Posted on Sunday, July 24th, 2011 by Devindra Hardawar
I’m still kicking myself for missing yesterday’s Comic-Con panel for The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra, but at least we can all now feast in the trailer that premiered there. As a huge fan of the original Avatar: The Last Airbender, I’m happy to report that Korra looks like a gorgeous and mature follow-up.
The trailer opens up with some epic imagery, including a giant statue of a grown-up Aang (the original series’ main character), and a flying bison (no clue if it’s Appa). We see Korra, the new Avatar, leaving her home in the Southern Water Tribe and making her way to the United Republic. That city was founded by Aang and Zuko (the tortured “evil” prince from the first series) as a place meant for members of all tribes to live, our friends over at UGO reported from the panel.
We also see several action beats in the trailer, and it looks like the choreography will be even more intricate this time around. The animation also appears to be improved over the original Airbender series — it seems more on the level of a big-budget anime TV series like Full Metal Alchemist now.
Unlike Aang, Korra seems to be a thorough badass with an attitude — a nice shift that hints things will be more mature in this series. Her main animal pal is a polar bear dog (yup) named Naga, and the creators say flying lemurs will also make an appearance at some point.
The villains of the series are an anti-bending group, “The Equalists”, who are led by a mysterious masked man named Oman (seen at the end of the trailer). His henchman use Chi Blocking techniques (similar to Ty Lee from the original series), according to The Last Airbender online.
Toph, the Earthbender from the original series who discovered the Metalbending technique, is now traveling the world creating an elite Metalbending SWAT team. Toph’s daughter is the chief of police in the city, where she manages a team of Metalbending cops.
The panel also revealed that Aang and Katara had three kids, though Tenzin (voiced by J.K. Simmons) is the only Airbender. He has three kids of his own who are all Airbenders (plus another on the way). Music in the series will once again be handled by The Track Team, and they say the music will sound as if New Orleans-style Jazz was invented in China during the 1920s.
Unfortunately, there’s still no premiere date for Legend of Korra. To tide you over until then, check out the screenshots I grabbed from the trailer below.