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The Legend of Korra – Book Three: Change (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

December 11, 2014 by  



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While it is a shame that “The Legend of Korra” is not airing on television any longer and is being released via online, by no means should anyone think this serious as inferior to “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. It’s a different series that doesn’t want to be a copycat series but yet retaining the gorgeous animation but a strong storyline, especially with “The Legend of Korra – Book Three: Change”. An exciting series and captivating third book that I highly recommend on Blu-ray!

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TITLE: The Legend of Korra – Book Three: Change

YEAR: 2014

DURATION: 13 Episodes (Episodes 27-39) Minutes (294 Minutes)

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080i High Definition, English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish 2.0 Stereo

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Viacom/Paramount

RATED: NOT RATED

Release Date: December 2, 2014


Directed by Ian Graham, Colin Heck

Written by Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, Joshua Hamilton, Tim Hedrick

Produced by Tim Yoon

Music by Jeremy Zuckerman

Casting by Shannon Reed

Art Direction by Joaquim Dos Santos, Bryan Konietzko, Ki Hyun Ryu


Featuring the following voice talent:

Janet Varney as Korra

Dee Bradley Baker as Various Voices

David Faustino as Mako

P.J. Byrne as Bolin

J.K. Simmons as Tenzin

Jeff Bennett as Radio Braodcaster

Seychelle Gabriel as Asami Sato

Steve Blum as Amon

Darcy Rose Byrnes as Ikki

Mindy Sterling as Lin Beifong

Logan Wells as Meelo

Lance Henriksen as Lieutenant

Kiernan Shipka as Jinora

Richard Riehle as Bumi

Adrian LaTourelle as Unalaq

Lisa Edestein as Kya

Aubrey Plaza as Eska

Aaron Himelstein as Desna

Maria Bamford as Pema

John Michael Higgins as Varrick

Steve Blum as Amon

James Remar as Tonraq

Jonathan Adams as Vaatu


From the creators of Avatar: The Last Air Bender comes the continuation of a legendary story.  As the world enters a new age where spirits and mankind coexist, Book 3: Change reveals the exciting discovery of new Airbenders! But while Korra makes it her mission to find them and rebuild the Air Nation, a group of dangerous criminals embarks on a mission of their own.


Two weeks have passed since the Harmonic Convergence and vines continue to cover the Republic City.  This leads to President Raiko expelling Korra from the city.

Meanwhile, people in the city including Bumi, have developed air bending techniques and this leads to Tenzin, Korra and their friends visiting various areas to recruit the new Airbenders to join them as become Air Nomads.

But unbeknown to Korra, Tenzin and others, a dangerous, powerful and evil airbending criminal named Zaheer has escaped prison with others and they want their revenge!

Find out what happens in “The Legend of Korra – Book Three: Change” now available on Blu-ray and DVD!

What is “The Legend of Korra” about?

From Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the creators of the popular Nickelodeon animated series “Avatar: The Last Airbender”, comes the sequel to the series titled “The Legend of Korra”.

Originally planned as a 12-episode mini-series, “The Legend of Korra” was greenlit for a total of 52-episodes (four seasons) for a total of four books with 12-14 episodes each.

While the first two seasons aired on Nickelodeon, the third season “The Legend of Korra” featured eight episodes being aired on Nickelodeon, but stopped due to declining ratings and episodes 9-13 were made available online via Amazon, Google Play, Xbox and Hulu.

The first season known as “Book One: Air” features animation from Korea’s Studio Mir and the series would receive critical acclaim and also drawing an average of 4.3 million viewers, having the highest audience total for an animated series in the U.S. for 2012.

And now “The Legend of Korra – Book One: Air” will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in July 2013.

“The Legend of Korra” is set 70-years in the future after the events of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and how the world was brought into peace. The world which features the four nations which include the Water Tribes, the Air Nomads, the Earth Kingdom and the Fire Nation have people trained to “Bend” the element that they are associated with their nation (so, a person can bend water, earth, fire or air).

But for Korra of the Southern Water Tribe, at 4-years-old, she was able to bend fire and earth and thus was trained to become the Avatar to the Order of the White Lotus. Now at 17-years-old, she can “bend” water, earth and fire but yet is unable to “air-bend”.

