The Legend of Korra Series Finale Review: New Beginnings

The Legend of Korra S04E12 and S04E13: "Day of the Colossus" and "The Last Stand"

To say that The Legend of Korra had a rocky life is perhaps a bit of an understatement. Originally commissioned as a standalone miniseries, Nickelodeon decided to order two and then three more seasons. Long breaks between seasons weren't on the docket, so Book 2 was rushed out, half of it shoddily animated by a different studio from Book 1, with episodes often being completed just before they aired on TV. Then Book 3 was plopped on the schedule with zero promotion and wasn't available online (legally) only to be yanked off TV as it entered its home stretch and made available only online, something that was supposedly planned all along. Book 4 premiered not long after Book 3 wrapped up, but only only online. Then, as it entered its home stretch, Nickelodeon decided to put it back on TV because who knows what they're drinking over there. Book 4 was also the victim of budget cuts that would've forced the shows' creators to either layoff employees or do a clip show episode. They chose to do the clip show.

I recount all of this madness to remind all of us that Korra likely shouldn't have been as good as it was given everything that the show's teams had to experience, but that it likely could've been better at times as well had the show not been under such intense production pressure. Aesthetically, it's a small wonder that Books 3 and 4 looked as good as they given how painful Book 2 often looked, and that kind of a rebound is to be commended. Structurally, Book 1 ended up feeling like a stand alone novel while Books 2, 3, and 4 comprised their own trilogy. It may be why Book 1 remains my favorite of all the seasons.

But Book 4 is my second favorite, and in it's no small due to this final pair of episodes. Yes, there were other good episodes in Book 4—"Korra Alone" should immediately spring to mind for all of us—but there's clearly an "All right, let's do this." attitude running through both "Day of the Colossus" and "The Last Stand," a sort of no-holds barred, pulling no punches action extravaganza that reminded me of the action sequences I enjoyed a great deal in Book 1 but that the show never really found again until around the end of Book 3 and especially here, in the series finale.

We thankfully avoided the Giant Blue Spirit Korra versus Platinum Mecha battle that I fretted a little bit last week, and instead we treated to a two-part battle against the mecha that ran the gamut from intricate plans with paints and wires to "LET'S SEE IF DROPPING HALF A BUILDING ON IT THE THING WILL STOP IT." There was an inordinate amount of destruction, and I really hope that Wu's group of citizens were the only ones left in Republic City, otherwise we're looking at Man of Steel-level causalities here considering all the buildings that were demolished in the battle. 

Ultimately, it was nice seeing everyone work together as a team. Meelo's idea about the paint-filled balloons? Terrific, and so very Meelo. All the new airbenders got to show off their training as they tried to knock over the mecha with gusts of wind after Bolin tried to unsteady it with lavabending. Varrick and Zhu Li took down some mecha suits and EMP. Siblings got to team up inside the mecha with Lin and Su taking out the cannon arm and Mako and Bolin working together to try and destroy the engine before the show half-heartedly teased a noble sacrifice from Mako. The show even paid off that brief subplot of Asami and her father reconciling as he helped bring the hummingbird suits up to snuff and then sacrificed himself for the sake of the mission.

We also got, thankfully, a proper battle between Korra and Kuvira. I loved the decision to stage it in a contained space to set it apart from their duel in the field at Zaofu. With Korra no longer weighed down by the poisons and her own self-doubt, she was entering the Avatar state as needed, though I don't think she ever actually used it against Kuvira. Their fight in the mecha's control room demonstrated the degree to which Kuvira was able to hold her own against Korra, thinking tactically with moves like using the liquid metal controls or the metal plate to throw off a potential knock out blast of airbending. Korra may have had the raw power, but Kuvira strategy, and so it was nice to see all that collide.

So, yes, there was plenty of action, but there was also lots of good non-action stuff in the finale, too. Varrick and Zhu Li got engaged and then got married, and it was fantastic, and I say this as someone who has hated the show for making me like Varrick after all his amoral nonsense in Book 2 and how poorly he treated Zhu Li, but, hey, if she always imagined their engagement would involve squaring off against a giant robot, then who am I to stand in the way of true love? While I think more time with Hiroshi might've helped his death really land, my attachment to Asami sort of made up for that particular gap.

Even Wu was granted an opportunity to redeem his foppish ways by using badger moles to get people out of the city with singing. It was silly, yes, but it still sort of fit Wu's personality. I don't think that Wu had much of an arc to get to the point where he was smart enough to think up this evacuation plan and then decide to dissolve the monarchy of the Earth Kingdom, but this pair of episodes certainly made him look more mature and less like a clown.

So much of this season was about Korra coming to grips with herself, however, that this is where I was looking for a big payoff. I don't think I fully got it, but I'm still generally happy where things ended up for Korra's sense of self. I do not believe that Korra really learned anything from all the major opponents she squared off against over the course of the series—something that Toph had suggested during their time in the swamp—at least not in a way that she fully acknowledged.

We've discussed Korra's fight first, maybe ask questions later approach to problem-solving, and through her own trials, she finally realized that what was missing was that she needed to ask questions first and understand who she was fighting, that sense of compassion. Arguably, what drove all of Korra's Big Bads was a sense of compassion, albeit to an extreme, misguided place, and Korra was never really very interested in understanding that until after the fact, if at all. Seeing Kuvira as her mirrored self in the spirit portal finally drove home the idea that if only she had truly understood Kuvira—whose psychological motivations come a smidgen too late here, but at least it explained her very extreme reaction to Baatar Jr.'s desire to give up the fight—a lot of this might've been avoided. 

Korra actually sitting down to talk with Kuvira in the spirit world was a huge step for her. It was different from sitting down to talk to Zaheer in Book 3 in the spirit world as Zaheer was interested only in lecturing and stalling for time. Here, it was about relating to Kuvira, not coming down to her level but meeting her at it and acknowledging Kuvira as a person with an emotional inner-world and trying to find the similarities between the two of them. I had never much thought of Kuvira as a mirror of Korra since my concept of Kuvira largely hinged on how she melded different aspects of her villainous predecessors, but the conceit worked. While I still think that Korra's journey to this point hasn't been the smoothest from a writing and plotting standpoint across the entire series, Book 4 is easily the soundest installment in this regard, and I'm very grateful for it.

So. Was there anything else we needed to talk about from the finale before some closing thoughts...?

I've long declared my general disinterest in 'shipping as a primary way to engage a show. Yes, I have couples I like and am invested in, and I will whine and moan when I feel like a show hasn't done anything to really make me see why two people should be together. This had long been my stance regarding the Korra-Mako-Asami triangle since I never really got why either of them were interested in Mako aside from the fact that he's the only single dude around who wasn't Bolin. And while I've also maintained through this season that I have not only loved Korra and Asami's friendship, I never really considered the idea them being a couple, let the show doing this, and really let alone having it be the final character moment of the finale.

I can understand resistance to the idea that Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are declaring that Korra and Asami are starting a relationship together, but I just don't think the episode really supports that resistance and it is, in fact, declaring Korra and Asami as a couple. Consider the fact that Mako's conversation with Korra is "I want you to know that I'll follow you into battle no matter how crazy things get. I've got your back, and I always will." He's not declaring his love for Korra, or even Asami. It's actually the clearest Mako's ever been about his feelings ever by saying what he wants to be is the Robin to Korra's Batman. 

Then there's Asami and Korra talking by themselves, neither ready to go back to the celebration. That entire conversation is leading up to a kiss and/or confession of feelings between the two of them we would never ever get on a kid-targeted animated series. (Adventure Time has a similar lack of explicitness—and general confusion—regarding Princess Bubblegum and Marceline.) The most we can get is the hand holding and the meaningful stare as the spirit portal's light swirl around them. If you replace Asami with a male character, not only is there not any ambiguity about the intention of the scene, but there's not any need for ambiguity either, since a kiss would've gotten through standards and practices in that context.  So I was giddy about this, not only as someone who really loved the relationship between these two and found myself thinking, "Yes. I like this development" but that the show chose to (almost) end itself with that image. It's a bold, progressive closing note that I hope other shows that target a child and teen demographic take note of.

The Legend of Korra was the very first show I wrote about for TV.com, a wrap-up post that Jen suggested when she and I first discussed me joining the site. As a result, the show has a degree of freelancer sentiment attached to it for me, and due to that, it will always be a little bit special to me.

