The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra

Now that San Diego Comic Con’s over and I’ve gotten over my yearly why-wasn’t-I-at-SDCC-itis, I am now free to rave over the trailer of The Legend of Korra that was released at comic con:

Words cannot describe how excited I am for this. When the first teasers came out last year, Korra was slated to be a mini-series to run for 12 episodes. It is now extended to 26 episodes and will premiere around mid-next year.

Korra & her polar bear-dog, Naga

“Korra…” takes place 70 years after the end of the first series. After Aang’s death, the new Avatar (Korra) was born into the Southern Water tribe. She will be sixteen at the beginning of the series, and has already mastered Water, Fire and Earth bending. She now has to master Air bending from Aang and Katara’s second son, Tenzin.

Tenzin concept sheet

In Korra…, bending isn’t embraced by everyone. There are anti-benders who call themselves the Equalists, which heralds a possibly darker tone to the series. The world’s a lot more modern and a lot more steampunk (which I’m always for), but there’s a small part of me that’s a little bit nervous. The first series was just so epic on so many levels, what if this doesn’t live up to that?

Korra concept designs

But I’ve always had a bad-ass female character bias, and from what I gather from all the SDCC reports I’ve read, and with DiMartino and Konietzko still at the helm, Korra will (hopefully) not disappoint. 🙂

The concept character art is taken from Racebending.com‘s facebook page. Click here to view more of their Legend of Korra photos from SDCC.

The Last Airbender Teaser

They’ve released a teaser trailer for, “The Last Airbender”. I don’t want to get hyped up to see it, but I have to admit, it looks pretty damn cool.

With all the fan-rage that’s on the intarwebs, I just want to make a few things clear.

I am not against this film because the costumes/tattoos/scars/bending symbols don’t look exactly like the ones in the animated series. I also won’t be complaining about how they left out episode number x=n2-(x2+n) because, hey, it’s an adaptation. No one wants to see a 15-hour film and there is a slim to none chance of bright aqua blue tattoos looking good on any real person. (You’ve seen the cosplays)

I am against the casting. Now we can argue all day about ethnicity and race and Asian elements in the film and how insulted I am as an Asian and how much I love Dev Patel and how it’s not a real world and the characters aren’t real anyway and blah, blah, blah. I’ve read far too many blogs about the issue and the arguments never seem to go anywhere.

My two cents are, I think it’s a bit like shooting the Lord of the Rings film with an all-Asian cast with the Caucasians as  Orcs.

Disclaimer aside, my conviction to boycott the film slowly weakening because despite all the dramu, it’s still Avatar. It’s one of the few things I’m still all fangirl-y about.

Do I watch it, or no?