The Legend of Korra centers around a new Avatar named Korra, a 17-year-old headstrong and rebellious girl who continually challenges and bucks tradition on her quest to become a fully realized Avatar in a world where benders are under attack.
Seventy years after Avatar: The Last Airbender, we meet the next Avatar, a girl named Korra who is from the Southern Water Tribe. With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water and Fire), Korra seeks to master Air. Her quest leads her to Republic City, the modern Avatar world that is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive.
Korra quickly discovers that the metropolis is plagued by crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to rip the city apart. Under the tutelage of Aang's son, Tenzin, Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large.
"Mike and Bryan created an incredibly layered world with the animated Avatar franchise -- rich with mythology and artistry," said Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group, said in a press release. "The Legend of Korra takes their vision even further, into a more modern world led by a new Avatar who is a fearless and spirited teenage girl."
The Legend of Korra premiered on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. ET.
Good-looking Mako is one of the top players in the Pro-bending Arena and captain of the up-and-coming team, the Fire Ferrets. Mako took on responsibility at a young age, becoming protective of Bolin. He becomes a love interest for Korra.
Bolin is Mako's brother. Where Mako is serious, Bolin is mischievous and funny. Bolin is a Pro-bender, too. He enjoys the attention of his female fans.
Tenzin is the son of Katara and Aang. (That's right, you heard me!) He is tasked with teaching Korra airbending. He is a member of the United Republic Council, representing the Air Nation,
Amon is the villain of the series. He is a Non-bender, looking to lead all Non-benders into a war against Benders.
Chief Lin Beifong
Chief Lin Beifong head of Republic City's Metalbender police force. She is just as tough as her mother, Toph, who we met in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Like her mother, she is an Earthbender and a Metalbender.
The Legend of Korra cast boasts a group of very talented and very experienced actors. I'm looking forward to hearing J. K. Simmons and Steve Blum as their characters, but I will miss Mae Whitman as Katara, the only character to appear from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- Janet Varney (Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer) as Korra
- David Faustino (Married… with Children) as Mako
- P.J. Byrne (Horrible Bosses) as Bolin
- J.K. Simmons (The Closer) as Tenzin
- Steve Blum (Transformers Prime) as Amon
- Lance Henriksen (Aliens) as The Lieutenant
- Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers) as Chief Lin Beifong
- Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0) as Hiroshi Sato
- Seychelle Gabriel (Falling Skies) as Asami Sato
- Eva Marie Saint (Superman Returns) as Katara
Legend of Korra promises to be as outstanding of a series as Avatar: The Last Airbender mainly because the original creators are the creators and executive producers of this series. Avatar: The Last Airbender aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon beginning in 2005. In 2007, the series was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Animated Program and took home the Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation. In 2008, Avatar: The Last Airbender won a Peabody Award.
Co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino is an award-winning filmmaker. He was a director at Film Roman for six years, working on the prime-time animated series King of the Hill, Family Guy and Mission Hill. During his tenure there, DiMartino animated and directed the short animated film Atomic Love, which aired as part of the Nicktoons Animation Festival.
Co-creator Bryan Konietzko began his career in animation as a character designer at Film Roman for Fox's prime-time series, Family Guy. He soon moved to the post of assistant director for two more Film Roman shows, Mission Hill and King of the Hill, working beside animation director DiMartino. Konietzko then became a storyboard artist and later an art director for the Nickelodeon animated series Invader Zim.
My Two Cents
My first concern when I queued up "Welcome to Republic City" was that The Legend of Korra would not match the thrilling action and thoughtful storytelling of Avatar: The Last Airbender. But considering the show is created and guided by the original team, and it has taken them years to bring Korra to TV, I guessed this new cartoon had been well-crafted. I was not wrong.
The Legend of Korra is as epic of a tale as the first Avatar series, mixing cultures and classes of characters, as well as traveling to new and dangerous places. Not only are the new characters as compelling as the old, but also the plot is as mysterious and enthralling. No longer is the Fire Nation is the enemy, but Amon, a Non-bender, is plotting to lead all Non-benders against Benders.
Fans of the first series will have their need for Bending sated with The Legend of Korra.