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Avatar: The Last Airbender

Year: 2005

Genre: Adventure, Martial Arts, Kids

Audience: Everyone

Anime Experience: Beginner

Summary: Aang, the last remaining Airbender, has been chosen to be the next Avatar, who is charged with keeping balance, order and peace in the world.  Aang must travel the world with his friends Katara and Sokka and train until he is strong enough to stop the Fire Nation from conquering the entire world.

Show Notes: There is only one Avatar at a given time in the world, and the only person able to bend more than 1 of the 4 elements: Water, Earth, Fire and Air.  The show is split into 3 seasons, or “books,” that follow Aang’s journey to learn Waterbending (Book 1), Earthbending (Book 2) and finally Firebending (Book 3).  Although the story starts out more lighthearted, the subject matter, intensity and weight of the story steadily increases with each book. Each book has a main antagonist, Zuko (Prince of the Fire Nation) for Book 1, Azula (Princess of the Fire Nation) for Book 2 and finally Ozai (Lord of the Fire Nation) for Book 3.  While the purpose, powers and history of the Avatar are revealed throughout the series, it isn’t until the sequel story, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, that we learn the origins of the Avatar.

Parental Warning: Because Avatar: The Last Airbender was created by Nickelodeon, it’s very kid friendly and does not require a lot of parental warnings.  Only 2 things need mention. Koh the Face Stealer (Ep. 20 & 59) is a creepy bug-like creature that threatens to steal the Avatar’s face.  Second is Bloodbending (EP. 48 & 56), which is a form of Waterbending where you can control a person’s body. While only used by two people, it is known as the darkest bending ability and can be a little disturbing.

SparkNotes: N/A

Comments: In terms of a really well thought-out story that is equal parts action, funny and emotional, there are few shows that do it better than Avatar: The Last Airbender.  Additionally, though the show is heavily influenced by Japanese animation, it isn’t “anime” since it was created in America.  This makes it a great way to be introduced to the world of anime since it seamlessly mixes western and anime elements.

Dragonball Z (DBZ)

Year: 1989

Genre: Super Power, Action, Martial Arts

Audience: Teen

Anime Experience: Beginner

Summary: Aang, the last remaining Airbender, has been chosen to be the next Avatar, who is charged with keeping balance, order and peace in the world.  Aang must travel the world with his friends Katara and Sokka and train until he is strong enough to stop the Fire Nation from conquering the entire world.

Show Notes: There is only one Avatar at a given time in the world, and the only person able to bend more than 1 of the 4 elements: Water, Earth, Fire and Air.  The show is split into 3 seasons, or “books,” that follow Aang’s journey to learn Waterbending (Book 1), Earthbending (Book 2) and finally Firebending (Book 3).  Although the story starts out more lighthearted, the subject matter, intensity and weight of the story steadily increases with each book. Each book has a main antagonist, Zuko (Prince of the Fire Nation) for Book 1, Azula (Princess of the Fire Nation) for Book 2 and finally Ozai (Lord of the Fire Nation) for Book 3.  While the purpose, powers and history of the Avatar are revealed throughout the series, it isn’t until the sequel story, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, that we learn the origins of the Avatar.

Parental Warning: Because Avatar: The Last Airbender was created by Nickelodeon, it’s very kid friendly and does not require a lot of parental warnings.  Only 2 things need mention. Koh the Face Stealer (Ep. 20 & 59) is a creepy bug-like creature that threatens to steal the Avatar’s face.  Second is Bloodbending (EP. 48 & 56), which is a form of Waterbending where you can control a person’s body. While only used by two people, it is known as the darkest bending ability and can be a little disturbing.

SparkNotes: N/A

Comments: In terms of a really well thought-out story that is equal parts action, funny and emotional, there are few shows that do it better than Avatar: The Last Airbender.  Additionally, though the show is heavily influenced by Japanese animation, it isn’t “anime” since it was created in America.  This makes it a great way to be introduced to the world of anime since it seamlessly mixes western and anime elements.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Year: 2005

Genre: Adventure, Martial Arts, Kids

Audience: Everyone

Anime Experience: Beginner

Summary: Aang, the last remaining Airbender, has been chosen to be the next Avatar, who is charged with keeping balance, order and peace in the world.  Aang must travel the world with his friends Katara and Sokka and train until he is strong enough to stop the Fire Nation from conquering the entire world.

Show Notes: There is only one Avatar at a given time in the world, and the only person able to bend more than 1 of the 4 elements: Water, Earth, Fire and Air.  The show is split into 3 seasons, or “books,” that follow Aang’s journey to learn Waterbending (Book 1), Earthbending (Book 2) and finally Firebending (Book 3).  Although the story starts out more lighthearted, the subject matter, intensity and weight of the story steadily increases with each book. Each book has a main antagonist, Zuko (Prince of the Fire Nation) for Book 1, Azula (Princess of the Fire Nation) for Book 2 and finally Ozai (Lord of the Fire Nation) for Book 3.  While the purpose, powers and history of the Avatar are revealed throughout the series, it isn’t until the sequel story, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, that we learn the origins of the Avatar.

Parental Warning: Because Avatar: The Last Airbender was created by Nickelodeon, it’s very kid friendly and does not require a lot of parental warnings.  Only 2 things need mention. Koh the Face Stealer (Ep. 20 & 59) is a creepy bug-like creature that threatens to steal the Avatar’s face.  Second is Bloodbending (EP. 48 & 56), which is a form of Waterbending where you can control a person’s body. While only used by two people, it is known as the darkest bending ability and can be a little disturbing.

SparkNotes: N/A

Comments: In terms of a really well thought-out story that is equal parts action, funny and emotional, there are few shows that do it better than Avatar: The Last Airbender.  Additionally, though the show is heavily influenced by Japanese animation, it isn’t “anime” since it was created in America.  This makes it a great way to be introduced to the world of anime since it seamlessly mixes western and anime elements.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Year: 2005

Genre: Adventure, Martial Arts, Kids

Audience: Everyone

Anime Experience: Beginner

Summary: Aang, the last remaining Airbender, has been chosen to be the next Avatar, who is charged with keeping balance, order and peace in the world.  Aang must travel the world with his friends Katara and Sokka and train until he is strong enough to stop the Fire Nation from conquering the entire world.

Show Notes: There is only one Avatar at a given time in the world, and the only person able to bend more than 1 of the 4 elements: Water, Earth, Fire and Air.  The show is split into 3 seasons, or “books,” that follow Aang’s journey to learn Waterbending (Book 1), Earthbending (Book 2) and finally Firebending (Book 3).  Although the story starts out more lighthearted, the subject matter, intensity and weight of the story steadily increases with each book. Each book has a main antagonist, Zuko (Prince of the Fire Nation) for Book 1, Azula (Princess of the Fire Nation) for Book 2 and finally Ozai (Lord of the Fire Nation) for Book 3.  While the purpose, powers and history of the Avatar are revealed throughout the series, it isn’t until the sequel story, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, that we learn the origins of the Avatar.

Parental Warning: Because Avatar: The Last Airbender was created by Nickelodeon, it’s very kid friendly and does not require a lot of parental warnings.  Only 2 things need mention. Koh the Face Stealer (Ep. 20 & 59) is a creepy bug-like creature that threatens to steal the Avatar’s face.  Second is Bloodbending (EP. 48 & 56), which is a form of Waterbending where you can control a person’s body. While only used by two people, it is known as the darkest bending ability and can be a little disturbing.

SparkNotes: N/A

Comments: In terms of a really well thought-out story that is equal parts action, funny and emotional, there are few shows that do it better than Avatar: The Last Airbender.  Additionally, though the show is heavily influenced by Japanese animation, it isn’t “anime” since it was created in America.  This makes it a great way to be introduced to the world of anime since it seamlessly mixes western and anime elements.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Year: 2005

Genre: Adventure, Martial Arts, Kids

Audience: Everyone

Anime Experience: Beginner

Summary: Aang, the last remaining Airbender, has been chosen to be the next Avatar, who is charged with keeping balance, order and peace in the world.  Aang must travel the world with his friends Katara and Sokka and train until he is strong enough to stop the Fire Nation from conquering the entire world.

