Published on September 13th, 2013 | by Anime Guardian3
First Impressions: The Legend of Korra, Book 2: Spirits
So I just watched the Friday night premiere of The Legend of Korra, Book 2: Spirits. There were a lot of great things about the first season, the rushed ending withstanding. This season promises to continue the story of Korra as she learns to commune with the spirit world, all the while fighting a war between the Northern and Southern water tribes. Below you’ll find my opinions on this episode, and at the end of the article watch Francis and Nerdy Enough’s vlog on the episode.
Here’s some things to look out for this series:
1. Korra’s stubbornness is gonna come back to bite her. Hard. It already has.
The Avatar franchise is a children’s television series even though its audiences extend beyond such demographics, and because of this, inappropriate behavior like stubbornness will not go unpunished. We already see that her actions have triggered a war among the tribes. I think Korra’s the perfect shonen action hero: soft hearted but thick headed, and a bit annoying because of it. I really hope she pulls it together this series and realizes that the fun parts of being Avatar come after the tough training, not before. Then again, watching her bend first and ask questions later is pretty cool.
I doubt that Tenzin is going to vanish from The Legend of Korra just because Korra says so. We already see that his daughter Jinora is going to connect with the former Avatars in ways that will take Korra years to master, so she’ll likely learn something that will cause Tenzin to retreat back to the South and rescue Korra. And as for Korra’s father being kicked to the curb, that was just mean.
2. Avatar Wan
This one’s pretty funny. His name is Wan? Really? The first Avatar was named Wan? I think calling the One “Neo” in The Matrix was more subtle than this. I can’t wait to find out his story.
3. Asami and Varrick
Here’s where the story will likely turn in the Southern Water Tribe’s favor. Varrick’s money can fund the research Asami’s father was conducting before being thrown in jail, namely his armored suits. I also think that Varrick can invent weapons if he needs to and channel his predilection for visual tricks and dancers in more constructive ways. Asami also has a lot to prove as the daughter of a bad guy, and if I know children’s television programming like I think I do, she’ll get her day in the sun.
My favorite character is Bolin, the only other character aside from last season’s Lin Beifong to grab my attention. For those who remember, Bolin got seriously burned when Korra chose Mako as boyfriend material. This season has our Bolin trying his darndest to get a girlfriend, and I think he’s found one in the Northern Water Tribe’s Eska… or is it Desna? I dunno, there’s some anime twin creepiness going on between those characters.
And if I’m not mistaken, I saw him bending snow when the first spirit emerged to attack Korra (if I was seeing things, please let me know). Project Otaku writer Francis “Xipher” Nunez and I are hoping Bolin learns some metal bending from Lin, which would make his the best character on this show, hands down.
I just think she’s hot. I don’t know how old she is, and I don’t care. Katara and Aang make some damn fine children.
We’ve reached the end of my opinions on this episode, but fortunately we’ve got a vlog from the Nerdy Enough gang. Check out their thoughts on the episode!