I know, I know, some people don’t regard The Last Airbender as actual anime. No matter how you feel, it’s clear that the series was definitely influenced by the Japanese art form, so I think it is worth talking about.
The head writer and director of the Last Airbender series is now working with Netflix to bring us The Dragon Prince.
The story of Avatar: the Last Airbender created a whole slew of new animation fans and created an entirely new fan base for these types of adventures. They dropped a brand new trailer for the series at Comic-Con just recently… And it looks awesome:
The basic premise of the series is summed up in the Netflix synopsis:
Two human princes forge an unlikely bond with the elven assassin sent to kill them, embarking on an epic quest to bring peace to their warring lands.
The pair of two boys and one girl stuck between warring kingdoms might seem familiar to the Last Airbender fans. Overused, even. But this time, it looks like the Dragon Prince is an adventure story in a land of swords and magic that we haven’t seen before.
The only real criticism I have seen so far is the animation style.
The frame rate and 3-D animation is disappointing. The promotional artwork for the series was originally praised, but it appears the CG animation leaves something to be desired.
— Netflix Life (@NetflixLifee) July 11, 2018
The original announcement of the series came through Netflix’s Twitter account. The Last Airbender’s Aaron Ehasz was teaming up with Naughty Dog director Justin Richmond to create the series as part of the brand new studio called Wonderstorm. Justin Richmond is perhaps most well-known for directing the third Uncharted video games: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.
With only a trailer to judge from, it’s anyone’s guess if Ehasz and Richmond can recapture the power of their previous works with the Dragon Prince…
But we’re excited to find out.