This Made Me Believe in American Animation Again
I grew up with Batman The Animated Series
, and other shows whose quality I thought I'd never see again in American works. Samurai Jack was perhaps the one exception, with Justice League
also worth note, but these, I felt, were just the last embers of the glory days of early-to-mid-90's animation. Gone were the days of Doug
, Rockos Modern Life
, Ah Real Monsters
, and all those other shows on Nickolodeon, and Cartoon Network
had replaced Toonami
with Miguzi. Ew. Everywhere I looked, I saw Tom Goes To The Mayor
, or Spongebob Squarepants
, or something else just as god-awful. Once Genndy Tartakovsky
retired, I figured, there'd never be a truly great American cartoon again. And then I watched Avatar.
I then showed it to my roommatem. His
reaction was, "this is on Nickelodeon!?"
Friday's at 8 quickly became our hour of worhsip.
Despite being visually modeled on Anime, it doesn't try to copy it. Instead, there's barely a hint of anime sight gags, characters act and move like westerners, and the animation is some of the smoothest on TV. The fight scenes, too, are a spectacle. Every one is its own Crowning Moment Of Awesome
, and, like Samurai Jack
, are not quick skirmishes - they take up a good portion of the final act of an episode usually. The final fight(s) in the finale (which are non-stop for a good 20 minutes, by the way, and not DBZ-style either - these are non-stop, hit-block-parry-block-thrust fights, for 20 MINUTES!
) easily outranks even many of the best movie fight scenes.
Beyond the visuals, the writing is some of the best we'd ever encountered in a series, animated or otherwise. We quickly became weary of watching for the most minute
things, because we knew they'd become important later
. We'd repeat one-liners, usually from the newest episode endlessly until the next episode the following week, and then-some. In all, the scope and eloquence of the story, the world, and the characters is comparable to Lord Of The Rings
This isn't just a well-done kids' show; this is on-par with shows like Lost and Heroes. Avatar has the perfect blend of drama, comedy, action, & romance that made Star Wars
and Indiana Jones
classics. Avatar is truly a landmark in animation. It's restored my faith in American Animation
14th Aug 09
Until the third season anyways.
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(edited by: Mr. Lostman)
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31st Aug 09
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In my opinion, season 3 was weaker than the other seasons. Simple explanation:
Season 1: OMG, we need to get to the north pole!
Season 2: OMG we need to find an earthbending teacher! OMG! We need to get to Ba Sing Se! OMG, they stole Appa! OMG, we need to stop the 1984-like regime! OMG the Fire Nation's trying to take over!
Season 3: OMG, we need to... sit around for a few weeks with our thumbs up our asses until the eclipse.
27th Nov 09
9th Dec 09
19th Jan 10
At Mr. Lostman
Blood bending was used in that one episode where Katara was trying to get revenge on the person who killed her mother. I think it was supposed to signify how Katara was acting against her morals, considering she said she would never use it again after the whole Hama incident. Also she tortures a guy with it.
11th Mar 10
I would say that Season 3 isn't the best of the three, but it isn't the worst either. I personally think S1 and S3 are about the same in terms of quality, and that S2 is a little above them both. I hate to rank them, because I love the show a lot and it's all good. I will say that I preferred the primarily plot-driven format of S2 to the episodic format of S1 and parts of S3. I think it was the return to the episodic format when S3 started that turned me off of it for a bit; after the crazy high point of the S2 finale, I was expecting more of the same, and instead we got half a season of filler. Extremely high quality filler (I'd watch any of those episodes in a heartbeat), but filler nonetheless.
20th Jul 10
15th Oct 10
Here's how I see it. The high point of the series is the Season 2 finale (starting with City of Walls and Secrets, though I skip over Tales of Ba Sing Se except for that one scene. You know which one. Hell, throw Zuko Alone in there too), but Season 3 had more awesome spread out over the whole season. At no point did it eclipse the finale of season 2, but at no point did it sink lower than certain other episodes. Not to say that those "other episodes" were bad, they were still way above the standards for TV these days.
20th Dec 10
That one guy, with the Zuko and dragons thing, having a powerful teacher doesn't make you stronger. That's like saying if Superman taught Batman hand-to-hand then Bats could start punching through buildings. And Azula being able to lightningbend is because she's really just that good. Zuko only even chooses to fight her alone because she wasn't anywhere near at full strength.
2nd May 12
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