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6 Shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender – Spiritual Action

‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ became a cult classic just like ‘Dragonball’ or ‘One Piece’. It centers around a young boy named Aang that just so happens to be an Avatar. No, not the huge blue alien, but a Bender. Benders are people that can control a specific basic element. However, only the Avatar can master all four elements, at least that’s what the show says. With the world at the brink of a terrible world war, only he can bring balance.

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I’m not much of an anime fan. Yes I know this is not anime, but it does have a certain degree of anime art to it. This show blew my mind. At first it started out a bit slow and typical but soon turned into an epic that kept me at the edge of my seat. The characters are just amazing and completely on point with their behavior. The humor is also timed magnificently. The story took a lot of turns, but it always made sense.

As you can see, I am an ‘Avatar’ fan. To be honest, you should be too. Want to know more TV shows like ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’? Maybe you saw some of them and can relate. Check them out below.


Shows Similar To ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’…

‘Legend of Korra’ (Joaquim Dos Santos, 2005‐2008)

As soon as I got of my ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ fix I found out that ‘Legend of Korra’ was on with a full four seasons already released. I was skeptical to say the least; no one can outperform Aang and the original crew. To my surprise the show was magnificent. Definitely more down to earth but it did lack a certain touch the original had.

‘Legend of Korra’ is also based around an Avatar, only this time her name is Korra. She is fierce and an interesting character but at times it seemed like she didn’t live up to her full potential. In any case, check out the show if you haven’t already.

Similarity Match: 95%
Both ‘Legend of Korra’ and ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ are from the same creators and from the same universe, but they do have different social themes that are being explored.

‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ (Yasuhiro Irie, 2009‐2010)

Fullmetal Alchemist’ is just one of those shows that stay with you. Again, I’m not much into anime, but this one stuck with me. The series immediately starts you off with a great ethical choice leaving the dead in peace or working to get them back.

That by itself is a great plot device, one which was wonderfully used the by the show’s creators. I would suggest that you buckle up and follow the story of two brothers that wanted to resurrect their mother while unleashing hell on Earth in the process.

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Similarity Match: 90%
‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ has darker themes than ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’, however the genius of both shows on the topic plot and character development is unmatched.

‘Dragonball’ (Minoru Okazaki, 1986‐1989)

The whole world probably knows of the ‘Dragonball‘ series. However, I would like to point out that the original ‘Dragonball’ that wasn’t just about power levels, laughing at each other while flying and telling them how weak they are. I’m talking about Goku’s journey of becoming a better martial artist.

Character development mattered, story arcs were pretty fun and the humor was simply laugh out loud. I also distinctly remember how they made Master Roshi who was lovable, yet a pervert. That’s not really something you see every day.

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Similarity Match: 85%
‘Dragonball’, just like ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’, is a unique show although they both have some distinct characteristics such as regular fighting scenes, focus on discipline and obligations, but still knowing when to relax and have fun.

‘One Piece’ (Munehisa Saki, 1999‐ )

Do you hate letting go of your favorite shows? Well ‘One Piece’ is so long you won’t need to let go of it or quite some time. It has almost 600 episodes and they are still being made. I haven’t seen a lot of them to be honest, but those that I have seen really put a smile on my face.

‘One Piece’ focuses on Monkey D. Luffy that is trying to find famous treasure named One Piece. The shows art style is nowhere near the smoothness that Avatar has, but then again the show started in 1999 so naturally the technology was different. I really recommend you check out this one!

Similarity Match: 80%
The show is not so much for social topics as ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ tends to be, but it still holds great character development and humor.


If You Like ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’, You Will Like…

It was really hard to find shows that could even relate to such a masterpiece of a cartoon. Still, if you enjoy the funny yet spiritual vibe of the show, you just might like these movies.

‘Princess Mononoke’ (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)

Princess Mononoke’ centers around Ashitaka, a young warrior who has been stricken by a curse and now must travel to a mystical forest to find the cure. Little did he know that he ventured into a warzone between the humans led by Lady Aboshi against the forest led by non‐other than Princess Mononoke. The main theme of the story is humans vs. nature which is then drenched in beautiful animations followed by spiritual messages about how to live in harmony.

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Unlike ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ the movie is not that focused on the funny side, but don’t let that stop you from giving the movie a go or showing it to your kids since it has some pretty interesting messages.

‘Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind’ (Hayao Miyazaki, 1984)

This move should be your next in line after watching ‘Princess Mononoke’. The environmental theme is very present, however this time it is set in a sort of dystopian sci‐fi world where two nations are trying to kill each other while planet is suffering in the process. Nausicaa is not really much of a  mystical superheroine like Mononoke, but definitely has her heart set to stop the war. The element that stuck with me were the Ohmos, these giant bug like creatures that gave me a distinct feeling as if they should be on the fictional planet Arakis from the Dune universe.

I for one loved the movie and would really recommend it to anyone. If nothing else, you can enjoy the great scenery the movie has to offer.

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‘Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind’ has that “one hero to save the world” vibe that’ Avatar: The Last Airbender’ brings to the table, although there is little to none martial arts fighting in the movie.


The Last Awesomeness Bender

Unfortunatly, you can’t really expect to see a different movie or tv series like ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ unless it’s set in the same universe, made by the same people. However, you can check out Avatar comics which really give more insight into the world. Whatever you do, try to stay clear from ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ movie. Trust me.

Which scenes and episodes did you love from ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’? Do you know any other series similar to ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’?

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