In Brightest Day: Disability in the Avatar Universe

When I was watching Avatar the first time, I was probably in middle school or high school, and I remember getting into it just for the bending. Each form of bending is based on a different form of Chinese martial art, and because my family is from Taiwan and I grew up in a household where we watched Jet Li movies just as often as any Western action movies, the idea of martial arts giving the martial artist control of the four elements was extremely compelling to me. Upon rewatch, though, I realized that as a kid, I somehow missed a lot of the diversity of the Avatar universe. Though bending is such a physical act, the Avatar universe also went out of its way to showcase many characters with physical disabilities and mental trauma.

Spoilers for all of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra after the jump.

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The Legend of Korra: Book 3 Premiere Review

Seemingly out of nowhere—the trailer for Book 3 only premiered a few weeks ago—Avatar: The Legend of Korra came back to Nickelodeon on Friday night. And although in the past I’ve been more of a fan of the idea of LoK than I was a fan of the actual series, I couldn’t be happier with the season so far.

book 3 changeSpoilers for the first three episodes below the jump.

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Trailer Tuesdays: Legend of Korra Book 3

So after much waiting, we have finally got our hands on a peek at The Legend of Korra’s Book 3: Change. It’s full of brief snippets of awesome imagery that by no means reveal even an inkling of what the plot of the season will be. This isn’t helped by the fact that the trailer is entirely dialogue-free; it’s hard to guess what will happen when all you have is a stirring instrumental accompaniment.

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Republic City Hustle

Gentle readers,

Since I know that we’re best friends, I’ve been doing everything I possibly can to keep you as up-to-date as possible on all happenings surrounding the September release of Legend of Korra Book Two: Spirits. Whoo. September. Take a breath. One more month. We can do this. I’m with you, and if you need something to bridge the gap, Nick has you covered. They’ve released a three part mini-series, “Republic City Hustle,” a sneak peek into the early lives of Mako and Bolin. Watch them get it done like Rick Ross below:

Parts Two and Three aren’t out yet. If that’s not enough to get you your Avatar fix, let me remind that the second issue of The Search, the second of two comic series written by the brilliant Gene Yang, was released on July 10. So, go check it out! Don’t forget that the third issue comes out in October and maybe we can finally figure out what happened to Zuko’s mom. Until next time, happy bending!