Have You Watched “The Legend of Korra”?

Our new lunchtime show over the last week has been The Legend of Korra, the sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender…and I’m loving it!

I rarely get excited about animated shows, and I barely gave Avatar a chance a few years ago, especially after the first few episodes played much more like an episodic show for 8-year-olds than the epic series it turned out to be. But ever since we started watching Korra, I’ve been really excited to see what happens next.

The Legend of Korra focuses on a young woman (early 20s, I think?) who is training to be the Avatar, someone who masters all forms of magic. I won’t spoil anything, but just a few episodes in, there are already 4 significant and compelling plots that Korra is involved with.

Why do I like it so much? A big part of it is that right from the start it feels like we’re watching small parts of an epic story. It helps that Korra herself is older, as it feels less like a kids show than Avatar (even though I eventually got over that concern/complaint) and is more relatable for an adult. Also, each episode ends at the perfect time–I’m left wanting to know more about the big picture, but the specific issue(s) brought up in that episode have been resolved.

Also, pro-bending is awesome.

Last, Korra reminds me of something Brandon Sanderson did with his Mistborn series: The Legend of Korra takes place many years after Avatar: The Last Airbender, so we get to see how the world has significantly evolved. In fact, I’d love to see one more series in this world another 100-200 years later after Korra ends.

Have you watched this show? What did you think? If you haven’t seen it, the complete series is on Netflix now. You’ll probably want to watch the Avatar series first, but you might have just as much fun watching Korra and then going back to watch Avatar.

3 thoughts on “Have You Watched “The Legend of Korra”?”

  1. I haven’t had the opportunity to watch this one yet, but a close friend of mine is a big fan (so much so that I got him the Legend of Korra Pro-Bending Arena board game as a gift). I watched Avatar growing up, and it was a very good show. I will have to add this to my list of shows to watch (since so many people have recommended it to me at this point).

  2. Jamey,

    At a friend’s overly emphatic suggestion, I attempted to watch the original anime-inspired Last Airbender and could only make it through the first 35 minutes before I found the dialog and the characters so insipid as to make me cringe. I’m sure there’s a great story there, but it’s wrapped in something, at least for me, so juvenile, that I just couldn’t even make it through the first episode.



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