Posting this publicly so that others can give their two cents on the topic, since they may have a better response than I. Your hesitance was something I once had before I gave the show a real chance. Someone told me that they absolutely loved it, but I had taken their opinion with a grain of salt because I’m incredibly skeptical of most television shows animated in this day and age. The animation looked shoddy and it was on Nickelodeon for god’s sake. When was the last time they produced quality programming? And I, like yourself, hated the idea of Naruto as a faux-anime. I’ve never been a huge fan of anime. I only watched Toonami, which got me into Outlaw Star which got me into Cowboy Bebop which got me into Trigun. Besides that and my short stints of obsession with Sailor Moon, Pokemon, and Card Captor Sakura as a child, my interests and knowledge in anime was limited. So here I was with this poorly animated Nickelodeon show reminiscent of a not-anime. Where was a supposed to find the appeal?
Skip to about a year and a half later. Jack says to me, “Hey, all of Avatar is on Netflix. Would you wanna start watching it?”. Of course, my response was doubtful but due to his insisting (which there was much of) I decided to sit down and give it a genuine shot. I watched the first episode which was unimpressive. I started to get the story line, which was kinda cool. A couple more episodes, and I start to understand what element bending was and had the potential of being. A few more episodes, and then the characters start to stick. And then finally, out of nowhere, I was in love with them. With all of them. With Sokka, Aang, Katara, Zuko, Momo, Appa, Iroh…all of these people that I didn’t really care for I suddenly knew all of them; their names, their personalities, their strengths, their faults. I was completely hooked. I needed to know more. I needed to watch their journey. I needed Aang to believe in himself and I needed Zuko to forgive himself and I needed Sokka to catch a break. And then mid series, this blind girl comes along and I fall in love with her too. And my heart wrenches for them and their joy is my joy and it’s become a huge part of my life out of nowhere.
TL;DR: It took a while of sticking with it and fighting the urge to do other things instead but when I found the thing (whatever it was) that hooked me, it was all downhill from there. It’s become a source of happiness (and many times sadness) for me and I love to share my thoughts, ideas, theories, and emotions with other people who love it. I also am really glad to have others pick up the show since I’ve posted about it so much. Everyone seems to be as happy about it as I am and I hope that if you do decide to watch it, that you give it a real, genuine chance and then maybe you can find the thing that will make you love it too.
I’m rewatching Avatar: the Last Airbender from the beginning
And one of the links I’m using is from Nick.com, where they put in fun facts about the characters and the voice actors and stuff into the episode
I’m watching “The Warriors of Kyoshi,” and there’s this scene where Zuko goes, “nice try, Avatar, but these little girls can’t save you!”
And this is the fun fact the writers put in:
in which Bryan pours salt in our already burning wounds
why the hell would you post that gif
what the hell is wrong with you