The story seems to have been very important for somebody, you can tell by the detail. The art is pleasing to the eye, especially the backgrounds. The structure of an epic adventure! And yet it leaves me cold at the best of times. Partly this is due to Hype Aversion, I first saw the M.Night creation (which is bad even from an Avatar-virgin's point of view) and after reading up about what could/should have happened decided to see for myself the original. The thing is, it's done in the French pseudo-anime style (same as Totally Spies!), where the (to my mind) excessive amount of twitching is distracting and only serves to remind me of every bad incarnation of anime. Point number two is the Fan Dumb, when all the fans of the show bashed the pronunciation in the film, which to a non-native English speaker raised on Bollywood films and an anime dubhater sounds much more accurate. A side note is that while in the film we can suppose that Nations/Clans are made of (slightly?) different ethnicities and form a Clan on gods know what basis, in the cartoon all the representatives of one Clan look the same so the different accents of the voice actors (most notably Iroh) are more than distracting. Point number three is this: everything comes off as very bright and happy and clean, which makes one wonder if this is not a simple case of white man's Oriental Fetish Fuel, then again YMMV. This is a solid story and good animation (be the art style your thing or not), if everything else distracts you then it simply wasn't meant to be. I will not bring up my quarrel with the characters and the feminism, since I haven't seen more than the first season. I do recommend it, just don't go into it waiting for your world to be changed. A review on this page praised it equal if not better than the classics of the 90's with which I can't agree, but again, it's a personal view.
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