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Cosplay Friday: Legend of Korra

Fri Feb 27, 2015, 11:28 AM
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The Legend Of Korra

Fans sadly bid adieu to the The Legend of Korra series as its run on Nickelodeon came to a close this past December. A sequel to the popular Avatar: The Last Airbender, the series takes place 70 years after Avatar and follows 17 year old Korra as she tries to master the last element needed to become a full Avatar.

The Legend of Korra debuted in 2012 and pushed the boundaries of children’s television by featuring more mature topics touching on violence, race, sexual orientation, and politics.

In the show’s very first season a character was killed on screen in the season finale, leading to it being pulled from the Saturday morning lineup for being too dark.

Our lead character, Korra, is a strong, brave heroine of color — something still not all that common in film or television. And while the show doesn’t take place in our world, it still incorporates Eastern influences and ideas from other cultures.

In terms of sexual orientation, the kicker came at the end of the series

Spoiler Alert:

The once romantic rivals Korra and Asami, whose relationship had evolved over the course of the show, are shown holding hands in the exact same pose as Aang and Katara kissing at the end of The Last Airbender. While the showrunners didn’t go that far, it was clear that this pair was more than just friends — something no other children’s show has been as explicit about.

From a political side, through its storylines the show has tackled fascism via Kuvira and weapons of mass destruction via the Spirit Weapon, among other topics. Keeping with its Eastern influences, The Legend of Korra, while not mentioning religion, does foster the values of balance and mindfulness.

All of these are very serious topics for a child–oriented show and have definitely pushed the boundaries of where children's programing can go. The Legend of Korra ultimately taught us through Korra’s journey about embracing the sides of ourselves that are awkward and that we may not be comfortable with. The lesson is about self–acceptance.

While The Legend of Korra series may be over and the future of more Avatar series is still uncertain, we can still enjoy these beloved characters in the flesh. Cosplayers from around the world have joined their talents to bring the world of Avatar to life. So whether you’re a fire bender, water bender, earth bender, air bender or a full avatar, get ready to enjoy a gallery of Avatartastic cosplay.

It’s all right. People usually assume that I’m daddy’s helpless little girl, but I can handle myself.”

— Asami

We are perfect for each other! She’s strong, I’m strong. She’s fun, I’m fun. She’s beautiful… I’m GORGEOUS!”

— Bolin

I’m impressed. No one has ever gotten the better of me like that. It is almost a shame to take the bending of someone so talented. ALMOST.”

— Amon

The key is to be like the leaf, flow… with the movement of the gates. Airbending is all about spiral movements. When you meet resistance, you must be able to switch directions at a moments notice.”

— Tenzin

Yeah, but I don’t know why. The other elements came so easily to me, but every single time I’ve tried Airbending [sticks out her tongue] nothing.”

— Korra

I’m happy to help any way I can. I want these Equalists to pay for what they’ve done.”

— Hiroshi Sato

And now for the grand tour! The Flying Bison sleeps in those caves down there. And that’s the temple grandpa Aang built. And that’s the green house that we grow the vegetables we eat.”

— Ikki

Your Thoughts

  1. Who is you favorite The Legend of Korra character and why?
  2. What would you like to see in future editions of Cosplay Friday?

Feature: The Legend of Korra

Sun Jun 24, 2012, 4:13 PM
Featuring: The Legend of Korra

The Legend of Korra is an American animated television series that premiered on the Nickelodeon television network on April 14, 2012. The series is a sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, which aired on the same network from 2005 to 2008.

The series takes place 70 years after the original

When technology has advanced to that of around the 1920s on Earth. In it, some people have the ability known as "bending" by which they control and manipulate either water, earth, fire, or air. One bender, known as the "Avatar" and described as the "physical embodiment of the world's spirit", has the power to bend all four elements and is responsible for maintaining both the balance of nature and peace between the world's four great nations.

