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The Legend of Korra's one hour series finale has arrived, and as sad as it is to see the series come to a close, the finale does not disappoint.

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Wow, The Legend of Korra has finally come to an end. Even though the season as a whole has not been the best, the two-part series finale raises both the scale and the stakes to a entirely different level. Each season finale of Korra has gone bigger and more grand with each season finale, and nothing tops this final battle with Korra and everyone working together to defeat Kuvira's giant mecha.

The first 20 minutes are, essentially, one giant action set piece that rivals most of Hollywood and even Japanese animation! Seeing everyone work together reminds me of The Avengers in scale, and it is truly amazing to witness. 

With so much going on, someone had to die, and even though it was not one of the main cast, killing off Asami's father, Hiroshi, aka Hayao Miyazaki, was a satisfying choice, after the series set up his possible redemption previously in the series. The emotional impact of Hiroshi’s death was relatively effective, although Mako’s near-death-experience should have ended with him actually dying, instead of Bolin saving him. Mako is a decent character, and he is the perfect character to kill off since the fandom will not rage over his death, but rather his noble sacrifice would have made up for his romantic troubles that the fandom still seems to hate him for. 

In the episode, there was only a small issue: Prince Wu. Yep, he has plagued the entire season, and while he has certainly had his moments, his singing was not necessary, or at least not so much of it. 

Varrick's proposal to Zhu Li's and their marriage towards the end of the episode is both a satisfying end to their relationship, and classic way to end a comedy play in old literature. 

Kuvira's final scene with Korra is a relatively satisfying way to end her dictatorial reign, although her villainy was kind of undermined in that scene. As a whole, Kuvira has been an excellent antagonist in the series, who ranks among the best in the franchise. As Korra said, there are some similarities between Kuvira and Korra, but they took different paths to reach the same goal. An antagonist mirroring the hero is not uncommon, but it is executed well in this final episode.

To end the series, Korra and Asami's friendship concludes with them going on an adventure to the Spirit World. In a way, their friendship reminds me a lot of Frodo and Sam in the Lord of the Rings, especially the book version, in that have been through so much together in their adventures that they just want to take a vacation. 

Overall 10/10- The Legend of Korra concludes the series in epic fashion. While it does not throw in many twists, it provides a fitting send off to our favorite characters with themes that come full circle to a more than satisfying conclusion. In the end, The Legend of Korra had its flaws; however, when it delivered, it did so in spades, especially in the finales, and no finale is more epic and satisfying than this one. In fact, as far as series finales go, this might just be the best...

If you are a Legend of Korra fan that is looking for something to fill the void, I highly recommend that you watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

http://jandjproductions1809.blogspot.com/2014/12/legend-of-korra-series-finale-review.html

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Korra continues to find her way in "The Calling." 
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After three strong episodes, "The Calling" is a bit of a letdown, yet still a lot of fun at times. With Korra out still overcoming her inner struggle with Toph in the swamp, Tenzin's kids, Jinora, Ikki and Meelo are sent out to find Korra and bring her home. 
As expected with an episode focusing on the kids, there is an unfortunate amount of juvenile humor. Considering that the Legend of Korra has been so mature in the last few episodes, the shift to a more child like tone, akin to the first season of The Last Airbender, is off putting. However, the kids' adventure did seem like a fun throwback to The Last Airbender as times, and Ikki's line, "Remember when he used to be so nice and sweet?" with Junora replying "No," did make me laugh. 

Meelo is annoying as ever, although he did have a few good moments. The conflict between the siblings felt fittingly juvenile for kids their age, although not all that interesting. Ikki being captured by the Kuvira's soldiers again felt like a throwback to TLA's first season, but not necessarily in a good way. In many ways, a lot of the kids' scenes could have been cut to make room for more Korra and Toph. 
 
While 3/4 of the episode focused on the kids, we did get to see more of Toph and Korra, which is always welcome. Toph continued to be the Toph that we all know and love. At the end of the episode with Korra hugging Toph was both hilarious and satsifying, especially after last week's "Go hug a tree joke." The Korra scenes in general, ending with Korra removing the poison from body were satisfying, and provided an end to Korra’s character arc setup in the beginning of the season. If the series season lasted longer than 13 episodes, it would have been great to have another episode with Toph in the swamp, but the plot needs to move forward. 

Now with Korra back in action and able to enter the Avatar State, Korra's battle against Kuvira's forces is likely to beginning soon.