She is to be trained to “air-bend” from Tenzin, the youngest child of Aang (the last airbender and the protagonist of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”) and Katara (the water bender from the Southern Water Tribe who was the first to discover Aang and free him from an iceberg – episode 1 of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”) but the problem is that Republic City has become unstable and Tenzin will not be able to stay in the Southern Water Tribe to train her and must leave.

Upset that Tenzin won’t train her , Korra who feels that because she can bend three elements, she’s powerful enough and wants to see the world and perhaps Tenzin may train her in Republic City. Master Katara (who is also Tenzin’s mother) accepts Korra’s reasoning and allows her to go to Republic City alone.

But immediately when Korra arrives in the Republic City, trying to save people from a bending gang, she is arrested by Republic City’s metalbending police force and immediately is not well-liked by the police chief Lin Beifong (daughter of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” character Toph Beifong), but to her aid comes Tenzin who takes her in. To ease tensions, it is revealed to the media that the Avatar, Korra is staying in the city and for Korra, she tells everyone that her goal is to protect the people of Republic City.

Meanwhile, something ominous is happening in the city as a mysterious masked man named Amon who leads the Equalists (non-benders) and their goal is to bring equality between the benders and the non-benders. But Amon has shown that he has some power to eliminate one’s bending abilities.

For “Book Two: Spirits”, the storyline is set six months after the events in the season final of “Book One: Air”.

Korra is now being trained by her uncle, Unalaq and has discovered that restless spirits have been terrorizing the south seas. And she needs to find the way to calm the dark spirits.

But as she and her father Tonraq goes to the area of the Water Tribes, she discovers something ominous and one who is trying to merge with the dark spirit known as Vaatu in order to become the Dark Avatar.

But will Korra have what it takes to calm the Dark Spirits and face the Dark Avatar?

For “Book Three: Change”, two weeks after the Harmonic Convergence, Korra was expelled from Republic City by President Raiko because spirit vines continued to cover the city and Korra was not able to remove them.  But with various people suddenly developing airbending skills, this leads Tenzin, Korra and friends to search for airbenders in various areas and recruit them to join the Air Nomads.

But the evil and powerful criminal named Zaheer has escaped prison with a few others and with his tremendous airbending skill, does Korra and friends have a chance of stopping him?


The main characters of “The Legend of Korra – Book Three: Change” are:

  • Korra – A teenage girl who has mastered fire, earth and water but not wind-bending. She is the successor of Aang and thus was kept hidden in order to protect her. But because of her temper and rebellious side, she tends to do things on her own pace, even though it may get her into a lot of trouble. In Book Two: Spirits, despite having more control of her airbending abilities, she will be put to the test when she comes across a new enemy intent on destroying the world.  In Book Three: Change, Korra does all she can in trying to recruit the new airbenders to join Air Nomads.
  • Mako – A firebender and member of the Fire Ferrets bending team. He is a firebender that came from the streets, he is seen as a dark individual. He is dating Asami Sato, daughter of the wealthy industrialist Hiroshi Sato but also is attracted to Korra. He was Korra’s boyfriend and is currently a police officer.
  • Bolin – The younger brother of Mako who is an earth bender and is lighthearted, gullible and humorous. The opposite of his brother.
  • Asami Sato – Mako’s ex-girlfriend and the daughter of Hiroshi Sato, the wealthy industrialist. She once loved Mako was once jealous of Korra but she has matured and is now responsible for keeping Future Industries afloat and restore the corporation’s reputation.
  • Master Tenzin – The youngest son of Aang and Katara. He tries to fulfill his father’s wishes and was assigned to train Korra in air bending and assisting her.
  • Republic City police chief Lin Beifong – A former girlfriend of Tenzin and the daughter of Toph Beifong. She is very strict when it comes to honoring the laws of the land and it puts her in odds with Korra. She is brave and loyal.
  • Pema – Tenzin’s caring wife and mother of Jinora, Ikki, Meelo and Rohan, who are young children training to become air benders.
  • Tonraq – The father of Korra and a waterbending master.

