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Avatar the Last Airbender and its influences by Japanese anime
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Posted 2/18/07
Yeah first topic! Well I wasn't sure what to post about and then as I skimmed my fav sites, I came across this as inspiration:
From http://www.avatarspirit.com
http://www.nicktoonsnetwork.com/avatarescape/

If you go and type in a password (koh), you get one of the funniest chibi/super-deformed shorts I've seen this side of the Full Metal Alchemist (FMA) Short from the movie!

For those who follow the series, I like how this series has come along for younger and older fans, for shippers to casual fans. This short is just one of many anime-influenced areas I am liking more in all animation or live shows (I also watch Shuriken School and Heroes among other stuff so I do like to find those anime influenced shows too). So I guess I leave the topic open for discussion on if the anime influences are good and attractive to fans, what you've seen that is anime related on the series, and any other talk related to the show. Take care!
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i think avatar the last air bender should be aloud to be put on here cuz its alot like anime plz can we have it on here plz cuz its good
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Posted 2/18/07
Yep, I just have this thread for talking about Avatar and anime influences on the show, not to ask for it uploaded (read the updates a while ago on what's allowed now). BTW, that's one awesome avatar Jay.

So folks just keep to talking about anime stylings in the show, such as
- the 4 elements aspects (kind of like Naruto with where they derive their special powers, which has also different takes on the official elements)
- martial arts styles and fights in the show
- shipping (which is far more prevalent in anime since there tends to be many characters on the shows, with multiple possible or actual relationships)
- cultural similarities to Asia (use of art like haikus and calligraphy, governmental ideals, fortune telling, fireworks displays, etc.)
- art style of the show (like the wide eyed drawing style, or the chibi short I linked above)

Later!
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Posted 2/18/07
Speaking as an animator, Avatar is considered anime-like, not anime. In this business, Anime is considered anything produced from/throught Japan by a japanese creator.
Teen Titans is similar to this but I wouldn't call it "anime" would you??

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Posted 2/18/07
yah i see ur point i dont think teen titans would b an anime either
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Posted 2/18/07
Well one can go back (and I've seen/heard this a lot) it depends on your view of what can be considered anime. Many reviewers or info sources (like Trish Ledoux or Wikipedia respectively for each type), anime can be narrowed to what is from Japan, or be a broader view like how the Japanese see anime as all animation, not just their own. It's an interesting point of view debate bloke.

That said, I kept the topic to anime influences to move away from having to debate about what is anime or not. Just wanted to go over what influences are seen in both the North American style/story versus the Japanese one then. Also wanted to share the chibi episode too.
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Posted 10/23/07
I still like watchin it hehe
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Posted 10/23/07
for your information, Avatar is influences by China, though the animation it self is like anime (influences by japan )


seen any way they talk like japanese??? no, ( they say master as shi fu, not sensei )
need i say more ????

by the way, the Country of origin for avatar is USA, didn't see that coming did you??? lol

Avatar is notable for borrowing extensively from Asian art and mythology to create a fully realized fictional universe. Apart from its anime-inspired character designs, Avatar also draws on a mix of Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian, Korean, Indian, Polynesian and Tibetan philosophy, religion, language, clothing, martial arts, and culture. In addition, the show's Water Tribe is heavily influenced by Inuit culture. Explicitly stated influences include Chinese art and history, Japanese anime, Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Yoga. The production staff employs a cultural consultant, Edwin Zane, to review scripts.

Japan's concepts of the five elements are heavily influenced by Buddhism. The Chinese five elements are called gogyō (五行), and the Indian five elements are called godai (五大). The following article explains the latter. ( is not from japan, if from china and then influenced to japan )

Chinese characters done in traditional East Asian calligraphy styles are used for nearly all the writing that appears in Avatar. For each instance of calligraphy, an appropriate style is used, ranging from the seal script (more archaic) to the clerical script. The show employs calligrapher Siu-Leung Lee as a consultant and translator. See also: the Oracle Bone Script for the origin of many Hanzi characters and some Oracle Bone characters themselves are even used in the Avatar series.

The fighting choreography of Avatar draws from martial arts, and the fighting styles and weaponry are based on Chinese martial arts, with each bending art corresponding to a certain real-world style or styles. The creators use Tai Chi for waterbending, Hung Gar for earthbending (although Toph employs a Chu Gar Southern Praying Mantis style),[33] Northern Shaolin for firebending, and Ba Gua for airbending. The show employs Sifu Kisu of the Harmonious Fist Chinese Athletic Association as a martial arts consultant.[34]

Each fighting style was chosen to represent the element it projected:

* Tai Chi creates flowing energy, and fluid movements to represent water, turning an opponent's force against them.
* Hung Gar was chosen for its firmly rooted stances, linear patterns, and powerful strikes to represent the solid nature of the earth. The form most practiced by the Earthbenders is the General's Mandate.
* Northern Shaolin, which has almost no defensive techniques, uses fast, aggressive attacks to mimic the power of fire.
* Ba Gua's erratic, circular movements were chosen to represent air's unpredictability and cyclical motion.
* Chu Gar Southern Praying Mantis has distinguishing movements and unique footwork that are employed by Toph Bei Fong to complement her blindness, giving her an anomalous style of Earthbending.

Non-Chinese arts have also appeared. The pirates who appear in Book One, Episodes Nine and Eighteen, employ Japanese weapons, a possible nod to the historical clashes between Shaolin monks and Japanese pirates. In The Headband, Aang's adaptation of martial arts forms into dance techniques evolves into a game of Brazilian capoeira, complete with roda and batteria, with Katara.

The flow of chi is the engine behind the bending arts. Benders require chi to flow from the breath as form of energy derived from breathing and oxygenation, and then extend that energy past their body to manipulate or manifest their element. This chi is stored in the abdomen of the bender, known among martial artists as the Dantian. Different choices of directing energy are referred to different kinds of Jing (traditional Chinese: 勁; simplified Chinese: 劲; pinyin: jìng), a system used to describe movements in sparring such as positive, or aggressive, negative, or defensive, and neutral, which is simply doing nothing.

anyway, there is a blurring for avatar to be cartoon or anime........so is hard to say, but i say not anime
Posted 10/23/07
Well, the art style is like anime. I noticed that they are trying to attract us anime fans. XD Like the episode from last Friday... anyone see a few similarities?
By the way, I love the fact that they are based upon Chinese legends and martial arts.
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Posted 10/23/07
It has good art work nilike toph alot n i think it should beput in as anime n not cartoon
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Posted 10/23/07
the avatar rocks! it's like basically an anime except not made in Japan
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Posted 10/23/07
isn't anime, the name for Japanese Animation?
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Posted 10/23/07
lol wait isn't avatar influenced by China not Japan? but yea i think avatar's good.
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Posted 10/28/07
hi I'm padz from the Philippines, and I'm a really big fan of Avatar: The Last Air Bender. Is it possible to watch avatar here? I tried but it's already removed. huhuhu
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Posted 10/29/07
where can we watch book 3 of the avatar?
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