I’m a big Avatar: The Last Airbender fan, so it was only natural that I would love the follow-up series The Legend of Korra. After a nice wait we’re finally treated to the second season or “book” in the series in The Legend of Korra – Book Two: Spirits. This edition continues this awesome show with fourteen episodes on two Blu-ray discs that take the series to spiritual new heights both figuratively and literally.
Taking place not long after the events of the first season, Korra and her friends are living in peace and doing the things they love, such as Mako becoming a police officer and cleaning up the streets, and his brother Bolin going off to become a movie star. After a visit from her uncle, Korra sets off with him to learn about controlling the spirit aspect of her Avatar powers, as dark spirits have begun roaming the world and causing chaos thanks to mankind throwing the world’s balance out of order. Without giving too much away, it will take everything Korra has to fight off these dark spirits as she tries to overcome enemies both near and far while also trying to prevent a civil war that could tear the world apart.
As with the first season, I really enjoyed Book Two of The Legend of Korra as they took both the characters and series to new heights. Everything just felt spot on, from the perfect blend of action, drama and comedy, to the introduction of new supporting characters that bring their own personal flair to the show. It’s kind of hard to discuss without spoiling things and trying to explain it to those who haven’t seen the series, but it is an extremely well thought out and entertaining show that anyone can get into.
Nickelodeon has done a perfect job with the video transfer to Blu-ray, as everything looks and sounds crystal clear in 1080p HD. The visuals are colorful and vibrant as they showcase the well done animation and choreography of the martial arts / bending the characters do, and the audio makes sure every line and sound effect is heard perfectly.
The special features are just as amazing as the show and will keep viewers busy for hours after the last episode plays. There’s commentary for every episode that features a wide variety of the staff, from creators / producers Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, to some of the artists and music composer Jeremy Zuckerman. The “Scene Bending” animatics have fifteen parts that show off a completed sequence of a scene that plays alongside storyboards, rough sketches and more that help take viewers inside what goes into making an episode of the show. “Kindred Spirits: Tenzin’s Family,” goes into the ties that bind Tenzin and his family, from his wife and kids, to his sister and brother Kya and Bumi introduced in this season. There’s also more featurettes that go into Korra’s family, more behind the scenes into how the show is made from voice recording to drawing and recording the animation and more.
The Legend of Korra Book Two: Spirits Blu-ray set is without a doubt one of the best shows you can watch right now, animated or otherwise. A great cast of characters, perfect mixing of action, drama and comedy, and some pretty cool extras make this a must-have for anyone’s collection along with the first season. Here’s looking forward to the third season (currently airing) bending its way to a perfect Blu-ray release soon as well.