The Legend of Korra
|The Legend of Korra|
|Voices of||See below|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||43 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||24 minutes|
(April 14, 2012 – August 1, 2014)
Nick.com (Nick Video)
(August 1, 2014 – present)
|Original run||April 14, 2012 – present|
|Preceded by||Avatar: The Last Airbender (TV series)
Avatar: The Last Airbender (comics)
The Legend of Korra is an American animated television series that premiered on the Nickelodeon television network in 2012. It was created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino as a sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, which aired from 2005 to 2008. The series has been a critical and commercial success, drawing favorable comparisons with the HBO show Game of Thrones and the work of Hayao Miyazaki, and has been praised by reviewers for its production values and for addressing sociopolitical issues such as social unrest and terrorism.
Drawn in a style strongly influenced by Japanese animation, the series is set in a fictional universe in which some people can manipulate, or "bend", the elements of water, earth, fire or air. Only one person, the "Avatar", can bend all four elements, and is responsible for maintaining balance in the world. The series follows Avatar Korra, the successor of Aang from the previous series, as she faces political and spiritual unrest in a modernizing world.
The main characters are voiced by Janet Varney, David Faustino, P. J. Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Mindy Sterling, and Seychelle Gabriel, and supporting voice actors include Aubrey Plaza, Steven Blum, Eva Marie Saint, Henry Rollins, Anne Heche and Zelda Williams. Several people involved in the creation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, including designer Joaquim Dos Santos and composers Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn, returned to work on The Legend of Korra.
The Legend of Korra was originally conceived as a miniseries consisting of twelve episodes, but is now set to run for fifty-two episodes separated into four seasons ("books"), each of which tells a separate story.
- 1 Series overview
- 2 Cast and characters
- 3 Production
- 4 Release
- 5 Reception
- 6 Other media
- 7 Spin-offs
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The Legend of Korra was initially conceived as a twelve-episode miniseries. Nickelodeon declined the creators' pitch for an Avatar: The Last Airbender follow-up animated movie based on what then became the three-part comics The Promise, The Search and The Rift, choosing instead to expand Korra to 26 episodes. The series was expanded further in July 2012 to 52 episodes. These episodes are grouped into four separate seasons ("Books") composed of twelve to fourteen episodes ("Chapters") each, with each season telling a stand-alone story. Beginning with episode 9 of season 3, new episodes are first distributed through the Internet rather than broadcast. The Legend of Korra will conclude with the fourth season.
|Season||Episodes||Original air date or online release date|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||Book One: Air||12||April 14, 2012||June 23, 2012|
|2||Book Two: Spirits||14||September 13, 2013||November 22, 2013|
|3||Book Three: Change||13||June 27, 2014||August 22, 2014|
|4||Book Four: Balance||13||October 3, 2014||TBA|
The Legend of Korra is set in the fictional world of Avatar: The Last Airbender 70 years after the events of that series. The world is separated into four nations: the (Northern and Southern) Water Tribes, the Air Nomads, the Earth Kingdom, and the Fire Nation. The focus of the series is "bending": the ability of some humans (and animals) to telekinetically manipulate the classical element associated with their nation (water, earth, fire, or air). Bending is carried out by spiritual and physical exercises, portrayed as similar to Chinese martial arts.
Only one person, the "Avatar", can bend all four elements. Cyclically reincarnating among the world's four nations, the Avatar maintains peace and balance in the world. The Legend of Korra focuses on Avatar Korra, a seventeen-year-old girl from the Southern Water Tribe. At the start of the series, she has already mastered waterbending, earthbending, and firebending, but must complete her training by learning airbending from Tenzin, the youngest child of Aang and Katara.
The first season is mostly set in Republic City, the capital of the United Republic of Nations: a state that emerged after the end of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The metropolis, described as "if Manhattan had happened in Asia" by the series' creators, has become a melting pot for people of all nations. Its residents are united by their passion for "pro-bending": a spectator sport in which two teams composed of an earthbender, waterbender, and firebender throw each other out of a ring using bending techniques. The second season is mostly set in the southern polar region, and the third season in the Earth Kingdom.
