‘The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra’ Trailer: Meet the New Avatar

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last airbender legend korra trailer The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra Trailer: Meet the New Avatar

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.

Here is an official plot synopsis for Legend of Korra, followed by the new TV trailer:

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.

Source: IGN

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  1. hmm

  2. not really liking the modrn city though, cars don,t belong to the ancient world of avatar !

  3. Yea already a bitter taste since aang is dead (since there is a new avatar) but ill give it a shot. The first series sucked me in even with the crap fillers

    • haha, “The Great Divide” worst episode
      i still trust in Bryke regardless

  4. It’s 70 years later the world would have become more modernized.

    • Yep.

      Anybody who is complaining about the advancement of the world over 70 years needs to do two things. Firstly, rewatch the original series and take note of the Mechanist, the Fire Nation’s technology and how bending could be used to operate large machines. Secondly, revise their own history. Just compare where we are now to pre-World War II, or just look at the Industrial Revolution.

      That is all.

    • Well yes and no. Worlds don’t have to evolve at the pace ours did and with their lives centered around element bending many things would be different. There is nothing that says the world would has look any different in 70 years and it could take them a millennia to reach the “modern” era.

      If I was guessing however I would have thought the original series was set at around the equivalent of Earth in the 13th-14th century. This even fits with how advanced mechanical devices were.

      In fact it feels incorrectly rushed because not even WE went from villages grouped together and protected by walls (very medieval age) to skyscrapers in a mere 70 years. In comparison that would put them back in our 19th century which is WAY more advanced that what we saw in the original series. If you don’t believe me I would suggest doing a bit of research about it.

      So I really don’t agree with the modern setting.

      • But as you said, worlds don’t have to evolve at the pace ours did. So it’s extremely possible that they could have cars. I mean, the fire nation was already pretty advanced with their technology.

        • No but there is a feasible limit. We modernized pretty quick so what you are saying is they advanced literally 4-5 times faster than we did?

          • Consider how fast we, people of the real world, could have advanced if we could control the four elements, if we all worked together. It would be a snap building skyscapers, and massive buildings. Also sonsidering the amount of fire bender tech in the first series, Im sure FireLord Zuko would have had no problem sharing and helping the world ‘modernize’.

            I see nothing wrong with the level of advancement that the Airbender world has had in the last 70 years.

            • A “snap”, yes but there also has to be a need which the avatar world does/did not have. We created skyscrapers out of a need to expand but were lacking the space. So we figured out a way to built up instead of out. This world wasn’t suffering from overpopulation or urban sprawl during Aang’s time so 70 years is not going to drastically change that.

              Maybe if they had set it 200-300 years in the future I could have bought into the idea more but as I said below, I disagree they would have advanced the same way we did simply because they have the ability to bend the elements (something we never had afaik ;) ). Their “modern” society should look a lot different imho and it feels a bit lazy the creators weren’t willing to explore a different and unique look.

              • It does seem out of place. But I’ve heard that this Republic City was built, or at least founded by Aang and Zuko. Maybe many people flocked to live there in what may have been considered a great new city? Instead of spreading outwards to accomadate the influx, they went upwards?

  5. ”In fact it feels incorrectly rushed because not even WE went from villages grouped together and protected by walls (very medieval age) to skyscrapers in a mere 70 years. In comparison that would put them back in our 19th century which is WAY more advanced that what we saw in the original series. If you don’t believe me I would suggest doing a bit of research about it.”

    No it doesn’t.

    The nitpick over this world advancing this fast is really stupid, there was drills and airships, and tanks in the original series. If a war was over don’t you think it would logical that the world have have shift to improving the tech?

    • Yes, it does (see below)

    • Agreed.

  6. Looks good. Korra seems appealing enough as a character. But I doubt they will have a character as corney and fun as sakka

  7. hmm… i dont remember any mention of airships, mechanical tanks, and steamships when i studied history from the 13th and 14th centuries
    (which is 1200 to 1400, a bit early for that sort of stuff)

    i’d place the fisrt avatar series as pretty similiar technology wise to the 19th century, which makes having cars and skyscrapers in 70 years pretty feasilbe.

    • If you had really “studied” history you would know that the 13-14th century is actually 1400-1500′s. This is the beginning of the Renaissance era in Europe and they were creating some pretty sophisticated mechanical devices even then. I think you may need to do a bit more studying. ;)

      You are also mistaking having things like “airships, mechanical tanks, and steamships” with overall technological advancement. When we were developing those things we ALSO had a thoroughly modernized and industrial society, something the world of Avatar does not have. Aside from those inventions, most of the world is still functioning as a feudalistic/agrarian society. So to completely replace a medieval city in a mere 70 years with a modern one is ridiculous. There needs to be a level of progression and gradual replacement which is not here.

