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First Look at “Legend of Korra—Book 2: Spirits”

The Legend of Korra returns to Nickelodeon with a new season this Friday, September 13, at 7pm (ET/PT). While the new season trailer is action-fueled drama (with a glimpse of the first Avatar Wan), we’ve got an exclusive clip featuring Bolin in a lighter moment from the upcoming season:

Korra’s second season, titled Book 2: “Spirits,” takes place six months after the end of Book 1:

Korra has rid Republic City of Amon and the Equalists, but now she must take on an even larger threat as the physical and spirit worlds collide. During the one-hour premiere, “Rebel Spirit/The Southern Lights,” Korra struggles to find a deeper connection with the Spirit World as she and the gang attend a Southern Water Tribe festival. Then, Korra and Chief Unalaq journey into a dangerous maelstrom and find a source of great spiritual power.

The Legend of Korra is co-created by Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who also created Avatar: The Last Airbender, and exec produced by DiMartino, Konietzko and Joaquim Dos Santos.

  • Kyle

    Already this has more energy and style than most Animes (Including Korra Book 1). Loving it!

    • Ant G

      Calling it an anime = opening a can of worms

      • Pewpew

        At least it’s a step forward for American “anime”

    • TheGreatWormSpirit

      The japanese animation studio Pierrot worked on this.

      • Kate Kohn

        Anime is created by the Japanese and intended for a Japanese audience, so because Korra is created by Americans and intended for Americans (or, well, we get first viewing) it is not anime, regardless of where it was animated.

        • Tom Foolery

          Anime is just a word that the Japanese use to describe animation, it has nothing to do with its country of origin. I had watched the MiB tv series in japan and it was referred to as anime even though it was created in the US.

        • TheGreatWormSpirit

          I’m not saying Korra is “Anime”. I just find it funny that someone is using the word as a blanket term to hoist up their favorite cartoon over everything Japan produces despite Japanese animators having actually worked on these episodes.

  • Great, now I have something to watch on TV again.

  • Alyosha

    I was extremely disappointed with Korra’s first season. They had all the money and time to make something really great, and yet they fumbled it at the story level, a place where things should have been carved out much more carefully to save costs and create a more compelling overall experience. Don’t get me wrong, the animation and production values are excellent for tv animation, and I’d love to see more 2D hand-drawn work on the screen, but it could’ve been so much more.

    Korra left behind the inherent joy, love of life, struggle for self-betterment, and adventurous spirit that all underscored Last Airbender, supposedly for a more mature tone. Yet, the writers mistook teenage angst, hormonal imbalances, and a half-hearted attempt at a city in political turmoil as “mature”. Also, they managed to build a vicious, sinister, and mysterious villain across much of the season only to quickly discard him with a lame backstory and a chilling, but premature end. Imagine if we were going into Book 2 with Amon still in control of Republic City and Korra banished in defeat to the outerlands where she must learn self control to return and defeat Amon. It would be a much more compelling story.

    Finally, it would be excellent to see a strong female character as a lead in an action/adventure animated series, but I’m afraid Korra just doesn’t cut it. She’s overly angsty, self-centered, and chose “coolness” over true romance. The experiences the writers put her through only reinforce these qualities, too, allowing her to achieve a full avatar state and mastery of the elements despite being so spiritually unenlightened or self-critical. I get that these are supposed to contrast with Aang’s qualities, but I think the problem isn’t so much the contrast as the apparent lack of interest in helping Korra become a more truly rounded, enlightened, and mature character.

    • alex

      Did you just compare a 12 eps. one off season to 2 season 24 eps. epic? Really?
      I also liked korra and her awkward personality, its very young adult.

      • M Rahman

        A lot of the things Alyosha mentioned are quite prevalent in season one of ATLA if one were to compare at all.
        However the “one off” aspect does explain a lot about LoK’s first run.

        • Alyosha

          Thanks for your comments, Alex and Rahman! Sorry for not responding earlier.

