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Greatest Cartoon of all time,....
Avatar: The Last Airbender

Year: 2005

Voices of: Zach Tyler Eisen, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena, Dante Basco, Mako,Grey De Lisle, and Jessie Flower

Grade: A+

Or at least damn close,between some of the most brilliant characterizations,and two very nicely melded plots concerning two of these characters,but best of all was the sense of,...balance. There was overall a nice balance between the spiritual,the dark,serious,and complicated, the relaxed and sweet, and the downright hilarious. The main plot being that Aang who is the Avatar who has the ability to bend the four elements,can and must learn the other three elements (he already knows airbending and for some Tear Jerker y goodness,he is revealed to be the last one) in order to stop the Fire Lord from using a comet to commit genocide,and the other plot being that son of said (Zuko) Fire Lord has been banished and must capture the Avatar to get back in his good graces. And I must say that they nicely combined them,to the point of one episode explaining how they really are Not So Different. Once that gets going,the writers nicely start to put heroes and villains on both sides and deconstruct the usual ways of the fantasy genre (Book 2 especially I mean really 4 kids topple a government? And you really don't expect the opposition to come back?

Alongside that good writing stuff is the top notch animation and effects,all from excellent research on various martial arts forms. Said research also extends to ensuring that proper writing is used,and so they hired a calligrapher. All this adds to a very pleasant atmosphere,even during the most intense scenes.

Now for my top 3 favorite parts which really help make this an A+

- The whole character of Toph

- Great sense of balance

- Brilliant inside jokes

And the bottom 3 which ultimately are ruled out

- The character derailing of Katara

- The three episodes called "The Great Divide"," Avatar Day", and "The Painted Lady"

- The resolution of the conflict is an Ass Pull

But other than those 3,and especially the top 3,this series is a classic.
How was Katara derailed? She seem pretty consistent to me.
comment #15113 DavidtheMouse14 29th Jun 12
comment #15115 DavidtheMouse14 29th Jun 12
Book 3 kinda axed her sense of humor,her actions in "The Painted Lady", and "The Southern Raiders", and demeanor in "The Runaway" were very prickish. Compared to the rest of the Books,Katara was an angry Jerk Ass.

Admittedly this review isn't too well written,it's just so hard to articulate so much good stuff.
comment #15117 terlwyth 30th Jun 12
Oh, yeah she was very bitter in the The Southern Raiders, but then again she was confronting the killer of her mother...

If I found anything to be wrong in that episode was her telling Sokka he didn't loved there mom as much as she did.
comment #15124 DavidtheMouse14 30th Jun 12
Book 3 kinda axed her sense of humor,her actions in "The Painted Lady", and "The Southern Raiders", and demeanor in "The Runaway" were very prickish. Compared to the rest of the Books,Katara was an angry Jerk Ass.

You know, people don't act the same way all the time.
comment #15128 Waet 1st Jul 12
I just watched episode Great Divide. What's wrong with it? I thought it was pretty funn and love the way they ended it.
comment #17862 strejda 27th Jan 13
A fair few people dislike it because it adds nothing to the story, and Sokka and Katara act a little... differently.

I myself like the episode, and I can also tolerate Avatar Day for Sleuth!Sokka. The Painted Lady is alright too, but I do like me some Kataang, so that explains that.
comment #17864 MrMallard 27th Jan 13
I can't stand The Great Divide largely because the problem was solved by lying. Forget aesops, that whole 'explanation' was completely unbelievable.
comment #20405 Historian1912 1st Aug 13
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