10 Reason Why I Am Obsessed With Avatar: The Last Airbender

Good morrow, my dear bloggerly chums!

In the past couple months, my sisters and I have been watching a lot of a certain children’s television show and becoming WAY too invested in the lives of animated fictional characters.

But what else is new?

I had been hearing about this show for a while. And it didn’t look super interesting to me? Everyone seemed to love it for some reason.

This didn’t increase my desire to watch it.

Then my cousins showed us this clip:

 

I admit, after that my interest was piqued. The musical value of this show was clearly unparalleled.

But still, I didn’t pursue the show further.

Then, Avatar: The Last Airbender popped up on Netflix, and I guess we were bored or something, because we decided to give it a try.

I was skeptical, to say the least. I mean, what was it about this show that made EVERYONE go crazy about it? It couldn’t actually be THAT great.

Well…

It kind of was.

And so, here I am, 61 episodes later, ready to tell you about how wonderful the show that everyone says is wonderful actually is.

Yeah, I’ll be that annoying person that won’t shut up about this show now. You’re welcome.

I have compiled a list of ten things about the show that make me love it. HERE IT IS:

1) The Music

If the above clip told you nothing of the powerful melodic and lyrical excellence of the music in this show, then I don’t know what to say to you.

But in all seriousness, I really enjoy the fact that there are characters that actually sing. Even just a little bit. Because singing is great. The music is often a source of humor, but it has its emotional moments as well. I mean, let’s be honest, Uncle Iroh just about killed us all with “Leaves from the Vine.”

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Also the instrumental/soundtrack music is pretty great as well. My sisters and I were always bouncing on the couch during the credits.

2) The Characters

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Okay, guys, so there are so many characters to love. There are a couple really impressive character arcs in there, as well as just some super lovable side characters that are entertaining to watch (cough, cough, the secret tunnel people). …Or possibly just super heartbreaking (cough, cough, Ursa.)

I don’t even know what to say without giving anything away, but there are some really wonderful character dynamics throughout the series that build on each other in a very satisfying way. I really appreciated how the writers invested in several non-romantic relationships in the series. (Unfortunately the romances exist too, but nothing is perfect. Honestly, though, the children romances disturb me, okay? THEY ARE ALL CHILDREN.)

I could write a whole post just screaming about how much I love all the characters IROH. SOKKA. ZUKO. TOPH. MAI. APPA. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!

But that might be obnoxious and not very intelligible?

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3) The Plot…And Genre Bending

So obviously there are several blatant filler episodes- some of which are better than others. But the overall plot arc of the show is fairly decent. It helps of course that the characters are so engaging, but the plot itself is quite good with some decent history and a fascinating world to play off of.

I would actually prefer it if there wasn’t so much filler, but the fact that the plot managed to stay intact despite all the filler is kind of impressive to me….

…Also the fact that somehow the plot worked despite the fact that the episodes managed to range from High Fantasy/Mythology to Teen Beach Drama??? HOW???

Anyway…

I’m not really over that.

4) The World

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Honestly I find the whole Avatar-being-reincarnated-thing to be kind of creepy, but the whole element bending concept (WATER. EARTH. FIRE. AIR.) and the four nations with their own cultures and traditions??? It’s so GREAT. I’m a total nerd for fantasy world-building, and I was sucked into this world without really realizing it. Maybe a little too sucked into it… But hey, it’s cool.

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5) The Aggressive Sound Effects

We totally made fun of these, but at the same time they are kind of endearing. Everyone in Avatar has musical eyebrows, just accept it.

6) The Humor/Drama Balance

This show has some dark stuff honestly.

WHICH I LOVE. BRING ON THE DARKNESS.

(Um….er…) But it doesn’t at all let itself get bogged down by that and start to take itself too seriously. The humor is prevalent throughout. Aang is the Avatar, humanity’s last hope and all that, which is some weighty stuff, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s also a twelve-year-old kid. So he still acts like a twelve-year-old kid.

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But really, sometimes the serious moments are made more real by the presence of a joke or two. Real life is like that.

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7) The Siblings

Sokka and Katara have their squabbles (many of them), but when it it comes down to it they really care about each other and you can tell that they are close. Some stories seem to completely disregard sibling relationships as unimportant/nonexistent and it makes me SAD. I don’t actually have any brothers, but Sokka and Katara seem like a pretty solid depiction of brother-sister love to me.

Zuko and Azula, on the other hand, take sibling rivalry to an unhealthy extreme. But it’s great.

