I consider Avatar: The Last Airbender the greatest animated television show ever made. Needless to say, I am a huge fan. Here’s some things you need to know.
This series is not designed exclusively for children. Yes, every episode is rated Y7. It shouldn’t be. There’s never any obscene content, but often the themes of the show will go right over a kid’s head.
Speaking of themes, this series explores only the deepest ones. Every episode turns its attention to themes like religion, death, harmony, relationships, and the nature of evil. Even your average adult will not be able to fully appreciate the nuances and exploration of humanity behind many of the shows greatest episodes.
Avatar has a great range. The series can handle comedy, and often incorporates it into episode. But the show handles best when it’s serious and dark. When the going gets tough and war breaks out, watching the characters work together to save the world is exhilarating.
The characters are a family. Aang is the Avatar, basically the savior of the world. He is the figurehead to an entire people, of high moral character. Katara is the doer. She keeps the team together and working towards a goal in harmony. Sokka represents the courage of the group. He is goofy but ingenious, and deserves to be commended for overcoming his lack of bending. Toph is the charm and sacrifice of the group. She gave up her life with her family to teach Aang earthbending.
If you have never watched Avatar: The Last Airbender, young or old, you’re missing out on something grand. Undertake this journey and find out something new about yourself and the world you live in.