The Legend of Korra
. How can I even begin
to describe the The Legend of Korra?
I honestly can’t fathom how perfect this show is. I’m left flabbergasted, gabberflasted, flabgasterbered. Yes, those are real words. Yes, you should check.
I’m not even going to do a recap on how perfect Book 4 was because, as you all very well know, I’m incredibly verbose and lack any impulse control so it would be way too long and you’re not here for my ramblings. You’re here for my self-deprecating humour and quick wit, obviously.
That said, The Legend of Korra
has proven (to me and countless others) to be every bit as good as Avatar: The Last Airbender
and lives up to its predecessor series. It’s good. If you’re worried it won’t hold a candle to it, go watch all four “Books” (seasons) and come back.
Not only has The Legend of Korra
handled sensitive topics like death, orphanhood, betrayal, infidelity, balance, change, and equality, it ended on a note unexpected by all.
For a bit of background, the main character (whose name is, surprisingly enough Korra – I mean, who saw that
coming?) dates a super sexy and sultry firebender named Mako (in honour of Mako Iwamatsu, the first voice actor of the beloved Uncle Iroh; he died back during the time ATLA
was airing its second book), and became best friends with Mako’s first girlfriend, a girl named Asami Sato. Two ships sailed because of this: the obviously ‘alpha’ couple Makorra (which broke up at the end of Book 2) and Korrasami (which a lot of fans clamored for in books 3 and 4).
But what is most miraculous about The Legend of Korra
is that it has done what no other cartoon in the history of cartoonery has done yet: it has displayed and confirmed that two major female characters of color are both bisexual and in an interracial relationship with one other.
Korrasami is canon.
For those of you who can’t imagine what this means: it means that little children who are not straight finally have some characters in a children’s character to identify with. It means these children and teenagers and adults who watch this show feel validated that such an amazing show has acknowledged their existence where no other form of children’s media would. It means that we are witnessing history in the making.
It means we are that much closer to equality.
and Michael Dante DiMartino
, collectively referred to as ‘Bryke’, have confirmed that both Korra and Asami have romantic feelings for each other and are in a relationship. This leaves Mako out in the cold, but don’t worry – fan favorite (by which I mean my absolute favorite character in this Book) Prince Wu has had countless interactions with Mako and their ship – Wuko
– is a small but strong one. I am Wuko shipping trash.
There are a billion things going through my mind, and the mind of every Legend of Korra
fan. We’re sad to see it go, we’re glad that it happened, and we cannot wait to see what Bryke have in store for us. This is the last Avatar
series that we know of, and while it’s possible they may return to the series in the future, it’s also unlikely. Nickelodeon has been a massive dick in how they've treated the franchise and creators, so much so that “Dickelodeon” is the commonly-referred term for them on Tumblr.
Dickelodeon is actual garbage and The Legend of Korra
, Bryan Konietzko, and Michael Dante DiMartino deserved so much more.
This series, along with its predecessor, has been alive from 2005 – 2014, nearly 10 years, and many of us grew up with it. It’s changed us, we’ve gotten laughs, we’ve cried tears, and we’ve learned redemption, love, sacrifice, wisdom, loss, and strength are all possible, and it is up to us to choose our destinies for ourselves.
Thank you, Bryke. It’s been real.
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