It doesn't mean I'm blind to its faults, as I'm sure my frustrations with Book 2 proved. Korra could be a maddening show sometimes, especially as it seemed like Korra herself never really grew all that much until Book 4. The show's attempts at romance were never very convincing—THOUGH NOW WE KNOW WHY—and its Big Bads were arguably unevenly executed. Some folks didn't care for the technological advancements, and some just didn't care for Korra as a character.

The show's unsteady development of Korra aside, I liked Korra. She was cocky and impulsive and repeatedly fell victim to her own insecurities and faults. Like Aang, she often didn't know what to do and would run from the issue before finding what she needed to pull her together to get the job done. She wasn't perfect, and that was the point. She had to grow up and struggle to living the shadow of the only Avatar people could remember whereas most people in Aang's day likely couldn't even remember Avatar Roku and thus couldn't compare the two. She represented the weight and burdens of a generational transition that, frankly, no one had (or could) prepare her for. And those were the challenges she faced, and that's what Korra was about. It was a coming of age story for a character in a world that itself was coming of age. Both Korra and the world around her were trying to figure themselves out, creating all the conflicts across the series.

I don't know what Korra's "legacy" will be, and I won't try to predict it. What I do know is that I will miss it, and this universe.



LEAVES ON THE WIND

– Since we got to see a lot more of it, I really loved the design of the giant mecha, and how it was pretty seamlessly integrated into the look of the show. 

– My one very big gripe about Book 4? Not nearly enough Tenzin. Korra and Tenzin's relationship has really been settled at the end of Book 2, and the series never found more of them to really do, and I am forever sad about that. Apart from Asami and Korra, Tenzin and Korra was my favorite relationship on the show.

– Tahno of the Wolfbats as a trombone player!! He showed up last week in a quick scene during the evacuation order, but now he's playing the trombone. I'm glad his hair is all better.

– Varrick was raised on a farm and taken by circus people. OKAY THEN.

– "I'm just so happy you're here now. I don't think I could've handled losing you and my father in the same day." Seriously. They're a couple, folks.


What did you think of the series finale of The Legend of Korra? What about the show as a whole?


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Dec 25, 2014
gah, reading your comments, you're all such babies. Get over yourselves, if you we're the people who would write the finale, it'll probably suck a lot more than how you think this finale sucked, and I mean a lot.
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Dec 25, 2014
Totally unnecessary. If they spent more time on character development and actual story-lines instead of forced couplings (deska x bolin, korra x mako, asami x mako etc. etc.) for the sake of romance and being 'progressive' (why not just have mako and bolin be a couple next or maybe bolin and pabu - now that's progressive! & sarcasm btw) it could have been a great show. As it is Book 1 is the only one worth watching unfortunately...and Beginnings pt 1 and 2.
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Dec 24, 2014
Thanks for all the reviews down the years, Noel!

It's been a bumpy ride for fans and reviewers of the show, too, and your insights have been appreciated. I didn't always agree with you, but I always respected where you were coming from and that you were taking your job reviewing a not-so-much-for-the-kids show seriously.

Best wishes for the Holidays, and in all your future endeavours!
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Dec 23, 2014

I will be the first to say that I was wrong. Although Studio Mir was too just a few days ago.

"its truly nice to see a show that ends by showing the most important thing to hold on to in life isn't true love, but rather true friendship."

So, either the ones actually doing the animation were ignorant of what they were animating, or it was a post hoc invention similar to J.K. Rowling's "revelation" that Dumbledore was gay.

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Dec 23, 2014
Thanks for stating and defending your opinion these past few days and not being hateful.

FWIW: My reaction on the Dumbledore thing was like, "So?" :-) If it's not supported by any actions or even subtext in the literature/films, there's nothing for fans to engage with over it.

For Korra, many did pick up on a subtle chemistry, side glances, lingering smiles, soft touches, even dialog. If the creators had instead said "they're just friends" or ended with Makorra there would have been outcries of "gay baiting" (a trick to grab more audience who think that LGBT,etc. will get on-screen representation).

Also FWIW: I used to be horrible about spotting pregnant characters. (Other: "OMG! She's pregnant!" Me:"Wha--How do you know?" Other:"Oh, come on, it's obvious!" ...and then inevitably there's a big *dun-dun-dunnnn!* moment where the character announces it.)
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Dec 23, 2014
Korrasami is canon. Confirmed on Bryan Konietzko's tumblr.

(Not that anyone is reading this article any more...) (Except you.) :-)
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Dec 23, 2014
I ended up not watching TLoK's ending on Friday, so I saved and watched it today. And that's why I just read this review today.

I found Bryan's post through the comment of an Youtube's user and was about to post it here when I saw your comment.

"Korrasami is canon." I'm really glad it's official, and people should stop trying so hard to deny Korra and Asami had romantic feelings for each other.

Not saying people are doing this out of prejudice, but two women who went through what they went through, becoming close friends and falling in love isn't - nor should be - something weird/odd/hard to believe.

The show supported this and after looking back at some of the scenes of both Korra and Asami, it was clear. And I hope more writers and shows get the courage to explore romantic relationships that don't conform with the "classic" male-female dynamic.
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Dec 22, 2014
This was soooo dumb. Made no sense w/in the context of the show. Making 2 formally heterosexual character's in love with each other randomly (and yes, RANDOMLY). One comment about a new hairstyle and quick blush makes true love not.

This just felt so forced and tacked on. The ending was romantic. It just didn't need to be. Why do strong female characters, great friends, need to be gay? It's insulting imo. How about all 4 of team avatar take a vacay together? That would have made much more sense. Lost all respect for these attention hounding creators and ppl need to stop praising this idiocy. Closing shot of the entire series???? Really???
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Dec 23, 2014
The Legend of Korra was a really good show, Avatar the Last Airbender was much better though. Unfortunately, there are still questions that weren't answered from Avatar in The Legend of Korra. I liked how Varrick and Zhu Li got married.The finale was great but they ruined it with the ending. There was no need to make Korra and Asami gay. Unfortunately, they made the strong females gay. It was fine that they were going on vacation with each other but they made it gay. The ending was so strange. I can't look at the show the same.
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Dec 23, 2014
Thank you!! finally someone who says the exact same thing i'm thinking. All over the internet ppl are like "OMG BEST FINALE EVER!! SOOO SHIPPING KORRASAMI" and i'm like....really? got nothing against lesbians, i am bisexual, but this was sooo out of the blue and made no sense at all. Way to ruin a great show with a lame crazy ending,
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Dec 22, 2014
Thanks to the late introduction to the amazing world of the Avatar (started watching ATLA a year ago) I never really held the original in such a high regard as some do. Don't get me wrong, it's awesome, it's fun and it has Zuko, probably my favorite cartoon character of all time. But on the other hand it has Aang and Katara who started out interesting and arguably the two most important characters and then they just basically got lost in the shadow of Zuko, then Sokka and then Toph. With this I don't mean that the characters were bad, it's just that Zuko, Toph and Sokka all got better as time went by as opposed to Aang and Katara that started as fine and just stayed at that level...

To drive the point home, the best episodes of ATLA for me was the one where Zuko was all alone, the one where Zuko and Sokka attempt to save Sokka's father from the Fire Nation's prison and the one where Sokka has an existential crisis over not being able to bend and then crafts himself a sword from a meteorite. None of my favorite episodes star Aang or Katara (though the Zuko & Katara searching for Katara's mother's killer episode was quite awesome).

But to Legend of Korra. The point of that long ass "prologue" was the fact that.. I genuinely enjoyed Legend of Korra more than I enjoyed ATLA. It's not that Legend of Korra didn't have flaws or anything or that it was perfect. And I am well aware that I'm in the minority here.

Thanks for your reviews Noel! I will miss them almost as much as I'll miss the show! You make fantastic points in each and everyone of your reviews!
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Dec 22, 2014
Sorry to seethe Show end, felt like it came out of nowhere. Sorry to see these reviews end as well. Great work. Wish there was more closure, but we get what we get. It was a fun ride. I will miss the Avatar Universe.
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Dec 22, 2014
Thank you Noel for all the reviews. Since Book 1 Day 1.

