So, I’ll confess I am late to the Legend of Korra train. I didn’t start watching until the second half of this season. My adult brother and twelve year old sister had watched it, and discussed its awesomeness. My friends told me of its awesomeness, but I had yet to partake.
Finally, I gave in. And this weekend, between bouts of lucidity while finishing NaNoWriMo, and bouts of sleeping to overcome the flu, I finished the last four episodes of Season 2.
Now, when I have the chance, I’ll have to go back and watch Season 1 on Netflix.
So, here’s 5 reasons you too need to join the Legend of Korra train. You’ll be glad you did.
1. Korra – A Strong Female Lead
Korra is allowed to be one of the rarest versions of female action heroines known to sci fi / fantasy: a real human being.
She is flawed, has a temper, but is still likeable. She is still allowed to be a female, and then turn around and punch things. She is a daughter, a friend, a student, sometimes a girlfriend, while also being the Avatar. Part of the story is her journey to understand how to balance all of those things.
Also, instead of skin-tight patent leather, she wears realistic and practical clothing. When she is in the middle of an arctic area, she wears coats and heavy clothing.
This is a real woman, a real character, and really awesome.
2. It’s the closest TV gets to a Miyazaki film
If you are not familiar with Hayao Miyazaki and the art style of his animated films, go watch Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, or My Neighbor Totoro (among others). Do this before you begin watching The Legend of Korra.
The art style of Legend of Korra is already interesting, using different styles and animation techniques to convey the emotions of the story. The backgrounds are rich and detailed, and would make great art-pieces on their own.
Also, the story line is about character more than action. The latter half of Season 2 opens up a whole ‘spirit world’, and explores not only Korra’s character but also the connection between humans and spirits. If that doesn’t sound like a Miyazaki film, I don’t know what does.
3. It’s Fun
Legend of Korra remembers it’s on Nickelodeon and is a kids show. Things can become fairly dark and bleak, and death is risked often. However, these are balanced with moments of comedy and lightness, much of it provided by Bolin.
Korra has a great group of friends, and there are other rich and fully-developed side-characters who add depth to the show, in addition to some silliness. I am always a fan of just enough silliness.
4. The world is a fantastic blend of Asian influences, steam punk, and fantasy.
5. Polar Bear Dog
That’s right. Korra’s mighty steed is a polar bear dog. He is brave, ferocious, and incredibly cuddly.
But where do I watch this awesome show?
The first season should be on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and DVD
And just to give a taste, here’s one of the trailers for the show:
Do you watch Legend of Korra? What’s your favorite part? What other animated children’s show should adults be watching? Do you want a polar bear dog for Christmas?