Show Notes: There is only one Avatar at a given time in the world, and the only person able to bend more than 1 of the 4 elements: Water, Earth, Fire and Air.  The show is split into 3 seasons, or “books,” that follow Aang’s journey to learn Waterbending (Book 1), Earthbending (Book 2) and finally Firebending (Book 3).  Although the story starts out more lighthearted, the subject matter, intensity and weight of the story steadily increases with each book. Each book has a main antagonist, Zuko (Prince of the Fire Nation) for Book 1, Azula (Princess of the Fire Nation) for Book 2 and finally Ozai (Lord of the Fire Nation) for Book 3.  While the purpose, powers and history of the Avatar are revealed throughout the series, it isn’t until the sequel story, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, that we learn the origins of the Avatar.

Parental Warning: Because Avatar: The Last Airbender was created by Nickelodeon, it’s very kid friendly and does not require a lot of parental warnings.  Only 2 things need mention. Koh the Face Stealer (Ep. 20 & 59) is a creepy bug-like creature that threatens to steal the Avatar’s face.  Second is Bloodbending (EP. 48 & 56), which is a form of Waterbending where you can control a person’s body. While only used by two people, it is known as the darkest bending ability and can be a little disturbing.

SparkNotes: N/A

Comments: In terms of a really well thought-out story that is equal parts action, funny and emotional, there are few shows that do it better than Avatar: The Last Airbender.  Additionally, though the show is heavily influenced by Japanese animation, it isn’t “anime” since it was created in America.  This makes it a great way to be introduced to the world of anime since it seamlessly mixes western and anime elements.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Year: 2005

Genre: Adventure, Martial Arts, Kids

Audience: Everyone

Anime Experience: Beginner

Summary: Aang, the last Airbender in the world, has also been chosen to be the next Avatar, the person in charge of keeping balance, order and peace in the world.  Along with his friends, Katara and Sokka, Aang must travel the world in order to train his skills until he is strong enough to stop the Fire Nation from conquering both the Water Tribe and the Earth Kingdom and rule the world.

My Notes: The show is split up into 3 seasons, or “books,” that follow Aang’s journey to learn Waterbending (Book 1), Earthbending (Book 2) and finally Firebending (Book 3).  Although the story starts out more lighthearted, the subject matter, intensity and weight of the story steadily progresses through each book. Each book has a main protagonist, Zuko (Prince of the Fire Nation) for Book 1, Azula (Princess of the Fire Nation) for Book 2 and finally Ozai (Lord of the Fire Nation) for Book 3.

There is only one Avatar at a given time in the world, and the only person able to bend more than 1 element.  They have great power and can call upon the power and wisdom of previous Avatars when they need to. While the purpose, powers and history of the Avatar are revealed throughout the series, it isn’t until the sequel story, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, that we learn the origins of the Avatar.  

Parental Warning: For the most part, due to this show airing on Nickelodeon, a kids channel in America, there are not many subject matter or specific scene that require parental warnings.  Only 2 things need mention. First is Koh the Face Stealer, who appears in episodes 20 & 59. He is a creepy bug like creature that threatens to steal the Avatar’s face; no face stealing is ever shown.  Second is Bloodbending, which is a form of waterbending where you can control a person’s body. There are only two episodes that have this, 48 & 56, and only two people can do it. It is known as the darkest bending ability, and can be a little disturbing to watch.

SparkNotes: N/A

Comments: In terms of a really well thought out story that is equal parts action, funny and emotional, there are few shows that do it better.  This really is a great “Anime” for everyone, and an awesome way to get introduced into the world of Anime since it has a great mix of Western and Japanese Anime elements.

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