Its been a great and fantastic ride.
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Dec 22, 2014
Dafaqqqq.. This was SERIES FINALE? I got totally blind sided and had no idea that it indeed was.. but sad to see the show end !! The end felt abrupt and rather a hurried wrap-up than an actual series ending. I actually came here to look for a return date after the hiatus.. lol.. still cant believe it
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Dec 22, 2014
Spoiler alert! The only one thing that I wanted to see was the spirit energy bending. I thought it would never happen but it finally did.
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Dec 22, 2014
I've taken a lot of time to think about it and this is how I see this latest book. It was bad. Like easily the worst season of all 7 Avatar series'. What were they thinking? Kuvira was far too weak to be considered a threat for the Avatar. Korra didn't even need the Avatar state to beat her. She just needed to get over her PTSD.

This season was also pointless in the grand scheme of things. Season 3 was important because it helped abolish the monachy that oppressed the Earth Kingdon and helped the Avatar realise her mortality. Season 2 was important because it reunited the world with spirits and help the Avatar understand her origins. Season 1 was important because it removed the corruption that was plaguing Republic City and helped the Avatar become the Avatar. Season 4 helped her get over her PTSD sort of but it didn't really help the Earth Kingdom. Why was it called balance as well? What about the series was balanced? Now there's another spirit portal so 3 is balanced? The Avatar has a mental balance? Nope I'm just not seeing it.

The final battle was weak too. Anyone who disagrees is forgetting the battle in the Air book. That one showed armies battling. Planes, mechs and ships all attaching each other. This one showed the Republic army being destroyed in a matter of seconds and then Kuvira's one platoon she brought with her being taken out in seconds as well by an EMP. No action at all. Where was Kuvira's entire army? Where was the White Lotus? The Water and Fire nations didn't want to fight which is fine but they aren't the only other choices. Also are people okay having the air nomads fighting? They are meant to be a peaceful people. Maybe they should have been the ones to not get involved.

It's one thing to say what was wrong with a series but another to say how they should have fixed it. First, this series should not have focused on the Earth Kingdon so much. The third book was all about the Earth Kingdom and the birth of the Air Nomads. This book should have focused on the balance of the 5 countries. The Avatar is left with a republic that is trying to expand out due to the spirit vine issue but the Earth Kingdom is in disarray because the Monachy has fallen and it is every man for themselves. This has left the Republic to deal with a large amount of refugees. The Fire Nation can't handle the amount of fleeing Earth Kingdom people so they take military action against them. The trade companies are all messed up with the Earth Kingdom no longer making their share and the Water Tribes are left with people starving. Only the Avatar can help bring balance to the world. But to do so she is going to need to get over her trauma, reunite with the past Avatars and become the icon of hope that the Avatar is meant to stand for.
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Dec 22, 2014
Yes this season felt rushed & it sucked. Easily the worst season. And taht's sayings oemthing after saeaosn 2!
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Dec 22, 2014
Great post. Totally agree. I think the reason for all of your very valid points is the smaller budget. Since they barely got this out the door, your story concept, which is very interesting, would have taken them a lot more money, which Nickelodeon wasn't ready to fork out.
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Dec 21, 2014
I agree about the fact that season one was the best of the four and that season 4 was second one. But I was disappointed by the overall.
Ok the 1st season was correct but 2 and 3 and the 1st half of 4 were not so good. But at least it finished on a good note with the end of season 4.
The last airbender was a lot better.
And I never saw Korra and Asami as a couple, as very good and closed friends ok but not more. It is not because the were hand to hand in the end that they love each other. I think Korra could be more interested in Makko with the look she had when he said "I'll follow you...always".
Anyway I won't really missed it.
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Dec 23, 2014
season 3 was not that bad. Yeah they did take too long to get the red lotus team fighting team avatar, but for the most part the season got the right mix of character development, decent plot to a degree and another worthy villain since amon. As much as i liked season 1, they sacrificed the characters for the sake of the plot. The main issue with season 4 were the forced reform of kuvira and how they made her into a one dimensional dictator. She started off well as in peace thru strength, but then they had to add in the prison camps and ethnic purging.. Etc. it just got too much. I mean if people had to choose her over a fool like prince wu, i'd pick the dictator. Not exactly Leaving much of a grey line.
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Dec 21, 2014
I missed the "elders", Katara, Zuko and Toph should be involved in this end-of-the world affair, despite Toph saying that her back hurts. Also, where were the fire nation? Just general Iroh's army seems too little for a danger this global, there has been very Little fire nation in LoK IMO.
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Dec 23, 2014
I agree, i was hoping for a bigger involvement with the other characters from over the past seasons. Gen iroh did nothing after season 1 which was disappointing. I also wanted the original team avatar with katara, zuko, and toph together at the very least. I mean yeah toph got her moments and zuko did fight the red lotus at the ice prison, but why not together for support and have chats during the fight? Budget or not, i think they missed a few good opportunities that could've made the ending much better.
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Dec 21, 2014
I've finally found the words I was looking for: Korra was literally telling you everything - word by word. And with this, it lacks all the actual emotions, the core and key to real empathy.
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Dec 21, 2014
Other than the Deus ex machina twist at the end of the first season (which I can almost excuse because at that point it was intended to be the end of a standalone mini-series) and the uneven, often plodding season two, I think Korra generally lived up to the remarkably high bar set by Avatar.

I think this finale was a solid ending to, on balance, a great show. The action, the character moments, and the continued willingness to advance and change the world, all worked well.

Sorry to see this universe leaving the air, hope it continues in comics at least.

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Dec 21, 2014
Solid ending? Where?
Kuvira is suddenly sorry, because she was beaten? Korra literally telling what to think of the show?
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Dec 21, 2014
After thinking about it for a while and after having the series end the way it did, I'm no longer convinced Nickelodeon was the bad guy in this or responsible for the dismal series that was Korra. I'm much more inclined to think that it was the hubris of the showrunners, as evidenced by several controversial decisions they made throughout the course of the series, topped off by the "progressive" virtually-out-of-left-field note they decided to end it on.
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Dec 22, 2014
Yes this was soooo dumb,. Made no sense w/in the context of the show. Making 2 formally heterosexual character's in love with each other randomly (and yes, RANDOMLY). One comment about a new hairstyle and quick blush makes true love not.

This just felt so forced and tacked on. The ending was romantic. It just didn't need to be. Why do strong female characters, great friends, need to be gay? It's insulting imo. How about all 4 of team avatar take a vacay together? Thatw ould have made much more sense. Lost all respect for these attention hounding creators and ppl need to stop praising this idiocy. Closing shot of the entire series???? Really???
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Dec 21, 2014
Sad to see the series end. Hopefully they do something other than just comics from here on out. Wondered why they went with a sort of Steam Punk scifi story instead of the spiritual/mystical that the original Avatar series as well as the first seasons of this show went with? Was hoping we get another Aang series as that seems way more popular even years later. There were so many loose ends that needed to be tied up (like what happened to Zuko's mother) but other than comics I guess we'll never find out. What's on tap for the creators now? What has Nick got to replace it with? Hopefully something actually shown on broadcast television. I considered the online only a slight from the network though the show runners played it down. Here's hopin'...
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Dec 21, 2014
The fact that the showrunners decided that the final shot of the entire avatar franchise should be Korrasami fanservice, when the audience has seen little to no chemistry between them on screen, is maddening. Asami isn't even a memorable character, she's basically Suki from ATLA! Just because you want your show to be progressive doesn't mean you have to neglect everything else about your show

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Dec 22, 2014
I concur. Maddening indeed.
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Dec 21, 2014
I think they actually built up to it until a few episodes ago when the fighting with Kuvira's army started. You know, as much as you can build up to a homosexual couple on animated television in the United States.
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Dec 23, 2014
They clearly dropped the ball with trying to get mako hooked up with one of the ladies. I also agree that the line about korra keeping in contact with asami instead of anyone else was sorta another hint that they had a pretty good relationship. Now on if it was enough of a leap to make them a couple, that i guess can be up to the viewers. But i think they could've tried other couples before just getting korsami and end it there. What about gen iroh? He was just largely forgotten after a really great season 1 appearance. Couldn't either one ended up with him? The show is as bad on relationships as it is villains, namely kuvira and unaloq.
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Dec 21, 2014
It wasn't on TV for a long time...
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Dec 23, 2014
Wow, really? That's what you take from that sentence? What would you name it? "Animated show"?
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Dec 21, 2014
It felt rushed. But rushed is far better than nothing.
To bad this was probably the last thing we see from this universe. It had one of the most memerable characters, brave heroes and powerfull villains. It was good to be a kid, once again, for 30 minutes a week.
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Dec 20, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed the finale. So much action that legit had me at the edge of my couch clutching a pillow. That being said.....F*ck you Nickelodeon, I still hate you for taking this show away.

