I watched the first whole season of Legend of Korra with my little brother in one day. This was after he begged me for months. “Give it a chance!” he said. I was skeptical, since I am not really into action cartoons or anime. Then one day I decided to give it a chance. Results? Surprisingly, it was good, but I think I liked it for different reasons then my techie brother! It was a show that you could take apart with your mind if you wanted or sit back and merely enjoy the wittiness, action, and cleverness of plot and characters.
It also has a female protagonist, which honestly always pulls me in. I Ioved Korra, because she reminds me a little of myself — restless, impatient with a “Let’s go, go, go!” attitude. Okay, the similarities end there, because she has powers and she could beat me up with her hands tied behind her back (Plus I am not flexible enough to do the whole karate thing). Yet, I like how this Korra feels real. I mean I KNOW I can totally relate to the trying-so-hard-and-still-not-being-good-enough vibe Korra gives off even though she is an avatar. (An avatar is like a super hero who uses the earth elements as their powers.) The entire republic city rest on her shoulders and she still didn’t have all the Avatar requirements, but people still expected a lot from her — bravery, skill, strength, wisdom, etc, etc.
However behind the “I am tough as nails!” front there is also a scared 17-year-old girl. “I am so scared!” she finally admits to Tenzin (her trainer), and of course thankfully Tenzin tells her it is okay to be vulnerable and scared. Being scared makes us a little bit stronger, if we know how to control our fears (He said something to that effect). After hearing his little speech, I was like “Man, where is that person in my life who will see that behind my own tough front, there is a scared little kid.” Of course, we all have that person. For me, I have God, who puts people in my life to say exactly what I need to hear in different situations.
Speaking of situations, particularly bad situations, Korra’s name seems to be simultaneous with difficult times, but one of those hard times really connected with me! For the most part Korrra bulldozes her way through challenges with gutso. She manages to keep steady like a regular David vs Goliath, until the end. In the end, her sacrifice strips her of her elemental powers, except one. Korra is an avatar (think Superman without his powers). How can she be an avatar/protector when she is weak? Her whole life has been dedicated be the avatar. Lost, angry, confused, humbled, and at the bottom of hope, Korra sits at the edge of a cliff weeping (I almost got a little teary eyed myself). Suddenly her spiritual ancestors and the Great Aang appear to her. She questions Aang’s appearance. He says, “You called. It as our lowest point, when we are open to the greatest change.” Then he gives her all her powers back! Bam! Just like that! (silently clapping)
The next day I was reminded of how this whole concept plays out in my own life. It’s not like God is not part of our lives. It is just that sometimes we are like Korrra. We try, try, try so hard to get what we need, check off a list, but then it is at the edge of the cliff stripped of our own fragile humanity, that God comes. Actually it is more like we can hear Him now, because our own supposed power is stripped away like Korra’s. There is no more solutions, but God. We listen, seek, and God answers and gives us what we need. He empowers us with His presence, his strength, his peace. Then we go off and share that empowerment with others just like Korra healed others who had been stripped as well.
Okay, I know this might sound strange. The highly informed might be saying I totally botched up what Legend Korra is supposed to be about. Yet, as a Christian, I can’t help but make the connection. It’s a beautiful truth, and so very awesome! With that said, I hope that anyone who reads this article is encouraged to watch Legend of Korra. Trust me. There is more connections. Plus a lot of fun to watch. I guarantee it, and so does my brother.