Western Animation: The Legend of Korra
The legend begins anew...
"Avatar Aang accomplished many remarkable things in his life. But sadly, his time in the world came to an end, and like the cycle of the seasons, the cycle of the Avatar began anew..."The Legend of Korranote
is an Animated Series
and a Sequel Series
to Avatar: The Last Airbender
and part of the overall Avatar
franchise, as well as the 30th cartoon in the Nicktoons
franchise. It ran from April 14, 2012 to December 19, 2014.
Set seventy years after
the events of its predecessor, the series follows the adventures of a boisterous teenage girl named Korra, a member of the Southern Water Tribe and Aang's successor as Avatar. Thematically, there are some differences between it and the parent show: while Avatar: The Last Airbender
is arguably High Fantasy
with East Asian elements mixed in, The Legend of Korra
is Urban Fantasy
in an East Asian setting, complete with mass media and politics. In a deviation from its predecessor, each book focuses on a new antagonist for the arc rather than one single Big Bad
While it was originally announced as a twelve-episode Mini Series
, Nickelodeon picked up an additional fourteen episodes during production. After the success of the first twelve episodes, another 26 episode season was announced. These were later broken up into three seasons, fourteen episodes for the second and thirteen each for the third and fourth.
Book 1, "Air", begins with Korra having easily mastered all the elements but air. When told that her training will have to wait due to political concerns, Korra travels to Republic City, a metropolis based off of the Roaring Twenties
where crime is rampant and an anti-Bending movement
led by a faction called the "Equalists" is growing in strength. Under the guidance of Tenzin, the son of Aang and Katara, Korra struggles to learn airbending while balancing her status and responsibilities as the famed Avatar of legend.
Book 2, "Spirits", began September 13, 2013. Rampant spirit attacks on humans force Korra to confront her role as the bridge between humans and spirits head-on, in the process embroiling her in a conflict 10,000 years in the making.
Book 3, "Change", began airing on June 27, 2014. It deals with a great change in the bender population, Korra having to face the consequences of her actions at the end of Book 2, and a prison break of four powerful criminals with sights on Korra, all while political unrest grows in Ba Sing Se. After airing two episodes a week for the first three weeks (and one episode the fourth), it was taken off the air and moved to a digital distribution only schedule on Nick's website. The remaining episodes were eventually aired on Nicktoons as part of a marathon leading up to the online release of Book 4.
Book 4, "Balance", premiered on October 3, 2014, remaining in digital distribution, with the television debut on Nicktoons on November 28. Three years have passed, and the world is once again threatened by the rise of an army led by Zaofu metalbender Kuvira. It is the final Book of the series, and possibly the Avatar franchise as a whole.A downloadable action game
based on the series, made by Platinum Games
, has been released.
There is a three-episode web animation, Republic City Hustle
, about the lives of Mako and Bolin three years prior to the series.
The series likewise joined TeenNick
in October 2014 along with running on NickToons.
Recaps of the show can be found here
. Also has a page for memes
, ship tease
, and a Best Episode Crowner.Not to be confused
with The Legend of Korah
, or the Kohr-Ah.
This series provides examples of: