As I have mentioned in the past, I hardly ever reblog other people’s blog posts; but when I do, it’s often because of a very good reason.
If my post about meeting Dante Basco back in the spring didn’t provide enough evidence, then let me just take the time to say that I’m a huge fan of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and its recently concluded spin-off series; “The Legend of Korra.” The creators behind the shows, Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, have created an incredible universe with well crafted characters and story arches that a lot of people have been able to connect with over the course of nearly 10 years. Their shows have done an excellent job of representing characters of different races, genders, ideals, etc. And as Mike explains in this post, they even took it a step further by showing the beginnings of a same-sex relationship being formed at the end of the “Legend of Korra” series.
I consider Mike and Bryan to be some of the best storytellers out there today. I too watched the final scene of this series and I too was left with questions regarding what just happened. I knew what it looked like, but I didn’t want to jump to any conclusions without a direct confirmation regarding it otherwise. I’m therefore grateful that Mike wrote this thoughtful piece. I think what they did was very smart and is definitely going to change how children’s television will be done in the future to come.
Now that Korra and Asami’s final moment is out in the world, it seems like an appropriate time to express how I feel about it. I didn’t want to say anything right away so the audience could experience the finale for themselves.
The main themes of the Avatar universe have always revolved around equality, justice, acceptance, tolerance, and balancing differing worldviews. In subtle and maybe not so subtle ways, Avatar and Legend of Korra have dealt with difficult subjects such as genocide, child abuse, deaths of loved ones, and post traumatic stress. I took it as a complement when Joanna Robinson of Vanity Fair called the show subversive. There were times even I was surprised we were able to delve into the really tough stuff on a children’s TV network. While the episodes were never designed to “make a statement”, Bryan and I always strove to treat the more difficult…
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