In this latest release of Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 3, Volume 3 the invasion is in full force and Aang, prepared to face his destiny, frantically searches for the Fire Lord but there are few unexpected twists for Aan... more »g and the gang that could ruin their master plan. Join Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph as they are forced to rely on old enemies for help.« less
"Avatar is exceptionally written, perhaps the best animated series ever to air in America. It's so good that acclaimed Director, M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN,(The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, The Happening) called it, "The coolest mythology I've ever seen," and put his own screenwriting on hold to spend the next six years producing/directing a BIG-SCREEN LIVE-ACTION TRILOGY of this story.
Adults may find the occasional comic relief a bit cheesy, but will love the character development, psychological depth, mythos, realistic martial arts, "special effects", and the excellent insights into Asian philosophy, sociology, and mythology, and even politics. I've been studying Asian culture and philosophy and teaching in Asia for years and I've gained insights from this series because the writers have found ways to introduce and explain Asian thought so simply that even kids can "get it". Ideas like chakras, Daoism, and Chinese philosophy of the balance and properties of the natural Elements are brought to life and illustrated in the characters lives, situations, and cultural settings. I bought this to watch my nephews (though I often watch it when they're not here too) and I think it's awesome because as they grow up in an increasingly Asian world, I think what they were exposed to in this show will make Asian culture (Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Indian, Korean) much more accessible and comprehensible to them than it was to me when I studied it.
Don't the the animation fool you, this series is a myth of exceptional crafting, on par with STAR WARS and LORD OF THE RINGS.
Mesmerizingly ENTERTAINING and uniquely EDUCATIONAL! With or without kids, you'll LOVE it!"
Avatar Is Awesome
Zucely Yee | 02/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this series. I like the fact that the movements are real, I like the fact that each "little bit" of information has a bigger role than what it seems. The consistancy is just as awesome. I am a anime fan, an although this show has it's similarities to one its completely different. But it's not like some other american animated series' either, that never has an end, and almost each episode stands on its own. The story line is quite different. It has it's complexities of an anime, but the fun and jokes are absolutely western style. Well I hope this helps out the next customer interested. Oh by the way....they are going to make a live action movie... I hope it's just as awesome."
Zuko joins the Avatar
Misty Lara Prendville | Long Island, Milky Way | 07/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD shows five episodes, including, Part 2 of the attack on the Fire Nation. The solar eclipse blocks the Firebenders' powers. The Water tribes and Earth Kingdom join forces during this window of opportunity to strike back at the Fire Lord.
Zuko finally comes around and joins the Avatar Team. Aang, Kitara, Sokka, Toph, are also joined by Haru, and couple of other characters from previous episodes. One great benefit to Zuko joining the team, the episode doesn't cut between two separate story lines.
Zuko's first problem is convincing Aang and company that he really has changed and wants to help the Avatar bring balance back to the world.
Aang accepts Zuko as his firebending teacher, only one problem, Zuko has lost his firebending power. He needs to find a new source, other than rage and anger, to fuel his power. Aang and Zuko go on a quest together to find the true source of Firebending power. (We also learn how Toph learned to be such a powerful Earthbender.)
The last two episodes on this DVD involve Zuko and Sokka. They have some dialog together talking about their ex girlfriends. Sokka is on a quest to rescue his Dad, a Waterbender, from a Fire Nation prison.
And, we finally find out what happened to Suki. The last we saw of her was on Appa's lost day.
The voice of Zuko, is played by Dante Brasco.
I recognized the voice of Sokka as the brother on Hannah Montanna. I can't remember his name, sorry.
The voice of Avatar Aang is Zack Eisen. I recognized his voice from the Antz movie.
The artwork in this anime is stunning. It's on par with movies like 'Spirited Away'.
I'm 44, a little out of the demographic, but I positively find myself enraptured by this series and am looking forward to the next Volume.
Avatar Book (Season) 3 Rocks
John Snow | Chandler, Arizona | 06/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My entire family has been watching 2-3 episodes of Avatar everynight. It is great family fun for the summer, and as much as we all enjoy talking about the story, the character development and the choices they make take center stage. How to choose between good and evil, between your own interest and helping your friends (or strangers for that matter), between your feelings and your values: This is what sets Avatar apart from ordinary conventional cartoons. The end of "The Boiling Rock, Pt. 2" just blew us away.
That said, we are all screaming in agony over having to wait until the end of July to see how things turn out. In the meanwhile, we're going back to Book One and watch from the very beginning."
Greatest Cartoon Ever!
L. Forrand | 06/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is such a great series...I don't know who likes it more...our son or my husband & I!!!! With all of the terrible cartoons out now, I am so glad there is a series with an actual storyline, where the characters don't use foul language and is wonderfully animated. Looking forward to Volume 4!!"