Fans of Nickelodeon’s ongoing animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender have reason to get excited. On January 23rd, season two of this epic heads to the shelves with the release of Avatar: The Last Airbender - Book 2 Earth, Vol. 1.
Continuing the tale of Aang, the last Airbender, season two joins our young hero’s ongoing quest to master all four of the elements to aid in the battle against the Fire Lord. Filled with action and an engrossing story, the plot unfolds as returning characters begin to evolve and new characters are met along the journey.
Aimed at the six-to-eleven-year-old market, Avatar manages to capture the imagination of young and old alike. With ongoing story arcs encompassing entire seasons, we begin to see a children’s series unlike most others on the air today. Well written and solidly animated, both elements combine together to bring to life a magical fantasy world. Wonders and surprises around every corner, soon you find yourself watching just to see what happens next.
This isn’t just some stodgy affair aimed at getting mom and dad to tune in to the kids channel, either. Mixing in a fun dose of humor, Avatar manages to bring the laughs, much to the delight of my own daughter. Seldom aiming over the heads of their intended audience, the jokes are often laugh out loud funny while some remain subtle enough to catch the viewer off guard. Always careful to avoid over the top territory, the humor mixes in just the right amount with the story and animation to raise this one yet another notch.
On the technical side, Avatar: The Last Airbender is a well-packaged show. The attractive menus are backed by the show’s pleasant Asian theme music. This makes it easy enough to leave the disk at the menu for some pleasant background music.