Earlier in the week, Korra fans were notified that Book 3 would contain “many villains.” From what I’ve seen so far, the fandom seem to be divided in deciding whether or not “many villains” is a good thing. It could go either way – in all honesty – and its contingent on how the writers approach this scenario. Will they focus their efforts on character development (like they should), or will they throw a bunch of flatly-developed characters on screen with the hope that no one will notice? One can only hope that the writers go with the initial, but until Book 3 premieres, we as fans can only speculate.
If you want my honest opinion, I think this could spell disaster for Book 3. I hope I’m wrong, but the writers haven’t exactly highlighted their ability to write well-developed characters. Why should that change now that there are even more characters to work with? Again – I hope I’m wrong, but I’ve seen very little to convince me otherwise.
If you hate me for saying that, sorry – maybe you’ll like Cast Bender’s opinion better? Join Tyrell Lisson and Teagan Chevrier (A.J. was too sick to join in this week) as the duo discuss whether or not “many villains” will be a good thing for Book 3. Don’t forget to leave your feedback for the show.
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Bryan has been on a bit of a Tumblr hiatus, coincidentally during the span of time in which a Netherlands based Book 3 leak has dominated the discussion within the fandom. Many fans have singled out Nickelodeon as the reason for Bryan’s latest hiatus. If you ask me, that sounds sort of silly. Why would a billion dollar company intervene to deprive fans of a few early-access screen shots? Why would they even care? If anything, Bryan has probably been busy working on Book 3 over the past several weeks. Logical explanation, if you ask me, without the conspiracy theory that Nickelodeon is behind the hiatus.
Bryan broke that hiatus earlier today when he published his first Korra-related post since February 14th – which was a post about “Prince Tonraq.” Konietzko published two beautiful images of Jinora meditating on a beach. It’s probably the best Book 3 image we’ve received thus far, in terms of clarity. Bryan praises Studio Mir’s organic painting style in the short excerpt, and I think we as fans should do the same thing. After all, we know how important the Korean Animation studio’s work really is to the success of this show.
In the excerpt, Bryan also mentions that he’s busy working on the second Korra art book. I’ll report something on that once more information is given, but until then, we have two new Book 3 images to add to our arsenal.
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Thanks to a blog reader, I was exposed to a Spanish-based website that published an article regarding the current status of Book 3 for Nickelodeon Latin America. In the article, the author mentions Spanish voice actor Oscar Olivares, who recently published a photo of himself (on Facebook) recording voice work for Mako. Olivares confirmed that all of the voice actors involved in previous Legend of Korra Spanish-dubs will be back for Book 3.The voice actor also confirmed that Book 3 will contain “many villains.”
Before I get into the thick of things, I think it’s worth recognizing that we’ve been getting a majority of the ‘Korra’ news from outside countries lately. First it was the Book 3 clip from Netherlands and now it’s this bit of news from Latin America. This, ladies and gentleman, is why I am not very fond of Nickelodeon America. Nickelodeon has yet to even acknowledge Book 3’s existence. Perhaps it’s just a part of their marketing scheme? To be quite honest, I don’t know. I just think it would be a good idea to let ‘Korra’ fans know that Book 2 wasn’t the end.
Anyways – this bit of news has me slightly weary. In all honesty, this could end up ruining Book 3. It could also end up making it the best season yet. It all depends on how the writers approach the idea.
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