The animated series, The Legend of Korra, now on Amazon Prime, was originally made by Nickelodeon, and created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. The first season, Book One: Air, introduces us to Korra, the seventeen year old Avatar in training. Korra is the reincarnation of Avatar Aang from the preceding series, Avatar: The Last Airbender , and what a spunky, sassy, overconfident, young upstart she is! Parents of teenagers will definitely relate, and so will the teenagers. I watch this with my young teenage daughter who absolutely loves it. She introduced me to the show and while I’m not a great fan of anime, this is one worth watching. The only ages it may not be appropriate for are young ones under eight or nine years old.
The story of airbending or element bending in general is fascinating, again, for all ages. It combines martial arts with a kind of supernatural manipulation of the elements, earth, air, water, fire. The combination with eastern philosophy and religion, (Buddhism) weaves together a strong, multilayered story arc. The strong willed and stubborn Korra, wants to smash her way through all of life’s problems, but when she defies her father and runs away to Republic City to learn airbending with the methodical, cautious instructor Tenzin, she slowly begins to appreciate the subtleties of airbending, and all of her powers.
Along the way, she finds friends, brothers Mako and Bolin and joins their pro-bending team, the “Fire Ferrets”. She faces enemies, first a city official, Tarrloc, who represses all “non-Benders” in the city, and “The Equalists” who seek to free Republic City of all Benders. It seems that allegiances change quickly in Republic City, and a confused Korra can only trust her friends. Of course, romance of the innocent kind abounds in this story as Korra learns to navigate the very murky and turbulent waters of first love. Relatable, enjoyable, it really is fun for the whole family.