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San Hime
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(12/9/06 2:01 pm)

Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender
I have seen movies discussed from time to time on this board and in the archives, but I don't see a lot of television (with good reason I suppose, it's hard to regularly find decent fairy tales on tv. Apart perhaps from cable's select anime selections and modern myths like BTVS, Angel, etc). Is anyone here familiar with this wonderful series on Nickelodeon?

Here is the description of the series via Amazon:
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When the hostile Fire Nation threatens to enslave the Water, Earth, and Air Nations, a reluctant and irresponsible boy must face his destiny as the Avatar, the Chosen One who can restore the world order. This new animated series centers on twelve-year-old Aang, who must forgo his selfish wandering to learn to master his latent powers over the four elements. Only then can he conquer the Firebenders, the evil magi who threaten the world.


I'm 27 years old and I thoroughly enjoy this series. It's better than anything on Nickelodeon really has the right. It's an adventure story on an epic scale, likening to the Harry Potter or Narnia series (but by way of the I, Ching and Lao Tzu) and it's a half-hour format animated series. Suffice to say, this was a surprisingly pleasant find during a boring Sunday two months ago cleaning house and I caught the series' second season midseason two-part arc "Secret of the Fire Nation". The Buddhist, Hindi and Campbellian influence is evident in the series, but I could see a fair amount of Gnostic influence as well.

Edited by: San Hime at: 12/9/06 2:38 pm
Writerpatrick
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(12/10/06 7:33 am)


Re: Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender
I've been watching it and for North American animation it's a little unusual in that they actually have a storyline (and a good one). But if you compare it to Japanese Animation then it's nothing new. Most animated shows from Japan have continuous stories. And many of them draw upon folklore as inspiriation for the stories. Sometimes it's hard to tell what stories are original and which are created. I've been following a fansub of a series based upon the Snow Queen that has never been made available in NA.

DawnReiser
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(12/14/06 10:42 am)


Avatar
My preteen son watches this religiously; I have also found myself caught up in the storyline, which contains characters of more depth than one finds even on a basic cable drama much less a Nick cartoon. Certainly compared to their juvenile offerings, it offers more to a child or adult...the mysticism, Oriental beliefs has enlightened my son's perception of the world around him.

Not bad for a half hour cartoon.

MelEponine
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(12/18/07 10:46 pm)


Re: Avatar
This is an excellent show! I am 26 and own the first 2 seasons on DVD. You are not alone! Another great American cartoon that made use of mythology was Disney's Gargoyles.I recommend that, too!

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