          In response to you, Alex, you make a good point, ATLA had three seasons with a set overarching story while Korra was really on the wire as to whether it would get a second season (as you mentioned, Rahman) which means the creators felt pressured to bring closure to the story of Republic City and Amon in the first season. I guess I feel like it would have probably been better for them to gamble on getting a second season and leave the ending more open ended/in greater turmoil for a possibly more dramatic start to season 2. Now, as it stands, there’s not much of a narrative thread to link season 1 and 2.

          Also, while indeed teenagers can be very awkward in personality, I think Korra’s character lacks a sense of taking her responsibilities/power seriously. I suppose you could argue that this is the point of it (that she’s not taking it seriously), but this is sort of avoiding the reality and gravity of her powers. I feel like a teenager might actually take their situation overly serious in this kind of way rather than just blowing off the responsibility.

          Thanks for your comments! :D

    • Something Or Other

      Wow, I find this surprising because I REALLY enjoyed the first season of Korra and most of the guys here at the office are looking forward to it as well (got the art of on my desk right now I’m so hyped, haha).

      I thought from the get go they nailed her personality and I was delighted to see how strong it was and different than Aang. Korra’s story has been a touch darker and a bit more mature, at least in delivery, and to me it’s really felt earnest and fleshed out. I mean, I really am at total odds with your assessment of her character as being half hearted attempt in any regards.

      Sorry you didn’t like it, it really surprises me.

      Myself, I can’t wait. I’m really thrilled to see the next season.

      • M Rahman

        Essentially the franchise downgraded from one of the best animated series of all time to the best animated series at the moment.
        Comparisons would lead to an obvious disappointment,
        but The Legend of Korra is justifiably flawed.

        It does help that the show is currently one of the few remaining mature animated “action” shows produced & broadcasted by an American network. The very same network whose viewership now depends most on 1 or 2 shows.

      • Matheus

        I dont understand when people say that korra is more mature that the Last Airbender… Korra can be older than Aang was, but she’s more imature on her decisions than aang was in a lot of situations, because of the culture of the airbenders. On Korra, she just want to be the avatar because it is awesome. Aang didnt want to be the avatar because it was a lot of responsibility and he want to be like the other kids, he was afraid. The love of Aang and Katara was a pure one, and a hard one too because they were young and they were in the middle of a war. Katara had big worries to not stay with aang on the first try kiss. On Korra, she was just so anger and the discussions with Mako was very imature on my opinion. And they just left Asami to be togheter. its a teeneger story

        I think the last airbender has a much darker touch then korra. The eradication of the airbenders was so cruel and all that big war.

    • AvianBeakman

      I must say I agree with this, despite enjoying Season 1 for what it was. The equalists were that world’s version of communists I suppose, and their legitimate grievances in regards to the “bending elite” were never really addressed. Korra gets her sense of self-worth from being the avatar. It would have been more interesting if she would have to wrestle with being more “ordinary” for a while, and develop some more depth. She doesn’t learn how to appropriately channel her anger. In the episode where she fights Tarlok, the show’s creators really made it seem for a moment like she was going to kill him.

    • Matheus

      Season 1 of Korra shows a bad side of republic city, the non-benders problems, the powers one with all cool bending against a normal human beings. All that problem was causing a revolution inside the city and Amon was a leader of that. But amon was just one of them. Amon was defeated and the problem just puff, was ignored on season 2. They didnt think in a continuous jorney for korra like Aangs. So now, the problem is the spirited world and the balance of the world…

      I was so happy to see a female avatar like a principal character of the serie, but Korra is so imature and just want to be a fucking strong avatar for self pleasure in my opinion. She is the opposite of aang in so many levels, but thats a bad choise for her personality because Aang was a happy and childish avatar with a sad story behind it, and that was an very great history for the avatar.

  • z-k

    Dialog scenes and subtle stuff in tv’s probably the least likely to come back from overseas looking stellar. Still, is a letdown to see how clunky some of it comes off in the clip, especially given the love the fight scenes apparently get. May be a case where animatic expectations here result in too many poses per board sequence for overseas to have to faithfully hit, perhaps.