At its conception, The Legend of Korra had the unenviable task of trying to live up to its smash-hit predecessor Avatar: The Last Airbender — but, somehow, it managed to outshine its ancestor. At its core, The Legend of Korra’s success was a direct result of its characters and story telling. Towards the end of the show, 2 characters grew closer and the fans fell in love with the pairing, even giving them the nickname: Korrasami.
After saving the world in the series finale, Korra and Asami were hand-in-hand, ready to face the new adventures before them. Although the show ended, its creator Michael Dante DiMartino promised back in 2015 that he would be writing a Legend of Korra comic that would follow Korra’s adventures after the finale – including her relationship with Asami.
Legend of Korra: Turf Wars
Since the comic book was announced, the love for Korrasmi has only grown, and fans eagerly awaited the continuing adventures of the Korra and Asami. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we got our first look at the Dark Horse comic, titled Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, written by Dante DiMartino and illustrated by Irene Koh. The comic picks up directly after the events of the finale, and will involve a brand-new threat to Republic City.
Dante DiMartino spoke with Entertainment Weekly about where the comic begins, and the new adventures our heroes will face:
“Korra has to figure out how to find a new balance in the city with all this stuff that’s gone on, It’s gonna take place right after the finale, so it’s focusing on Korra and Asami’s relationship as a new threat emerges. It’s kind of like the aftermath dealing with the new portal in the city, and all the evacuees coming back to find their homes wiped out because of the portal.”
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The preview pages of the comic show Korra and Asami vacationing in the spirit world as a bona fide couple. The two are seen swimming, rock climbing, and just enjoying each other’s company, without any massive conflict or world saving task looming over their heads. After all the years Korra has spent saving the world, she finally gets the chance to relax with the woman she loves.
What Makes Korrasami So Special?
DiMartino's comments sound like they are going to do justice to Korra And Asami’s relationship, which is extremely important to fans. At end of the series finale, Korra and Asami held hands and walked into the spirit realm as one. Their relationship didn’t feel forced or shoehorned in; it felt organic and beautiful.
The fact that it is the only same-sex relationship on Nickelodeon is a big deal, but that is not what defines their relationship. What makes #Korrasami so unique is that they came together from friendship and love. It was a pure respect for each other that brought them together, and you don’t see that in a lot of films and TV shows.
Korra and Asami’s relationship also runs couter to most of the other relationships we see in cartoons. In Disney films, the couples are almost fated to be together, or it is love at first sight. This is not how love works in real life, and the writers for Legend of Korra understood that. Love is something that develops over time, which is something that Korra and Asami learned after years of friendship and admiration.
Legend of Korra: Turf Wars appears to be everything Korrasami fans have wanted since the series finale. We see them enjoying each other’s company and relaxing after saving the world. We don;t see the kiss that fans were hoping to see, but we have only seen the first pages of the comic, so we're hoping we get this further down the line.
It will be interesting to see how Korra and Asami’s relationship develops once they get back from vacation. We have only seen the beginning of their romance, and from the sound of it, Korra has some new challenges to face in Republic City. If the comic is written half as well as the TV show, we will see the complexities of their relationship, and how it flourishes in times of stress.
It is amazing that we get to see the continuation of Korra’s journey, and even more amazing that she gets to share her adventures with Asami. Just these few panels are enough to hold fans over until the comic gets its official release in June. If you can’t wait for the comic, you can always binge on all four seasons of Legend of Korra – or practice your fire bending.
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(Source: Entertainment Weekly)