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Avatar: The Legend of Korra – 2011

July 21, 2010

Cutting it close, the promised “Korra announcement before Comic-Con” popped up this morning.

Avatar: The Legend of Korra (2011) - A girl in a steampunk world

Nickelodeon sets `Last Airbender’ sequel for 2011

LOS ANGELES — A sequel to Nickelodeon’s “Avatar: The Last Airbender” is in the works.
The channel said Wednesday the new animated TV series will premiere in 2011. It has the working title, “The Legend of Korra.”

Nickelodeon says the series will build on the “mythology” of the original “The Last Airbender” series, which inspired this summer’s live-action movie from filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan (SHAH-muh-lahn).

The “Legend of Korra” is from the creator-producers of “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”

Nickelodeon executive Brown Johnson says the new series will focus on a teenage girl avatar named Korra. Brown describes her as hotheaded, independent and “ready to take on the world.”

“Avatar: The Last Airbender” has ranked among the highest-rate series on the Nickelodeon and Nicktoons channels.

An “independent” female lead? Perhaps not unlike a waterbender already familiar to us? “Water” follows “Air” in the Avatar cycle.

More from WSJ:

The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ and follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang – a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra.

You can read the full official press release here.

“With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water, and Fire), Korra seeks to master the final element, Air. Her quest leads her to the epicenter of the modern “Avatar” world, Republic City – a metropolis that is fueled by steampunk technology. It is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive. However, Korra discovers that Republic City is plagued by crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to rip it apart. Under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin, Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large.”

For reference, Tenzin shares his name with the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso – the spiritual leader of Tibet. Aang’s mentor in the original animated series, Monk Gyatso, also shared his name with the Dalai Lama.

The staff at Racebending.com is really excited. Hopefully Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will bring back all the things the film left out: the Pan-Asian/Inuit influence and the strong, three-dimensional female characters!

we’re pretty sure Avatar fans across the world are doing this today…

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