Avatar: The Legend of Korra is an upcoming American animated television series that is expected to air on Nickelodeon in mid-2012. It will take place in the same fictional universe as the original show, whose societies include a multitude of elements derived from East Asian, and Inuit cultures. In it some people have the psychokinetic ability known as 'bending', by which they control and manipulate either water, earth, fire, or air. A single being known as the 'Avatar', described as the 'physical embodiment of the world's spirit', has the power to bend all four elements and is responsible for maintaining both the balance of nature and peace between the world's four great nations. Korra, protagonist of the new series, is the next incarnation of the Avatar after Aang of the original series. Set at least seventy years after the defeat of Phoenix King Ozai and Princess Azula in the four-part finale of the original show, creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko plan to follow Korra as she learns Airbending, having mastered the other three elements, while facing an anti-bender revolution by a group known as the Equalists.
The series will focus on Korra, a teenage girl from the Southern Water Tribe and the current incarnation of the Avatar, who, according to the president of Nickelodeon, will be "hotheaded, independent, and ready to take on the world". She has already mastered Water, Earth, and Fire, but has yet to master Air. The character was partly inspired by Avatar Kyoshi of the original series, who the creators say was well-liked among fans. To avoid repetition of Aang's adventures, the show will be set in a single place, called Republic City, a steam-punk metropolis inhabited by benders and non-benders of all nations and founded by Aang and Zuko after the 100-year world war of the original series. The city's police are Metalbenders (a subset of Earthbenders), taught their art by Toph Bei Fong of the original series, and led by her daughter. The city's most popular sport is pro-bending, which sets teams of benders against each other. The conflict of the first season will center upon a group of anti-benders, called the Equalists, who use chi-blocking to subdue their enemies. A concept drawing of the city, released with the announcement of the series, shows the city's design inspired by Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s, Hong Kong, Manhattan, and Vancouver. In the show, Korra will learn Airbending from Tenzin, youngest child of Aang and Katara, and will contend with an anti-bender revolution in Republic City. Korra's final design was revealed at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Convention, along with her companion Naga. It was also mentioned that Aang found a small colony of flying bison after the war, and that the second season will include ring-tailed winged lemur.
It was announced at the annual Comic-Con in San Diego on July 22, 2010 that a series based on Avatar: The Last Airbender was in development at Nickelodeon and due for release in October 2011. It will involve Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the creators and producers of the original series. The show's premiere was delayed to 2012 to permit the addition of 14 episodes. It has also been confirmed in the San Diego Comic-Con 2011 that the first twelve episodes will be in the first season and the other fourteen in the second season.
The show is expected to be darker-themed than the original show, but with a balance between mature themes and a sense of fun and adventure; also included will be some "cheesy teen romance" featuring protagonist Korra. The creators also confirmed that they will personally write all of the episodes, explaining that, as a mini-series, filler episodes will be omitted, allowing for a more concise story. Joaquim Dos Santos and Kihyun Ryu, who worked on the animation and design of the original series, will also be involved in this show, as will storyboarder Ian Graham. Furthermore, Jeremy Zuckerman, who composed the soundtrack for the original series as part of "The Track Team", will also be returning to score Legend of Korra.
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