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8) The Weird Hybrid Animals

For some reason I love how practically every animal is a weird cross between two or more animals? I don’t know what makes that so magical. But it is.

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HOW COULD YOU RESIST THIS TURTLE DUCK?

Also the pig rooster is something to behold.

9) The Disguises

Aang dresses up as a grandpa one time. It’s beautiful.

There are several opportunities for the characters to disguise themselves, and it’s just a lot of fun. They get so into it.

10) The HUGS

THE HUGS, GUYS. I’m 100% here for the hugs.

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Affection is a super important part of life and I’ve noticed that not enough movies/shows give us non-romantic affection. The hugs are lacking. Or, when we do get non-romantic hugs, it’s only when someone is about to go on a doomed to fail quest or something super dramatic like that.

People can hug under less dire circumstances, guys.

And in this show they DO. There are guy hugs. Girl hugs. Group hugs. ALL THE HUGS. And not just when someone is about to die. They just…give each other hugs. Because everyone needs hugs. I love it so much.

Epilogue

Here I have just spent an entire blog post praising this show. Which is kind of bizarre. Does it have it’s flaws? ABSOLUTELY. Is the dialogue sometimes painful? INDEED. Were there annoying parts? THERE WERE. Were the romances cringe-worthy? ALL THE TIME.

Was it technically made for like…nine-year-olds? OKAY YES IT WAS. But STILL.

Stellar music. Complex characters. A worthy plot. A fascinating world. Aggressive Sound Effects. An Admirable Balance of Humor and Drama. Siblings. Turtle Ducks. Humorous disguises. ALL THE HUGS. What more could one want?

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Have you seen Avatar: The Last Airbender? Are you as obsessed with it as I am? Do you get skeptical when everyone goes crazy about something? What is a show that you didn’t expect to like as much as you did? What would be the best animal hybrid? Do you like seeing hugs in stories? I would love to hear any of your thoughts in the comments!

22 thoughts on “10 Reason Why I Am Obsessed With Avatar: The Last Airbender

  1. Honestly, this is one of my favorite shows. It’s so morally complex without being absolutely depressing. I would say ‘it’s complex for a kid’s show,’ but I think it’s complex compared to a lot of adult shows as well. And the characterization is so good! And of course Zuko’s redemption arc–it’s everyone’s go-to example of a well-done redemption arc for a reason 😍

    But also, THANK YOU FOR AGREEING THAT THESE CHARACTERS WOULD HAVE DONE JUST FINE WITHOUT BEING IN ANY ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS. Suki and Sokka are the only valid canon couple in that show (I’m exaggerating, but you know what I mean).

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    1. YES. It’s amazing how morally complex it is compared to not only other kids’ shows but just shows in general. And ZUKO’S REDEMPTION ARC. HOW IS IT SO GOOD??? I was kind of blown away. I’m still in shock about how good it was.
      I am so glad that you agree with me about the romance thing! It’s true.
      Thank you so much for commenting and flailing about Zuko with me!

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  2. Well, when I saw you talk about “The World”, I thought of the newest world I have come into this.

    Shades of Magic series: visualize it as this: think of London, but separate into four different Londons. Black (which doesn’t exist anymore), Red (where magic thrives), White and Grey London. Fire, Wind, Water, and Earth are four of the magical elements in this world. However if you are an Antari (this is probably going to sound weird)- they also have the power of Blood Magic. Kell is an Antari, one of the last Antari: Antari have the ability to travel between the Londons- all of them have two eyes of different colors. Kell has this incredible coat: basically a coat with coats hidden inside.

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      1. I did recently fell in love with the series.

        The characters are kinda of mysterious and shady in a way. I believe this series is character-driven. Yes, the blood magic is weird. However, there is just something about Kell and his world that drove me into the series.

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  3. YES TO ALL OF THESE. Love this show so very very VERY much.

    And I didn’t expect to? Like, at all? It didn’t look like my thing? But after 5+ years of close and trustworthy friends (who wouldn’t steer me wrong) telling me it was worth it for Zuko alone, I finally watched it. And was totally in love. My friends were right about Zuko. My siblings and I discussed practically nothing else for the entirety of summer 2019.

    It’s even better on a re-watch. The continuity of the world-building and the character details and just EVERYTHING is so complete and exact, it boggles me brain.

    Also turtle ducks. ❤

    (But the romances = the Achilles' Heel of this show. Particularly, y'know, the one that involves the protagonist. Bothers me very much.)

