Showing that animation isn’t just for kids.
When looking at television it can be hard to find strong, multi-dimensional female characters. The new series from Nickelodeon, The Legend of Korra is a welcome change.The series, while animated, is aimed toward a teen audience. The series is a sequel to Avatar: The last Airbender, so the universe has already been well established. There are different nations, each based on the four elements: air, water, fire, and earth. There are citizens within these nations with the power of bending, the ability to manipulate their element through their spirit. In the world there is an Avatar, one person born and reborn with each nation in turn who is able to manipulate all elements. It is the role of the Avatar to maintain peace and order in the world.
The previous series surrounded a male avatar who was 12 years old and his journey to learn the elements to end the 100 year war. The Legend of Korra focuses on the story of the new avatar, born into the water tribe who needs to master airbending. Korra is 17 years old, headstrong and eager to learn all the elements. The avatar needs to be a link between the physical and the spiritual realm. Korra’s personality makes it hard for her to connect to her spiritual side, which also makes it difficult for her to master air-bending. The series centres around her life in Republic City where a group of non-benders called the Equalists are trying to remove bending from the world.The series deals with complex issues such as equality, oppression, social justice, and politics.
The Legend of Korra is a mini-series with only 12 episodes allocated for the first series, and another 14 ordered for a second. The series currently airs on Nickelodeon. Find out more about Legend of Korra from the Nickelodeon website.