Avatar: The Last Airbender is a North American animated Nickelodeon television series, it aired from 2005 to 2008. The series has a sequel, The Legend of Korra.
The story takes place in a world where humans are born with the ability to control one of the four elements (Fire, Air, Water and Earth) to their will, a practice known as Element Bending. Benders of each element are spread between four main nations, while people born without Bending live in any of the main nations. The "Avatar" is the only human in the entire world that can bend all four elements and is the host of the Spirit of Light, the Avatar can also contact spirits and draw power from their past lives. Every time the Avatar dies they're reincarnated into another nation. For thousands of years, it's been the Avatar's duty to mantain world peace and balance between the nations. The newest Avatar is Aang, a young Air monk. However, one day Aang dissapeared right before the Fire Nation declared war against the rest of the world and commited mass genocide against the Air Nation in an effort to destroy the Avatar. While they failed, they also effectively pushed the Air civilization to the brink of extinction. 100 years later, the world has crumbled into chaos, Air Monks are believed to be extinct, and the Water and Earth nations struggle to fight against the Fire Nation. One day, Katara and Sokka, two siblings from the South Water Nation, stumble upon an iceberg while hunting for food for the poverty stricken tribe. Inside the iceberg they find Aang, who had frozen himself to save himself from drowing during a rainstorm right before the war began. Aang is disturbed to see how the world has been broken during his absence, now he must finish his Avatar training and defeat the Fire Nation to restore world peace. Katara, Sokka, and later a blind Earth Bender named Toph, join Aang's quest. Fire Prince Zuko was banished from the Fire Nation and stubbornly chases after the Avatar so he can return to his home. To make matters worse, a powerful comet will pass by Earth in a year, the comet exponentionally enhances Fire Bending powers, which will give the Fire Nation enough power to win the war once and for all. This means Aang has to learn all the Elements, something that takes decades, and complete his spiritual training to take down the Fire Lord in less than a year.
Eventually Zuko betrays the Fire Nation to join the Avatar despite them not trusting him at first. With Zuko's help Aang finishes his Elemental training, but Aang encounters a bigger problem, in order to save the world he must murder Zuko's father Ozai, which completely violates his monk training. The day the comet arrives, Zuko and the rest of the gang overthrow the Fire Throne so he can become the new Fire Lord while Aang discovers an alternate method to defeat Ozai without killing him; using his Avatar powers to remove Ozai's Fire powers, effectively de-powering him. With that, the Fire Nation is defeated, and the war is over.
Why it Rocks
- Excellent plot.
- It's great at balancing mature and light-hearted themes.
- Very well written and likeable characters.
- Element Bending is an awesome concept and makes for very good action scenes.
- Perfect voice acting, featuring talented voice actors as such Grey DeLisle and Mark Hamill.
- Wonderful animation, that looks like anime.
- Hilarious moments, such as the running gag with the cabbage seller. "MY CABBAGES!!"
- The ending was a major Deus Ex-Machina.
- "The Great Divide" sucks.
- Its 2010 film The Last Airbender was poorly received by critics and fans of the series.