For the past few months our family has been watching the animated Nickelodeon series ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender‘ through Netflix. I think it’s my all-time favorite animated series. It’s been an absolutely marvelous adventure watching all 3 seasons of the show. And last Sunday night we saw the hour and a half series finale. And it was awesome!
As throughout the entire series, we laughed, we cried; I was blown away by the heart and soul, the wisdom, humor and amazing character developement of this “kids” TV show. Now I understand why I’d heard so much love and praise from its fans over the last couple of years. And I think I can understand the disappointment expressed by many fans of M.Night Shyamalan’s Live action movie ‘The Last Airbender‘ that was based on the first part of the TV show. I don’t have any desire to see the film after reading numerous different reviews of it. And it looks now like another movie that continues the story may not be in the making. That’s a shame, but I just don’t see how anyone could improve on the original. The artwork, the animation, the voice actors and the story were delightful. It was perfect! This is one show that people of all ages can enjoy. Buy it! Rent it! It’s great! And I’m already missing this show.
But… I recently learned that the creators of the show and Nickelodeon are working on a new Avatar series, or a miniseries, really, consisting of 12 episodes that will premiere about a year from now. Called ‘Avatar: The Legend of Korra’, it will be set about 75 years after the original series, and will be about Korra, the female Avatar who succeeds Aang. And she’ll be taught airbending by the son of Aang and Katara. I think this should be very cool.
While we’re on the subject of anime (although I guess ‘Avatar’ is not technically considered anime, since it wasn’t made in Japan. But it is in the style of anime) here are links to two of my other favorite anime series you might like to check out: Cowboy Bebop and Mushi-shi. I’ve mentioned Cowboy Bebop here before. I think it had a major influence on the great and way too short-lived (thank you very much, FOX!) series Firefly by Joss Whedon. And Mushi-shi is just… well… it’s bizarre, beautiful, meditative and a little depressing at times. But it’s cool! Kind of like animated Shinto poetry. About a guy named Ginko who wanders around the wild mountains of Japan about a hundred years ago and helps people get rid of invisible (mostly) primordial life-forms called Mushi that can inadvertently have strange effects on humans that they encounter. Have I peeked your curiosity? A very unique series of 26 episodes.
In the last post I also mentioned I was reading a novel by Terry Pratchett called Hat Full of Sky. I finished it, and it was just as wonderful as the previous book in the Tiffany Aching Adventures called The Wee Free Men. This series of stories have become priceless treasures to me, and I’m looking forward to reading the last two books, Wintersmith and I Shall Wear Midnight, which just came out recently. They are so wise and hilarious and exciting and sweet! I must read them all again to Stephanie and the kids.
Gosh, it’s gotten late! So… happy first day of December. We’ve got a little snow on the ground and the children are thrilled by it! Ah, to be that young again! I will leave you with links to a couple more movies that are coming out soon that look good to me. Hopefully we can find time to see them!