The Legend of Korra
Country:United States
Episodes:52 (ongoing)
Preceded By:Avatar: The Last Airbender

The Legend of Korra is a 2012 anime-style western animated series and a follow-up to Avatar: The Last Airbender. While the show maintains a steady flow of Chinese influence, as the original series had, it also combines some steampunk elements, including an industrialized setting.


Set 70 years from the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Korra is the Avatar directly proceding Aang and, unlike Aang, she faces her obstacles head-on and is shown to be very independent; albeit somewhat stubborn. After living and training in the Southern Water Tribe for several years, she boards a ship headed to Republic City in order to begin her airbending training with Tenzin, Aang's son. Meanwhile, an anti-bending revolt stirs in Republic City known as the Equalists, lead by the masked revolutionary, Amon, a charismatic strategist with the ability to remove a person's bending permanently.

Setting Edit

Republic City is an industrialized setting that serves as the capital of the United Republic, formed by Avatar Aang and Firelord Zuko to serve as a peaceful utopia where benders from all nations can coexist together. Republic City is inspired by that of 1920's Shanghai, combined with steampunk elements, including various technology, factories, warehouses, and gigantic airships. Republic City has also become a haven for crime and contains several criminal triads; the triads engage in turf wars often. In fact, characters in the series have lost loved-ones due to the amount of criminal activity throughout the city.

Steampunk ElementsEdit

As seen in the first episode, Republic City is shown to be an industrialized setting. The city houses many factories and warehouses, all producing various technologies to improve daily life. Hiroshi Sato developed the satomobile, a variation on the automobile, and the first to develop it into a viable technology for everyday use.

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Equalist mecha tanks designed by Hiroshi Sato.

Hiroshi was later revealed to be an Equalist supporter, similar to how Henry Ford was an endorser of the Nazis, and housed a secret factory beneath the Sato mansion, unbeknownst to his daughter, Asami Sato. The factory contained various weaponry and advanced technology, particularly gigantic mechs, which were designed by Hiroshi himself, along with Equalist airships and biplanes. The Equalists sport circular goggles, which are common accessories in steampunk. They also possess electric gauntlets that are able to stun and paralyze a victim.

As corruption is often a key element in steampunk, Republic City is also ridden with crime and criminal triads that utilize their bending abilities to extort and abuse citizens, particularly non-benders. Overtime, Republic City graduated into a more corrupt setting, as the city's population grew. Councilman Tarrlok is also shown to be a very corrupt and manipulative politician.

The city's police force includes an elite unit of officers mostly made up of metalbenders, individuals that specialize in metalbending, a form of earthbending developed by Toph Bei Fong of the original series. The police also possess a wide variety of technology, including airships, which are used to monitor crime in the city, and metallic suits that contain spools that enable the wearer to grasp onto distant objects.


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