Even if The Wind Rises is not Miyazaki’s last film, the animated drama stands strongly with the rest of the director’s body of work and should be used as an example of serious story telling in animation and Japanese Anime in general.
This show follows Korra, the teenaged Avatar, as she comes into her full powers and gets trained in how to actually use them, as well as how to be the Avatar. Of course, things don’t go smoothly and there are conspiracies to thwart, intrigues and mysteries to solve, lots of martial arts and element “bending”, action, and romance.
It could be as much as a year before the tour comes back to Southern California, so this week’s shows are going to be the only ones in the southland for quite some time. If you live there you won’t want to miss out, and if you don’t live there, but have friends who do, then you won’t want them to miss out either.