It’s 3:46AM and I’ve just finished watching Avatar. I’m tired but I can’t bring myself to go to sleep and do this review tomorrow … erm, later today. I just devoured five hours worth of episode, I’m beat but I’m going to do this.
If more cartoons like Avatar existed, we wouldn’t be watching anime … since Avatar has absolutely everything I loved about anime when I first encountered. The main thing, having an actual plot and ending. Anime wasn’t like cartoons that could possibly go on forever. Not that I’m saying an anime can’t go on and on too, but when I first got into anime, it was because the fact there’s a clear beginning and end.
When I first heard of Avatar I was naive and called it an anime-wannabe, but I was wrong. Avatar is a cartoon. It’s clearly American despite how much Asian culture influenced it. Really, it’s hard not to enjoy Avatar. It has a solid plot, a solid fixed goal, great characters, great music, great animation, great humor. How can you not enjoy a show with someone like Sokka in it? How can you not like Sokka? Sokka. Sokka. Did I mention Sokka?
Zuko’s and Azula’s fight was beautiful
I wrote notes as I watched the final four episodes but I get to them, I’ll condensed the Southern Raiders and Ember Island Players in a paragraph because I watched them today as well. Unlike how anime always makes my hypothesis’ wrong, Avatar made me right for once and gave us a Zutara episode. Too bad we didn’t get much Zutara moments in the episode itself but it did lead to them in later periods. What makes me infinitely sad that they didn’t become canon in the end. Sigh. At least the writers were ever so kind enough to give us enough to Zutara moments to not really care. Another sad thing has to be how there wasn’t a Zuko and Toph episode. That would’ve been the most epic thing in Avatar ever. But they got their moments too. The writers really do know how to please and compromise their fans. It’s really amazing. I think a few Japanese animation companies should take a few lessons. Honest. Then there the Parody episode. You gotta love creators who can insult their own show. Absolutely priceless. I never laughed so much since Super Mario Frustration.
Azula’s breakdown was the most entertaining thing in the final
Normally, when a series is too good … the ending usually sucks but I find myself overally pleased with Avatar’s ending. Of course, loving Zutara more than anything else in Avatar after “Sokka being Sokka” and Toph … well, being Toph … I was disappointed that we got the predictable and perhaps questionable Aang and Katara ending. I’d be questioning their relationship less if Aang was a just a year or two older but I guess age just doesn’t matter anymore. What I’m really happy is that the writers and creators can so easily compromise the unhappy fans when something doesn’t go their way. The diehard Zutara fans are probably still crying right now but at least they got real canon material to base their fanfics and fanart … like Zuko protecting Katara, the two hugging, Zuko taking her side and blablabla. Also, we didn’t get an awesome Zuko and Toph on a life-changing field trip like for the others but they got their moments too. My favorite one was when Toph said “I’m going with Zuko!” when Aang disappeared.
Iroh needed more screentime. Banzai Manhugs.
See, more manhugs!
My giggly fangirl moments aside, everything else with the final was flawless. The animation, the music, the pacing and even the occasional comedy didn’t distrupt the tension! Namely when Sokka tricked the Airship’s staff to the bottom of the ship saying it was someones birthday … or when they were about to fall into the ocean and Sokka decided to be funny and say “Bye bye Space sword” … Ah, it was all so exciting.
Sokka’s going to invent a Camera soon enough. You know he will.
SPOILERS AHEAD! YOU ARE WARNED!
In the end, Aang didn’t kill the Phoenix King as Ozai called himself (really, I can’t help but think the creators had too much Harry Potter. Phoenix King? Order of the White Lotus? Oof, very Harry Potter-like) … instead, he took away his bending. Honestly, I never believed Aang would kill him. He’s too nice for that. But I guess its funny he got the knowledge to do that from a Giant Talking/Moving Lion turtle … not that tops Toph’s “I am not Toph! I am MELON LORD!”
Ozai is thrown into jail. Iroh got his café back. Zuko becomes the new Fire Lord (It’s like the Return of the King). Aang gets Katara. Zuko gets Mai. Azula was last seen completely breaking down (which was extremely entertaining) … so I guess she’s in jail too. Ty Lee becomes a Kiyoshi warrior. Sokka has Suki.
The series end with everyone at Iroh’s café … and Aang and Katara wrap it up with a kiss.
I’m disappointed that we don’t get to see Zuko’s mom if he found her … because he did ask Ozai about her whereabouts. I also wanted to know whatever happened to Azula and if Jet really did die or not but then again, it’s hard to tie up all the loose ends. All in all, Avatar was a great show. I’m going to miss it. If only there were more cartoons like this.