The first season, Book One: Air, sees Korra move to Republic City to learn airbending from Tenzin, Avatar Aang's son. She enters the pro-bending league, and befriends the brothers Bolin and Mako, as well as Asami Sato, heiress to Future Industries (the city's principal engineering corporation). The ambitious politician Tarrlok enlists Korra to fight the anti-bender uprising of the "Equalists", led by the masked Amon, who strips benders of their abilities. Korra and her friends, aided by police chief Lin Beifong and United Forces General Iroh, unmask Amon as a bloodbender and Tarrlok's brother, ending the Equalists' coup. A spiritual meeting with her predecessor Aang allows Korra to realize her powers and to restore the ability to bend to Amon's victims.
The second season, Book Two: Spirits, begins six months later, with dark spirits terrorizing the seas. Korra turns to her spirit-attuned uncle Unalaq, chief of the Northern Water Tribe, for tutelage, and opens the polar portals to the spirit world at his direction. Unalaq then seizes power in the Southern Water Tribe by force, starting a civil war in which he is opposed by his brother, Korra's father Tonraq. Seeking allies against Unalaq, Korra experiences the life of the first Avatar, Wan, who fused his soul with the spirit Raava to imprison her opponent Vaatu. Aided by his twin children Eska and Desna, Unalaq frees Vaatu during the Harmonic Convergence, a decamillennial alignment of planets, and unites with him to become a dark Avatar. As Korra fights this figure, her link to the previous Avatars is broken; but with the help of Tenzin's daughter Jinora, she defeats Vaatu and Unalaq, and leaves the spirit portals open, allowing a new coexistence of spirits and humans.
The third season, Book Three: Change, begins two weeks later with people all over the world discovering airbending powers as a result of the Harmonic Convergence. As Tenzin, Korra, and her friends recruit them to re-establish the extinct Air Nomads, the criminal Zaheer escapes his prison, frees his allies Ghazan, Ming-Hua, and P'Li, and attempts to kidnap the Avatar. This fails thanks to the help of Suyin Beifong, Lin's previously estranged sister. Zaheer and his team – members of the Red Lotus, an anarchic secret society – kill the Earth Queen, destabilizing her kingdom, and try to force Korra's surrender by taking the Air Nomads hostage, including Suyin's daughter Opal. In the final confrontation, Zaheer's comrades are killed, and he is captured by the Air Nomads led by Jinora. Two weeks later, a weakened, wheelchair-bound Korra watches as Jinora is anointed an airbending master, and Tenzin rededicates the Air Nomads to service to the world.
The final season, Book Four: Balance, is set three years later. It deals with Korra's journey of self-discovery, and with unrest in the Earth Kingdom where Kuvira, formerly an officer in Suyin Beifong's service, seeks to seize power by military force.
Cast and characters
|Janet Varney||David Faustino||P. J. Byrne||Seychelle Gabriel||J. K. Simmons||Mindy Sterling||Maria Bamford||Kiernan Shipka||Dee Bradley Baker|
|Korra||Mako||Bolin||Asami Sato||Tenzin||Lin Beifong||Pema||Jinora||Naga, Pabu, Oogi, Tarrlok|
Korra (Janet Varney), is the series' 17-year-old "headstrong and rebellious" protagonist, and Aang's reincarnation as the Avatar. Her transformation "from brash warrior to a spiritual being", according to DiMartino, is a principal theme of the series. The character was inspired by Bryan Konietzko's "pretty tough" sister, and by female MMA fighters, notably Gina Carano. The series focuses on Korra and her friends: bending brothers Mako and Bolin and non-bender Asami. Older brother Mako (David Faustino) is a firebender described as "dark and brooding" The character was named after Mako Iwamatsu, the voice actor for Iroh in the original series. His younger brother Bolin (P. J. Byrne) is an earthbender described as lighthearted, humorous, and "always [having] a lady on his arm". Asami Sato (Seychelle Gabriel), the only non-bender among the leading characters, is the daughter of the wealthy industrialist Hiroshi Sato. The other main characters are airbending master Tenzin (J. K. Simmons), Republic City police chief Lin Beifong (Mindy Sterling), and Korra's animal friends Naga and Pabu (both Dee Bradley Baker, the voice of a number of animals including Appa and Momo in the original series). Pabu was inspired by Futa, a famous standing Japanese red panda.
