The Legend of Korra fan base has been on an unusual roller coaster ride the past few days. Fortunately, I think it may be finally coming to an end. When Janet Varney used Twitter to announce that Book 2 would be airing in mid-April, the fandom went into a frenzy. In fact, the fandom is still in a frenzy right now over Janet’s tweets even though they’ve been debunked for the most part. In a span of 24 hours, circumstances have changed. Announcements have been revoked and more evidence has been garnered.
What we can now safely assume is that Book 2 of The Legend of Korra will likely NOT air sometime this April. A more realistic time frame for Book 2’s release is probably around Fall of this year. It all really depends on when we receive a trailer because once the advertisement begins, everything starts to fall into place one-by-one.
But before we jump to conclusions, let’s take a look at the new circumstances that have resulted in such a change in expectations.
When Janet Varney tweeted about April being the release month for Book 2, many people (including myself) took it as confirmation that Book 2 would indeed air in April. We took it as confirmation mostly because we assumed Janet to be a credible source for this type of information (which she still is). What we weren’t able to decipher was that Janet was actually just taking a guess at Book 2’s release month. She never actually knew the release date. In the end, Janet dubbed all of her tweets as an act of “miscommunication.”
When I read that Janet had taken back what she had said about Book 2’s release date, I didn’t believe it at first. I just assumed that Nickelodeon was at it again, attempting to stop the rumor mill from leaking everything they’ve been planning for the past few months. They’d already done it with April Stewart and Seychelle Gabriel, so I just assumed that the same would be done with Janet Varney. It didn’t really make sense at the time for Janet to dub her tweets as “miscommunication” when she had so blatantly said that Book 2 would be coming in April just a day ago. But that still planted a lot of skepticism in my head even though I wasn’t entirely on board with what she was saying.
I eventually came to the conclusion that if a trailer didn’t show up at Anime Matsuri Con, Janet Varney was probably telling the truth. The reasoning behind this is that it’s impossible to expect a show to air in a matter of weeks when a trailer hasn’t even been released yet. All shows, even Avatar, need to be properly advertised in order to ensure big ratings.
When Anime Matsuri Con ended up being a lot different than we expected, it was then when I came to the final conclusion: there is no way Book 2 will air in April. Janet Varney planted the skepticism and Anime Matsuri Con confirmed it.
In a sense, we’re back to square one. But we should all understand that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A release date isn’t set yet; the Book just isn’t ready. There’s no sense in complaining for something that doesn’t even exist, so I think it would be wise for all of us to continue playing the waiting game. The important thing to understand is that Book 2 is coming, and that’s all you can ask for. When it does release, you can bet that it’ll be something special.
Hopefully this clears up the craziness that’s composed the past few days.