I have, for the most part, been incredibly unfortunate when it comes to my favourite shows getting sequels, in that it rarely ever happens! I won’t name and shame, but it always seems to be the uninspired garbage that gets multiple series- I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, it’s difficult being in the minority, indifferent to the shows the masses seem to want more and more of… (•_•). ( •_•)>⌐□-□. (⌐□_□) But this year’s been different. This year Jormungand and Moyashimon, both shows I enjoyed immensely, released a second series, and Chihaya is due its second within just weeks! But for me, by far the most exciting sequel was the sequel to Avatar The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra.
As some of you may know, my journey as an anime fan began during ’08. In order to fill the MASSIVE hole in my life Avatar The Last Airbender left (I’d just finished the show), I watched as much anime as I could get my hands on. But even four years down the line, I’ve not watched anything that’s impacted on my life quite as much, so naturally, learning that it was getting a sequel was one of the best moments of my life! And even though it was long in coming (years, in fact) this original excitement about Korra was not misplaced.
Those of you who followed my weekly posts on Legend of Korra will already know how much I enjoyed it. Whilst not as good as its predecessor, it was still a strong show, with a fairly interesting protagonist (I don’t see strong females lead action shows as much as I’d like), an excellent villain, a story that kept you on the edge of your seat, with plenty of twists and turns (HE WAS A BLOODBENDER ALL ALONG!?), and the same high-standard of animation that could be found in The Last Airbender. But the reason why Korra made this list wasn’t just that it was a great show, and very enjoyable to watch, but also that it was the first show I blogged episode-by-episode to completion.
It was immensely gratifying to track this awesome show’s progress each week, to take the time to ponder over what worked and what didn’t, allowing me to truly appreciate it. It was also great to be part of the buzz, and to share my joy with others in a way that felt as though it might help inform and entertain. And inform and entertain I believe it did, as my blog’s daily view count has never been higher than when I was covering Korra!
So all in all, it was an amazing experience, one of the best I’ve had this year, and one I was desperate to include on this list, even though, technically, Avatar is not an anime… But whatever, my blog, my rules!