Anyways, the Korra and Asami ending was one thing I didn't like so much and not for the reasons one might think. I'm someone who see's the banning of gay marriage as unconstitutional and am totally for gay tv couples when I actually care about them, (note: there are also plenty of straight tv couples I don't care nothing about either, i.e Elena and Stefan). I'm also someone who read the Percy Jackson series and LOVED when it was revealed that Nico was gay and when he finally find his boo in the last book I was elated and fully intend on stalking Rick Riordan until we get the Nico and Will short story about their budding romance we deserve. My reasons for not liking the Korrasami ship were:

1. I never really liked Asami, I always found her kind of bland and boring. That's just me and I will admit that I tend to hate pretty much every female character on every show I watch, because I find them stupid and annoying, so you can make of that what you will. That includes Korra herself since for most of the shows run she was a whiny brat that was being a b*tch to everybody for reasons I still don't understand. That being said, I never really felt much connection to Asami and kept wishing she'd go away and for that reason any relationship Asami enters into is automatically in the "I don't care" pile.

2. The whole "they're a couple now" came outta left field for me. The writers never really laid the groundwork for them to be lesbians/bi. In 4 seasons, what indication of this did we get before this? The writer's kinda just had them wake up one day and now they're lesbians/bi, which is not realistic and kinda unfair to the homosexual relationship. You don't just decide you're now attraced to females on a whim, which is how it was laid out in Korra.
A. Korra was writing only to Asami in her absense. That alone does not indicate romantic feelings. I myself don't communicate with family and friends sometimes for 3-6 months (this is not a joke. I haven't spoke to my mom, sisters, or brothers in close to a year. Not because I don't love them but because it takes energy and effort I don't feel like exerting because family is annoying and full of drama) and during that time the only person I stay in contact with is my best friend. As someone who consistently ignores every one but my best friend, I find the fact that Korra did this perfectly normal and not indicative of romantic feelings. Sometimes you dont wanna talk to anybody but you're bff because talking to anybody else is an annoying nuisance you don't feel like being bothered with. As I said, I do this ALL THE TIME, that doesn't mean I'm in love with my BFF, it means everyone else is annoying. In the same way, the fact that Korra only communicated with Asami, her BFF, is not enough to indicate romance. Lots of people communicate more with their close friends than they do with anyone else.
B. They had this conversation at the end in which Asami stated she didn't want to lose Korra, (that statement alone is not enough to indicate romantic feelings. That statement could have been said by Mako, Bolin, Tenzin, etc and would not have indicated anything more than they care about her and don't want her to die.) Asami not wanting Korra to die is not enough to indicate she's in love with her, I'm sure Asami didn't want Mako or Bolin to die either, doesn't mean she was in love with them. Korra then said let's go on a girls only vacation, (that also is not enough to indicate romantic feelings. Girls do this all the time just because). They held hands (holding hands between female friends is widely accepted as "not always gay", women touch each other, whether holding hands or kissing another female, for females that behavior is not always seen as gay.) For that reason, holding hands is not enough to say two women are in love with each other.

Please, don't misunderstand. I am not trying to deny what happened at the end. I'm not saying that Korra and Asami are not a couple now. They are. It's clear that's what the writers did. (I've read other comments below that state Asami had just lost a father and was now headed into the spirit world, a place she had never been and thus it makes sense that they would hold hands as one friend comforting another who just saw her father killed in front of her. And that is a very valid point. Hand holding is not uncommon between two friends, especially when providing comfort. That being said, I do believe this was a Korrasami ship). What I'm saying is they laid no groundwork for this and thus it feels like a random component they threw in just to do it. 4 seasons and really nothing to indicate attraction. This whole season alone they were shown on screen together like what, 3 times? And in those scenes there was not indiction of attraction. For this to feel more genuine, we should have had more scenes between Korra and Asami, scenes with them flirting, blushing, hands accidentally brushing, more scenes with them just sitting and talking, perhaps one leaning on the other, them hugging just a little too long, glances at each other that lasted a little too long etc. Pretty much everything they did with Korra and Mako, should have been done with Korra and Asami. We got none of this. Literally, all the writers did was say "Korra only wrote to Asami in her 3 year absense" aaaaaand now they're a couple and we're supposed to use that information alone to deduce that they were in love and that's why they're a couple now. For that reason, I didn't like it. I prefer when there is a build up to characters entering a relationship, when we can see over the course of time that they are attracted to each other because then I'm more inclined to care, I've had time to become invested in their potential relationship. With this the writers just slapped it into the finale and called it a day. If they were gonna go with the Korrasami ship, which they clearly did, they should have done more to lay the foundation instead of making it a last ditch thing, which for me, is how it came across.
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Dec 21, 2014
I'm not that a big a Korrasami shipper (I don't mind that they did it, but wouldn't have complained if they didn't), but I would like to point out a couple of things
1) Development of the relationship between the two began in book 3, look back
2) It's not just that Korra wrote only to her, it's the fact that during a time where she was suffering, she would write to Asami over her other friends and family. It's a bit different if you're away working or just enjoying yourself.
3) Asami had just suffered a great tragedy in the loss of her father, and Korra (as far as we see) is the one that offers comfort to her.

It's still open to interpretation, it's not like they kissed (I doubt Nick would let them to be honest).
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Dec 21, 2014
1. I can't remember anything between Korra and Asami in book 3 and nothing sticks out as "they might be attracted to each other" but that's mostly because as I said, my memory is trash. Can you give some examples?

2. The fact that Korra wrote to Asami over her other friends and family is not uncommon. I myself have not spoken to my mom, brothers, sisters, and numerous other friends in a good 8 months. But my BFF? I was just on the phone with her last week for 3 hrs. I consistently don't communicate with friends and family whilst only maintaining communication with my BFF. I do exactly what Korra did, and I do it regularly. Does this then mean that I am in love with my BFF? It is not uncommon for people to value a particular friendship over their relationship with family and other friends. I have another friend, named Stephen, who calls his best friend his brother and just refers to his blood brother by his name because he values his friends with his bff over his relationship with his blood brother. Not because he and his blood brother hate each other, but because the connection he feels with his bff is stronger than the one he feels with his blood brother. Again, it is not uncommon for people to find a friendship they value over family and other friends.

3. We don't know that no one else comforted Asami, Korra comforting her is the only one the writers saw fit to show, so that also is not enough for me.

I still feel there just wasn't enough groundwork. In season 1 we were shown scenes of Korra staring longingly at Mako. We saw scenes of their hands accidentally brushing and them blushing, we saw the awkwardness between, we saw the buildup to the finale when they finally kissed. The writers should have done the same with Korra and Asami, instead they just threw it in there, which isn't fair because if they want to be the advocates of same sex relationships that it appears they want to be, then they should have put just as much effort into Korra and Asami as they did Korra and Mako.
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Dec 21, 2014
It doesn't have to be immediately romance, it's a friendship that blossoms into something more (also a case of absence makes the heart grow fonder) which is why I reference any moment with Korra and Asami in book 3, and there are a number of them.

As I said before, it's not just that she opened her heart out only to Asami, is that she did it during a period of great suffering...

And we did see that blushing moment in reunion

As I said, I don't really care about the Korra/Asami relationship. (One way or the other)
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Dec 21, 2014
Apparently, you cannot edit comments...

for the people looking for the tl:dr, just read the last sentence, it sums the whole thing up nicely, not to mention expose what I think really happened.

As the article above stated, Korra has been doing poorly by standards.

Compare Last Airbender (1) average viewers to those of Korra (2), notice how the premiere, not even the average, but the premiere of Season 3 for Korra was not even half of the average number of people watching Last Airbender in its entirety?

