Why You Should Watch Avatar: The Last Airbender
January 12, 2009
So we’re back to talking about Avatar \(^_^)/. Here are few of MANY additional points why I absolutely adore and love it.
– Original and intelligent design. I previously blogged here about how Avatar combined already existing architectural styles to create a fictional setting that is both original and intelligent. What impressed me even more as the show progressed further, was the way they combined your typical “elemental magic” aspect with different martial art styles that is more than a mere superficial means to excite children. Stubborn like a rock, flowing and rejuvenating like water, quick and fierce like fire, versatile like air…and those elements in turn reflecting the character’s personality, their way of viewing and interacting with life. What’s amazing is how we didn’t even have to know these martial arts, just by looking at how fierce Zuko fights, or resolute Toph’s stances are, you can understand the kind of attribute these different bending styles exhibit. It shows intelligence, beautifully expressed, and ultimately original despite its re-use of already existing elements.
– Engaging journey of likable characters. The filler episodes take you to some really interesting places, filled with interesting creatures, people and their own little stories to tell. Even during these funny and exciting fillers, they never lose their sights on the overall story and manages to build up each one towards explosive climax. All done in a perfect pacing. Even better are the extremely likable cast of characters. They grow on you, and you’ll miss their silly laughs and endearing journeys once it’s over.
– Amazing character of Zuko. He is just…wow. Initially he appears to be yet another one dimensional dime-a-dozen villain. At the end of journey, depth of his development is as moving and profound as Youko’s from The Twelve Kingdoms. And if you know my taste, that is about the highest compliment I can give to a fictional character.
– Flawless mix of action, comedy, romance and drama. I’m not saying its handling of action or any other element was flawless. I’m saying no element was intrusive to another, which is incredibly rare to see in any medium. It’s funny, thrilling, characters are adorably cute, and sometimes even heart-bending our emotions(/ducks more rotten tomatoes). A truly rich and wholesome entertainment.