Prepare a list of action-packed cartoons for kids that still manage to scratch the spiritual and sociopolitical itches of older viewers caught between perpetual war and occupy populism. While, we have talked about these things over the course of the season, seen them play out in Korra’s fear of losing her bending, in the terror in every bloodbending victim’s eyes, in Amon’s so-called quest to right the wrongs of Republic City.
We have observed everything stripped from these characters bit-by-bit in a way that even the original series never dared. Notably, there’ is a graphic going around on Tumblr right now poking fun at the fact that most At LA episodes ended upbeat with everyone reaffirming their friendship and desire to do good, as opposed to the way Korra episodes end in which every one is broken and things look even bleaker than they did before.
Now put The Legend of Korra, the stunning sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, at the top of that list.
This due to the reason, “I have loved as to how heartbreaking and bleak this show has been that I’m disappointed with the final few scenes of this season.”
And there was a moment when Korra was on the ground, weeping as she dealt with the fact that she could not possibly be the Avatar with only one element to her name, and not even her home one at that. As I saw her in her Water Tribe clothes, standing on the snow and weeping, but I could not help—envisage that somehow, the fact that she was a Water Tribe girl who was an airbender of all things just twisted that proverbial knife somehow even deeper.