10 reasons why The Legend of Korra is the best ever.

Please note: this post will be talking about The Legend of Korra so there will likely be spoilers.
Although really the last episode aired in 2014 so if you haven’t seen it yet what are you doing with your life.

Okay, look. We all know that Avatar: The Last Airbender is a magnificent show. I’m not saying it’s bad or that there’s anything wrong with it. It might even be a better show than Korra. But personally, I geek out over Korra way more than ATLA. Maybe it’s because I watched Korra as it aired but only watched ATLA years after it ended. I’m not sure. But Korra is my #1 fandom and I feel like it’s a little bit underrrated, or at the very least lives in the shadow of its predecessor.

I’ve actually been wanting to post this for a long time and it just happens to coincide with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday so we’re doing it today. Also I’m perpetually in a state of rewatching The Legend of Korra on blu-ray so the topic is fresh in my mind.

ALSO TURF WARS COMES OUT IN A FEW MONTHS AND JUST LOOK AT THE SYNOPSIS OH MY GOODNESS.
(Except don’t look at the synopsis if you haven’t made it through all four Books yet.) I probably should have said that first but oh well.

Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for a Top Ten Tuesday.
This week’s theme: fandom freebie
My topic: 10 Reasons Why The Legend of Korra is the best ever.

10. The soundtrack.

It actually pains me that the only Book One’s soundtrack has been released. All four seasons just sound great. Jeremy Zuckerman perfectly catches the feel of the world and the important points of each character and each episode. I will never get tired of listening to Greatest Change from the Book One finale.

 

9. The setting.
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We’re still in the Avatar world, but 70 years have passed and a lot has happened. In ATLA, you could see that the fire nation was undergoing their industrial revolution. Technology has advanced a lot since then. Korra is basically set in the 1930s, and there’s also a hint of steampunk (especially with Asami), and I just love that. It’s a little weird to think about the Avatar being in the same world as cars at first, but it really grew on me. It’s so unique.

And with the new Republic City, you see the mixing of nationalities. The four nations were really divided in ATLA, but they’ve all come together in Republic City. You can even see it with Mako and Bolin, who are brothers but bend two different elements. You’ll sometimes see someone with blue eyes be an earth bender, or someone with brown eyes airbend, like Jinora. I think that’s really awesome.

 

8. The journey.
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Korra’s journey is the opposite of Aang’s. When we meet Aang, he’s a master airbender and has to struggle to learn the others in a short amount of time. He also is fairly connected to the spiritual world and often receives guidance from past Avatars.

That’s all great, and I really liked Aang’s journey, but Korra does not repeat it. She’s Aang reincarnated, but her journey is basically the exact opposite. When we meet her, she’s the master of three elements, but has never been able to airbend. And she sucks at everything spiritual. She has to learn these things as she goes, and then her connection to her past lives gets severed, so she has to learn a lot on her own.

 

7. The spirit world.
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Book Two is my least favorite, and sometimes things can be contradictory, but gosh I loved learning more about the spiritual world and how the Avatar came to exist. We only get slightly glimpses here and there in ATLA, but it’s so much more developed in Korra.

 

6. The reminiscence.
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A lot is new in Korra, and the creators really strive to make it its own and not piggyback on ATLA, but every now and then they’ll give you a glimpse of the past and it’s wonderful. It’s fun to piece together what happened to the original characters when they grew up, and I love that they intertwine their histories with a lot of the new characters.

 

5. The villains.
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So Azula is pretty much my favorite villain of all time, but Korra has a lot going for it. Aang was always running from the same thing, and it often felt pretty cartoonish. Korra’s villains don’t feel that way at all. Each season has a new villain, and each one of them is pretty terrifying. Their motivations seem legitimate and their threat is real. Each one of them is after something different: equality, power, chaos, unity. But each one takes their ideals to the extreme.

 

4. The time jumps.
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I know a lot of people might not like time gaps between seasons, but I actually really like that about Korra. Sometimes the gap is small, only a few months or so, and then sometimes you jump three years, like between books three and four. But that allows a lot more to happen, and you get to see Korra’s entire character arc instead of just a glimpse. And it means new outfit changes and haircuts and darker blues and I just love that. I get so bored when animated characters wear the same thing every time.

 

3. The shorter seasons
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Yeah, I wish there were more episodes. But I’m fine with the shorter seasons. Each one is only about 12 or 13 episodes, which makes them so easy to rewatch. And it makes the storytelling tight. Nothing is extraneous; everything was meticulously planned. Every episode contributes to a story arc.
(I really would have been fine with a Book Five, though. But I’ll settle for the comics.)

 

2. The characters and character development.
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I want to preface this with a reminder that the creators of this show are both male. And it’s an action show marketed for children. But holy crap do they have great character, character development, and kickass females. Korra pretty much broke all the rules as the leading female of an animated action show (and continue to break stereotypes as the seasons went on), but man everything they do with characters in this show is amazing. You have girls with muscles. You have girls that like to dress up but can still hold their own in a fight. You have girls that are masters of their element. You have girls who are villains. You have girls who rescue men. You have girls that are there for each other. It’s just…it’s amazing. And it’s amazing to see how every character grows over the entirety of the show.