Korra, the protagonist of the new series, is the next incarnation of the Avatar after Aang of the original series. Creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko follow Korra as she learns the art of airbending, having mastered the other three elements, while facing an anti-bender revolution by a group known as the Equalists.
(Text from Wikipedia)

Like Old Times - The Legend of Korra by Ambroise-H The Legend of Korra by yuumei KORRA - morning fog by chocosweete Team Korra by andrahilde The Legend by bowlersandtophats

The first season of the series consisted of 12 episodes, which culminated with a 2 episodes special last saturday, June 23rd.

A second season with 14 episodes has been already announced.

I've said it before: fanart is not unfamilar to DA. Fans from all over the world devote their artistic abilities and inspiration to create amazing pieces of art to recreate their favourite characters, scenes, what was or what could have been.

LEGEND OF KORRA BUTTON-BADGES! -for sale- by shazy Korra by alicexz  Korra and The Airbenders by chakhabit Korra by Br0ny

Now with the season finale from last saturday, a mix of both positive and negative opinions have flooded the internet, specially on sites like tumblr and deviantArt. Through pieces of art, journals and blogs the fans have been demostrating their reaction to the end of this first season. It doesn't matter if they loved it or hated it, (because is really hard to stay on middle ground) the same passion for the show is evident in each post.

Now to commemorate the end of this first part of The Legend of Korra, this article intends to showcase some of these artworks devoted to the show. Enjoy!

- Korra - by KLSteeleArt Korra by miyumon Korra by jiee
Korra by lemurali Korra- Since the beginning... by Sunofureku Korra: pathway by hakuku Korra's Destiny! by jeftoon01

Are you Ready for this?

I think i'm in love now

- By Kwang Il Han of Studio Mir…

lok fans, heres some facts you may be happy to read


--The Legend of Korra will produce three more seasons for a total of 52 episodes.

--Book 2 is called Spirits

--Book 2 takes place six months after Book 1: Air

--The Book begins with a festival in the Southern Water Tribe, They'll visit a festival with glowing lanterns that warm up the snowscape scenery. Beautiful.

--The Southern Water Tribe has been rebuilt just like the Northern One

--Korra will travel through a storm to find a glowing iceberg. Spirit world? The ice cave looks very reminiscent to the iceberg Aang was trapped in.

--Book 2 will explore the Spirit World and how the "Avatar" lineage began. Korra will travel into the spirit world and Konietzko hints that there may be episodes later in the season dedicated to exploring the bigger landscape of the Spirit World.

--The Southern Air Temple and other ancient Air Temple sites WILL be visited.

--Asami has taken over Future Industries, and has a business outfit

--More info on Kya, whose favorite song is "Secret Tunnel". She's a bit of a hippie and has a special bond with Jinora. Kya's big into healing.

--Book 2 will bump up Bumi, a fan favorite and brother of Tenzin, to a regular character. He's got a big potbelly which fits his wacky personality.

--We will meet Unarock, Korra's uncle, who is the Chief of the Northern Water Tribe.

--We will meet Unarock's twins, a boy and a girl.

--We'll find out more about Korra's family, and about the history of the different tribes.

--Mako becomes a cop.

--Bolin will get a love interest.  <<<<<<<<<<HOLY MOTHER OF GOD SO STOKED

--Unlike Mako and Korra, Bolin still plays for the Fire Ferrets' pro-bending team


COMIC CON SPOILERS: these are descriptions of a few little storyboarded scenes

A big action scene between Mako (now a policeman for Republic City) and a pair of fleeing robbers. They try and waterbend his motorcycle off the road with a sheet of ice, but he's faster than them. He jumps the cycle into the air, spins around, firebends their truck and sends it rolling into a building. "Looks like someone had car trouble." Diss.

Then we see Korra racing Tenzin's kids on airballs around the air temple. It's neck and neck, but Korra jumps into Avatar State for the extra umph to get her across the finish line. Tenzin is not pleased. "The Avatar State is not to be used as a booster rocket!" This moment may speak to the season's larger arc, of Korra learning to master and appreciate her spiritual side.

Finally, we see Korra encounter a spiny spirit in the Southern Water Tribe. He's spiny and wicked, like one of Miyazaki's darker creations. The creature moves with lightning speed, pinning Korra to ice. She enters Avatar State to whip fire and water at the beast, but he tunnels underground and escapes. Conflict with the Spirit World is already shaping up to be the show's big conceit.

