a 1920s world after the boom of the Industrial Revolution. Granted its cheated when they use CG to make the vehicles, its still amazing to see it all in the Avatar world. The characters are also fun to watch not to mention there are a few tearjerkers here and there that will leave an impression on you and I wouldn't be lying if I didn't say that the story was good too. But there is one major flaw that myself and a few others can't get past.
It's too damn short! The great thing about The Last Airbender was that while the plot moved forward, we got to see episodes with just characters interacting. Even though the group was traveling to the North Pole, we saw just how the Hundred Years War affected children who's parents were taken. On the way to Ba Sing Se, we found out a few things about a scarred figure and his issues with his father. Even as a solar eclipse was coming, we looked at how one of the more competent members of the group felt inferior with a lack of bending as he honed the warrior skills we had.
I know filler and padding is a touchy subject at times but The Last Airbender had the right amount of it. Through this, we got to see characters grow, become more rounded out, and genuinely care about their well being. With Korra, its not a secret that Konietzko and DiMartino didn't think that there would be a second season (there is now) when it first came to the drawing boards. As a result, Korra pushed together way too much for twelve simple episodes. The pacing is rushed and moments that would have been great to see fleshed out are absent. Who wouldn't want to see a day in the life of Amon when he's not acting like a terrorist or what would it be like if we saw a flashback of Mako and Bolin growing up on the streets? It would have been amazing to see things like that as we can connect to these characters.
I would also like to point out that the end of the first season has got to be the biggest ass pull I've seen since the Edolas Arc in Fairy Tail. No way that can legitimately happen in the last five minutes. There was a great place to leave a cliffhanger (no pun intended) but they just go ahead and rush in. With a second season confirmed, I'm honestly as baffled as when I saw the Human Centipede as I can ask this question "What the hell do you plan on doing? You left absolutely no room for an expansion!"
So in the end, how do I rate Korra? It's not bad by any means and it will want you coming back for more. Its actually enjoyable to watch. But what made The Last Airbender magnificent missing from the Legend of Korra is what ultimately shoots itself in the knee. The second season may help to change my view but for now, Korra Book One is nowhere near as good as its predecessor was.