Avatar the last airbender: A timeless classic

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19. I know I’m late to this anime but man I surely wasn’t disappointed when I decided to watch this. SPOILERS for the anime.

The story which if you don’t know I feel sorry for you, follows a young boy named Aang who is an airbender, the last of his kind. He is found inside an iceberg by siblings Katara and Sokka. Finding out that a hundred years have passed since Aang has last awoken he sets out to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar (a being that is reincarnated in a cycle between the 4 nations who restores balance to the nations.) He starts by finding masters to teach him bending of the three elements he hasn’t yet mastered all to defeat the Fire Lord who has started a war against all the other nations and will destroy them if not stopped. Along the way he is joined by amazing earthbender, blind Toph Beifong also known as the Blind Bandit and banished Fire Prince Zuko who is on a quest to search for the avatar and bring him back to recover his honour.

Animation wise the thing is pretty good considering it came out way back in 2005. It isn’t the best with its pacing with some of the episodes being boring at times but at times things can get so interesting and the way they tie everything up in a nest little knot at the end is the best.

The story is brilliantly written with much of the thing being focused on travel, finding different locations and meeting interesting new people while also growing. The character’s growth in the series is what actually really drives the story and what makes it so much more memorable than any other anime.

We have Aang the Avatar, an airbender by birth. His story from before being found by Katara and Sokka is shown through flashbacks in which we learn that he was not ready for the responsibility of being an Avatar which caused him to run away and get into the iceberg. His story consists of him learning the elements, dealing with change and the responsibility of being the Avatar while also focusing on guilt of leaving the world behind for a hundred years, him finding the balance between his playful nature and the serious duty of the Avatar all of which in the end leads to him becoming a good Avatar and a true master of the elements while also sticking to his principles.

Then there is Katara, the Love Interest of Aang from the Southern Water Tribe. Her story arc shows us her dealing with change and growth and the trouble she gets into because of her trusting and helpful nature. She wants to learn water bending which shows her dealing with jealousy and fighting against traditions of the Northern Water Tribe showing that she teaches others to be flowing and calm and not be stuck on things that aren’t practical anymore.

Sokka, brother of Katara wants to find out what it means to be a man and what it will take for him to get his father to accept him as a man which he soon finds out was nothing more than just him growing up. He is the brains of the group and goes through an identity crisis at a time because he can’t bend which leads to him learning new things to find himself again. His warrior like nature and want for approval is shown in his behaviour which is comedic at times and also opens up new plot points for his growth. He’s also the only person in the anime to have two Love Interests. He is a wolf, capable alone and leader of the pack.

Toph Beifong, master earthbender has the shortest character arc which is fair considering the only growth she faces is learning is to let go of her stubborn and rock hard nature and be open to change and other’s opinions for once. She is also shown to be a spoilt brat at times but in reality what she really wants is for her parents to stop treating her like she’s a child and treat her like the master earthbender she is.

Fire Prince Zuko is my favourite character and has arguably one of the best character arcs in the entire series. His growth is even more than Aang as he turns from his violent and impulsive nature to a calm yet dangerous man. He is a banished prince and is shown to be obsessed with recovering his honour by capturing the Avatar but the things he sees along his journey leads him to change his path and become a man that he himself is proud of instead of working to make his father proud. Going from having an inferiority complex to accepting his own faults shows his growth while his scar shows that he has two sides to himself and when he is shown to be menacing, his scar is shown while when he is calm the non burnt side of his face is shown. Then there are the Agni Kai’s he fights which are meant to be fought for honour but in reality when observed none of them are actually honourable except Zuko. If nothing the series is worth watching just for him.

There are many many other characters like Azula and Iroh. The main point being that all the growth and the lessons that the show teaches and the character arcs along with the beautiful story is what makes the story really memorable and a real classic that everyone should watch.

Rap section:

Hundred years passed and now I’m awake,
Finding out that running away was a mistake,
A war has started and now everyone is at stake,
I’m Avatar Aang and a peaceful world I’ll make.

Southern tribe bender compassionate and kind,
Falling in love with a controller of the wind,
Name’s Katara and to helping people she’s inclined,
To become a master bender she’s leaving her home behind.

Sokka with his quick wit he’s the man with a plan,
Supportive of his sister and so his journey began,
For him to find out what it means to be a man,
And to understand what it means to lead a clan.

Spoilt rich kid but she’s a powerful bender,
When she turns up you better surrender,
Toph Beifong the talk to sight offends her,
Take a look at her skills don’t judge by her gender.

Scarface banished prince from a hated land,
Learning advanced bending from his uncle is his demand,
The scar on his face is of cowardice a brand,
But one day the whole Fire Nation he’s gonna command.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn with your thoughts and if you have any ideas which I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

Published by Harshit Sagar

I am a 18 year old teen who has a passion for writing and loves anime.

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