Listen up, Persephoneers! Let me tell you about The Legend of Korra.
What is it you say? Well, The Legend of Korra is an animated series on Nickelodeon. It takes place 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Quick basics: there are benders in this universe – people who are born with the ability to manipulate one of the four elements, which are Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. The Avatar is master of all four elements and their job is to keep the world in harmony. I know that it doesn’t sound like much, but trust me, this series is worth it. It is smart, funny and has some great dramatic moments, like most great television shows. But the best part is that it has an awesome female lead!
The avatar can be anyone, male or female, and in this series, it’s Korra, a 17-year-old girl from the southern water tribe. And she’s not a perky blonde girl! Do you realize how different that is? What animated show do you know that has amazing minority females as their leads on the air right now? I can’t come up with any right now. That means little boys and little girls everywhere are seeing a strong representation of a non-white female.
How could anyone not look up to that? There is also a pretty cheesy love triangle, but it only serves to balance out the much darker aspects of the show: the big bad looking to rid the world of all benders. I’d go into more detail, but I’d rather you watch the show yourself. Catch it on Saturdays! Do it for Korra.