Recurring characters include Tenzin's wife Pema (Maria Bamford) and their children Jinora (Kiernan Shipka), Ikki (Darcy Rose Byrnes), Meelo (Logan Wells), and Rohan. Jinora is calm and an avid reader; Ikki is described as "fun, crazy, and a fast talker"; Meelo is hyperactive; and Rohan is born during the third-to-last episode of Book One. Korra and her friends are supported by Iroh (Dante Basco, the voice actor of Zuko in the original series), a firebender and General of the "United Forces": described as "a swashbuckling hero-type guy". He is named after Iroh, Zuko's uncle in the original series.
|Book 1 recurring cast|
|Steve Blum||Lance Henriksen||Daniel Dae Kim||Clancy Brown|
Book One: Air features two main antagonists: the Equalists' masked leader Amon (Steve Blum) who has the power to remove a person's bending-powers, and the ambitious, charismatic politician Tarrlok (Dee Bradley Baker), who resorts to increasingly repressive methods against the Equalists. Amon's lieutenant is voiced by Lance Henriksen, and Asami's father Hiroshi Sato by Daniel Dae Kim. Sato's character, the self-made founder of Future Industries, was inspired by Theodore Roosevelt and by the Japanese industrialists Keita Goto and Iwasaki Yatarō. Both Amon and Tarrlok are identified as the sons of mob boss Yakone (Clancy Brown).
|Book 2 recurring cast|
|Lisa Edelstein||Aubrey Plaza||James Remar||Eva Marie Saint||Steven Yeun|
Book Two: Spirits features Tenzin's and Korra's families, including Tenzin's elder siblings Kya (Lisa Edelstein) and Bumi (Richard Riehle) as well as Korra's father Tonraq (James Remar) and mother Senna (Alex McKenna). Tenzin's mother Katara (Eva Marie Saint), a main character of the Avatar: The Last Airbender series, also made recurring appearances in the season. The season's antagonists are Korra's uncle Unalaq (Adrian LaTourelle), aided by his twin children Desna (Aaron Himelstein) and Eska (Aubrey Plaza), and Vaatu (Jonathan Adams), the spirit of disorder. Book 2 also features John Michael Higgins as the corrupt businessman Varrick, Grey DeLisle as one of the lesser dark spirits, April Stewart as Raava, the spirit of peace, and Steven Yeun as Wan, the first Avatar. Set six months after the events of the first season, Book Two: Spirits sees Mako as a police officer, Asami in charge of Future Industries, and Bolin leading a new pro-bending team with little success.
|Book 3 and 4 recurring cast|
|Henry Rollins||Grey DeLisle||Bruce Davison||Alyson Stoner||Anne Heche||Zelda Williams|
The antagonists of Book Three: Change, the Red Lotus, comprise the new airbender Zaheer (Henry Rollins), the armless waterbender Ming-Hua (Grey DeLisle), the explosive firebender P'Li (Kristy Wu), and the lavabender Ghazan (Peter Giles). Supporting characters include the Earth Queen Hou-Ting (Jayne Taini), the retired Fire Lord Zuko (Bruce Davison), Lin's half-sister Suyin Beifong (Anne Heche), and her captain of the guards Kuvira (Zelda Williams), as well as two new airbenders: the young thief Kai (Skyler Brigmann) and Suyin's daughter Opal (Alyson Stoner).
The final season, Book Four: Balance, features Kuvira in a leading role at the head of an army bent on uniting the Earth Kingdom. The cast is also joined by Sunil Malhotra as Prince Wu, the vain heir to the Earth Kingdom throne, Robert Morse as the governor of a state annexed by Kuvira, and Todd Haberkorn as Baatar Jr., Suyin's son and Kuvira's fiancé. Philece Sampler voices the aged Toph Beifong, another character returning from Avatar.
