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Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)

TV Series  |  TV-Y7  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure
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In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar.

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Series cast summary:
Zach Tyler ...
 Aang / ... (61 episodes, 2005-2008)
 Katara / ... (60 episodes, 2005-2008)
 Sokka / ... (60 episodes, 2005-2008)
 Appa / ... (60 episodes, 2005-2008)
 Prince Zuko / ... (49 episodes, 2005-2008)
 Toph / ... (37 episodes, 2005-2008)
 Uncle / ... (31 episodes, 2005-2006)
 Azula / ... (25 episodes, 2005-2008)


The world is divided into four elemental nations: The Northern and Southern Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. The Avatar upholds the balance between the nations, but everything changed when the Fire Nation invaded. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, can stop them. But when the world needs him most, he vanishes. A hundred years later Katara and Sokka discover the new Avatar, an airbender named Aang. Together they must help Aang master the elements and save the world. Written by Kevin Jeremiah Gaona

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'Lake Laogai', the headquarters of the Dai Li agents, has a meaning in Chinese: Laogai is short for Laodonggaizao which means 'Reform through labor' and is the name of the Chinese political prison camps where many political opponents where incarcerated during the 60's, and is still in existence. See more »


The design of the white lotus tile changes through the course of the series. The first design is shown in the Book 1 episode "The Waterbending Scroll", when Iroh holds up the tile he finds in his sleeve. The second design is seen in the Book 2 episode "The Desert", when Iroh makes the first move in the game. (The old man that Iroh is playing against confirms it is the white lotus.) Then, in the Book 3 episode "Sokka's Master", the tile given to Sokka by the butler more closely resembles the first design. See more »


Katara: [opening narration] Water... Earth... Fire... Air. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them. But when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years passed and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar, an airbender named Aang. And although his airbending skills are great, he still has a lot to learn before he's ready to save anyone. But I believe Aang can ...
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Fake anime can be good
7 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So, Nick has decided to join in on the party (along with Cartoon Network, Toon Disney, etc...) and put anime on the line-up. well, avatar isn't exactly anime, but it's inspired by it.

Compared to other anime-inspired shows made here in the US, Avatar is a leap ahead of the rest. A big leap. And furthermore, it's on Nick. Nick viewers aren't used to to shows like this. Shows with developing characters, and a deep story. But despite that, and what you may hear from others, Avatar is a popular show. I wouldn't be surprised if this show went far. It has humor, a good bit of it, and those cute anime faces we all love (well, anime fans). It has action. It even gives us a reason to cry once and a while (if you like the show enough). And romance, of course, if you look for it. Overall, this show is worth a watch. However, you have to start from the beginning, so you know what's going on. I give it a 9/10.

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