 

1. The utter gorgeousness.
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There’s a reason I own these on blu-ray. The animation in this show is absolutely stunning. The bending, the backgrounds, the fine details. It’s all so utterly gorgeous and takes my breath away every single time. If nothing else, watch this show for the animation. You will not be disappointed.

 

–Emily

 

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16 Comments

  1. Chrissi Reads
    April 3, 2017

    I haven’t seen The Legend Of Korra, it looks really good though! You’ve certainly caught my interest.
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    1. Emily Seals
      April 4, 2017

      I’m glad! It’s super good. 🙂

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  2. Rissi
    April 3, 2017

    I’ve never seen this one, but do love a good fandom. A place I find myself in one too many times – the number of fangirl fandoms I’m a part of it, in all probability, out of control. 😀
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    1. Emily Seals
      April 4, 2017

      I’m not sure there can be too many fandoms, but I’m really only a tense member of a handful. But it’s good to enjoy the things that make you excited!

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  3. Greg
    April 4, 2017

    I’ve never seen this show but have heard of it, and I like the sound of the vaguely steampunk elements. Plus it just sounds like a lot of fun!
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    1. Emily Seals
      April 4, 2017

      I’ve never heard anyone else mention the steampunk elements, but I totally get the vibe here and there, especially in the first season. It is a lot of fun! I totally recommend it, especially for fans of Avatar. It’s good to start with Avatar first, but I think it’s watchable on its own, too.

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  4. Tara
    April 4, 2017

    I am not into anime. At all. You may have convinced me to try it. And by “may have” I mean that I am currently searching Netflix in another tab.

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    1. Emily Seals
      April 4, 2017

      Gosh I WISH it were on Netflix. It’s not really anime so much as anime-inspired. But if you’re looking for a good anime on Netflix, I recommend Attack on Titan. 😀

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  5. Annemieke
    April 4, 2017

    I gifted season 2 to my husband for his birthday last week. He loves all things Avatar. And I really like it too. I love the nods to the past in Korra.
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    1. Emily Seals
      April 4, 2017

      I mean, best birthday present ever?
      I really wish they would release Avatar on blu-ray. I think it would be beautiful.
      And yeah, I get super fangirly whenever they show characters from the past, or we find out that they had children. I also like that they leave some things open-ended, too.

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  6. Cholla
    April 4, 2017

    Korra was amazing, but I’m still partial to Aang and his crew. But, unlike you, I did watch Avatar as it aired, usually with my then-five-year-old daughter by my side. That said, they’re both really great shows.

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    1. Emily Seals
      April 4, 2017

      I know, Avatar is really great. The characters are all awesome, and I think I would have loved it if I had watched it when I was younger. I like Korra a lot because they’re all a bit more grown up and face more adult problems. But both are really great.

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  7. Priyanka
    April 4, 2017

    Oh I feel like watching it now, never watched anime, I do want to though but dunno where to start. You make some great arguments there lol so might as well start with this show.
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    1. Emily Seals
      April 5, 2017

      Yay!! Thank you SO MUCH for the follow. 😀

      Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender are more anime-inspired, so I think they’re a good place to start if you want to get into anime. I don’t really watch a lot of anime (except Attack on Titan, which I loved), but my husband likes it quite a bit so I catch some here and there. I hope you do watch Korra, though! It’s fabulous.

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  8. Jackie
    April 16, 2017

    I keep hearing about the amazingness that is the Avatar series– the amazing characters, the amazing story telling, the amazing setting. So I’ve been wanting to watch them for a while. But, I’m frustrated because they’re not available to stream through netflix, which means I’m going to have to buy them (and I’m incredible stingy). This series has sort of been at the back of my mind for over a year now though, and now your post has prompted me to scope out what is available to download from the Microsoft store through my Xbox. $22 is a lot to spend on a series that I may not even like, but maybe…maybe…I’ll just buy the first couple of episodes individually to see if it’s worth the investment…OKAY! I’M TOTALLY DOING IT! I know this post is about the Legend of Korra, I feel the need to start all the way from the beginning. I’ve just bought and downloaded the first episode of Avatar: the Last Airbender (the Boy in the Iceberg).

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    1. Emily Seals
      April 16, 2017

      Oh my goodness I’m so excited for you and this wonderful journey you have begun. 😁

      When I first watched Avatar, it WAS on Netflix. Then I watched Korra as it aired on Nickelodeon. The episodes used to be on their website. I’m not sure if that’s still true. It’s been awhile.

      Keep in mind that this series is complex and has huge character arcs from start to finish. So if you don’t like Book One of Avatar, I’d still say to try out Book Two before you decide it’s not for you. 😉

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