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Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Complete Book Three Collection
In this award-winning anime series, Aang has survived a terrible battle and must face new challenges as he and his friends enter the Fire Nation. Bonuses: commentary by the creators, the women of Avatar, pencil test animation and Into the Fire Nation at C
Closed-captioned; Color; NTSC
||Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena, Dante Basco, Jessie Flower|
||Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC|
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|DVD Release Date:
||September 16, 2008|
|Average Customer Rating:
|| based on 383 reviews|
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47 of 49 found the following review helpful:
Avatar series mastering elements of good TVMar 22, 2006
Yup, the series is about tribal benders who can work with a particular element, earth, air, water or fire. The Avatar, a child, must master all 4. Talking about elements, this series has elements for great TV ---fun, excitement, great characters, plot, and wow, even Values! So this review is mainly for parents. I'm a mom and came to love this program too AFTER my kids urged me to watch every new episode along with them.
My sons, ages 7 and 11, started watching Avatar from the beginning and loved it so much they made sure they watched not only every new episode but also reruns. Of all the cartoons they watch, this one is very good in not only visuals (ala japanese anime), exotic locales, fun and excitement... but also in intriguing story telling and realistic character development.
Every episode is like a chapter in an epic, developing the plot and revealing more and more about each of the main characters Katara, Sokka and the Avatar Aang(ages 12-15) and also of the secondary characters(more kids and also adults). Their sidekicks are their helpful, sometimes silly, and endearing pets Apa and Momo.
The Avatar episodes bring the young heroes into situations where they have to make choices and as viewers we journey with them as the make both good and bad choices, and watch as they learn and mature as they go along.
The Avatar series reveals the universality of human spirit as the young heroes face challenges and conflict. Despite and maybe because of the exotic people and settings, the writers never resort to TV stereotyping about gender, color, age, weight, education or lack of, etc., that you find woven in for punch lines and demeaning in other TV programming.
This is the only or one of the few new popular kids programs that doesn't insult yours or your kids intelligence, and actually has family values. I highly recommend this cartoon to parents looking for something that the whole family can watch and have fun together.
94 of 104 found the following review helpful:
Mom who HATES Anime but LOVES AvatarAug 07, 2008
By April Glass
As a mom of two who is nearing 40, I was begrudgingly introduced to the Avatar series when my son talked me into getting the first disk of Book 1: Earth through Blockbuster. I sat down with the kids when they put the disk. I had NO intention of paying attention to the show. I am VERY happy to say that by the end of that first disk I couldn't wait to get the next. This show is truly great. The story lines are wonderful, the music is powerful and you truly grow to care about these kids who are working to save the world. We just finished the final disk of the final book tonight and it was FABULOUS. We are looking forward to getting the full set in September to complete our set collection. I can't recommend this series enough.
29 of 30 found the following review helpful:
THE best show on TV ever (from the Acupuncturist-Qigong Mom)Jan 16, 2009
By Lori Gilbert
As a fan of anime since the 1980's, and that being said, I'm also an almost 40-year old mom of three boys age 3 to 12, and a licensed acupuncturist and Medical Qigong practitioner in my home state of California, so I was completely blown away by the Avatar series. Not only is it better than my previous favorites, namely Robotech, and the wonderful Miyazaki classics like Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, etc., but it is just amazing to me the kind of culture and spiritual essence of truth that it is spreading to the masses, and to our children especially.
I have had to watch the whole series over and over again and each time I have gotten more out of it. The animation and artistry is spectacular, the music dramatic and inspiring, and the depth of the story ranges from themes of suspense, comedy, trajedy, respect, heart-break, and love. The main characters develop and grow up through their journey, and in this thrid series, we find them having to face all their fears and transformations, in order to save the world.
There was a whole lot of authenticity to Chinese and eastern cultures that really impressed me. Also, the spirituality from Daoism, Zen, Buddhism, and Hinduism is apparent in the wisdom shared by Aang, Uncle Iroh, and the Lion-Turtle. The concepts of qi (chi) blockage and energy medicine are portrayed here in ways I've never seen before--the writers really know their stuff, not only in the martial-arts way.
It blew my mind seeing what the Lion-Turtle did to Aang, lighting up his heart chakra and third-eye chakra, giving Aang a new "power" he had not had in any of his previous Avatar lives. The reason I was so blown away was that I had been shown this spiritual technique, just like that one the Lion-Turtle did to Aang, when I was learning to channel back in 1994--but it was Spirit that showed me, not a person (or strange animal, for that matter!) To see this thing happening on an animated TV show--I could hardly believe my eyes! Then Aang used the same pose in his final defeat of the Fire Lord, and when he straightened his own head and spine (aligning the Qi in Qigong pose) the energy flowed the righteous way. I just could almost not even believe they could show something like this for real, but with animation is comes out so clear...where did they get this information? I wonder how they knew how much of this is real in Medical Qigong? Kudos to all of them.
38 of 42 found the following review helpful:
What a great show!!! too bad it's over....Aug 07, 2008
I must say when this show first came out I never wanted to watch it because I figured it was just like all this pokemon and dragonball z nonsense out on tv. This show is very different, the first episode I watched was an episode in the first book I believe where it shows Momo's story and Zuko's story where he goes out on a date with a girl, and I just thought what is this show really all about? Luckily nickelodeon was showing Avatar from the beginning that week for the beginning of the second season. I never missed an episode after that.
After all the waiting for the third season to finish I really was expecting a fourth one, because we have the books of: Earth,Water, and Fire. The creators could have made another book about Aang's life, but maybe it was better the way they ended this. I hope I didn't spoil anything by saying that.
I hope Avatar isn't ruined by M. Night Shyamalan, since he is planning on making an Avatar movie with real actors. Either way I will be buying this when it comes out, and I recommend it to anyone with or without children. For the kids it teaches them patience, understanding, choosing between right and wrong, and it's also very funny. I'd be willing to bet that almost anyone would fall in love with this show after watching the first episode.
15 of 16 found the following review helpful:
Adult's ReviewApr 02, 2006
By Jessica Buri
Yes, I'm an adult, yes, I love Avatar. It's a kid's show but it's so exciting for adults too. It has both a cultural expert on their staff and a martial arts expert. The story telling is great and even if you don't like anime it's a good series.
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