I actually didn't have high expectations for a sequel series to Avatar The Last Airbender
, but by the time that the two released episodes, "Welcome to Republic City" and "A Leaf in the Wind" ended, I was hooked and chomping at the bit for more. The animation is gorgeous, the character designs are great, and the pacing is fierce.
Judging by what has been released so far, it appears that there will be more of a focus on the characters and less on the plot, which I'm looking forward to watching. One of the flaws of the original series (in my opinion) was that sometimes the characters would feel more like plot devices than actual people. In this series, the personalities seem to be coming out full-force with the plot slowly building around them.
That said, I'm not a huge fan of Korra's character yet. My main issue with her (which I'm hoping will be resolved in a future episode) is that at the age of five or six, whenever the Order of the White Lotus came to visit her and her family, she was already a phenomenal bender of three out of the four elements. The two Avatars that came before her, Roku and Aang, both had to learn their elements one by one, and it took quite a bit of time. Roku didn't begin to learn anything but firebending until he was declared the Avatar at 16, and the entirety of the previous series documented Aang's training in water, earth, and firebending. Korra figured out (or was told by someone other than the Order of the White Lotus) that she was the Avatar at an extremely young age, and as far as we know, taught herself three out of the four elements. This deviates sharply from what has previously been shown in the Avatar-verse, and I hope that it is explained later on in the series.
The humor in this series so far has been as sharp as the first, with both subtle and loud jokes. The sparkling bush and Korra scratching an itch during meditation are two that stand out. There are far more hilarious moments, but it's impossible to list them all.
There have already been plenty of Mythology Gag
moments, such as a mention of Zuko's mother, Korra striking some aangsty
poses, and a merchant that could very well be a descendent of the Cabbage Man.
Oh, and there's a metalbending police force led by Chief Lin Bei Fong which is AMAZING.
I'm looking forward to seeing where this series goes.