Had this one brewing for a while. I stand by so come at me, Internet!
Currently airing its 4th and final season, The Legend Of Korra, despite Nickelodeon pulling the show from the air and making it online-only, is still a huge phenomenon. Panels for the show at both Comic Con and New York Comic Con were jam-packed, and the show’s critical acclaim is still going strong.
Given that this final season is most likely the last we’ll get of the world that began nearly a decade ago with Avatar: The Last Airbender, it’s a good time to look back on the question that The Escapist posed back during the first season of Korra: Can Americans make a decent anime? As writer Chris O’Brien posits, this shouldn’t even be a question. He points out that “anime” is simply the Japanese abbreviation for “animation,” similar to the American usage of the word “cartoon.” “Anime,” he concludes, “is more of a style than a genre.”
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