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You seldom see a review of The Dragon Prince that doesn’t refer to its spiritual predecessor Avatar: The Last Airbender. You might recognize the name of Aaron Ehasz, the head writer of Avatar, as one of the creators of The Dragon Prince. Even Jack De Sena, the voice of our boomerang-wielding Sokka, leads as Prince Callum.
Many of the hallmarks between these two shows overlap. These two children’s animated shows are worlds apart yet close in resemblance. Let’s dive into the shared motifs of The Dragon Prince and Avatar: The Last Airbender and why they’re proof that you should watch the Netflix fantasy series, whose second season arrived today.
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Not unlike Avatar: The Last Airbender, comedy permeates the entire epic journey. Humor and slapstick can pop up in even the most dire and serious moments. Remember Aang’s airbending playfulness, Toph’s blind jokes, and comedic gold like Sokka’s “Mushroom Cloud” episode?
The child characters in The Dragon Prince are as quippy as the characters in The Last Airbender. Even when an assassin’s blade is at his throat, Callum cannot resist commenting on the situation (“How is [lying] worse than [you] trying to kill someone?). Don’t forget, the elf Rayla plays dress up like a human with a southern accent: “I like money and starting wars.” Adult characters, like General Amaya and Harrow display a sense of humor.
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The Dragon Prince and Avatar: The Last Airbender share another similarity: prominent Asian-coded characters lead the story (not counting the Inuit-coded Katara and Sokka). Callum and Ezran’s mother and their Aunt Amaya have visibly coded Asian profiles, giving their sons Asian heritage.
The anime-esque Avatar universe is steeped in conspicuous orientalist elements, from its martial arts styles, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, and other Asian philosophies. In addition to holding some anime influences, The Dragon Prince is a European medieval fantasy...
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