The show that needs no introduction, but i’ll still give you one, is one of the most prized possessions during the abundant amount of shows being released during the late 90’s to the mid 00’s. Globally acclaimed by critics and audiences, was praised for its humor, art style, and its amazing plot. The asian-inspired show was centered around a human civilization divided into four nations, the Water Tribe (Water Bending), the Fire Nation (Fire Bending), the Air Nomads (Air Nomads), and the Earth Kingdom (Earth Bending).
Each nation had there own set of warriors known as benders which have the ability to control the element of the nation using martial arts. At any point, there is only one person in the world able to bend all four elements at once, his name is the Avatar. The Avatars main purpose is to keep equality amongst the nations and maintain balance between the spirit and human world. Once the Avatar dies they are reincarnated into a new body and the cycle starts over again.
We start the series when the Avatar, who has been frozen asleep for 100 years is found. 12-year-old Aang (Avatar) is found right in the middle of the Fire Nation Invasions. When finally awoken, he must learn new skills and perfect his bending skills, while trying to stop the Fire Nation from destroying the other nations. He goes on journeys across the lands with his two new friends Katara and Sokka.
The show has amazing character development as Aang must deal with being tasked to save the world, while still being a kid. Aang must undo all the damage done while he was gone for 100 years. For a kid’s show, the antagonists were pretty deep and well thought out. Some of them were really sickening. A banished prince unsure of his destiny, fighting within himself and his confusion of his real personality. A crazed princess born with talents and incredible bending but is jealous of her sibling. And lastly, the terrible Firelords. So evil that one firelord dueled his own son! So evil that he banished his own wife! So evil that one ordered his son to kill his grandson! So evil that one left his best friend to die! So evil that one even lead a genocide!
The best thing about this show was its mix of action and humor! The action was a highlight in the series as it wasn’t blurred like other anime’s. Each scene was amazing and each one was detailed and immersive. The humor was one of the funniest on Nickelodeon at the time. Not only did the humor lighten the mood from the fierce invasion in the background but it also actually made you laugh. But what made the show so successful was the story. A thrilling story each episode kept you wanting more. The episodes were different each time, not boring you with the same old thing. If you want to know more about the story you must watch it. Trust me you’ll love it. Anyhow, this is a must watch. Then again, every show on my list is.