The Legend of Korra was co-created and produced by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko at Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, California. To illustrate the length of the production process (about 10 to 12 months per episode) and the overlap of the various phases, Konietzko wrote in July 2013 that their team was already developing the storyboards for the first episode of Book 4 while the last episodes of Book 2 were not yet finished.
Production of the series was announced at the annual Comic-Con in San Diego on July 22, 2010. It was originally due for release in October 2011. Tentatively titled Avatar: Legend of Korra at the time, it was intended to be a twelve-episode mini series set in the same fictional universe as the original show, but seventy years later. In 2011, the title was changed to The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra, and again in March 2012 to The Legend of Korra. The premiere was eventually delayed to April 14, 2012. Animation work was mostly done by the South Korean animation studio Studio Mir. According to animation director Yoo Jae-myung, Nickelodeon was initially reluctant to approve the series and suspended production because, unlike in almost all American animated series, the protagonist was a girl. Conventional wisdom, according to Konietzko, had it that "girls will watch shows about boys, but boys won't watch shows about girls". The creators eventually persuaded the channel's executives to change their mind. Konietzko related that in test screenings, boys said that Korra being a girl didn't matter to them: "They just said she was awesome." The creators wrote all of the episodes of the first season themselves, omitting "filler episodes" to allow for a concise story. Once the series was expanded from its original 12-episode schedule to 26 and then to 52, more writers were brought in so that the creators could focus on design work. Joaquim Dos Santos and Ryu Ki-Hyun, who worked on the animation and design of the original series, also became involved with creating The Legend of Korra, as is storyboarder Ian Graham. Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn, who composed the soundtrack for the original series as "The Track Team," also returned to score The Legend of Korra.
The second season, Book Two: Spirits, premiered on September 13, 2013 and concluded on November 22, 2013. It consists of fourteen episodes. Animation work was done by the South Korean animation studio Studio Mir as well as the Japanese animation studio Studio Pierrot. Studio Mir was expected to solely work on Book 2, but executive director Jae-myung Yoo decided that Studio Mir would animate The Boondocks instead because the animation process was less rigorous. Studio Pierrot was eventually called in to fill the void and animate Book 2. According to Jae-myung Yoo, Studio Mir was later contacted and re-asked to animate Book 2. Yoo feared that, if Book 2 failed, Studio Mir and Korean animators would have their reputations tarnished for Studio Pierrot's failures. Consequently, Studio Mir accepted the offer and worked alongside Studio Pierrot.
The third season, Book Three: Change, aired its first three episodes on June 27, 2014, soon after some episodes were leaked online. It takes place two weeks after the events of Book Two: Spirits. Episodes nine to thirteen were streamed online, rather than being broadcast as a television program.
The Legend of Korra is produced mainly as traditional animation, with most frames drawn on paper in South Korea by the animators at Studio Mir and scanned for digital processing. Each episode comprises about 15,000 drawings. The series makes occasional use of computer-generated imagery for complex scenes, most noticeably in the animations of the pro-bending arena or the Satomobile factory.
While The Legend of Korra is produced in the United States and therefore not a work of Japanese animation ("anime") in the strict sense, The Escapist magazine argued that the series is so strongly influenced by anime that it would otherwise easily be classified as such: its protagonists (a superpowered heroine, her group of talented, supporting friends, a near-impervious villain who wants to reshape the world), its themes (family, friendship, romance, fear, and death) and the quality of its voice acting as well as the visual style are similar to those of leading anime series such as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Bleach or Trigun. A notable difference from such series is the absence of lengthy opening and ending sequences set to J-pop songs: to save broadcast time, The Legend of Korra 's openings and endings last only a few seconds. The series mostly abstains from using the visual tropes characteristic of anime, but does occasionally use exaggerated facial expressions to highlight emotions for comic effect.
