Friday, December 19, 2014

Legend of Korra

Do any of you know about Avatar? No, I'm not talking about the movie with the blue people. I'm talking about the TV show about people having the ability to control (or "bend") elements. The Avatar can control all 4 elements (regular people can only bend one) and is also the bridge between the physical world and the spiritual one. Maybe you guys saw the movie The Last Airbender, but that movie in no way did the actual series justice. It was just bad.

Well, I'm going to go on a rant here about the Legend of Korra, which is the sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender (the original series). Why, you ask? Because the final episode came outThat's right. After 4 seasons, it's all coming to an end. Correction: it all came to an end.

And may I be the first to weep because of it.

Let's talk about Korra. That's her above. She's the Avatar, so automatically, it makes her awesome. But it's not just about the fact that she can bend all 4 elements that makes her cool. She's a girl, yes, but she is headstrong, maybe a bit brash, and is equally as much or more of a hero as a guy would be. There are a lot of people who know guys that are reluctant to read or watch something with a female heroine. Well, enter Korra, and you just proved everyone wrong. Korra proved that female protagonists can appeal to both girls and guys, even moving the story along better than a male protagonist could have. It is a wonderful thing.

Another awesome thing? Korra isn't caucasian. There's actually a book movement called We Need Diverse Books, which empowers diversity among writers and characters all over the place. Korra definitely fits in under that category, proving that you can be awesome even if you aren't white.

Another rising thing? Well, it's sort of a spoiler, so I'm going to put it in white text here. Highlight it to read, else skip down...

LGBT ending. I know that we don't get much (or any) of it until literally the very very end, but the whole Korrasami shipping really paid off. I honestly think that it's good for the world to have something like this: a strong-willed female who strays away from the "white" and "straight" categories. Some people don't agree, but I think this is what truly makes the Legend of Korra unique. It truly is diversity in all aspects, and I think it is simply amazing because of it.

Korra is such a strong-willed female. She really brings the world into a new era, changing the lives of all those who watch it. It's themes are easy enough for children to understand, but deep enough for the adults to appreciate. Themes of light vs. dark, politics, friendships, fascism, romance (a little bit), self identity, public image, family relations, everything. It's got the action, the drive, the adventure, everything you'd ever want. And it's all wrapped up in one show. One amazingly epic show.

And now that it's done, officially over for good, well, normal parting words simply do not do it justice. I have loved Korra, loved her character and development, just as much as I loved some of my favorite book characters. I am extremely sad that it has come to an end, but also happy for her. This is the end of her journey, but I know that she'll be okay, that nothing terrible can happen to her anymore. She will always have a place in my heart, alongside my book characters.

It's no surprise that it's called the Legend of Korra. Because Korra is going to be forever marked down in history as the ultimate legend.

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