Avatar: The Last Airbender is the critically acclaimed animated series featured on the channel Nickelodeon. Created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko this anime-esque American made show was a hit throughout its run time from 2005 to 2008. Encompassing the genes of action/adventure, fantasy, comedy and drama this show captivated children and adults alike. Critical reception for the show is still positive with continued discussion on whether it should be considered an anime work, namely because of the featured Asiatic-like world and the anime-American art style blend. The show details the lives of part of the population who area able to “bend” elements using a complex type Chinese martial arts. These psychokinetic powers are restricted to one element per group of people, with the characters of the show traveling to meet members of East Asian, Inuit, Southeast Asian, South Asian, and New World societies. The plot centers around the politics and warring people from the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. Introducing two siblings Kitara and Sokka who were born with the ability to “water bend” they find a frozen young boy in the icy planes of their home. Frozen in time is the main protagonist Aang, a twelve-year old monk and the last air bender alive. Traveling with Aang, Kitara shows him the remains of his home land, now a graveyard of bones left from the genocide of his people by the fire nation. Together they discover that he is the Avatar, a powerful bender who is able to control all four elements. Becoming Aang’s most trusted ally, friend and eventually something more, Kitara joins Aang in his quest to oppose the fire nation. Together with Aang and her brother Sukka, the group travel to empower the enslaved nations and bring peace and unity to the four warring tribes.
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