The Legend of Korra is set to music by Jeremy Zuckerman, who previously wrote the music for Avatar: The Last Airbender with Benjamin Wynn. For The Legend of Korra, Zuckerman is the sole composer while Wynn is the lead sound designer; the two collaborate with Foley artist Aran Tanchum and showrunner Mike DiMartino on the soundscape of the series. Konietzko and DiMartino's concept for the score was to blend traditional Chinese music with early jazz. On that basis, Zuckerman composed a score combining elements of Dixieland, traditional Chinese music and Western orchestration. It is performed mainly by a string sextet and various Chinese solo instruments, including a dizi (flute), paigu (drums), a guqin and a Mongolian matouqin.
A soundtrack CD, The Legend of Korra: Original Music from Book One, was published on July 16, 2013. Music from Korra and Avatar was also played in concert at the PlayFest festival in Málaga, Spain in September 2014. The series's soundtrack was nominated as best TV soundtrack for the 2013 GoldSpirit Awards.
The first season (Book One: Air) aired in the United States on Nickelodeon on Saturday mornings between April 14, 2012 and June 23, 2012, and are available in the United States on the channel's website and through the Hulu Plus service. They were broadcast in other countries on the local Nickelodeon channels beginning in August 2012. The second season (Book Two: Spirits) began airing on Nickelodeon in the United States on September 13, 2013 on Friday evenings. The season ended on November 22, 2013. The third season (Book Three: Change) began airing on Nickelodeon in the United States on June 27, 2014, also on Friday evenings, two episodes at a time. The broadcast was announced one week in advance after several episodes of the new season were leaked on the Internet. After the first seven episodes aired to low ratings, Nickelodeon removed the last five episodes from its broadcast schedule. The remainder of the episodes were then distributed online via Amazon, Google Play, Xbox Video and Hulu as well as the Nickelodeon site and apps. The Escapist compared The Legend of Korra to Firefly as "a Friday night genre series with a loyal fan following built up from previous works by the creators that is taken off the air after the network fails to advertise it properly or broadcast episodes in a logical manner." Series creator Michael DiMartino said that the series' move to online distribution reflected a "sea change" in the industry: While Korra didn't fit in well with Nickelodeon's other programming, the series did extremely well online, with the season 2 finale having been Nickelodeon's biggest online event. The fourth season (Book Four: Balance) began distribution in the United States on October 3, 2014 through Nick Video, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes and Hulu.
|Season||Episodes||DVD and Blu-ray release dates|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||Air||12||July 9, 2013||October 28, 2013||September 4, 2013|
|2||Spirits||14||July 1, 2014||October 20, 2014||August 20, 2014|
|3||Change||13||December 2, 2014||TBA||TBA|
Book One: Air of The Legend of Korra was released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 9, 2013. It contains audio commentary from the creators, cast, and crew. Both versions contain a special feature consisting of a comical interview with the series' characters in puppet form. The Blu-ray version additionally contains audio commentaries for all episodes and an extra called "Series creators' Favorite Scenes: Eight Animatics". Book Two: Spirits was released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 1, 2014. This release also included audio commentary from the creators, cast, and crew. Book Three: Change will release on DVD and Blu-ray on December 2, 2014. Like the previous two releases, it will include audio commentary from the creators, cast and crew. 
The premiere averaged 4.5 million viewers ranking it as basic cable's number-one kids' show and top animated program for the week with total viewers. The Legend of Korra also ranks as the network's most-watched animated series premiere in three years. Book One: Air drew an average of 3.8 million viewers per episode. This was the highest audience total for an animated series in the United States in 2012. Book Two: Spirits premiered with 2.6 million viewers. Suggested explanations for the reduced number of broadcast viewers were: the long period between seasons, a change in time slot (Friday evening instead of Saturday morning), the increased availability of digital download services, and generally reduced ratings for the Nickelodeon channel. Book Three: Change aired on short notice in June 2014 after Spanish-language versions of some episodes were leaked on the Internet. The season premiered with 1.5 million viewers. After declining TV ratings in the third season, Nickelodeon stopped airing the series on television and shifted its distribution to online outlets, where the show had proven to be much more successful.
