Guess what I'm doing? Writing all of my responses to blogs. Yep. I should have them all done soon. I liked waiting till the last minute so I could comment on all of the best ones.
At least that's what I'll keep telling myself as I write 20 paragraphs of responses.
Watching Legend of Korra now. Maybe I'll talk about that.
I've already talked about the blend of eastern and western animation, and the Avatar series seems to fit in precisely with that. (http://www.nick.com/videos/clip/legend-of-korra-101-full-episode.html) for those who are interested.
Avatar definitely has an eastern feel. The main character is dressed and trained like an eastern monk, and much of the mythology is very similar to eastern themes, even the theme of reincarnation. The fire nation bears many ties to imperial Japan during the Meji period. The story promotes a main character who is contemplative, and the art focuses heavily on a sense of place. Even the art is more eastern based, especially with the eyes.
Legend of Kora strikes me different for many reasons. Although it is a continuation of the series the character shares more in common with American Superheroes as far as ego and will is concerned, and the sense of pacing is a little lost. This is not a bad thing, it is simply a more western thing. Even the art style bears a more western tinge. Cities and statues outweigh natural scenes.
I'm not sure what my animation point is here, maybe that some TV shows are really trying to find out where cultural differences can become similarities.