VIDEO:

“The Legend of Korra – Book Three: Change” is presented in 1080p High Definition and my thoughts in watching the series is how impressive the character designs, the detail and shading of the characters and how breathtaking the background art is for the series, as well as the mechanical design. The series is vibrant and colorful, I didn’t see any artifacts or any problematic issues during my view of the 13-episodes. If anything, fans of the series will be thrilled of how beautiful “The Legend of Korra” looks in HD and Studio Mir and Studio Pierrot has done an amazing job for this second season!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“The Legend of Korra – Book Three: Change” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and Spanish 2.0 Stereo. The lossless soundtrack for “The Legend of Korra – Book Three: Change” sounds fantastic. Action scenes come alive and utilizes the surround channels very well, especially for environment ambiance. Dialogue and music are crystal clear!

Subtitles are in English SDH.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“The Legend of Korra – Book Three: Change” comes with the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary – Featuring nine audio commentaries with creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.
  • The Spirit of An Episode– Featuring six “Spirit of An Episode” featurettes with cast discussing episodes they work on. “The Terror Within” (5:34) with Colin Heck (Director) and Olga Ulanova (Assistant Director); “The Stakeout” (5:14) with Steven Ahn (Assistant Director) and Ian Graham (Director); “Long Live the Queen” with Melchior Zwyer (Director) and Owen Sullivan (Assistant Director); “The Ultimatum” with Colin Heck (Director) and Olga Ulanova (Assistant Director); “Enter the Void” with Steven Ahn (Assistant Director) and Ian Graham (Director); Venom of the Red Lotus” with Melchior Zwyer (Director) and Owen Sullivan (Assistant Director).

EXTRAS:

“The Legend of Korra – Book Three: Change” comes with a slipcover.


Having watched “The Legend of Korra” since the very first episode, I have to say that the third book in the series is probably my favorite.

I felt that with each season/book, the stories are well-written but there was something special about this third book that I enjoyed and while Korra is the primary protagonist, the episodes gave other characters a chance to shine.  Mako and Bolin received a lot of attention, especially when it comes to the brotherhood in the family, the two meeting relatives but surprisingly, Bolin really became a much cooler character with this season.

We are introduced to a new character, a young thief but with a good heart named Kai, who develops airbending capabilities and becomes an important character as part of the Air Nomads, especially in relation to Jinora.  Jinora now becomes part of the team and we get to see her shine with her magnificent airbending and spirit abilities.

We also get to see the disconnection betweeen sisters Lin and Suyin Beifong and the two also play a major part in the third book.  Along with Opal, the daughter of Suyin who becomes the romantic interest for Bolin.

And for fans of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”, we also get to see Zuko, who is now eighty-eight years old and also connects some of the dots of what he and Aang accomplished after the Hundred Year War.

While only 13-episodes long, there is more to like about “Book Three” because I felt that the first book dealt with a lot of pent-up frustration for Korra, the second season while a very cool season, did focus a bit too much on the love triangles which some viewers did mind.  But season three brought back the adventure, the hopelessness, the drama, a darker story thanks to its antagonist but then showing hope, especially when there is teamwork. Plent of action and I simply loved every episode that I watched book three from beginning to end in one day.  It was that exciting and captivating!

And the final moments of the final episode of “Book Three: Change” leaves you feeling happy for one character but sad for another, that I can’t wait to watch the episodes of “Book Four: Balance” which is currently being released on the Nickelodeon website and online streaming outlets.

As for the Blu-ray release, the animation is absolutely gorgeous.  Colorful and vibrant with breathtaking background art, this series has always captivated me visually.  And it’s lossless soundtrack is very good as it also utilizes the surround channels, while crystal clear through the center and front channels.  Special features include audio commentary for nine episodes and also six “The Spirit of an Episode” featurettes.

Overall, while it is a shame that “The Legend of Korra” is not airing on television any longer and is being released via online, by no means should anyone think this serious as inferior to “Avatar: The Last Airbender”.  It’s a different series that doesn’t want to be a copycat series but yet retaining the gorgeous animation but a strong storyline, especially with “The Legend of Korra – Book Three: Change”.  An exciting series and captivating third book that I highly recommend on Blu-ray!

 






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