1 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar:_The_Last_Airbender#Reception
2 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Korra#Reception

What better way to bring those numbers back up then to make it controversial? I guarantee that the viewers for season 4 are going to skyrocket based off of this episode alone, who's to say that wasn't their intention all along? And we all know they needed those views too...
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Dec 21, 2014
Maybe, but book 4 was already in animation when book 3 came out, it would have to be book 2 ratings that drove it
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Dec 21, 2014
I literally created this account to say thank you for being one of the few rational voices on the Away team of this argument. I wholeheartedly agree with you and you put into words what i couldn't. Thanks again!
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Dec 20, 2014
I felt like the last three book were rushed yes the was budget issues l, but what a tremendous job the creators did in a short amount of time the series should have been longer. I seemed likes they told a long story in a shortened amount of time that what I was disappointed about, but as a whole the series was one of my all time favorite it reminded me of Dragon Ball and that's what made me enjoy even more. I hope this universe doesn't come to an end like DB and DBZ. To me there was alot of prequel and sequel stories to be told as I watch this show, but if it truly comes to an end so be it. It will be one of my top show 50 years down the line.
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Dec 20, 2014
I like Korra and Asami together they are both strong, capable, young women with a heavy burden on their soulders.
Do I think they are a copule? Yes I do.
Am I extremely happy that Korra didn't end up with Mako? Hell yes.
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Dec 20, 2014
Overall I've give The Legend of Korra Series 8/10. I loved the characters especially Tenzin and Bolin and plus they gave us really good villains.

One line you missed is: "Can You Handle A Spirited Mob" "Not A Problem, I've Raised Meelo" or something like that.

I think Korra and Asami should have kissed

And Im gunna miss your reviews of this Noel
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Dec 20, 2014
it is really weird how different people interpret the same thing completely different.
to me there was no romantic relationship between korra and asami at all. the show clearly established them both as heterosexual, even as rivals for the same male. neither of them has even looked twice at any other female in the series, and just because they were holding hands at the end (females tend to have less reservations about physicality amongst friends then males) they are suddenly supposed to be closet lesbians or bi?!
if the authors really intended them to be romantically involved, then they did a horrible job at communicating a believable transition...
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Dec 21, 2014
I am not as convinced as you are of that point, I feel that just being an anime automatically means that hands clasped while staring at each other implies sexual relationship. However, you bring up a good point in defense of it.

But I am of (somewhat) the same mindset as you, I believe the authors did intend for it to be a romantic relationship and they did do a an awful job of making it happen. Of course, my opinion is that they did it to get views, I mean look at how poor Legend of Korra was doing prior to this episode... Makes sense why it wouldn't fit to me.
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Dec 20, 2014
I'm pretty sure Korra blushed and got all awkward when Asami started complimenting her hair...

And since people are sometimes attracted to both men and women, I'm not sure how the fact they were previously attracted to a dude is relevant?

I'm a lady. I have occasionally held hands with my friends. I have not held their hands while staring soulfully into their eyes as I contemplate my future, surrounded in glowing spiritual energy. This was THE image they chose to end the show on.
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Dec 22, 2014
the fact that they were attracted to the opposite sex is in so far relevant as that it is established canon in the show. we know they both like men. we do not know they like women as well.
so my point is that writers cannot just give hints at major changes to established characters in the last episode and expect people to buy it.
i see how one can interpret the images in a different way then i did. but to me it is still unacceptable as part of a realistic/believable evolution of those two characters...
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Dec 20, 2014
Although it was not as good as The last airbender (but to be fair nothing will ever be imo) I really enjoyed watching The legend of Korra. So just a few random thoughts I wanted to share: I love Tenzin, I thought he was an amazing character and he is an awesome airbender. I loved watching him.

Bolin was one of my favorite and his character really got better over the course of the last two books. Also is it weird that at the end of the series I became really attracted to Varick (yeah it is weird, felt it as I was writing it).

Finally I am not a shipper at all and I never saw the romantic chemistry between Korra and Asami, but as I was watching the finale, I was like yeah that makes sense I can get on that ship.

Anyway is it just me but I would have rather have 4 books of The last airbender and three of The legend of Korra...
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Dec 20, 2014
Honestly? Despite my great disappointment in this season, I really liked the finale. Not only was the action great, it actually covered some of the big problems I had with this show:

The characters tried to attack the same problem in multiple ways. So far, this show it was just "throw a random idea and it works" and obviously ignore all the obvious paths.

This episode?
We saw them trying to melt the feet, knock it over by tying the feet, blowing air at it, attempting to bend it, blind it with paints etc etc

That's how it's done folks. You can't ignore the various obvious paths to a solution - they don't have to work but the characters have to try them or at least suggest them.

The action itself was also pretty good, while I still hate the idea of the giant mecha, they at least did the best they could with it.

Then we get to the talk with Kuvira and Korra and frankly? My least favorite part of the episode. Kuvira was such a walking cliche, having abandoned orphan feeling added to it was too much.

Once we skip the the action and go into the finale, I was actually hoping that the wedding will have a bit more of past characters at least in the background. How about Zoku? Iroh? Toph? or at least the water bending twins?

It's not a big deal but it would have been nice (just put them in the background, they don't have to talk).

And for the final moment with Kora and Asami... Two problems I have with it. It's one of those wonderful moments to look at but instantly falls apart when think about it.

The first is that the entire world is about to have a major shift. The earth kingdom will turn into a democracy and Kuvira's army is being disbanding leaving a huge gap in power - isn't this *the* biggest time where the Avatar will be needed? Korra pretty much admitted it to Wu.

Second, I don't give a damn about the fact that Korra and Asami are of the same gender. I care more about the "where the bloody heck did this come from?" I would have said the same about Korra going to the spirit world with Bolin.

I guess there were some hints in the past but it didn't seem to go that way.
Surely, if they knew they were going to head this way into the finale, they could have tossed a LOT more hints about it in the clip show episode focusing on the love triangle, huh?


Still, overall, a very solid finale. I'm guessing based on all the mayhem in production that there is no way that we'll get a sequel. Fine with me.

P.S
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy to be wrong about my guess that Korra will take away Kuvira's bending.

:)
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Dec 21, 2014
Well put! I agree with the Korra and Asami thing, they did a pretty poor job of getting that across. I also like how you mention Kuvira is a walking cliche.... I don;t think the writers realized at the time that literally, 4-5 people in their cast had had far worse lives than Kuvira (try Mako, Bolin, etc.), prolly cuz they were so rushed to make it all come out on deadline.

Back to "Korrasami," I don't think it ruined the show for me, but the fact that is was the ending to the entire series is gonna leave a bad taste in my mouth for a very long time to come. Especially since it was prolly a financial/get-more-views move than anything.
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Dec 20, 2014
I've had my share of complaints about LOK. I was a diehard fan of TLA and i couldn't wait to jump back into the world of avatar. Initially I was disappointed by the differences in the 2 shows. It wasn't until I stopped thinking of LOK as a sequel to TLA that I really started to enjoy it.
TLA was in many ways a much simpler show. It had an awesome and funny world with quirky teen romance and a villain who was so stereotypically evil he could have been in vaudeville twirling his moustache. However there was very little personal or spiritual growth in Aang himself. From the beginning he was more or less ready to be the avatar and be a leader. All he needed was to learn some new skills and gain a little extra courage. It was an amazing and funny and fantastic show that I will treasure forever.
LOK on the other hand was a more difficult story. The characters are much more adult and consequently deal with much more adult issues of morality and right vs. wrong. Kora isn't a perfect little serving of morality and godlike power like Aang was. She is a complicated person who is still trying to find her own moral compass. Combine that with arguably more dangerous enemies who's motives exist in a moral grey area and you get a deeply philosophical narrative. Throughout the first 3 seasons Korra's growth is so slight as to be nearly nonexistent. She stumbles through life with no clear direction or conviction while using what seems to be subpar bending. However this isn't the same world as TLA. Almost no one bends as well as the characters did before and the world is turning away by and large from the spiritual. This makes for a thought provoking story about the nature of technological advancement versus adherence to traditions and spirituality. It wasn't until season 4 that we actually saw Korra grow from her experiences and become a full person. I feel that the LOK finale really brought together everything that had come before in a way I didn't think possible.
I loved both shows so much and really do hate to see the world go.
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Dec 21, 2014
This.

