I don’t know about you but ever since the jaw dropping epic finale of The Legend of Korra season one I’ve been sitting on the edge of my seat itching for any possible footage of the next season. When I finally did get that footage (the stunning season two trailer) it only intensified that feeling. There have been multiple complaints about the show from how long it took to get the momentum going, the drag of a romance between Mako and Korra, or how the politics were never really explored to the extent that they could have gone to.
Despite these often valid complaints there is something magical inhabiting the show-the same spirit that has made Avatar: The Last Airbender such a long lasting success. The artwork is beautiful, the score enlightening and the storylines gripping-to the people who dismiss animation as a medium because they deem it “childish” they should realize that their reactions are exactly that.
As we twiddle our thumbs and browbeat our friends into watching the first season there is one other peak we’ve been given and there are at least two more coming!
Part one of the Republic City Hustle web-series focuses on Bolin and Mako’s roots when they were still living on the streets to survive-it’s the origin story we never got in the show. The short episode was written by Tim Hedrick, a Korra writer, and designed by Evon Freeman. The style in unique to the shows style, picking a more overly-stylized, playful manner of animation that could easily be compared to Teen Titans Go! On Cartoon Network.
Running just under three minutes it’s nothing that we’ve never seen before, it’s not revelation, but it’s sweet and it shows some basic characteristics of the two characters (sans Korra’s influence) and most importantly it gets us fans all the more psyched!