Avatar is an American animated series which first aired in 2005. Avatar: The Last Airbender series was created by Micheal Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzto. It used to air on Nickelodeon. The show was targeted towards kids but today it has a fanbase comprising of not just kids but adults as well. It’s fandom has been growing and is quite active.
Last year, ATLA was released on Netflix and broke one of the major Netflix record.
By appearing on Netflix’s chart for 60 consecutive days, The Last Airbender set a record of becoming the show with the longest consecutive run on streamer’s top 10 TV series chart.
This show has an IMDb rating of 9.3/10, 97% Rotten Tomatoes and 9/10 TV.com ratings. These ratings are enough to prove what a great show ATLA has been. It’s last episode aired 13 years ago, still ATLA’s fanbase is continuously growing. This is because it is much more than a regular kid’s show.
The story takes place in a world which is divided into four nations: water tribe, earth kingdom, fire nation and air nomads. Avatar, the master of all four elements is the only hope for peace. The 61 episode series is divided into three seasons referred to as ‘Books’ and each book deals with avatar’s journey in mastering a single element.
What makes this series so great is the theme and it’s characters. Every single character is explored thoroughly and given relatable backstory and character development. Zuko’s redemption throughout the series is probably the best redemption arc ever.
The themes it covers are really mature. War, genocide, class inequalities, colonialization, identity crisis, gender inequality, etc. are some of the prominent themes of the series.
The world building done in this show is phenomenal. In the first 10 minutes of episode 1, the whole world of avatar is explained. Throughout the series, and especially in season 2, world exploration is done very correctly.
The depiction of cultural diversity is done flawlessly. Each nation is inspired from a different culture and the way they all are depicted make the avatar world relatable and believable.
The lessons and morals that it teaches can be easily applied to our lives. Lessons like not letting your past affect your present, choosing your own destiny etc. are really inspirational.
The animation it uses is traditional and is inspired by anime. Even though it is quite an old show, the animation is way ahead of it’s time and can be considered as good as all the modern animations. ‘The Last Agni Kai’ a fight sequence, is phenomenal both in terms of animation and music and probably the best fight of the series. The music and ost are really good which make the scenes more impactful.
Overall, Avatar: the last airbender is one of the greatest show of all times and has become timeless. There are two types of people- 1. those who love ATLA and 2. those who have not watched avatar. So go ahead and give this masterpiece a try. It is a must watch!!!
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