Especially the maturity, I liked LOK most for it's relatability to real life events.
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Dec 20, 2014
Well said. The moral compass search was acceptable before she connected to her past lifes; after, I could not really understand her hesitations any more.
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Dec 20, 2014
Wow Q1DM6 was nailing his rant to a church door in the middle ages it somehow ended up on the internet in 2014! Somebody alert the authorities!
Anyway don't know how to feel about Korra and Asami as a couple (and YES there is no doubt in my mind that they are together, bold move writers, bold move!). (I wept tears of joy when Mako and Korra weren't revealed to be back together though!) I don't know if I but them as a couple but I guess my main gripe is those strong female characters were amazing and they really didn't need no wo(man) I probably would have been perfectly happy if they had not paired off al la Elsa from Frozen...
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Dec 20, 2014
Great show. If you believe in God, then you must believe that he made a rich diverse world with thousands of different bugs, hundreds of different sogs,cats, and people. We have different religions, colors, shapes, sizes, some brings at into then role and some bring science. Diverse sexuality is just another gift that helps make the planet diverse and unique. We would never have gotten this far if we all believed , looked and acted the same way.
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Dec 23, 2014
Yes God made the world diverse and diversity is a good thing, but it was Adam and Eve in the bible not Adam and Steve. That's why only a man and a woman can have a baby.
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Dec 26, 2014
There is more in this world than procreation. Plenty of people can and do procreate. That's why he have clogged roads and soaring house prices and a lack of available jobs. So it actually helps society when a certain percentage of people will not procreate and can actually adopt those unwanted by the adam and eves in the world. God made Adam and steve to help support Adam and Eve. Very logical and efficient.
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Dec 20, 2014
There's nothing 'progressive' about immoral behavior. People cheer this kind of niche deviance because they have been brainwashed into thinking that it's acceptable. That they are somehow better people for condoning the warping of the very concept of proper interpersonal relationships.

Ancient Rome, ancient Greece, etc. had this same deviant behavior. It's nothing new. You aren't some special little snowflake by putting your stamp on it, and in the end, all you do is lower the standards of moral behavior in the world and society at large pays the price. The ideology of "anything goes" only creates situations in which all of us fail.
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Dec 20, 2014
loving someone is immoral? Ignorant people like you are only so against homosexuality because when you think about gay relationships the only thing you picture is sex. When did sex become the only thing that happens in a relationship, and why do you even care what people do in their own privacy as long as they aren't hurting others. People like you always have baseless arguments that either end with some quote from the bible or a bestiality comparison, which is just as ridiculous as the religion argument.
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Dec 21, 2014
Gays carry a vast array of disease related to sex. I'm far from "ignorant" about this. I work in health care, I'd know. Do you know WHY they carry so many? It's their predisposition toward promiscuity. You can preach all this 'it's not hurting anyone else' bullshit all you want, but it is hurting the herd (the rest of humanity) as they are incredibly promiscuous and create stronger strains of disease.
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Dec 20, 2014
I remember a time when pagan ritual sacrifice was completely moral thing to do. so whats your point bro?
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Dec 20, 2014
I'll count you as #Korrasami, then. Approving or disapproving isn't relevant. That you don't deny that it happened is. :-)
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Dec 20, 2014
I have to agree with what most comments say, even though i like the idea of korra and asami as a couple. But in here, it's just pure friendship. Friendship can be that close without being misinterpreted as something else, happens a lot of time even in these modern days! Friends like to be close, not just couples, get that everyone! And i don't have anything against the the writer, it's just his opinion!
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Dec 20, 2014
if you are a writer on the show, you are creating fact and not opinion. How people interpret the scene is opinion. If I write a scene right now that shows two men sleeping Iin bed together. I am sayings they are in a relationship. Others might have An opinion that maybe it's just two friends sharing a bed
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Dec 20, 2014
Honestly I almost gave up on this show. First season they fcked up pushing the romantic relationship instead of concentrating on the avatar thing. Then their powers seem totally weak like there's no wow factor only wow factor I had was teamwork and special effects nothing more I wanted to see awesome new bending forms and also I feel like korra is a little weak than aang I expected avatar state as unbeatable. There are quite a lot of parts I was confused with and I got really impatient and annoyed with season 4 why? Ok korra has PTSD but man they are going with the long serious route for the show? Like it's taken almost 5 boring dragging episodes about korra and shows slow progresses. how did korra even get over ptsd?! Like "oh hell yeah wake up in the morning feeling amazing no probs got powers back" oh hell no! Idk if little kid viewers would like that maybe teens would atleast understand the long serious hardship. Lastly the finale was ok. It was smart that the "boss battle" showed that everyone was needed and didn't leave anyone behind honestly the actions were pretty cool. Sadly ending was more interesting than the first episodes like really tophs appearance was like a fly that just flew from my food. Where's the rest of team aang no past stories really?!! No special amazing feeling from the people on the show. Anyways I seriously like how characters like verick became an important character but for me who likes to see love developments just like the first avatar the legend of korra is a total disappointment on that area. I should have just ship verick and zhu li hell I would probably enjoy it more if it's just about them cuz they were mainly the awesome couple who made season 4 interesting. And correct me if I'm wrong so I hear ppl say its korra and asami together inlove? Haha like u just told me my cats became a dog in a blink of an eye. Like really besties turning romantic where did that come from?! When korra like makko so many hints of crushing and blushing heart beating everywhere did korra or asami show any of that? No! Tell you what if you are making them a couple better make a good love development cuz I have nothing against them if they are actually inlove. I'd be happy if they just totally got rid of mako cute scene with korra at the end and actually showed any flirting of asami and korra through the whole damn season then put that ending of them together that's more believable.
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Dec 20, 2014
I do not get the fuss of Asami and Korra. Whether or not theyre a couple is left to be determined with the evidence at hand.

Personally I side that they are just close friends, no romance or intimacy. During Korras time away she confided in Asami and that strengthened their bond. Now Korra having recovered to her old self and finding her close friend down in the dumps takes the oppurtunity to be there in her time of need, returning the favor as it were. This is what friends do. With Asami not being to the spirit world before, the holding hands and look into the eyes (in this context) would be for reassurance that the trip will be just fine. For Asami, to leave behind everything she has known, to step into the unknown, a slight comfort of knowing her friend is there beside her, guiding her would be desired and welcomed.

But I guess how modern media tries to play up feelings beneath the surface, I can see how many believe and even want them to be a pairing. I guess Ive been tempered by many classical works that I do not think it is the intent of the scene.
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Dec 23, 2014
I was trying to give the ending the benefit of the doubt. There was nothing wrong with them holding hands as they walked into the portal but when they were standing in the portal, it was strange. They were holding hands gazing into each other's eyes with some music in the backround. I looked it up and the creators' intention was to show that they were gay. The final scene ruined the show for me.
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Dec 21, 2014
I value your opinion. "I guess Ive been tempered by many classical works that I do not think it is the intent of the scene," that statement tells me that your life experience colors your interpretation, yes? My experience, :) well, I had said it to the commentator just after you...this kind of friendship did happen to me and I did fall in love with my best friend. It makes me laugh at how many things I can relate to when it involves these two characters. it was a slow progression from season 3 to 4. And I don't care for shipping. But this story made sense to me probably because I lived a bit of it (minus the bending. :) )

So,,,,with my ex-girlfriend, I met her in at the end of my teens. We were friends for 3 years and like any one who has ever experience their first love it can be awkward, scary and you do foolish things because you don't know what you don't know. It's called lack of experience. we stayed in love for 8 year and just grew apart.

The classic works you were so "tempered" with were reflective of the culture at the time it was written. What Bryke did with the finale, good sir, I can assure reflects a lot of young adults (both genders) experiences today (I am no longer a young adult ) It's just not a popular story to tell yet because well, change takes time.

At one point interracial dating was not in television. At some point someone had to push the envelope. Today we see interracial couples as normal now. As I see it, how the finale ended was a wonderful metaphor that needed to be put on tv. It was done in a very mature and eloquent fashion. I have long wished this in regular t.v. So far I have yet to see anything so bold without making it so tragic. Many of the writing even on Youtube with the independent movies being produced about same sex love, still seems very campy and too tragic. The writing hasn't matured as compared to the long history of heterosexual love. We have hundreds of thousands of stores told of heterosexual couples that allow for very complex and thought provoking story because obviously culture has accepted it longer, right?