The Legend of Korra has received widespread critical acclaim. David Hinckley of the New York Daily News wrote that the "visually striking" series is "full of little tricks and nuances that only true fans will notice and savor, but nothing prevents civilians from enjoying it as well." Brian Lowry of Variety felt that the series "represents a bit more ambitious storytelling for older kids, and perhaps a few adults with the geek gene." Before the first season's finale, Scott Thill of Wired hailed The Legend of Korra as "the smartest cartoon on TV," able to address adults' spiritual and sociopolitical concerns while presenting an "alternately riveting and hilarious ride packed with fantasy naturalism, steampunk grandeur, kinetic conflicts, sci-fi weaponry and self-aware comedy." In The Atlantic, Julie Beck characterized the series as "some of the highest quality fantasy of our time", appreciating it for combining nuanced social commentary with Avatar: The Last Airbender 's "warmth, whimsy, and self-referential wit". According to Forbes, by telling "some of the darkest, most mature stories" ever animated, The Legend of Korra has created a new genre, "the world's first animated television drama".
Several reviewers noted the sociopolitical issues that, unusually for an animated series on a children's channel, run through The Legend of Korra. Thill proposed that the Equalists' cause reflected the recent appearance of the Occupy movement, and DiMartino responded that though the series was written before Occupy Wall Street began, he agreed that the show similarly depicted "a large group of people who felt powerless up against a relatively small group of people in power." Beck wrote that The Legend of Korra used magic to illustrate "the growing pains of a modernizing world seeing the rise of technology and capitalism, and taking halting, jerky steps toward self-governance", while portraying no side of the conflict as entirely flawless. Alyssa Rosenberg praised the show for examining issues of class in an urban setting, and a guest post in her column argued that the struggle between Korra and Amon's Equalists reflected some of the ideas of John Rawls' "luck egalitarianism," praising the show for tackling moral issues of inequality and redistribution.
For Book Two, at TV.com, Noel Kirkpatrick commented favorably on how "one of television's best programs" handled the necessary quantity of exposition, and on its introduction of the theme of conflict between spiritualism and secularism. Writing for Vulture, Matt Patches highlighted the loose, handheld-style cinematography – challenging for an animated series – and the "weird, wonderful", wildly imagined spirits fought by Korra; "a Kaiju parade with beasts that mirror velociraptors". Covering Book Three, Scott Thill at Salon described Korra as one of the toughest, most complex female characters on TV, despite being in a cartoon, and considered that the "surreal, lovely sequel" to Avatar "lastingly and accessibly critiques power, gender, extinction, spirit and more — all wrapped up in a kinetic ‘toon as lyrical and expansive as anything dreamt up by Hayao Miyazaki or George Lucas". David Levesley at The Daily Beast recommended the series to those looking for "beautifully shot and well-written fantasy on television" after the end of Game of Thrones 's most recent season, noting that in both series "the fantastical and the outlandish are carefully balanced with human relationships and political intrigue". He also highlighted the "many examples of well-written women, predominantly of color" in the series.
As in previous seasons, The Legend of Korra: Book 3 also received widespread acclaim. The season currently has a 9.6/10 user rating on Metacritic. Critics acclaimed the season for its animation, political commentary, deep themes, story and character development. Max Nicholson for IGN said, "Book Three was easily the show's most consistent season to date, delivering complex themes, excellent storylines and unmatched production values." Eric Thurm, of Complex, stated that "With its knockout third season, "The Legend of Korra" takes the "Avatar" franchise to another level".  And Oliver Sava, for The A.V. Club, wrote "This has been a truly magnificent season of television, delivering loads of character development, world building, socio-political commentary, and heart-racing action, all presented with beautifully smooth animation and impeccable voice acting".  The season holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which has designated the series as "Certified Fresh".
The Legend of Korra received two nominations for the 2012 Annie Awards. Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, Ryu Ki-Hyun, Kim Il Kwang and Kim Jin Sun were nominated in the category of Best Character Design in an Animated Television Production, and the first two episodes were nominated in the category of Best Animated Television Production for Children. The series was also nominated for the "Outstanding Children's Program" award from among the 2012 NAACP Image Awards, which "celebrates the accomplishments of people of color".
