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DVD Review: Avatar – The Last Airbender, Book 3, Vol. 4

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For the most part of my early childhood, I sat inside watching Nickelodeon while hiding from Oklahoma’s hundred plus summer heat. Shows like Pete and Pete, Doug, and Salute Your Shorts were my daily companions. Some of you may remember those good ol’ days when the answer to Are You Afraid of the Dark? was “Absolutely yes!” Back in the day when Ren and Stimpy, All That, and Rocko’s Modern Life were the highlights of a child’s world. I’ve often asked myself what happened to Nickelodeon since then. But in 2005, it redeemed itself from the Dark Ages of Dragon Tales, and brought Avatar: The Last Airbender to the world of cartoons.

Avatar is an Asian influenced animated series co-created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. The series begins in a world where the four elements — earth, air, fire, and water — can be manipulated and controlled by four separate kingdoms. There’s only one person, the Avatar, who is able to master all four elements and keep peace between the nations. But when the Avatar disappears, the Fire Nation wages war against the worlds. One hundred years later, the only remaining hope rests in the hands of twelve-year-old Aang, the last airbender, and the returned Avatar.

This Nickelodeon cartoon is the best animated series I have ever seen. The first time I watched it I was exhausted from work and travel, but my younger siblings urged me to watch just the first episode. They assured me I’d be hooked after that. I crashed after probably ten and was more than just hooked.

Now, 55 episodes, eight awards, and four nominations later, the final episodes of the third season were released to DVD on July 29. If you’ve been following the series or your kid has, this is something you don’t want to miss. After all those long summer months of wondering what Uncle Iroh was up to and whether Aang would be able to beat Fire Lord Ozai, you can sit down and enjoy the remaining six episodes of Avater: The Last Airbender.

I don’t want to give away anything about the ending. But I do want to say that it is amazing. I’m always disappointed in the purely child-directed stories within the epic war, so there were a couple of parts that I could have gone without, but overall, the ending is not disappointing. The pieces fall together smoothly with incredible fight scenes, perfect character development, and with the message of peace and freedom that the series has carried throughout.

If you haven’t already started watching Avatar, you need to. With the series completed, there’s no waiting for releases. I promise once you start, you may not be able to stop. And since it's summer, you can revisit those old Nickelodeon days of sitting lazily on the couch, and watching an animated series that will blow your mind.

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  • Tom

    Well I think this anime should not stop here because there are many out there who want more like this kid who was telling his friends “We should write letters to Mike and Bryan as well as Paramount Pictures to make more Avatar anime series because they don’t know how many fans want to watch it. Clearly Bryan and Mike are working for Paramount Pictures(PP) and PP want to make movies which will attract more paying audience i.e the adults. So if we want to get PP’s attention we need to ask our parents to write to them as well as do rally/protest every where so every one would know how much we love avatar and we want more avatar anime. :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( If any one has any addresses please let me know and I’ll write to them.”

  • Belladonna1978

    I am an adult and I loved every single episode there was!!!Me and my husband watched them all and we are very sad that it had to end… It was an amazing series and It brings a lot of good humor and entertainment to the whole family!!! I agree with Tom, I think Avatar should go on for at least a couple more years!!! Wouldn’t that be awesome???