Overall: 7.9/10- While a bit juvenile, "The Calling" is fun episode that is necessary to move the plot forward. 
http://jandjproductions1809.blogspot.com/2014/10/legend-of-korra-calling-review.html

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"The Coronation" is an episode light on action and heavy on plot development, which is a good thing. 
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As expected, Kuvira takes control of the Earth Kingdom during Prince Wu's coronation ceremony, and sets herself up to the antagonist of the season, although her actions are not all that unreasonable. Why exactly no one did anything when she took the stage during Prince Wu’s coronation? All of the world leaders and the police were right there!?
Prince Wu continues to be annoying, which is my only issue with the episode, although even he had some surprisingly character development moments. With Bolin working for Kuvira's forces and Mako protecting Prince Wu, seeing the brothers’ conflict on what is right is an interesting direction. In fact, I expected Bolin not to side with Mako and Republic City, although turning him against his brother is a better twist. I wonder how long it will take before Bolin and Mako are on the same side again. All of the events in Republic City continue to build upon the moral gray area of who is right and who is wrong in terms of Kuvira's takeover of the Earth Kingdom. Thus far, everything is working thematically, to the point where it almost reflexes some elements of season two of The Last Airbender. My only question about the scenes that take place in Republic City is where is Asami? 
In terms of animation, something seemed to be slightly off. Mako's face during the dialogue exchange below seemed a bit off. Other than that, the animation was solid.
Moving on to Korra and Toph's part of the story in the swamp. In many ways, an elderly Toph in the swamp training Korra is much like Yoda and Luke in the Empire Strikes Back, particularly last episode's parallel to the "The Cave." Seeing Toph again is just great! Anime dub veteran, Philece Sampler (Kill la Kill, Eureka Seven), voices this older version of Toph, and she did such a good job in the episode! She sounds exactly like how I imagined an older Toph sounding. The writers of Korra have made Toph exactly as I remembered her from The Last Airbender by bringing back her humor and wit. Basically, Toph steals every scene she is in. Towards the end of the episode, Toph tells Korra that she might not want to be healed and become the Avatar again, because that she is afraid to be hurt again. Thematically, this scene was the highlight of the episode

Overall: 8.4/10- While not as poignant as last week's masterpiece, "The Coronation" continues to set the plot in motion in a political plot of moral ambiguity, as well as continuing Korra's struggle.

What did you think of the episode? Please comment below and let me know!
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Here is an abridged version of my review of Avatar: The Last Airbender season 2. Please comment with what you think of the series, and if you want to read my full review, please click on the link below. 

Plot: 9.1/10- Book 2: Earth, picks up roughly where the last season of Avatar left off with Aang and the gang now looking for an Earthbending master to teach Aang. As to not spoil the plot for those that have yet to watch it, I will stop there. As for the quality of the plot, the series started off rather well with two strong episodes, although the next few seemed a tad weak in comparison. However, after episode six, "The Blind Bandit," the series takes a sharp incline in quality with episode after episode of engaging and entertaining stories.

Characterization: 9.3/10- Another strong aspect of Book 2 is the attention to character development and character relationships. The main three protagonists from the first season, Aang, Katara, and Sokka, all develop in their different ways. To me, Sokka's character arc is the most intriguing as he deals with what happened at the end of season one, whereas Aang, who is more likable this season, is probably the weakest overall. Zuko, who was an antagonist in the first season, is given a more anti-hero role. The character is taken in a unique direction, making him one of the most complex and compelling characters in the series.

Overall: 9.0/10- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Book 2 is simply amazing. I cannot emphasize enough how surprisingly it is for me to be giving the series such a high rating, especially considering my dislike of western animation, but Avatar is something truly different.
http://jandjproductions1809.blogspot.com/2014/09/avatar-last-airbender-book-2-review.html

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Here is my non-spoiler review of the Korra season finale. For my full spoiler thoughts, please click on the link below and let me know what you thought of the final.

Season three of The Legend of Korra concluded on Friday, and it was one heck of a finale! Everything came to fruition in epic fashion, and it might even be the best finale of the Avatar/Korra franchise, and one of the best that I have ever seen. 
Even though I will save my full thoughts of season (Book) 3 of the series for my complete review, it has been an excellent season, and this finale has made it all the more satisfying. My non-spoilers thoughts of the finale is that I am incredibly surprised how dark it went, in the best way possible. Despite having arguably lower stakes than season two's finale, it felt more important and suspenseful. There are no deus-ex machina plot twists that come out of nowhere, and there are consequences in the end, and hopefully they will carry over to the next season. The final scene is surprisingly emotional and poignant, plus the previous action sequences may be the best the series has produced. Also, Lin and Suyin received more screen time, which was great. 

Overall: 9.9/10- Book 3's season finale hits the mark on every level with a satisfying conclusion to various character and story arcs, while also giving us a bittersweet and less than optimistic final scene.
http://jandjproductions1809.blogspot.com/2014/08/legend-of-korra-season-finale-review.html

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