8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2008
In Book 2 we see the amazing story continue. New characters are introduced and we begin to see a different side to Zukos character as he begins a battle with his own destiny.
We follow Avatar Aang and his friends as he begins to learn earth bending.
Will Aang find an earthbending master?
Will Zuko sort his head out!?
This boxset is suitable for children and adults who enjoy anime will love this story. My daughter watches my boxsets with me and I am thirty something!! I watched nearly all mine in one night, they are great family entertainment.
The boxset has a cardboard cover and opens out into a 5 disc set. Personally I preffer the plastic cases as children tend to be a bit rough with them and we have had cardboard covers in the past that have been ripped. Anyway this includes a bonus disc (the animated shorts are pretty cool, my daughter loved them)
For those who love to watch animation with their kids then I would recommend getting into Avatar, great family anime.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The second season of Avatar picks up where the first left off. The Northern Water Tribe has successfully defended itself against a Fire Nation invasion, with the help of the Avatar, Aang. With Katara having mastered Waterbending and now capable of teaching Aang, Team Avatar (as Sokka dubs the group) heads south into the Earth Kingdom to find Aang someone to teach him Earthbending. Meanwhile, Prince Zuko and his uncle, General Iroh, have been exiled and outcast by the Fire Lord, who has sent his daughter Azula to hunt down them and the Avatar. To this end she recruits two fellow female warriors to succeed where her brother failed.
Season 2 starts off with our heroes on a high after their victory over the Fire Nation and their securing of the Northern Water Tribe as allies. Their luck seems to hold up, with the Fire Nation apparently keener on tracking down the 'traitors' Zuko and Iroh than pursuing the Avatar, and they soon meet Toph, a blind girl who 'sees' through Earthbending and is the teacher Aang needs. However, no sooner has Toph joined the group then things start to fall apart: a valued member of the team disappears without a trace, the Earth Kingdom capital of Ba Sing Se comes under attack by the Fire Nation and political intrigue within the Earth Kingdom weakens the allied forces as the Fire Nation advances.
Avatar's second season (or 'Book', in the show's own parlance) is a splendid follow-up to the first. It's the middle part of the trilogy, but if it adheres to an existing format, thankfully it's the original Star Wars trilogy: Earth is The Empire Strikes Back of this story, putting our heroes through the wringer emotionally, physically and mentally, and ending on a surprisingly downbeat note. The notion of 'mentorship' is investigated thoroughly, with Aang's mastery of bending now in the hands of two people barely older than himself, whilst Zuko's relationship with Iroh goes through some tough times. In fact, it's the internal war between Zuko's dual natures over his soul which forms the most satisfying through-line of the series, and Zuko's painting as a young man tortured by his own past with his own strengths and weaknesses rather than as a simplistic bad guy, or a bad guy who turns to good, is a surprisingly mature theme for what is apparently a kid's show.
Many individual episodes are of note, although Tales of Ba Sing Se is especially noteworthy. With our heroes forced to stay in the Earth Kingdom capital for a protracted stay, this episode doesn't feature a major crisis but instead follows them on several minor plot strands, from Sokka getting into a haiku-off with some poets ("That's one too many syllables!") to Aang establishing a zoo to an especially splendid instalment in which Iroh pays tribute to his late son. It's an extremely accomplished episode, as is Appa's Lost Days, in which the most under-explored member of the team gets his very own episode. However, there are far less stand-alones this season, with every episode linking into the main story arc and minor characters from the first season returning with larger roles.
With its second season, Avatar continues to impress, exploring themes of redemption, honour and extreme property damage in a consistently intelligent and amusing manner.
Avatar: The Last Airbender - Book II: Earth (****½) is available on DVD in the USA, but has not been officially released in the UK yet. Import Region 1 copies can be found on Amazon.co.uk. Season 3 returns to Nickelodeon for its final five episodes (also the final five episodes of the series) in mid-July.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2009
What more can be said about Avatar the last airbender? One of the best family TV series to be released (in a very long time), book 2 'Earth' continues the story on from book 1 'Water' (duh)
No reason to put a lengthy plot description here (check Wikipedia instead) However I will say there is a reason this season has won prestigious awards such as 'Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation' and 'Best Directing in an Animated Television Production' among being nominated for many others. The setting and its lore is constant, the characters are involving and complex and the story is so well executed it can be enjoyed by everyone from 10yr old to 80yr old.
Anyway, my only gripe about this is the complete lack of extras or...well anything, you can play the DVD's in a number of other languages (including Dutch, German and French...) but that's it, no subtitles, no behind the scenes or illustrations, art stills or anything, it would have been nice to been rewarded with some sort of consolation for here in England having to wait until now, while America and the rest of the NSTC world have been enjoying these DVD's since 2007...
