Students say they connect with “Avatar” through heartwarming messages and life lessons
"Avatar: The Last Airbender," an American animated television series created in 2005, recently had a comeback after it was added to Netflix on May 15. The series became one of the service's most-watched shows, according to the site's top 10 list. BYU-Hawaii student fans of the show shared how the animated series carries universal themes and a great sense of adventure, years after its premiere.
Why is it so popular?
Angela Fantone, a recent alumna from the Philippines who majored in English, shared the show is popular because it transports people into a whole other world.
According to IMDB, "Avatar: The Last Airbender" occurs in a fictional world of four nations based around the elements of water, earth, fire and air, with inspiration from various cultures in Asia. The inhabitants of the fictional world, created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, can "bend" or manipulate the elements around them. Only the Avatar, a young boy with arrow-shaped tattoos named Aang, can bend all four, in a quest to bring balance to the world.
Alyssa Odom, a senior from Washington state majoring in piano performance, said the show is so popular because it is something that people can relate to and enjoy.
Family and friend relationships within the show are easy to connect to. "I love the series because it follows an exciting storyline that progresses and also has closure at the end."
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