      The other point is that the creators have assumed that this world would develop like ours but with reliance on bending, many of our technological advancements would have been unnecessary for them. This world is an interesting mix of emerging inventions but with a world society still stuck in what we would call the “middle-age”. Hence they would have evolved in an entirely different manner which I’m not seeing here.

      • No, the 13th and 14th centuries would be the 1200′s and 1300′s. Maybe you should have really “studied” history. That being said, I think that the avatar world was in the early to mid 19th century. 70 years may have been a little too fast to develop that technology, but, we have to remember that this is only one city in the entire avatar world. Majority of the avatar world is probably still just as technologically lacking as they were 70 years ago. And, of course having airships, tanks, and steamships represent technological advancement. During Aang’s time, the Fire Nation already had factories,, which shows that a small portion of their world and industrial society. This shows that at least a small portion of the avatar world was technologically capable of developing what we see in the trailer in 70 years.

        • O.o…. OMH, you’re right. So in my original post it would have been the 15-16th century! Fail on my part, don’t know what I was thinking last night. ><

          As I said in an above post though, regardless of industrial advancement, there still needs to be a reason to build skyscrapers. Their world would have advanced in a completely different way than our Earth because of bending, so to extrapolate they would be building “modern” cities like ours in the near future doesn’t fit imho.

          • Well skyscrapers developed because they needed more space in urban centers. While I think that its not implausible that they would build skyscrapers, I do agree that the skyscrapers probably would have been built using Earth-Bending as opposed to the way we build skyscrapers. One important thing to note is that the plot of this series is about a backlash against benders. It’s possible that the skyscrapers built without Earth-Bending reflect the anti-bending sentiment.

          • lol, why do you even care that much its a fantasy world, and furthermore the world of bending corresponds with this new world Keep in mind, the setting is important to the plot itself, the creators are clearly going for the generic modernity vs spiritualism theme.

            The main situation with Republic city will be like ”well we have all this neat technology now, who needs this spiritual mumbo jumbo bending anymore?” and keep in mind there are more non-benders in this world, then they are benders.

            • I don’t know if I would label it a caring per say. This is a discussion forum, I saw a comment I disagreed with and posted my own take on it. So I guess the most accurate thing to say is, I enjoy debating?

              Will it keep me from watching it though? Probably not. I would have preferred them staying in the original world setting but I suppose that would just be rehashing the first story line so they felt they needed to explore a different angle (as you said, “modernity vs spiritualism” or maybe technology vs nature)

  8. I hate that Nickelodeon owns the rights to this masterpiece. The channel sucks major balls.

  9. This looks good. I’m interested. As for the modernization in the settings, it could work.

  10. Seriously, how could anyone complain about them starting a new Avatar series!? I can see elements of the 1st series within the trailer while bringing a new edge with an older Avatar within a more advanced society. This series has everything it needs to succeed.

  11. this new backgound is very similar to the fullmetal one which can be good or bad depends. I really like the first series and i was disappointed when they chose to do a movie (whish was really bad) insted o having the 4 season the book of air

  12. the polar bear dog reminds me of the never ending story

  13. Why is it called The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra? shouldn’t it be called Avatar: The Legend of Korra? or is it because of the movie Avatar?

  14. There sure is a lot of bitching going on about the technology, etc. Can everyone just shut it and be happy there’s new series? Just a thought.

  15. Quick y’all let’s all pray M Night shymaladingdonkeydong won’t ever touch this!

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  19. does it really matter what year they were in or how fast they developed??
    I mean, c’mon it’s a cartoon series, a good one at that. Meaning that,
    aside from elemental bending phenomena it’s meant to be in a completly different world than ours.

  20. I do enjoy the Korra season but not as much as the original story of Aang. I think this is to be expected because it’s difficult to judge a body of work, such as a TV series, before finishing it as I don’t know where they’re going with it. There are little nit-picky things here and there but that’s not really anything to talk about. What I am upset about is pacing because it makes it difficult to connect with characters and understand their inner struggles, something that ATLA did tremendously. My biggest complaint is the world, particularly Republic City. While I don’t want to get into the logistics of such a modernized society, I feel that it isn’t warranted. This isn’t because of the short 70 year span or anything but the fact that it takes me out of the Avatar world that was so amazing in ATLA. There aren’t many fantasy/mystical/supernatural shows out there like Avatar and it just bothers me that this new series is filled with car chases and robot fights. Even the bending seems less magical due to probending. I liked watching ATLA because it transported me to a world that was different than my own.