It is entirely possible to state that Avatar: The Last Airbender: Book 3 – 100% is an anomaly within the Nickelodeon catalog. It is a high fantasy western anime set in a world reminiscent of several different Asian cultures. It is something that no one would have imagined that the same channel was going to do that in the nineties gave us several Klasky Csupo cartoons, such as Rugrats or Rocket Power, and which ultimately produced his most popular show of all time: sponge Bob.
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Something that can generate a debate for hours and hours among fans is which are the best episodes of the series. For some it may be “The Ember Island Actors” for its metafictional character or “The Puppeteer” for giving the series a horror twist and showing one of the bitterest sides of the war. Another favorite of many can be “Adventures in Ba Sing Se” to explore the concerns of various characters. For many others the best are the three chapters that make up the end of the series; that is to say; “Sozin’s Comet”. In general, it is considered one of the best conclusions that any series has had.
The voice actor who brought Aang to life in English, Zach Tyler Eisen just revealed which are his favorites. That’s important because he’s not someone who talks a lot about his time working on that show. In fact, it was his last acting role. Today he continues to work in that industry, but behind the scenes. This he did during his recent podcast appearance Avatar: Braving the Elements, which is hosted by Dante Basco, the voice of Zuko, and Janet Varney, the voice of Korra. Here are his favorite episodes and why each one:
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I think the most memorable for me, and it’s something I’ve said before, is the episode of King Bumi. [“El rey de Omashu”]. I feel that that’s when I began to feel that I was changing my direction as an actor, as I began to understand the character. It was just a really funny episode. That said, there are a few who also, throughout the rest of the series, stuck with me. One is ‘Lonely Zuko’, which I think is the only one I didn’t participate in, but Dante, you were amazing. Zuko’s character arc is amazing, and you were just phenomenal voicing it… “Ba Sing Se Adventures”, honestly… I like the guru Pathik stuff too. I think that took the series in an interesting direction; It added a lot of spirituality and other things that you don’t normally see in cartoons made for children.
Furthermore, in an interview for Comic Book, Basco revealed that he can’t believe the show is relevant 15 years later. In fact, the actor didn’t even imagine the show was going to be done in the first place. In his opinion, it is a project that did not feel like something typical of Nickelodeon:
I can’t believe that a project that we did 15 years ago will come up again during the pandemic and that it spreads like fire and how everyone feels about it. I had no idea. No idea [de que el programa iba a ser tan prevalente]. I had no clue this show was going to air when I filmed the pilot episode … This is not really Nickelodeon, this is an Asian and anime inspired epic story of a boy trying to save the world . That doesn’t feel like SpongeBob or Catdog to me. It doesn’t feel like something from Nickelodeon. I still didn’t understand the phenomenon that is Avatar until years later. I mean if I had known, I probably would have kept every one of my scripts back then.
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