Thursday, 1 April 2010
Avatar - The Last Airbender (TV) [* * * * *]
He's a kid who is vegetarian, full of gentle eastern ethics and bound to save the world - only he doesn't know how. The eastern philosophy of the elements - Earth, Fire, Water and Air - are taught in really clear language, both as a martial art and a healing art.
What's more, the writer of the series seems to understand it even more deeply when Sozen's Comet arrives and you find the unprepared child forced to take on the Fire Lord who's taking over the whole world and changing the natural balance. The reluctant young avatar can't get himself to take a life but instead learns from a lion-turtle of the sea how to use a deeper and older eastern tradition of working with the chakras.
And all this in a fun-filled package for children - I think it's wonderful storytelling most of the time. There's a bit of tai chi (for Waterbending) and a few other techniques like the dragon style kungfu (Firebending) shown in very authentic detail. Love the show and can't wait for the next season!
Posted by Yoda