If you haven’t seen this show, go watch it! It is currently available on Amazon Prime Instant Video if you are subscribed to that. Before I get anywhere into this review, I just want to clarify that I am not talking about the M. Night Shyamalan live-action DISASTER that was released in 2010 or the James Cameron Avatar that made a ton of money in 2009.
There is just so much to love about this series. I find Avatar: The Last Airbender to be somewhat ironic because it is an American made cartoon that is supposed to be in the style of an anime. The reason why that is ironic is because anime was created after the introduction of American cartoons and the Americans decided to make a cartoon based on the style of Japanese anime.
One of the things that sets this Nickelodeon cartoon apart is the story. This fictional society of a world where people belong to different nations that grant them different elemental abilities is so fascinating. I loved just seeing the different cultures of each of the nations and tribes. Along with the society, the characters were amazing. Aang, the main character, is the Avatar, or the only person that is able to use all four elements, water, earth, wind, and fire. The Avatar’s team that travels with him around the world make the show just as much as the Avatar. Each character’s past was looked at and an appropriate amount of time was given to each character’s development. We got to see a clear progression between all the characters on the show. My favorite character though, is one that isn’t on the Avatar’s team. General Iroh of the Fire Nation is probably my favorite character because he is so funny! He travels around the world with his nephew, Prince Zuko, looking to kill the Avatar. Uncle Iroh always makes every situation light-hearted and takes every opportunity to have some tea.
With only three seasons, I felt that the creators of this show did a great job of not dragging this show out too long. Many times, when shows are really popular, they get extended by their networks for WAY too many seasons. This eventually leads to poor quality and bad writing. I found that there weren’t many “filler” episodes, or episodes that really have no impact on the main story. Many other anime like Naruto will create “filler” episodes that have never been a manga just to keep the show going longer, thus keeping the money coming in.
I really loved how this story ended. Aang was able to learn all three other bending styles, water from Kitara, Earth from Toph, and Fire from Zuko. I really enjoyed seeing Zuko’s transition from wanting to kill Aang to turning good and helping Aang defeat his father, the Firelord. The final fight with the Firelord was also well done. The fight presented an appropriate amount of diversity for Aang and in the end, Aang defeated the Firelord by removing his bending powers, making him powerless. That ending was very appropriate as Aang struggled with the idea of having to kill the Firelord. I finished watching that show so intrigued by the final cliffhanger that the show left. There is a scene where Zuko approaches his imprisoned father asking him about his mother! To this day, even after the Legend of Korra, no one knows what happened to Zuko’s mother.
Rating: 9/10. This series is one of my favorite animated series ever made. I definitely recommend watching it if you haven’t yet.