IGN editors and readers awarded the series the "IGN People's Choice Award" and the "Best TV Animated Series" award in 2012. The series also took second place (after My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) in a TV.com readers' poll for the "Best Animated Series" of 2012.
|Book 1||2012||IGN's Best of 2012 Awards||Best TV Series||The Legend of Korra||Nominated|
|Best TV Animated Series||Won|
|IGN People's Choice Award for Best TV Animated Series|
|Best TV Hero||Janet Varney (Korra)||Nominated|
|2013||Annie Awards||Best Animated Television Production for Children||The Legend of Korra||Nominated|
|Best Character Design in an Animated Television Production||Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, Ryu Ki-Hyun, Kim Il Kwang and Kim Jin Sun|
|2nd Annual BTVA Awards||Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series||The Legend of Korra||Won|
|BTVA People's Choice Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series|
|Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series — Action/Drama||Janet Varney (Korra)|
|Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role||Eva Marie Saint (Katara)|
|Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series — Action/Drama||JK Simmons (Tenzin)||Nominated|
|BTVA People's Choice Award for Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role — Action/Drama||Steve Blum (Amon)||Won|
|Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role — Action/Drama||Dee Bradley Baker (Tarrlok)||Nominated|
|Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role — Action/Drama||Mindy Sterling (Lin Beifong)|
|Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Special Class Animated Program||Joaquim Dos Santos, Tim Yoon, Ki Hyun Ryu, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko|
|Outstanding Directing In An Animated Program||Joaquim Dos Santos, Ki-Hyun Ryu, Andrea Romano|
|Outstanding Casting For An Animated Series Or Special||Shannon Reed, Sarah Noonan, Gene Vassilaros||Won|
|NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Children's Program||The Legend of Korra||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role (Television) - Young Actress||Kiernan Shipka (Jinora)|
|Book 2||2014||Annie Awards||Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children's Audience||The Legend of Korra||Nominated|
|Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production||Colin Heck||Nominated|
|Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production||Angela Sung, William Niu, Christine Bian, Emily Tetri, Frederic Stewart||Won|
|IGN's Best of 2013 Awards||IGN People's Choice Award for Best TV Animated Series||The Legend of Korra|
As with Avatar: The Last Airbender, a hardcover art book, The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series (Book One: Air) (ISBN 978-1616551681), details the creation of the series's first 12 episodes. It was published by Dark Horse in August 2013. In July 2013, Nickelodeon published a free interactive e-book, The Legend of Korra: Enhanced Experience, on iTunes. It contained material such as concept art, character biographies, animatics and storyboards. In March 2013, PixelDrip Gallery organized a The Legend of Korra fan art exhibition in Los Angeles with the support of the series's creators, and later published a documentary video about it.
- Revolution (ISBN 978-0449815540), adapting episodes one to six, published on 8 January 2013
- Endgame (ISBN 978-0449817346), adapting episodes seven to twelve, published on 23 July 2013
Two video games based on the series are being developed. The first, The Legend of Korra, developed by Platinum Games and published by Activision, is a third-person action game for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC released on 21 and 22 October 2014. It take place between the second and third seasons, and is scripted by Korra writer Tim Hedrick. The second game, The Legend of Korra: A New Era Begins, is a turn-based strategy game developed by Webfoot Technologies for the Nintendo 3DS.
In 2013, before the premiere of Book Two: Spirits, Nickelodeon released online three animated short videos titled Republic City Hustle that cover part of the lives of Mako and Bolin as street hustlers before the events of the first season. They are written by Tim Hedrick, one of the writers for Book Two: Spirits, and designed by Evon Freeman.
In August 2012, Variety reported that Paramount Animation, a sister company of Nickelodeon, was starting development of several animated movies, with budgets of around US$100 million. According to Variety, a possible candidate for one of the films was The Legend of Korra. Series creator Bryan Konietzko later wrote on his blog that no such movie was in development. In July 2013, he said that he and DiMartino were far too busy working on multiple seasons of the TV series in parallel to consider developing a film adaptation at that time.
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