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    1. Yay! Same here. People were recommending it to me for a while, people whose opinions I respected, but I just wasn’t seeing what it was that made the show so great, and then I watched it and was so surprised by how much I fell in love with it.
      I definitely look forward to watching it again someday. 🙂
      I love turtle ducks so much.
      (I know! The romances are bothersome. Especially the protagonist’s. I am glad you agree.)
      Thanks so much for your thoughts!

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  4. oKAY OKAY. I WILL WATCH IT. I GIVE UP. (I am speaking to fate, not you.)
    Normally when I ask myself, “should I watch this weird animated kids’ show that sounds like the most overrated thing in the history of the universe?” (I ask myself this specific question a lot, y’know), I answer, “Nah.” But you’re the fourth person whose taste in stories I actually rather trust who has recently mentioned their UNDYING LOVE for Avatar: The Last Airbender. So??? Clearly there’s something here???
    And I must admit, THE TURTLE DUCK. ❤ ❤ ❤ And the pig rooster. I need to see this.
    And, you know, the redemption arc.
    And the music. (That secret tunnel song clip. XD That was great.)
    And humor/drama balance! It is SO true that a joke here and there makes the sad stuff WAY MORE REAL AND POIGNANT (because that's what humans do, joke around about literally everything), and more writers of dialogue would be well-served if they remembered that. Also, I've discovered that my favorite kind of stories are serious ones that deal with heavy stuff but are full of humor. So yes.
    And the HUGS. Haha! I don't understand why hugs aren't more prevalent in literature! My sister and I spend 98% of our human interaction trying to get out of hugging people. People hug the people they like ALL THE TIME. (Except for my sister and I. But we're an exception, is what I'm saying.)
    (Kids falling in love is so weird. I wish stories wouldn't do that ever.)

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    1. Haha, I really enjoyed reading your thoughts! I relate to that hesitancy about overrated things. It’s like if something is overrated I want to avoid it and dislike it on principle…but sometimes, well, people love things for a reason. Weird, right? Some of the overrated things are actually GOOD. Even if they’re not as good as everyone says they are. And sometimes they ARE as good as everyone says they are…which is even more bizarre.
      I still get bothered by the overratedness of things. I don’t think that Avatar: The Last Airbender is THE GREATEST THING EVER. But…at the same time…ahem…
      SECRET TUNNEL.
      Okay.
      I get that there are people who don’t like hugs much, and I try to respect those people’s personal space. I have a few of them in my life. But, yeah, most people do way more hugs than I see in stories.
      I know! WHY. The kids falling in love thing is kind of the worst thing about Avatar. And about a lot of things.
      I hope you enjoy Avatar if you end up watching it! But if you find it disappointing, I hope you won’t think less of this sponge for agreeing with the masses. I think I’ve talked with you about the whole insecurity about liking things that other people like, so I know you understand.

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      1. Yeah! A lot of things become overrated BECAUSE they’re good (although some things are overrated and not even good and that just adds a whole other layer of confusion for me), and then it’s sad for the people who encounter it late, because they probably would have enjoyed it more if they hadn’t been constantly told how GREAT it was. For this reason I’m forever grateful I saw Frozen before it became so overhyped.
        Yup, haha, that is bizarre. Not sure why. I guess I don’t trust the majority to have good taste? That’s rather cynical.

        Thank you. I hope I’ll like it too. And I will definitely not think less of my favorite sponge (no offense, kitchen sponge, but you’re not a Story Sponge, you see) even if I don’t. Sometimes being your own person means being on the side of the majority…like, every now and then. Not TOO often. 😛

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      2. Indeed, it is all rather confusing. Probably because we tend to overthink it most of the time…. (Me? Overthink things? NOOO.)
        I know! I felt that way about Frozen as well, though the hype certainly dampened my love for it for a little while. Fortunately I was able to get over that and I like it again. It is rather unfortunate that being told how great something is can actually make you like it less, because it’s not like I don’t want people to recommend things to be and be excited about things that they love? I definitely relate to thinking that the taste of the masses isn’t usually good, which is why I feel weird when I agree with them…
        Ah, well, that’s a relief. I would definitely like to hear your thoughts about it once you watch it, even if they are negative!

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  5. Ooh, the hugs sound SO GREAT. I’m all for the platonic hugs. ❤️
    I’ve heard so much about this show. I might have to watch it now. You’ve done a great job of piquing my interest. 😃

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