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Hosts are passionate about their work and encourage others to be excited about Avatar and the messages it has to offer. Themes discussed from some episodes include teamwork, friendship, and handling change.
Positive Role Models
Hosts Janet Varney and Dante Basco share their love and admiration for the world of all things Avatar with their guests. As actors on the show, the hosts give their own insights and behind the scenes takes. While most of the people on the podcast are paid professionals who helped create the shows, most openly share that they identify as the greatest Avatar fans and followers. Several share the importance of loving the work they do and its direct impact on the overall quality of the creation.
The fact that Korra was one of the first gay characters appearing in a cartoon for kids is discussed. There's a routine dialogue about the intentional creation of strong female characters within the series. The series itself is diverse in its storytelling and the podcast celebrates that.
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Violence & Scariness
Martial arts-style fighting and the use of natural elements as weapons (earth, fire, wind, water, metal) within combat scenes are often discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional discussion of characters romantically kissing within the show.
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Products & Purchases
Many ads within each episode that seem longer than typical for podcasts.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Avatar: Braving the Elements is a companion podcast for Nickelodeon's 2006 cartoon series Avatar: The Last Air Bender. Voice actors Dante Basco (voice of "Prince Zuko") and Janet Varney (voice of "Korra") host the 45 to 60-minute show diving into all things Avatarverse. Episodes feature guests like the voice actor of Aang, Zach Tyler Eisen, and dive deep into themes of teamwork and friendship both in the episodes they analyze and the stories they tell. While the show's overall content is clean and family friendly, the podcast isn't created only for kids. It's geared toward all Avatarverse fans that span in age and demographic, making it great for families to listen to together an. Some adult banter that may be less interesting for younger audiences. Frequent and lengthy ads directed toward adult listeners are placed at the beginning, during, and at the end of episodes.
Is It Any Good?
This podcast is an absolute winner for hardcore fans within the world of Avatar. Those involved in creating Avatar: Braving the Elements seem to be enthusiasts themselves and continue bringing life to the history of the show. It's fun hearing the actual creators and actors from the show geek out over a show that's brought millions of people together over the past decade and a half. Hosts and guests mention many people's names and various other project titles related to the voice acting and ComicCon worlds. Guests brought on include the voice actors of Aang and Sokka, and the creative minds behind the show - Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Episodes are exciting for those who love the tv series, but could be confusing for those new to the Avatar world. It's even more interesting when listened to while watching the tv series, especially with all the references and call backs. The amazing sound quality and fun editing, with clips of the tv show spliced in, are just icing on the cake.
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