In a room of 4, 500 hardcore fans, the Legend of Korra San Diego Comic Con panel opens with an epic montage of Book 1 moments backed by a stunning score by the Track Team.

The panel introduction is by moderator, Rich Magallanes, who states he is blown away by the entire Avatar universe and its development.

The creators come out - followed by Joaquim dos Santos and the brilliant voice director Andrea Romano. The cast enters: Janet Varney, David Faustino, Seychelle Gabriel and P.J. Byrne. Seychelle rocks a cute steampunk cosplay.

According to Hypable  there are still 4, 000 people waiting outside Ballroom 20. In 2004 Korra/A:TLA was in a room with 50 people.

If you didn't already know, there will be 4 books (seasons) with 52 episodes divided as so:

Book 1: Air - 12 episodes

Book 2: Spirits - 14 episodes

Book 3 - 13 episodes

Book 4 - 13 episodes
  • At 2:24 pm, Janet Varney (Korra) is asked about voicing Korra and how she matches up to Aang. She replies: "They’re so different from one another, it’s so fun to play someone headstrong."
  • David Faustino thanks animation for allowing him to play a big heroic character (joke is: he's short - 5'3" to be exact)
  • At 2:25 pm, P.J. Byrne is asked to choose any character to be from season one. He wants to be himself and Janet says she wants to be the announcer.
  • Seychelle states that Asami and her are most alike because they both overpack.
  • At 2:30 pm: Andrea Romano directs table readings from book 1.

  • The second scene the cast read through is, “The Voice in the Night” and “The Spirit of Competition.” David messes up a little and P.J. is hysterical with his lines. Everyone at the panel laughs.
  • At: 2:41 pm - David fakes kisses Janet on stage to mimic a scene! 
  • Bryan is sorry they, "blew up the boat".

:star: :star:Book 2 Information: :star: :star:
  • Book 2 is called Spirits and takes place 6 months after Book 1: Air
  • The opening scene: Southern Water Tribe festival. There is a banquet hall made of ice. Korra and co. will travel into the tundra of the Southern Water Tribe. Looks a bit dark and scary with a chilling snowscape and a bright green sky. 

  • Fashion of characters compensate for winter. Asami has an Amelia Earhart look. The others have longer sleeves and winter coats. Fashion is innspired by Mandarin, asymmetrical fashion. Mako and Bolin will get big, fluffy coats for the frozen tundra.

  • Korra goes through a storm and reaches a glowing iceberg that resembles Aang's frozen prison.

  • Southern Air Temple Concept Painting: team avatar will journey to the Southern Air Temple.

  • Team Avatar will also journey to the Spirit World.
  • Book 2 will feature episodes that look back into the history of Avatar and Spirit World.
  • We will see more of Korra's parents and meet her uncle Oodalak or Unarock.
  • Oodalak/Unarock?: head of the Northern Water Tribe and very spiritual. He mentors Korra.
  • Verick: described to be a Howard Hughes playboy, kind of character. He is a Southern Water Tribe member. He and Bolin have a funny relationship. He is said to be a very entertaining character and a 'shipping magnet'.
  • Asami takes over Sato's company.
  • Book 2 will feature Aang's children: Commander Bumi and Kya. Bumi wears pink earmuffs. 
  • Random fact: Korra was inspired by Gina Carano.
  • There will be a very cool spirit creature who has glowing eyes, walks on two legs, a tail, and a branch like appendages.
  • Animatics clip: Fire Ferrets being beaten. Mako and Korra motorcycle chase scene vs. robbers. Asami determined to bring her father's company back to the top. Tenzin's family airbends all around the island. Korra goes into the Avatar State to win the airball race with Jinora. The spirit creature attacks Korra and is twice her size. She goes into the Avatar State to fight it. 
  • Spirit creature clearly seems to be the villain. 
  • Mako becomes a cop in Book 2. He is ready to sling some great zingers.
  • Pro-bending returns: Fire Ferrets vs. Rhino Lions in the animatics preview (Korra and Mako are not on the team).
  • In Book 2, Bolin is finding himself and looking for his path.
  • Andrea Romano (voice director) gets the cast to understand the animation by organizing scenes so the voice actors react and work together better.
  • Kya (Aang's daughter) joins Book 2: [I believe this is her description] a waterbender with a hippie look. Kya has a special bond with Senna.
  • Korra's father is a gentle guy, although they imagine him as huge.
  • What do the creator's do? Mike & Bryan work with the writers, come up with stores for Book 3 and work with the creative/art teams. The amount of design is crazy. 
  • The panel's audience is live recorded for crowd scenes in Book 2.
  • Andrea Romano leads the crowd into simulating a crowd at a pro-bending fight.

