Fans have been anxiously awaiting for a return trip to the fantastical world of element benders and mystical white creatures in The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra, a spinoff TV animated series that picks up 70 years after the events of Nickelodeon’s original hit Last Airbender show and centers around the new Avatar: a spirited young woman from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra (voiced by Janet Varney).
Nickelodeon has begun airing a new TV promo for Legend of Korra which highlights the series’ virtually identical animation style as that featured in Avatar: The Last Airbender – and offers a better look at the new incarnation of the Avatar, who looks to be much more outspoken, rebellious, and reckless than Aang.
With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water, and Fire), Korra seeks to master the final element, Air. Her quest leads her to the epicenter of the modern “Avatar” world, Republic City – a metropolis that is fueled by steampunk technology. It is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive. However, Korra discovers that Republic City is plagued by crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to rip it apart. Under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin, Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large.
Legend of Korra‘s traditionally animated settings and characters look to equal the handsome aesthetic of those in Avatar; the former also appears to have fine-tuned the stylish element-bending fight choreography and action sequences featured in its predecessor. Co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko (the same creative forces behind the original Last Airbender TV show) also appear to have successfully developed a more complex and “adult” storyline for Legend of Korra without completely abandoning a kid-friendly tone.
Korra likewise comes off as a pretty engaging protagonist, in terms of her “passionate” personality and manner. That should only help the new TV series to stand out on its own – and wipe away the lingering bad taste M. Night Shyamalan’s live-action Last Airbender movie left in many a fan’s mouth.
The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra is expected to begin airing on Nickelodeon by the second half of 2012.