But regardless, this is still a fantastic collection of episodes, the box is well presented with a pull-out sleeve storing the discs and represents good value for money, if you enjoy any sort of television entertainment you owe it yourself to give Avatar a go, book 2 is engrossing from the first episode to the climatic, surprising finale...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2009
My kids are huge fans of this series and it was extremely disappointing to find that the series is not being released on DVD here in the UK - so buying the European edition was our only option. The animation is just as good as the first series, the humour and one-liners equally as funny and generally exactly what you come to expect from Book One. Roll on the release of Book Three!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2012
Avatar is an amazing series, and despite the bad reviews for European's quality, I went ahead and bought all 3 seasons anyway.
Honestly, whilst the quality isn't superbly crisp clean, and the DVDs themselves can be a pain to get working, it's entirely watchable - especially if you love the series.
The quality problems are only really noticeable if you're sitting too close to the TV or watching it from your chair on the computer. Thin lines on the characters become incredibly blurred, patches of similar colour shades that linger for a while will join but disappear when the scene shifts. These problems are not visible from a correct viewing distance.
A major problem is that a selection of my DVD's from each season won't play on some DVD players or the computer sometimes, this is because the way the data has been transferred to the DVDs was done very unprofessionally.
There's obviously some poor workmanship put into the making of the Region 2 versions of these products, but even so, it doesn't make it impossible to watch or any less enjoyable, not unless you're Princess Azula herself.
P.S. I've also noticed people complaining that there are no special features on the DVDs like the America versions, I haven't seen the American versions, but all of the special features are in the third season for the European release, the Fire Book. Including the animated shorts by the creators you might have seen on the internet as well as commentary tracks.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This boxed set includes all twenty episodes of the superb second season of Avatar the Last Airbender and despite the fact the first season was excellent it is still far outdone by this season.
Having begun learning waterbending in the previous season, Aang and his friends now set out to find an earthbender to learn from and finds one in an unexpected form. Complicating matters is a new and powerful foe in the form of Princess Azula, the younger sister of Zuko, and the young prince himself who in addition to fighting the Avatar is fighting his own nature. As well as this Aang and his friends come into possession of information that could prove vital to the war effort and travel to the Earth Kingdom capital of Ba Sing Se but find the great city isn't as perfect as it seems.
Avatar just continues to improve showing great animation, writing and voice acting throughout. This season is far less episodic than the previous season with most of the episodes tying into the greater plot arc. The humour and action is also greatly increased this season with some truly brilliant fights in various episodes, the best probably being the one between Aang and Azula in the episode `The Drill'. As well as this there are also some great quiet touches this season with episodes such as `Tales of Ba Sing Se' and `Appa's Lost Days', both brilliant episodes that have slightly less action than the rest of the season but are still brilliantly written and greatly entertaining.
Avatar just continues to improve in every way and never ceases being anything less than exciting and greatly absorbing. Put simply, Avatar is probably the greatest American animated show ever.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2009
From the highly unlikely source of a kids' Network, Nickelodeon, comes a gem of an animated series that should appeal to both adult and child. With strong characterisation, an appropriate (but not over-syrupy, it is for kids, after all) moral tone, cleverly-thought-out (but not overly convoluted) storylines, The Avatar series consists of three Books, telling the story of the Avatar, an unlikely hero in the shape of a 12-year-old monk, and his teenage friends. Basically it is the battle of good versus evil, where the good guys (Avatar and friends) fight the bad guys (the Fire Nation) to save the world and bring it back into balance - not enough time to go into all that in this review! Book 2 develops the characters we meet (and love!) in Book 1, and prepare the viewer for the ultimate showdown in Book 3. It's pointless trying to explain the second Book to the uninitiated, without having watched Book 1. My advice? Catch an episode on Nickolodeon, and if you like it go the whole hog and buy all 3 Books!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2009
I was cornered into watching the first series by my boyfriend, and i loved it! The second series did not let me down, it is hilarious, i would recommend this to anyone, any age...brilliant
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2012
The picture quality on these discs is frankly appalling. I recently bought the US version for the bonus features (lacking in the UK release) only to discover an clear pristine picture free of interlacing artifacts and compression noise. This version is a cheap nasty rushed rip off and should be avoided at all costs. The US release looks beautiful.
on 20 October 2011
This is a review of the complete collection:
Avatar Book 1 [DVD]
Avatar Book 2 [DVD]
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Complete Book 3 Fire DVD Collection
My seven year old has been a fan of the avatar series since witnessing the grand finale in Nickelodeon back in 2008. We love the comic relief provided by Sokka, the characterization of Azula in Book 2, the not-too-serious-not-too-goofy tone of the screenplay and all the eastern spiritual underpinnings of the whole plot. Our absolute favorite is the "Ember island players" in Book 3 - where the characters watch a dramatized play of themselves. We never get tired of watching the episodes and it was an obvious choice to buy the entire collection - a good "comfort food" to have in our dvd collection.
The DVDs came in a raggedy looking package(possibly due to distance it had to travel), but the box sets were intact, the dvds were unscratched and played without a hitch. Shipping was prompt even though mine was to an international address (India). Price was the clincher at less than 30 pound sterling for the three "books".
Overall - very satisfied with the purchase.