Avatar: Escape from the Spirit World - Avatar Roku
This is a short series that was used to show what happened to Aang immediately after being struck down by Azula’s lightning. It is broken up into 4 parts with each part focusing on one of the previous Avatar’s life. Enjoy!
When I was a young Avatar, I traveled the world, challenging other benders to tests of strength. I loved impressing people with my bending prowess. Especially girls. I was arrogant, proud and boastful. I never thought about settling down until I met the love of my life.
We met during the new moon celebration, when the sister tribes would come together as one. It was love at first sight. Her name was Ummi. She was from the Southern Tribe. And she was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen. With Ummi in my life, I decided to change my irresponsible ways and settle down.
We were to be married in the Spirit Oasis. But on the day of our wedding, tragedy struck.
Ummi fell into the spirit pond, as if some unseen force pulled her in. She didn’t drown. She disappeared into the Spirit World… Koh took her to punish me for my past mistakes.
Every year, on the anniversary of our wedding, I traveled to the spirit world, hoping to save my wife from Koh… But I failed.
i recently stumbled upon some Avatar: The Last Airbender gems that i’ve never seen before! apparently there were a handful of ‘Chibi Shorts’, three to be exact, from the Season 2 + Season 3 PAL Region DVDs. they were cute 3-5 minute skits a nice DVD Extra. (watch them here: ONE, TWO, THREE)
i also found the Pilot episode which was great. a little more anime-esque, if you will, and not as streamline. Prince Zuko didn’t change much from the A: TLA Pilot but did you know that Katara was originally called Kya?–of course, the creators didn’t just trash the name, as we come to find out that Kya is the name of Katara + Sokka’s mother.
but better still is this 'Animated Graphic Novel’ (or Motion Comic) called Escape From The Spirit World. no voice overs, just pictures moving slightly and subtitled dialogue. very simple concept of Aang walking through the spirit world, interacting with his past lives and learning about the responsibilities of an Avatar. anyone can pick this up and enjoy it, whether you’re a fan or new to the show. really enjoyed it.
Avatar Kyoshi: I immediately set to work training an elite force of Earthbenders. They would be silent, precise… and feared by all. They became known as the Dai Li. Aang: You trained the Dai Li? But they’re the worst, most corrupt Earthbenders in the world! Avatar Kyoshi: I thought I was doing the right thing by creating a group that protected cultural history. I had no idea what they would become.