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Why Avatar: The Legend Of Korra Was Not As Good As The Last Airbender

We think we speak for everyone when we say that Avatar: The Last Airbender is a timeless masterpiece and a cultural icon. It was no surprise that the studio decided to make a follow up sequel series set in the same world since the response to the first show was so overwhelmingly positive. The Legend Of Korra was set several years after the events of The Last Airbender. But the fans have been unanimous in denouncing the sequel Avatar series.

Why is The Legend Of Korra not given the same privilege and respect as The Last Airbender? Turns out there are multiple reasons for fans hating the follow up series.

She Is Too Overpowered From The Very Beginning

The reason people will never accept Korra as Aang’s equal is pretty simple. Aang’s journey began at the very ground level. he was a young Airbender who worked his way to the top. His rags to riches journey was relatable. Korra began with water, fire, and earth already under her belt. She was also too brash for her own good. The fans saw a pompous and arrogant kid, not a figure of humility like Aang.

The Series Consistently Tried Finding Ways To Weaken Her For The Story’s Sake

What would you do if you have a protagonist who is already scarily powerful and skilled? In a story like that in Avatar, a beginning like that does not work. But instead of creating more powerful villains, the creators just tried to nerf Korra and make her an equal to her enemies. Mercury poisoning affects her strength. Her bending powers are taken away later. A Metalbender beats Avatar Korra in combat. She is also way too futilely aggressive in battle.

Way Too Many Connections To The Original Series

Another important flaw in The Legend Of Korra was its unnecessary winks at elements from the original show. Elderly versions of Toph, Zuko, and Katara were just the beginning. They even tried to tarnish Avatar Aang by painting his legacy as a parent was faulty at best. This did not sit well with the fans of the original show. The Legend Of Korra was trying hard to fill in The Last Airbender’s shoes when all it needed to do was chart its own path.

No Significant Originality In The Legend of Korra Characters

Think about it – Bolin is just a pastiche version of Sokka as an Earthbender. Avatar Korra’s pet pal – Naga, does not even hold a candle to the flying bison of avatar Aang – Appa. Appa was so memorable they gave dedicated an entire episode in his honor. Of course there are many original characters but the ones that are like copy pasted versions of The Last Airbender are too hard to miss.

While we will not say that The Legend Of Korra is a bad show, it does have its flaws. It is one of the greatest animated shows to have been ever made. But what The Legend Of Korra makes inferior against The Last Airbender is quite evident. The latter’s legacy is too hard to top and it shows.

Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

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