The series take place 70 years after the end of its predecessor. The only characters from the original series to be featured in both shows are Iroh and Katara. However, Aang, Sokka and Toph can be seen in flashbacks, while Zuko is represented by a statue.
The first two episodes were released online on March 24–25, 2012 and were available in high-definition for free on iTunes. The series ran for four seasons, spanning a total of fifty-two episodes. The series ended on December 19, 2014 with the final episode "The Last Stand".
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Book One: Air
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After the conclusion of the Hundred Year War, Aang and Zuko had brought people from the four nations together and founded the United Republic of Nations, with its capital being Republic City, a large "metropolis powered by steampunk-type technology" such as cars and motorcycles. Aang and Katara had three children, the youngest of which was Tenzin, the only airbender of the three siblings. Meanwhile, Toph Beifong had traveled extensively to teach metalbending to other earthbenders. After Aang's death in 153 ASC, the Avatar Spirit was then reborn and reincarnated into a rebellious and hotheaded seventeen-year-old girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra.
At the present time, seventy years after the end of the Hundred Year War, Korra, a rebellious seventeen-year-old girl is set to complete her airbending training and fulfill her role as the Avatar. She has already mastered waterbending, earthbending, and firebending by then. At the beginning of the series, Korra travels to Republic City and starts her airbending training with Tenzin. Tenzin himself is married to Pema. He has two daughters, Jinora, a "bookworm", and Ikki, a "motor-mouth", while Meelo, his first son, was his only son until Episode 10, "Turning the Tides", when Pema gave birth to another boy named Rohan.
However, Republic City is not what Korra imagined it to be. Anti-benders called "Equalists", who oppose the arts of bending, utilize techniques such as chi blocking to further their goals of revolution, led by Amon. Korra must fight rampant crime and the Anti-bending Revolution, assisted by two brothers, Mako, a firebender, and Bolin, an earthbender. She is also joined by her animal companion, Naga, and the Metalbending Police Force of Republic City, who are led by Toph's daughter, Lin Beifong.
Book Two: Spirits
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Six months after the events of the Anti-bending Revolution, Korra, having learned to bend all four elements and achieved status as a Fully Realized Avatar, must once again become the student when she delves into the realm of spirits under her paternal uncle's teachings and tutelage. Now learning the depths of her spiritual connections, Korra soon discovers that light cannot exist without the dark, and in a never ending cycle of creation and destruction, only she has the ability to maintain balance in the world.
Book Three: Change
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With a shift in the world's energy due to Harmonic Convergence, the ability to airbend has resurfaced in some non-benders, prompting Korra and her allies to scour the Earth Kingdom in search for these new benders to offer training and guidance. However, while the Air Nation is slowly being rebuilt, Zaheer and his fellow Red Lotus accomplices escape their respective prisons and set out to bring all the nations down and succumb the world into anarchy. Their belief that disorder is the natural order poses a lethal threat to Korra and she must fight to save not only the balance of the nations in the world, but also herself and the Avatar Cycle.
Book Four: Balance
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Following the insurrection of the Red Lotus, Korra left to the Southern Water Tribe to recuperate and Team Avatar moved on with their lives. Three years later, in 174 AG, the former captain of Zaofu's guard, Kuvira, has been traveling the Earth Kingdom with Bolin, Varrick, and her fiancée, Baatar Jr., on a quest to reunite the nation after it fell into disarray following Queen Hou-Ting's death. When she was supposed to relinquish control to the newly crowned Earth King Wu, she denounced his authority and appointed herself the ruler of the Earth Empire. Meanwhile, Korra managed to heal physically, though she is still facing an emotional block caused by residual traces of mercury. With troubles coming to the Earth Kingdom, Team Avatar divided, and the Avatar's whereabouts unknown, the search for balance begins anew.
Home video releases
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Full season sets for The Legend of Korra were released on DVD and Blu-ray (making it one of the few Nicktoons to be released on the latter format, alongside the original Avatar and, to a lesser extent, SpongeBob SquarePants) by Paramount Home Media Distribution from 2013 to 2015. A Complete Series box set collecting all the season sets was released on both formats on December 13, 2016.
- The creators frequently used Avatar Wiki as a reference during the production of the series.
- This was the first Nickelodeon show not on Nick at Nite to portray a same-sex relationship.
- Early fan interest in the series was extremely high. Before the first time Nickelodeon decided to rename the show, causing the renaming of this article, over 10,000 comments and 27,000 Facebook "likes" were associated with it. By the time the title was changed back, causing another rename of the article, an additional 10,000 comments were on the page.
- The title of the new series has undergone some changes. Earliest mentions about a new series spoke of Avatar: Legend of Korra, however, due to an issue with James Cameron's Avatar trademark applications, it was changed to The Legend of Korra. Sources suggested that the title would be Avatar: Legend of Korra, but it was later confirmed that the title would be The Legend of Korra in the United States and Avatar: Legend of Korra for the international version.
- Nickelodeon initially suspended production because they did not like Korra being a female protagonist; however, after seeing the completed first episode, they changed their minds.
- The main antagonist of each book demonstrated mastery over a subskill of their respective bending ability: Amon was a bloodbender, Unalaq could use spiritbending, Zaheer unlocked the ancient ability of flight, and Kuvira was a metalbender.
- Bryan Konietzko on the DVD commentary for "Operation Beifong".
- THE LEGEND OF KORRA® is a registered trademark of Viacom International: US Trademark No. 4451939 (IC 025 - Clothing), 4538309 (IC 028 - Toys and sporting goods) and 4451940 (IC 041 - Education and entertainment).
- The INNERview #61. YouTube. Retrieved on 2013-05-24.
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|Created by: Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko|
|The Last Airbender||Characters||Aang • Katara • Sokka • Toph • Appa • Momo • Zuko • Iroh • Azula • Suki|
|Episodes||Book 1: Water • Book 2: Earth • Book 3: Fire|
|Other media||Video releases • Trading card game • Roller coaster ride • Lego • Video games (The Last Airbender • The Burning Earth • Into the Inferno) • Movie • Comics • Live-action series adaptation|
|The Legend of Korra||Characters||Korra • Mako • Bolin • Asami Sato • Tenzin • Lin Beifong • Pema • Jinora • Naga • Pabu • Oogi • Tarrlok|
|Episodes||Book 1: Air • Book 2: Spirits • Book 3: Change • Book 4: Balance|
|Other media||Video releases • Video game • A New Era Begins • Comics|