So to see a healthy same sex relationship [possibly] developing in a children's animation...it's surprising and wonderful all at once. i love that there is great debate on this. that is what amazing artistry and storytelling can do . it challenges you to think a bit beyond what you've known before. It can have such an impact and it can be life altering. Controversy tends to always follow something a bit beyond the norm. I love it. So they didn't kiss. But I can tell you from experience what it feels like when you take in your hands your best friends hands and look directly look into their eyes, it's a fiery feeling a little bit more than friendship. Yep, their canon. To each their own.
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Dec 20, 2014
Sorry. You don't just spend three years with PTSD and then decide: "Oh hey, I'm gay. C'mere, Asami." It's vague and left to interpretation, but anyone living in the real world knows that's not how it works. They're friends... NOT a couple. Get over it, losers.
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Dec 21, 2014
You actually raise a good point. Many of the people on your side claim this sort of thing wouldn't happen in real life. I choose to believe it is real just because, even though this show is eons closer to reality compared to the Last Airbender, at the end of the day, this is an anime, and anime law dictates that holding hands and staring passionately into each others eyes is a sexual relationship. That does not mean that that point was properly built up, imo the writers made Korrasami to appease the fans and get views, the "proof" people claim is grasping at straws imo.
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Dec 21, 2014
I don't see how Korra having PTSD has anything to do with her being implied bisexual. And it wasn't like she just 'decided' to have feelings for the same gender--it doesn't work like that. I am living in the real world. I never shipped Korrisami, and I still don't, but it's getting irritating listening to people rush to say that the ending was friendly when--had Asami and Mako switched places--it would've been 'totally okay and romantic!!!'. Now that would've been rushed. Makorra is the only romantic relationship that hasn't had any development since the end of season 2--Mako even directly told Wu that he'd been figuring out who he was as single and that he had come to a point where he could be close to Korra as a friend.
Asami and Korra, on the other hand, started taking off near the end of season 3. Asami and Korra are the only ones who communicate while Korra is in her darkest days; Asami is clearly upset that Korra didn't come back sooner even though Mako and Bolin were nothing more than worried, Korra blushes at a comment made on her appearance by Asami; Asami offered to take care of Korra and was the only peer (as in, not a teacher, healer, etc.) to truly offer any comfort; Asami wriggles in some alone-time once all the crazy battle stuff is over where the two offer heartfelt, intimate comments (like how Asami couldn't bear to have lost Korra in the battle); and last, the two go on a long trip, by themselves, while holding hands and looking deeply into each other's eyes. I am a girl, and while we ladies are almost hopelessly touchy-feely in a silly, friendly way, that does not happen. We're inappropriate, not romantic. Anxiously grasping hands while about to enter a new world? Sure! Linking one of either girl's hand calmly and joyfully before walking in a golden beam of light, holding both hands and facing each other with the soul-stares. Nuh-uh.
Had Mako, Bolin, and/or any other peer cared for Korra like Asami did, I would either question the Korrisami romance, or question the existence of a love triangle (one nothing like that forced, totally un-romantic 'triangle' they pulled with the three leads in question). But no one did. Asami was Korra's comfort, confidant, and support repeatedly throughout their relationship. Their ending visually paralleled Katara and Aang's in ATLA (though w/o the kiss) and was developed properly and subtly. In no way did it feel, to me, rushed or thrown in there to 'please the fans.'
I don't ship it; I just accept it.
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Dec 21, 2014
i wasn't a korrasami shipper until this last season. i actually don't like shipping. i do like good storytelling. also, with the limited amount of episodse they had compared to ATLA, i am quite happy they put Korra and Asami together. but what made me think twice about this ship was i had stumbled upon an article talking about this pairing and came to realize that a story of two friends falling in love was about me back in my 20's. I am in my 30's now.i met her at 19. (so i was a teenager). at the time she was with a guy (who I thought she would end up marrying lol) we were friends for three years and then fell into a relationship. have we fell in love was very much like young adults do, innocently and clumsily. you don't even know what hit you. that freaked me out....also she was actually my first love. i had only dated one guy before her and that lasted only a couple months.

even weirder, i also have to add my dad is an electrical engineer and the family dynamics are rough. my ex-girlfriend (it did last 8 years) was very close to her family. it's ridiculous on how much I can relate to a cartoon. Mike and Bryan are great story tellers. if you think they are grasping straws, I respect that.

however, I think they had to have gotten some of these theme from people they know. For goodness sake they were working on high profile animation before they did this show. you don't think at some point they would have met a few lesbian or bisexuals or young women who have gone through this journey. oh i lived in the Los Angeles area. so i invite you to expand your thinking a bit.

so... hellz yes this stuff happens in real life. hahah. but this is the first show i've ever seen show it in a very healthy manner. because this topic is still new and the world is sensitive to it, well duh, it's not treated well in main stream media with such a high level of maturity. tv dramas tend to take the more trashy route when it comes to bisexuals or lesbians. they come off as bad news, alcoholics etc. that's irritating to me. i work out, have a regular job, where make on occasion, meditate, go on forums like this and interact with total strangers, and just enjoy simple things in life. so what bryke did with this series...it makes me feel better than all the crap tv that uses the token lesbians to create a steamy sex scene only to kill them off or ruin their life. lol.

people keep using the argument that there wasn't enough build up for these too to be believable. the flaw in what bryke did was they made it more true to life than what we normally see on tv. we want instant gratification when people fall in love. we want it smack clear in our face with steamy scenes and dramatic declarations of love that had such a tumultuous journey. i love that too. it's a guilty pleasure.

however, considering the sensitivity of the topic, the relationship was very subtle almost oblivious to even the two characters. i can tell you that in my 20's living in California i wasn't contemplating on wanting to be lesbian. people were just as mean that then. however, falling in love with my best friend was a very slow process. we supported each other in very dark times and at some point we took it to another level not understand how it would affect other's around us. it's called be young and lacking experience.

so with all that life I've lived, how i view the last scene....they're together. whether they stay together? that can be for the fandom to create for the rest of their lives. damn this show is good. okay. forgive me, but i had to balance out your comment. i'm a libra. i like balance. hahah. take care.
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Dec 21, 2014
oops sorry for some major typos. how come i can't edit? oh well
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Dec 20, 2014
If you think that the last scene with Korra and Asami was nothing more than just friends being intimate then you're deluding yourself. Its on Nickelodeon, they can't show two women kissing, but the creators/writers will push the limits of what they can show! Do you know how astounding that is!? it's so obvious both the lights converge in the end, i bet they really wanted to lead the audience to that conclusion. They cant confirm or deny it, that wouldnt be good. but im so glad they included that scene. It's not the whole gang, it's just Korra and Asami.
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Dec 20, 2014
I don't think that this relationship would be something bad, but I don't think that Korra and Asami are in love. Korra was in love with Mako - and Asami too. After these complicated relationships, they became really close friends. Korra was in depression for very long time and Asami just lost her father - they wanted to separate from the crowd for awhile. The Spirit world is not the right place for romantic vacation.
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Dec 20, 2014
I'm not a Korrasami shipper or hater, but the fact that Bryke has been able to show so many on screen deaths without anybody caring much and a possible same sex relationship with everybody going crazy about it tells a lot about our current society.
(just for the record, I think every single death on Korra was awesome. In every possible way better than Zhao's "death" on ATLA anyways)
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Dec 20, 2014
*was just two friends being intimate
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Dec 20, 2014
It was clearly left intentionally vague, it's up to the viewer and their head canon to decide if their hand holding meant something romantic of if it was just physical comfort for a friend who just lost her father and became an orphan. Whatever you choose to believe is fine, but it's not confirmed one way or the other so I don't think people should be talking about it like they are in a relationship. If they wanted it to be clear they would have had something more, a kiss or something, but everything that's happened between them has been no more intimate than any other close friendship between two girls, especially after what was effectively a war (though a short one) and losing her father holding hands and looking at each other is nothing. I would have been fine with it if they decided to say "yes, they're together" (though I don't think they've built it up enough) but they didn't, in fact they seemingly intentionally didn't, so shippers please stop acting like they did.
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Dec 20, 2014
I think it's fair to point out, though, that showing a kiss was probably actively prohibited by the network, per the article's notes about Adventure Time's experiences?

You're assuming this was a free choice - that the creators are CHOOSING to go with something vague instead of something clear like a kiss. And if that were the case then I'd agree with you. They would intentionally be taking a less romantic path than they could have, thus focusing more on the friendship than the romance.

But the reality of the industry is that something like a kiss would never have been on the table. The actual choice would have been between something very clearly platonic and something like we got - something intentionally vague but open to romantic interpretation. In THIS context, they are choosing the most romantic option available to them. I find that telling.
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Dec 20, 2014
Going to miss Korra, so much. I don't know anything that matches the Avatar franchise in Western animation when it comes to graphics, storylines and character development. What was I even doing before Avatar? Can't remember. So sad. The feels.

