Avatar The Last Airbender - The Complete Book 1 Collection

Avatar The Last Airbender - The Complete Book 1 Collection

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Aang, the reincarnated Avatar, and Water Nation siblings Katara and Sokka at last reach the Northern Water Tribe, setting the stage for the spectacular conclusion to Book 1 of this epic anime-influenced saga. Aang and his companions have come a long way before engaging in the ultimate battle with the Fire Nation who would imperil the delicate balance of the earth. The exciting and moving two-part season finale, "The Siege of the North," not only pits Aang against his nemesis, Prince Zuko, but also plays out inter-tribal treachery between Zuko and Admiral Zhao, who is bent on succeeding where Zuko has failed -- by capturing Aang. Preceding "Siege" are two entertaining episodes. Aang and company defend refugees at "The Northern Air Temple," and Katara is denied training by "The Waterbending Master" because she is a girl. Avatar is a richly rewarding series, brilliantly animated and impressively written and acted. The series works on several levels. The black snow, for example, that precedes the arrival of the Fire Nation army may, to younger viewers, be simply weird and scary. Older viewers may pick up on this visual metaphor for industrialization. (This insight comes from the series' co-creators in the episode commentary, a welcome first for Avatar DVDs). Most satisfyingly, the characters continue to evolve: the cynical Sokka reveals his tender side when he falls for a Waterbender princess; and Zuko's uncle, usually good for some comic relief, gets to display his awesome powers against Zhao. And you can't ask for a better season payoff than the introduction, in the final seconds, of a surprising new Fire Nation warrior who figures to play a major role in Book 2.
Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
In Avatar: The Last Airbender's mythical setting, the world is separated into four nations: the Water Tribe, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Air Nomads. Within each of these nations are men, women, and children who have special powers, allowing them to "bend" or manipulate the elements. Once in a generation, there is an Avatar: a Bender who can use all four elements. A century ago, a young Air Nomad boy by the name of Aang had this special talent but was accidentally trapped within a ball of ice. When the series begins, Aang is freed into a confusing new existence; much has changed in the 100 years since he's been gone. Unfortunately, he's saddened to discover that he is now the last of his nation after an evil lord of the Fire Nation wiped out the Air Nomads during a war. Now Aang -- and his friends Katara and Sokka -- must use his powers to restore peace to the four nations while battling the evil Fire Prince Zuko. Avatar: The Last Airbender began on the cable network Nickelodeon in February 2005, and instantly became a huge hit. Combining elements of Chinese kung fu, Tibetan philosophy, Japanese martial arts forms, and even Hindu spiritual beliefs, Avatar is a truly unique contribution to the anime style of kids' cartoons.

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Closed Caption; Behind the scenes with the Avatar cast & crew; Avatar Pilot Episode with audio commentary; The Making of Avatar - Inside the Sound Studios; The Making of Avatar - Inside the Korean Animation Studios

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