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I lived in Japan for a year, specifically in Sendai, and frequently visited Natori, which was one of the hardest hit communities.

Japan has a rich culture, and what a lot of people may not realize is that Sendai and it's neighboring towns (like Natori) had a population of only about a million, smaller than Seattle. It wasn't the bustling chaos of Tokyo or Osaka that foreigners usually think of Japan being. It was a quiet, close-knit community, with a rich history.
Sendai's patron was Masamune Date, commonly known as the One-Eyed-Dragon, the Samurai lord with the eyepatch and large crescent on his helmet. You may have even seen depictions of him in anime. Just north of Sendai is Matsushima bay, one of Japan's most beautiful natural landmarks. So beautiful that haiku master Matsuo Basho was so awestruck his poem was simply "Matsushima ah, Matsushima aaah, Matsushima ah."
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Support the Comics!

Want a printed collection of all the Nick Mag Avatar comics? Join this Facebook group!

(We know this isn't exactly "official", but we're trying hard to show our support.)


OTHER RELEVANT POSTS:
http://community.livejournal.com/avatar_fans/3171873.html

Season 1: Essentials Collection on iTunes

HERE for $11.99USD

Description:

"Journey back to when Aang was first discovered, encounter the mysterious Blue Spirit, embark on a quest to find a master Waterbender, and prepare to face the fierce Firebenders -- all in this compilation of episodes selected by the show creators!"


1x01 - The Boy in the Iceberg
1x02 - The Avatar Returns
1x03 - The Southern Air Temple
1x12 - The Storm
1x13 - The Blue Spirit
1x18 - The Waterbending Master
1x19 - The Siege of the North (Part I)
1x20 - The Siege of the North (Part II)
The Un-Aired Pilot Episode (essentials collection only)
The Un-Aired Pilot Episode with Commentary


This is a slightly cheaper alternative to purchasing the entire first season, with the main addition of the un-aired pilot episode that does NOT have audio commentary. For 8 episodes (and 1 main bonus feature) priced at almost $12, we actually recommend:

The Complete Book 1 (Collector's Edition)
Other DVDs and boxsets



Was this entry helpful? Please share your comments, questions, or concerns! -Last updated on 18 Jun 2010

The Complete Book 1 (Collector's Edition)



Release date: June 22, 2010
* 7 total discs (5 for episodes 1-20, 2 for bonus features)
* Illustrated paperback book (preview of The Art of the Animated Series)
* 32-minute exclusive documentary (click here for a preview)

Available at Amazon for only $26.99


That's a steal! If you want to discuss this item with other fans, feel free to check out the ASN discussion board.


Was this entry helpful? Please share your comments, questions, or concerns! -Last updated on 26 Jun 2010

L.A. Martial Arts Filming with Sifu Kisu

Paramount will interview and film Sifu Kisu (+ students) on his martial arts and practices, as well as Avatar: The Last Airbender fans. If you're near Los Angeles, CA and want to be filmed, this is something you don't want to miss!

Saturday, 23 January 2010
11:15AM - 1:15PM
WEHO Park 90048
Facebook event: here

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Photos courtesy of jncomplete!

Was this entry helpful? Please share your comments, questions, or concerns! -Last updated on 23 Jan 2010

The Art of the Animated Series



Dark Horse Comics
Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, and Various
184 pages, full color, hardcover, 9" x 12"
$34.99USD (or less at Amazon, which has PREVIEW PAGES)
Publication Date: June 2, 2010

ISBN-10: 1-59582-504-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-59582-504-9


"An unprecedented look at the concept, design, and production art behind this smash-hit series, Avatar: The Last Airbender--The Art of the Animated Series chronicles the show's development—from the very first sketch through to the series finale and beyond!--along with behind-the-scenes commentary from series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino.

* Featuring hundreds of images, most of which Nickelodeon has never released to the public!"

yaytime posted the original announcement at avatar_fans, found on this page.

Check out the Dark Horse Comic article here!


OTHER RELEVANT POSTS:
http://aang.livejournal.com/438889.html


Was this entry helpful? Please share your comments, questions, or concerns! -Last updated on 18 Jun 2010

"The Last Airbender" Mangas

At SDCC09, Del Rey Manga announced two upcoming publications:


The Last Airbender MANGA PREQUEL
Writers: Dave Roman and Alison Wilgus
Illustrator: Nina Matsumoto [unofficial sneak peek here]



The Last Airbender MANGA ADAPTATION
Writers: Dave Roman and Alison Wilgus
Illustrator: Joon Choi


Both writers have openly expressed how much they adore the original Nickelodeon show and I'm certain they have put a lot of love and passion into these works.


MORE INFO:
http://community.livejournal.com/avatar_fans/3182304.html
http://www.activeanime.com/html/content/view/5373/58/


Was this entry helpful? Please share your comments, questions, or concerns! -Last updated on 18 Jun 2010

Books of Water, Earth, & Fire

As most people know, the entire series is available through individual DVDs as well as season box sets. One major advantage (other than being able to watch any episode in high quality) is that they also come with extra features.

ASN provides a detailed list of most of the DVDs here: http://www.avatarspiritmedia.net/dvd.php
Here's the MISSING INFO on Book 3: Fire...

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If you're looking to purchase any of the DVDs (box sets highly recommended), I encourage you to visit Amazon.com: LINK

Alternatively, you can purchase any season pass from iTunes for only $14.99USD each. As of 18 Jun 2010, the iTunes season passes are now $29.99USD. This is great for keeping all the episodes on your computer and even syncing your mp3 player to watch them on the go! Keep in mind that they do NOT come with bonus features, however.

If other sales come up, we'll be sure to post them here!

Was this entry helpful? Please share your comments, questions, or concerns! -Last updated on 18 Jun 2010