Videos: Season 2 Preview! Interview With Bolin Aka PJ Byrne!
spoiler alert

If Michael and Bryan had a choice, i think that both shows would have been more for teens then for kids. Look at what happen on today's episode. She was on a damn cliff. She was close enough to the edge of the cliff that her tear was able to fall all the way down it rather than hitting the snow. She was standing on the edge of the cliff and she was at her “lowest point”

Yeah, I do kind of think she was contemplating suicide. She did think that she was not the Avatar anymore. She thought she was crippled and useless, and everyone knows when one Avatar passes, a new one is reborn. So maybe she considered it - just for a second - to commit suicide so that the next Avatar could be born - whole. That’s pretty fucking deep for a kids show, but maybe I’m reading too much into it.

But she was strong enough to ask for help, at least that’s why I think Aang showed up. Deep inside, she was calling for help. And she thought that she was alone. That no one can help her.

        But she wasn’t. All the past Avatars were there for her. And Aang, and everyone else was there to for her.

What do you guys think? Am I right?



Six months after Book 1, going to show short animatic of where the characters are. In the thick of animation and design and production, still a very far way to go, but lots of great concepts:

  • Opening of Book 2 in a festival in the sourthern water tribe, gentle snow falling, lanterns, circus games, A PAINTING OF A MUCH LARGER SOUTHERN WATER TRIBE!
  • Southern Water Tribe has a beautiful banquet hall made of ice
  • Great landscapes, storms, ominous rock formations
  • “Mysterious location they’re journeying to in this storm, with cool spooky lighting”, harkens back to the glow Aang’s iceberg had
  • Naga and Korra exploring the mysterious location
  • Twisted roots coming out of ice walls
  • Southern Air Temple all spruced up
  • Vistas, base of the mountain around the temple, very gentle, “misty kind of Chinese mountains”
  • Ancient air bender site
  • Explore the spirits, background, creation of the Avatar
  • Older Gaang!
  • The Krew
  • :star::star::star:NEW OUTFITS!:star::star::star:
  • Korra is very similar, longer sleeves, very athletic, Mandarin a-symmetrical top, looks a little meaner
  • Mako get’s a coat! Still has the scarf
  • Bolin has an AWESOME green parka
  • Asami takes over her fathers company, more business attire
  • STILL A BADASS THOUGH, Goggles, and updated racing leathers
  • Tenzin gets ANOTHER claok
  • BUMI BUMI BUMI HAS PINK EAR MUFFS, Kya will also appear, Bumi definitely has the same spirit as the old king. Bit of a pot belly since we last saw him
  • KYA! No dreds, has a half moon necklace, bit of a hippy, FAVORITE SONG IS SECRET TUNNEL, has a special bond with Jinora
  • The Avatar parents get an update, going to see more of Korra’s parents this season, Korra’s dad was thought of initially to be like a line backer physically
  • Flashback to Tonraq in his early 20’s, shirtless XD
  • Tonraq brother, “Unolok”??? will be appearing! Very posh, to bring up the relationship between the north and south tribes
  • Korra's twin cousins
  • Female
  • Verick???, Howard Hughes, little bit of a playboy guy, Captain of Industry, more humorous, great rapport with Bolin, VERY BRIGHT PURPLE CLOAK, Southern Water Tribe descent
  • Spirits! shadowy creature? Can’t even describe!


