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The Legend of Korra – Book One: Air (Blu-ray)
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The Legend of Korra – Book One: Air (Blu-ray)

Avatar fans will love this impressive follow-up to Nickelodeon’s best show, which collects all 12 episodes in one amazing Blu-ray set.

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I’ve been a huge Avatar: The Last Airbender fan since day one back in 2005, as it’s hands down the best series Nickelodeon has ever produced. It was a heavily asian-influenced show with great characters and even better stories with exciting martial arts action laced with the fantasy of “bending” elements with their fighting. Now a few years after the series ended in 2008 (and a horrible live-action movie attempt), the studio has made a worthy follow up with The Legend of Korra, now collected on this impressive 12 episode The Legend of Korra – Book One: Air Blu-ray set.

Featuring awesome characters, more elemental bending action, and a great story, fans of the original series will be more than happy with this release, while inspiring newcomers to go back and get caught up with this amazing show.

The original series focused on Aang, this time it’s a young girl named Korra who is the latest Avatar, a being who has the power to control all of the elements of air, earth, fire and water. Taking place around 70 years after the original show, Korra lives in a world where technology such as automobiles are just starting to come around, giving the show a wonderful sense of both the past and future coming together. She trains and uses her abilities to help whoever she can while also fighting against the antagonist Amon, the leader of a huge group of non-bending people who seek to be rid of benders and the Avatar forever.

Along the way she makes some friends, such as the two brothers Mako and Bolin, and joins them in the sport known as “pro-bending” where they compete against other benders. Of course things become more serious as both brothers begin to fall in love with Korra as they go on their adventures, making for some nice drama during all of the action.

The Legend of Korra is a perfect follow up to Avatar. I always wondered if there would ever be a continuation of the show, so I’m glad creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko took their time and poured even more creativity and love into this series, which really comes through. I also enjoyed how Korra comes across a few characters with ties to the original series, which brought a smile to my face when I found out who they were. The acting is also spot on, as everyone fits their roles perfectly. The artwork and animation is fantastic as well, especially now that the show is in widescreen format as opposed to the full frame ratio of the original series. There’s a lot more space on screen for all of the bending action that takes place, as well as showing off the huge, wonderful world the show is set in. Watching this on Blu-ray serves to make this even better, as everything looks and sounds perfect here.

There’s also some special features to keep viewers busy, such as audio commentary tracks on each of the 12 episodes from the creators, cast and crew. There’s also some scenes chosen from the creators that feature animatics of how they were made and came to be. Rounding out the extras is a silly, but fun mockumentary called “The Legend of Puppetbender Presents: The Making of a Legend: The Untold Story – Part 1″. Here all of the main characters are puppets and give viewers some insight into how the show came to be while also having some fun playing around with the puppets. Most are sure to think it’s a silly and useless extra, but I thought it was fun, as it reminded me a lot of some of the zany extras featured on some anime DVD’s and Blu-rays out there.

Fans of the original Avatar series will love The Legend of Korra – Book One: Air Blu-ray as its a fantastic follow up to an already near-perfect show. With plenty of epic bending action, great characters and an even greater story, viewers are sure to enjoy all of the action and drama here. It’s so great, I’m pretty sure fans and those new to this release will want to go back and watch the original series, just to get more of their bending fix, and to get caught up on one of the best shows currently out there.

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07/09/2013

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Nickelodeon

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