On the ending, if one of them had been a boy, the vibe between them would have been undeniable for a while and there would be zero discussion of the legitimacy of the ship. But I honestly didn't think the writers would go there, ever. As it is, I'm pleasantly surprised. Who knows, maybe one day we won't have double standards saying that straight kissing is harmless and ok but a chaste same-sex kiss is pornographic and unacceptable on a kid's show...

On a side-note, I was watching Burning Love where Janet Varney (the voice of Korra) plays a lesbian just before watching this finale. Foreshadowing much ?
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Dec 20, 2014
So THAT'S why her voice is so familiar.... Thank you... 4 seasons and I still couldn't figure that out.
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Dec 20, 2014
Great finale. I honestly lost hope with the series because of how Nickelodeon was handling it, but the creators, writers and even the animators really did give their best for one hell of a final season.

I gave up on shipping television characters a long time ago, so I wasn't expecting much, but the Korrasami endgame took me by surprise. Its good that Korra finally found someone who really understood her, because throughout the series she always seemed alone all the time.

Personally I thought the villains were great in this series. It was refreshing to see a waterbender, airbender, then an earthbender villain. And some of them weren't entirely cliched.

Its just sad that there won't be an Avatar/Airbender series in the near future. Nickelodeon does not deserve this franchise with the way they handled the last two seasons of Korra. I really hope the franchise isn't dead.


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Dec 20, 2014
I have to totally agree. This could've been a great show, but there were too many issues especially the poorly done season 2 that kept this from being as good as the original series. So many things to pick apart on, but for now i will say i was a little surprised by the last scene. Normally i tend to be the more traditional type, i have to admit i actually wouldn't mind if they confirmed asami and korra as a couple. There were signs and they share a common ex boyfriend. I think it might've been a little too extreme to be a couple over one bad relationship with mako, but hey they do make a great pair. I understand the need for an ambiguous end to appease both sides by keeping it neutral. But with the show over and i think with what happened with the rushed schedule and shafting to online only.. I don't see Avatar in any form returning to nick if they were to make a third series. And with that i think they could've Been like 'screw it have korra and asami kiss'. The perfect fu to nick for their poor handling of the show.
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Dec 20, 2014
after some thinking I've realized that I don't really know where this korrasami thing came from in the first place. korra and asami have interacted with each other like two or three times alone this whole season. I barely saw anything developing between the two besides the blush on episode 7 of book 4 and prior to that their relationship was just a standard friendship the same way I would say katara and toph's friendship was (katara and toph had their fair share of hugging and no one said they were gay for each other). the whole relationship seemed forced by the creative team/writers as fanservice. I won't mind if they are in fact a couple, but it was really out of place seeing as the relationship showed by the final scene presented a deeper connection between them than was ever hinted at prior to this season. especially since korra was away from everyone for 3 years including asami and just reunited with her friends and was too busy with kuvira to have anytime to form a deeper connection with asami. and I know korra and asami wrote each other letters but do you think close friends who are away from each other don't keep in contact. i'll substitute the letters with texting/email or whatever
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Dec 20, 2014
The finale defied all of my expectations. I thought it would be rushed but it was pretty well balanced to have most of the cast tackle the Colossus in various ways while Korra ultimately got the fight with Kuvira. I wanted Kuvira to go down with her angry ideals intact but I felt like this ending was way better. Korra saving her and then that scene in the spirit world might be one of my favourites. I wish there was more time for a denouement, but I am happy with how it ended.

I never believed in the Korrasami stuff until this finale, and after reflecting on it, they might be one of the most caring and believable relationships on the entire show. The last scene between the two was a beautiful and important send off.
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Dec 20, 2014
also..when kuvira was introduced in book 3...i had this strange sense that she was going to hook up with korra's dad...*fail*
led to a lot of research into if korra's mum was still around and she wassss!! must have just been me...hahahaa
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Dec 20, 2014
thanks for the recaps!!! always enjoyed reading them :D
i do wish that there was more, it felt like a very korra-centric series finale when I would have wanted a lot more on the other characters introduced in the show (like su's family, bolin etc)
but that being said LoK is nowhere near as good as A:TLA, but I do appreciate having LoK to see how the gang from ATLA ended up (TOPHHHHH) :D :D :D
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Dec 20, 2014
Well, that was....WAY better than I ever could have hoped for. Everything that grew out of the writing process and experimentation was emphasized, rather than sticking to some ordained plan from Season 1. Varrick in particular REALLY grew this season from comic relief to three-dimensional character. And I thought for sure we'd get a forced Korra/Mako kiss at the end, but we actually got Korrasami! They've come such a long way since that stinker of a second season.

Also, I fully believe there will be a third Avatar series someday. Definitely not tomorrow, or in two years, but definitely someday. This isn't the absolute end.
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Dec 20, 2014

i thought korra wud take kuvira's bending away
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Dec 20, 2014
korra and asami sitting on a tree~ k i s ... s ... SPIRIT WORLD @_@
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Dec 20, 2014
All I can say is the plot in the first Avatar series was way better. It kept you in it and had so much more to tell.

In this series, it seemed prolonged with not much content to tell.
Nick wanted it over and done with, hence why the seasons were released so much more earlier than compared to Aang.
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Dec 20, 2014
(This review is a companion piece to Noel's review)

After four seasons with Korra and the gang, it’s finally over. For all its ups and downs, I felt that the Legend of Korra ended on a high note.Everyone had their moment to shine in the finale, storylines were finished and relationships were acknowledged. Relationships were a strong component of the Last Airbender and LoK took the next step in that process; if Last Airbender was about first love then Korra was about sorting through those complex feelings afterwards.
The likely fan-pleasing pair was Varrick and Zhu-li.Zhu-li started off as a foil for Varrick’s antics but this season brought about a big change.We got to see Zhu-li as strong and fiercely loyal.We saw Zhu-li the saboteur. We smiled when Zhu-li finally opened up on Varrick and stood up for herself. We realized that Varrick is a great businessman and inventor but terrible at communicating his feelings. Like many astute commenters noted, it was all very Tony Stark-Pepper Potts but enjoyable to watch all the same.

Family ties ran strong throughout this episode. Back to back badasses Su and Lin, brothers Mako and Bolin, Tenzin and his kids. Some of those relationships did not start in a good place.It was nice to see Asami find closure with Hiroshi and Hiroshi to find redemption at the very end. The final battle demonstrated how important it was that everyone stood united.The emphasis on family has always been an important component of LoK; no family is perfect but the love is unconditional.

I enjoyed Korra’s compassionate approach to Kuvira. While I do feel that the show missed out on an opportunity to devote an episode to Kuvira’s backstory, there was (barely) enough there to cobble together a shared sense of victimhood and justify the extremely opposite reactions that followed.Kuvira was not a particularly complex character but she did provide a valuable lesson for Korra in becoming a complete Avatar.

Ending on Korra and Asami felt right. Ever since Mako, they have been close friends and it makes sense that they walked off into the sunset together.Asami has been conspicuously present (during the clip show) during many of Korra’s low moments and both noticeably soften in each other’s company. Asami’s remark about not being able to lose Korra felt appropriate; likewise Mako expressing his loyalty to Korra felt right with the unspoken “…but we’ll always be friends”. I will admit that I had a ‘Keyser Soze’ realization in those last few minutes;in another (more conventional) show, those speeches would have been swapped between Asami and Mako.Congratulations Legend of Korra, you went out on a heartwarming high.

Show Notes:
Varrick and Bolin are a great comedy duo, so it makes sense that Bolin officiated the wedding.

I got a strong Return of the Jedi vibe from that building crashing into the side of the mech. Come to think of it, Meelo does look like an Ewok…

Dissolving the monarchy for democratic elections? You know Bolin has my vote.

Pema felt underdeveloped throughout the series but it was nice to see her play to her strengths by smothering an unruly crowd with motherly tenderness.

We never saw Toph versus Kuvira. /sadface

Wu’s short-lived singing career will undoubtedly land him a popular late night talk show.


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Dec 20, 2014
Just because it's bothering me, what did the characters at the end mean?
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Dec 20, 2014
My guess is 'The End'.
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Dec 20, 2014
Yes. In fact, it was how they ended the Aang series, only that time they had written it in English too.
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