Fancied up storyboard:

    - Probending! Fire Ferrets agains the —— Lions (missed it), Bolin giving pep talk…to TWO ENTIRELY NEW PLAYERS. Go down as the fastest knockout in probending history XD - Mako is on a fancy bike, chasing…waterbenders past a Wendy’s XD Intense chase scene, and he takes down the truck! “Looks like you had some car trouble, good thing the police are here.” - ASAMI FLYING A PLANE, Nearly bankrupt because of her father’s reputation, sounds confident, but sercretly worried - Pema being heckled by her three eldest and Korra riding around on air scooters, Korra goes into the Avatar state to win the race, Tenzin overhears, and scolds her - Naga barking, weird shadow spirit appears in the distance, attacks Korra, pins her down….fade out - Korra goes Avatar state to fight the creature, into the festival Quote: So Mako has become a cop, and now Bolin is struggling to find his place in the world. TO BECOME A MAAAAN. Andrea found the end to Noatok and Tarrlok absolutely shocking.

    “It’s a kids show! :D
    - Mike (what??? they're not dead? O_o...) Andrea only relays to the kids the things from the script that will lead them in their performance, makes it as easy on the actors as possible. - Team Avatar will travel to the Southern Water Tribe. They'll visit a festival with glowing lanterns that warm up the snowscape scenery. Beautiful. - Korra will travel through a storm to find a glowing iceberg. Spirit world? The ice cave looks very reminiscent to the iceberg Aang was trapped in. - We saw concept art of the Southern Air Temple. Inspired by Chinese art, it's a stone structure enhanced with yellow and orange skies, lush vegetation growing over it. - Book 2 will explore the Spirit World and how the "Avatar" lineage began. Korra will travel into the spirit world and Konietzko hints that there may be episodes later in the season dedicated to exploring the bigger landscape of the Spirit World. - Then we saw some new costumes. Korra will have new threads inspired by Mandarin, asymmetrical fashion. Mako and Bolin will get big, fluffy coats for the frozen tundra that maintain their color coordination (Mako loves that red scarf). - Asami is now the head of her dad's Future Industries, so she's gone corporate! Luckily, she has an alternate costume, an airship look that makes her a double for Amelia Earhart. - Book 2 will bump up Bumi, a fan favorite and brother of Tenzin, to a regular character. He's got a big potbelly which fits his wacky personality. - His sister Kya will also be a regular player. Dubbed a hippie by "Konietzko," Kya's big into healing. - Korra's expanded family will be introduced. The creators mentioned that Korra was inspired by MMA fighter Gina Carano, which explains her build. It also explains why her entire family is ripped. - Book 2 called "Spirits" and takes place six months after Book 1. if you have more links to images/information please leave them in the commentes :D

Supervising director, Ryu Ki Hyun, has come up with Meelo Style” based on PSY’s Gangnam Style.

Episode One!…

Episode Two!…
Be the leaf Bryan! Just be the leaf!

Episode Three!…

One of the neat things about being the lead designer of a show like Young Justice is getting to interact with the fans through sites like this one, seeing the awesome fan art you guys do is a big inspiration for myself and a lot of the other artists and writers on the show. It really keeps us motivated knowing that you guys and girls appreciate the characters and stories we are creating. Along with great art my other favorite aspect of fandom, and easily the most hardcore representation of it, is the cosplayers and their dedication to show accurate costumes. So with SDCC right around the corner I thought I would share a little something interesting with all you Legend of Korra fans out there, as well as cosplayers in general. Last year at around this time my good buddy, Joaquim, who is a co-executive producer on Korra, asked my wife, she is a clothing designer by trade, to create a show accurate Korra outfit to be worn by the official model representing the show at SDCC 2011.
She worked with the show creators Mike and Bryan and the model to bring Korra to life for all the fans at last years con.  Anyway, the costume rocked and so did the panel, and I thought it would be neat to share her blog with those of you out there who digs the Korra.
Click the link for some behind the scenes making of the Korra outfit and stuff.…

Other than that I hope everybody is having an awesome Friday!
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Pandora... amazing.
  • Reading: A Dance with Dragons
  • Watching: All yalls'
  • Playing: The angles
  • Eating: Vegetarians
  • Drinking: Single Malt mostly