First Impression of the Legend of Korra

28 April 2012 at 8:37 pm

Legend of KorraI’m not sure I like the new airbender animated show The Legend of Korra.

I’m a big fan of animated shows and one of my favorite is Avatar: The Last Airbender. Although the series ended in a satisfying way, I always wondered if the creators of The Last Airbender would develop a sequel. So you can imagine my delight when commercials for the new Avatar animated series, The Legend of Korra, started coming on. After a few weeks of anticipation, I finally got my first look at the show and…I don’t like it so far.

The Legend of Korra starts 70 years after the events in the first series. Aang is dead and a new avatar has come into the world in the form of a Southern Water Tribe child named Korra. It appears that the only person from Team Avatar still alive is Katara. She became a water-bending master and the new avatar’s teacher. The first thing you learn about the old gang is that Aang and Katara eventually married and had three children.

It is their youngest child, Tensin, who is tasked with teaching the new avatar about air bending. When we meet Korra, she has passed her fire bending test and is set to learn air bending from Tensin. However, Tensin tells her that he must put off her training because he is needed at the capitol. Korra isn’t happy with this and runs away from the temple to the capitol.

I’m not sure what her plan was but she ends up getting into trouble and we meet Toph’s daughter, Lin Beifong, who is a police captain with the same blunt and no nonsense personality as her mother. Tensin bails Korra out of jail and, after a little verbal finagling, he agrees to let her live with his family and teach her air bending. Thus begins the new avatar animated series.