Cosplay Friday: Legend of Korra

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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?

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1. WOW!! Kya!! I've always been fascinated with Katara since AtLA, but when Kya firs appeared, Woow!! I was unable to think about something else for weeks!!! Not just me, but my brother also, noticed that I'M JUST LIKE HER!!! I also have THE SAME MARK UNDER THE SAME EYE!!!! woooooooooo

Oh, and I also like Lin. I'm not sure why, I never liked any earth bender, always the water benders gathered my attention; but Lin is just SO AMAZINGLY GREAT!! SHE'S A GENIUS!!!!

haha... well... that's all... If I say I like Raava, I would be unable to explain why...